How to make your make-up look more glamorous than usual

— by Alyson Walsh


Photos: Claire Pepper


The pandemic affected all industries in different ways. Obviously at its height, having make-up done professionally for photoshoots was verboten. And rightly so. When we were allowed to shoot outside again, there were times, standing in the freezing cold with DIY make-up and eyes streaming, when I looked as rough as a badger’s backside. But I am not a vain person and deadlines had to be met. As you all noticed in my recent capsule wardrobe post, having a professional on hand really does make a difference. Thank you for the lovely comments, they are very much appreciated. Even though I don’t wear much make-up on a daily basis, for photos (in a national newspaper and online) it helps not to look like an extra from Shaun of the Dead.

After so many of you made enquiries, I thought I’d share the make-up details. Please note, professional make-up for photography is not the same as make-up for real life. There are a lot of processes and products used. The make-up artist wears a face mask throughout and we all socially distance as much as possible. Here are make-up artist Carl Stanley’s expert tips on making your make-up look more glamorous (in a good way). Plus, the products he used to achieve the look. Though I think I might’ve smudged the lipstick eating a Pret sandwich. Shhh…



What Carl Did:

After moisturiser, I applied Erborian CC Crème in ‘Clair’ using my fingertips. This product adapts to your skin tone, and evens out any discolouration to create a natural finish. For those who prefer slightly more coverage, try the Erborian BB Crème. Both are available in different shades, and are perfect for those who hate the feeling of foundation. You can target any problem areas. such as age spots, with concealer – my favourite being Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer, which I also applied under Alyson’s eyes. To ‘set’ the complexion, I used Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder over the face (also available HERE) to prevent excessive shine and avoid patchiness. Under the eyes, I applied Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder which doesn’t cause any cake-iness but does stop the concealer setting into lines.

On Alyson’s eyes, I used Viseart Neutral Mattes Eyeshadow Palette. These are THE best eyeshadows on the market, and this particular palette contains a wonderful array of wearable shades suitable for all skin tones. Top tip to ensure your eyeshadow lasts all day is to use an eyeshadow base. My favourite is Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. I filled in the eyebrows using Anastasia of Beverley Hills Dip Brow Pomade. The mascara is Max Factor Masterpiece Max in Rich Black.

Blusher is Nars powder blush in ‘Dolce Vita’, and for an added glow, I used Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette on cheekbones, temples, and the bridge of the nose.

The lipstick is Rouge Dior Grand Bal Matte Finish. Dior now sells refills, so it is an eco-friendly option.

I use MyKitCo brushes, and they sell a set of five called ‘My Essential Brush Set’ which is perfect for most people’s needs. And my final tip is to apply make-up somewhere with plenty of natural daylight (or lightbulbs that mimic daylight).


Having great lighting helps, too!


That’s Not My Age is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy.

Keep Reading

Ever-so brilliant women on never giving up

    The pandemic affected all industries in different ways. Obviously at its height, having make-up done professionally for photoshoots was verboten.