That was a short, sharp shock.

Several months ago after realising I’d had the same beauty routine for years and years (and years*) I googled “make up tutorial” and up popped Lisa Eldridge. I am always it seems last to the party as her total number of followers on Instagram exceeds 547,000 and after watching a few of her online make up tutorials I can see why. She is charming and I love her graceful, poised and natural presence.

*read half my life

So when it came to me making more of an effort with my everyday make-up hers was the first name to spring to mind.

Her website is so easy to use. There are dozens of videos from fabulous party looks to what to do with skin suffering from PMS outbreaks. There is also a smattering of fantastic celebrity cameos; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alexa Chung, Laura Carmichael and Sophie Dahl (her eyes – amazing!) amongst others.

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I chose the Everyday Looks section of her videos (there’s also Party Looks and Basics – the latter I fear I am also in dire need of) and settled upon Easy Everyday Make-Up which looks polished and fresh faced (although I really liked the look of Modern “Baby Bardot” and Quick ModernGlam).

I watched the video which is perfect as it is under 10 minutes (9:36) so more easy enough for me to do before work (I will be dragging myself out of bed 20 minutes earlier each day this month). Also, as she does the video in real time I know that I am able to follow along with her.

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Lisa Eldridge’s Everyday Make-Up Look

Nine minutes and thirty six second later I was sat on the sofa, eyes wide and mouth agape. I am so not with it. SO NOT WITH IT. I was completely shocked. Shocked by:

(1) How out lacking my own everyday look is.

Here are its components:


I think the video’s tally was 15. Let’s not include the brush and say mine is one third of its size.

To try and claw back a little self-esteem from my frankly below par effort, my evening look (I don’t think this is too bad) if I am going out after work consists of the following:


(2) How many brands I have not heard of: Suqqu (eyebrow felt tip pen and eyeshadow), By Terry (liquid blush), Murad (moisturiser), Becca (I forget, I was quite disheartened by this point)…

(3) How my application of make-up is lacking. I should not it seems be using Boi-ing under my eyes. I need a light reflective concealer…argh!

(4) How un-girly this generally renders me.


So, although I am lacking in a number of components, tomorrow I will get up and follow along with Lisa, following as long as best as I can with what I have and then I will be online shopping for a few key items and popping down to Selfridges on my lunch break! I think the liquid blush from By Terry is definitely on the list.

I think I have a lot to learn and I think Lisa is just the person to teach me. And as Gretchen Rubin says, when the pupil is ready the teacher appears!

If you have any tips, I would love to hear them! x

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