Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be Elizabeth Taylor

I am a huge Elizabeth Taylor fan. I've never done a makeup tutorial before so deciding to do Elizabeth Taylor for my first one may not have been my greatest idea! This whole plan was spurred on to by the upcoming Burton & Taylor programme airing on BBC4 starring Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West. Her makeup in the promo pics is BEYOND AMAZING. Helena has very similar colouring to myself so I thought if she could look like Elizabeth Taylor, maybe I could too! I'm not a makeup artist so please go easy on me... I'm just a normal girl who likes makeup! 

Burton & Taylor promo

I used products I already had to create the Elizabeth Taylor look. A gel black liner would have given a better effect but I recently got rid of mine because it had dried up. I also used Fresh Look coloured contact lenses (from Specsavers Newtownabbey) in blue to change my hazel eyes to look more like Liz. I back-combed my hair and pinned it under using clips. I curled the front of my hair with my GHDs to give it a lift. 

FACE: Elizabeth always had quite a matte but flawless face. I used Benefit's Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer under my Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Medium Ivory. Stay Flawless gives the Laura Mercier more of a matte effect as opposed to the usual very dewy finish. I blended my foundation to within an inch of its life with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Elizabeth was naturally quite tan so she didn't seem to use a bronzer. Instead I used Topshop Cream Blush in Pinch on a Real Techniques Stippling Brush.

EYES: After applying my contacts, I primed my eyes using Urban Decay Primer Potion. Using MAC All That Glitters as a base colour, I then used MAC Fig in the crease to create the perfect Elizabeth eye. I blended the Fig eye shadow lots to create more of a shadow effect rather than a very smoky eye. I used Benefit Bad Gal liner along my top lashes and the Body Shop Black Liner along the inner and outer corners of my eyes. Along the bottom water line I used a gold eye liner from Miners (NYC also make a great one) to help open the eyes up. A white liner would also be great. I finished with a coat of Benefit They're Real mascara and a set of false lashes (mine are from China... my friend gave me them!) but any full and flirty lashes would be great. 

BROWS: The main focus of most of Taylor's iconic looks come from her brows. Although I have thick brows, they in no way match up to Elizabeth's! Using my HD Brow Kit and an angled brush, I filled in my brows using the darkest available shades, making sure to make the front of my brow round (and not angular like my own brows). I used an almost black shade at the arch and end of my brows to enhance the shape. Under the brow bone I used Soap & Glory Arch de Triumph highlighter. I also used this highlight above my cupid's bow and down my nose. 

LIPS: For lips I finished with my new favourite lipstick, 03 Kate Moss for Rimmel. I didn't want to do the classic red lip as it didn't work as well with the eye makeup. 

G x