18 November 2018Last updated


Reader Hannah’s makeover: Top tips from a professional

We share advice from makeup artist Kate Randall on how she created this fabulous look

13 Dec 2016 | 11:24 am


Hannah, 37, from the UK says:

“I have done the same make-up for years, so any help doing something different was welcome. The main things I learnt from Kate were about how to layer eyeshadow to create definition and how to use dark and light eyeliners to change the shape of the eyes. The definition she gave to my look was fantastic. I have tried recreating the look at home with varying degrees of success but I am determined to keep practising! Also, Kate is such a lovely lady and I really liked that she wasn’t trying to sell me anything, but was just sharing her reasons for preferring to use one product on me over another. She gave me lots of tips and told me the details of products she used, which I was interested in. I’m definitely recommending her to my friends for girly parties!”

The Tricks

Maximising Eyes

“Smaller eyes can be framed by tightlining on the upper lid and a soft liner on your lower lid. Tightlining is when you line the inside of the top lid to create a bold frame without taking up any lid space. Additionally, making a soft bottom line with eyeshadow, rather than a harsh line of eyeliner, can open the eyes. Waterlining the bottom lid with a dark colour (in other words, drawing a thin, harsh line on the skin under they eye) will make eyes look smaller. Using a nude/pastel liner on the bottom inside lid can open up the eyes instead. Also, when applying eyeshadow, hold a pencil so it draws a line from the outer corner of your lips, past the edge of your nose, towards the outer corner of your eye. The line it makes past your eyelid is the where your eyeshadow should finish, meaning that it shouldn’t come too far out from your eyelid at the bottom, but it comes out further as you go up the lid towards the eyebrow. If it comes out far from your lid lower down, it will make you eyes sag downwards.”

Curling Eyelashes

“Curling eyelashes and setting with a waterproof mascara (it works like hairspray) will also open up the eyes. If using false eyelashes, don’t let them be too long/heavy as it will close in the eyes. Use light natural curled ones and cut them down in length, then apply lashes to the outer edge of your eyes.”

The Products


  • Illamasqua Precision Gel Eyeliner, Infinity
  • Barry M Showgirl Extra Lengthening Mascara in Black
  • Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion, Eden
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Pallette in Love Letter:
    Cyprus Umber, Raw Sienna and Pink Champagne
  • Red Cherry Lashes 747


  • Laura Mercia Foundation Primer Blemish-less
  • Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation in Shell Beige
  • Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contouring Kit
  • Bodyography blusher
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder


  • Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencil in 110 Pink So Chic
  • Maybelline Colour Sensation Lipstick in 330 Chic Plum

Find more great reader makeovers and advice from Kate here


Artist by trade, Kate has had a passion for makeup since she was young. She has a keen interest in teaching women how to use makeup to create the face shape and the features they want. Follow her on Facebook (K.T. Randall Makeup) and Instagram (@k_t_randall). For details on booking a makeover, or a makeup lesson email