18 November 2018Last updated


Reader Kim’s makeover: Top tips from a professional

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

19 Dec 2016 | 03:06 pm


Kim, 34, from the UK says:

“I wanted to do the beauty makeover because, since becoming a mum, I look tired all the time and I have no idea how to apply makeup properly. I really liked the look that Kate did for me – she used a lot of colour that I would not have tried on my own.
I have had a go at doing the look at home since then, but it was a bit of a fail. But I am still trying to use some colours, rather than just boring brown all the time. Kate was lovely and a lot of fun… If I had the time, I would love to get some proper makeup lessons from her and then take her shopping with me so she can help me buy the right stuff!”

The Tricks:

Brighten the base

“Kim said she looked washed out and tired all the time. So, after an exfoliation and some moisturiser, I used an illuminating base. It’s important to exfoliate before applying makeup as it gives you the best hope for achieving healthy-looking skin, while a good moisturiser that is suited to your skin type will also help smooth things on. Using an illuminating primer will not only give a fresh look, but will also help your foundation stay on much longer, especially if you are out in the heat
or partying.”

Hooded lids

“A small lid (or a hooded eye) can be rectified by adding shade into the socket area, creating a false crease and adding light to the lid. Light and shadow are used to create highlight and sculpt, not only on the face, but the eyes too.”

Shadow sculpting

“Tip: look at a photo of yourself in natural light and find the darkest part of your face, for example under your chin. Have a really good look at the shadow – some people have a mauve-tinged shadow, some grey, or browny shades of shadow. The one that you can see is your natural shadow. This is the type of colour you should use for sculpting. Another tip: bronzer should never be used for sculpting as it contains shimmer... Shimmer is light. Light has a highlighting effect.”

The Products:


  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Pallette in Carame. Venetian Red, Cyprus Umber. Plus Primavera and Tempera to highlight
  • Inglot Matte Eyeshadow in Black
  • Lancôme Hypnôse mascara
  • Illamasqua Precision Gel Eyeliner, Infinity
  • Red Cherry lashes 747
  • Anastacia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde (eyebrow colour)


  • Marc Jacobs’ Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate in Beige 32
  • Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Microfinish Powder
  • Pure Pigment Expressions Eye Shadow in District 4101 (used as a blusher)
  • Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Concealer in medium


  • Lancôme Le Contour
Pro Lip Liner in 315 Tea Rose
  • Maybelline Superstay
  • 14-hour lipstick in 
Megawatt Red Rays 575
  • Inglot Cosmetics Sleek
Lip Gloss in 36

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