With her Bambi eyes, bushy brows and perfect bleach blonde waves, it is no wonder the world is falling at Cara Delevingne’s feet.
During London Fashion Week in February, I spotted Cara outside Somerset House, or rather, I spotted her entourage and the crowd surrounding her and although yes, I can confirm she is as stunning in the flesh as she is in photographs, it is astounding how one girl can cause such a storm!
So, since Cara’s look is the most coveted of the season and is bound to be popular during the summer months too, I thought I would scour the beauty market for affordable items we can use to re-create her look. We might not all be supermodels (yet!) but with these products, we’ll soon be well on our way.
Cara is single handily responsible for the ‘bushy brows’ trend which seems to be popping up on the red carpet regularly. Although Cara naturally has thick, dark brows – there’s no reason why we can’t achieve the same with a little helping hand from the following.
HD Brow’s Eye & Brow Palette is the best product for re-defining, shaping and elongating your brows, and although it is a little pricier than a drugstore palette, it is worth the investment. With four colours to use (or mix and match) you can create your perfect shade, apply it to your brows using the angled brush and have natural looking brows without the hassle of using a pencil or tinting.
Dewy, flawless and natural skin is the look that Cara pulls off effortlessly, often experimenting with a red or a plum lip and smoky eyes. Witch’s Naturally Clear BB Cream is perfect for recreating a natural looking base that gives you a dewy glow, without looking too ‘made up’. Cover any remaining imperfections with Lacura’s Hydrating Concealer Pen and finish with a light translucent powder to prolong the base.
Cara is famous for her high cheekbones and naturally beautiful bone structure, however this defined look can be re-created with make-up – in particular, by contouring our face with dark and light colours to give the impression of higher cheekbones.
All you need is a dark hydrating bronzer/concealer (my favourite is Benefit’s Fake Up in Deep) which should be applied underneath your cheekbones and around your jawline to give the impression of a slimmer face, and then on the two opposite sides of your forehead. Then, using a lighter concealer, highlight the bridge of your nose, your chin and under your eyes. It takes a little practise, but once you have the hang of it Cara-esque cheekbones can be re-created in a matter of minutes. To finish, use a pearly coloured blusher on the apple of your cheeks (when smiling, they are the highest point).
Cara alternates between a nude, a plum and a red lip – so it’s up to you which of the three you would prefer to try out. For a red lip, my favourite is Yves Rocher’s Grand Rouge Lipstick as it’s not only hydrating and beautifully pigmented, but it’s durable and creamy too.
For a plum lip, I love Kate Moss For Rimmel in 107, as it’s velvety, matte, long-lasting and the colour is daring, but very wearable. For a nude lip, I prefer not to use a lipstick but a lipgloss or a balm, one of my personal favourites being the Caudalie Lip Conditioner, which is soft, smooth and gorgeously moisturising.
Cara tends to opt for either a dark smoky eye or just a simple slick of mascara, dependent on the occasion. For long, luscious, thick lashes try Mac’s False Lashes Mascara in False Black, as it creates thick, volumized lashes in just one stroke, without any clumps. For additional smoky hues, try Max Factor’s Smoky Eyeshadow duo, which contains two colours you are able to blend to create a natural look. Apply the lighter colour all over the lid, and the darker colour into the crease of your eye. Build up the colour as dark or as light as you like.