Kim K, notorious for chiselled cheekbones & flawless makeup. Me, not so notorious, nor so chiselled in the cheekbone department. Being pale, fair, blonde and blue eyed…I’d say me and Kim are pretty much polar opposites. However, I do believe we have one thing in common; we are both fully aware of the power of Makeup. And I also believe we both take full advantage of that.
The reason I’m writing this blog is because I got asked to do a Kim K makeup replica for the Beauty section of Manchester Confidential. At first, I was slightly reluctant. When I think Kim K….I automatically picture a troop of mask-like foundations, paint-like concealers & contouring weapons. With a trowel waiting excitedly beside them. I’ve never been a fan of such makeup, preferring creative colours, lightweight foundations, glowing cheeks, and faces that don’t look like they will crack…if you crack a smile. However, regardless of my preferences, Kim K’s signature makeup look is world renowned and I can 100% appreciate her beautifully applied, flawless makeup. Alongside that, one of the tricks of being a good Makeup Artist, is to not let your own preferences alter what a client is asking for. And who doesn’t want to look like Kim K West? So here goes…
First up, I primed my face with Laura Mercier, Hydrating Foundation Primer. This primer holds foundation in place, whilst giving a radiant look to the skin. Kim K does usually wear a matte foundation, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any images of her, where she doesn’t look completely radiant. The foundation will still look matte, but this primer just adds hydration to the skin.
Next, we all know that nobody could possibly look as awake as Kim Kardashian, and there must be a great concealer behind this trickery. Well there is. And I’m delighted to inform you that Lasting Perfection by Collection 2000 is the one I used. (When one of my Brides this year forced me to use her favourite concealer on her wedding day, I winced when she handed me a Collection 2000 concealer stick. Not wanting to be rude to this beautiful woman on her wedding day , I obliged. And I’m so glad I did, this concealer is amazing…and I have vowed never to be a makeup snob again.)
I dabbed the concealer under my eyes, under my brows, and just next to my tear duct, where blueness usually occurs. I also dabbed the concealer in the places where Kim K’s face looks to be highlighted i.e. down my nose, across the middle of my forehead, across the top of my cheekbones towards the temples, on my cupids bow and chin. To buff the concealer in to my skin, I used a Real Techniques Setting Brush. Although you wouldn’t imagine this brush to be used for this purpose, try it, its so good. (Real Techniques, Sculpting Set).
Now the centre of the face is significantly lighter, I began the contouring process. I never contour underneath the foundation, ever. I always tend to use powders on top of foundation to create the shadows. However, Kim’s contouring is strong and flawless, so I used a tiny bit of MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC45, with a clean Setting Brush, underneath my cheekbones and then round my hairline on my forehead. Making these areas darker, in comparison to the highlighted areas, means the light will sink in to the darker areas and reflect off the highlighted areas. Giving the illusion of a more sculpted and shaped facial structure (aka, what we all want). I also used a thinner brush (eg MAC, Blending Brush) to apply a very small about of product down each side of the nose (either side of where I had previously highlighted).
Already feeling like I had a face full of slap, I reached for my foundation drawer and pulled out the Doublewear. For anyone who doesn’t know Doublewear, it’s Estee Lauder’s most famous product, well know for its full coverage, super matte finish and outrageous staying power. Using one of my FAVE ever foundy brushes, the Buffing Brush from Real Techniques, I got to work. Straight after, I used MAC Studio Fix Powder to set the foundation, with a Duo Fibre Face Brush. Anyone who knows me, knows I’d rather jump off a bridge than wear this much heavy makeup. I’m not a drama queen…honest.
Next to contour the face…again. Using Sleek Face Form in ‘Medium’, I used the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush to softly add more colour to the lower half of my cheekbones, and around the hairline of my forehead.
At this point, I couldn’t look at my face any longer, without any brows. As far as I can tell, Kim naturally has a great brow…of course. She doesn’t need to wear much product through them, and I feel like you can always see her natural hairs. I lack in the brow department, so this was always going to be a struggle for me. Firstly, to emphasise what natural brow hairs I already have, I used the Brow Perfector from Sleek, which is like a mascara for your eyebrows. I couldn’t live without this product. Next I used a MAC 263, Angle Brush with Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade to create a more rounded arch like Kim’s. I outlined my brow with the product, I don’t draw straight through the hairs – they’ve already got enough product from the Brow Perfector.
Feeling miles better for a bit of Brow love, it was finally time to attempt some Kardashian eyes. As far as I can see, Kim usually wears soft, super blended, blown out smokes. No harsh lines to be seen. And always has visible lashes. So, using a 217 Blending Brush, and Groundwork Paintpot from MAC, I blended the colour all over my lid and in to the crease of my eye. Using a 242 flat brush (MAC), I blended the same product in to the lower lashline.
After this I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Birkin eyeshadow, and blended over the top of Groundwork, with a 224 MAC blending brush. I used Vanilla Pigment (MAC), to lighten my tearducts and inner corners of my eyes and Bronze eyeshadow (MAC) to get the classic Kim K bronzey shadow, under the lower lashes. Using Cocoa, Eau La La Liner from Sleek, I lined my waterline.
Lashes! I added mascara on to my bottom lashes – separating them and making sure they had several layers of product on. I always notice how KKW has really obvious lashes, opening her eyes up. I put a little mascara on my top lashes then applied H153 Eldora False Lashes. Again, applying mascara on top of these.
Almost there! Feeling sultry, smokey and contoured to within an inch of my life, I chose some lip colours. I used…you won’t believe…the Primark Nude lipliner all over my lips (this is very very similar to MACs Boldly Bare, aka the best nude lipliner in town). AND IT COSTS £1. Absolute steal. I then outlined my lips with Spice Lip Pencil. This was the tricky bit, my lips are so opposite to Kim Kardashians! Instead of my natural rounded ‘m’ shape cupids bow, I had to try and re-draw to mirror Kim’s more ‘M’ shape cupids bow. Theres a big difference between big ‘M’ and little ‘m’!! I then added Kinda Sexy Lipstick and a little bit of Angel Falls on top.
I also took a little bit Embark eyeshadow, with my angle brush, and added a thin line of shadow to the outer half of my top lashline. Needed a bit more depth like ‘R’ Kim.
C’est fini!!! I can honestly say that I have never seen myself looking, or feeling so completely different. Whether it was because my reflection showed me with makeup I was not used to wearing, or because I knew in my mind exactly how much more I had put on, or even whether it was because I knew how differently I had applied it – whatever the reason, it was odd! But I definitely can’t say that I didn’t like it. I felt a new sense of glamour…opposed to my usual more grungy (lazy) kinda vibe. One thing I can say, is that my face did NOT match my paisley dungaree dress.
I guess the moral of the story is that you should always try new things, new styles and new products….before you judge others for doing just that. I felt completely inspired by this experiment & I thoroughly enjoyed prancing around for an afternoon pretending to be Kim K! I got a whole load of compliments on this new look for me…maybs I’ll be Kim again on Saturday night. Tricking the men of Manchester. Ciao x