Get the look: Ellie Goulding

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Ellie GouldingInsanely popular songstress Ellie Goulding is like a breath of fresh indie air in the mainstream music biz. If you fancy yourself to be a bit of an indie girl too, take a look at how to recreate Ellie’s fresh-faced look.

This funky asymmetrical cut is not for everyone – if you want to copy it, it’s best to take a couple of pictures to your hair stylist, along with more than enough info on how you usually style and take care of your hair.

The most wearable version of this cut would be to skip the asymmetry and ask your stylist for a textured, short fringe which you could style so it sweeps to the side – the look would be very similar. Style your hair in an extreme side parting to create texture and the illusion of asymmetry. As for colour, chat to your stylist about the shade of blonde that suits you best – remember to ask about upkeep and special treatments too.

Without the dewy complexion, this look would be very drab. Make sure your skin is radiant to start off with by exfoliating and then moisturising well. After a couple of minutes, follow with a mattifying primer – this will ensure that you’re left with glowing skin rather than shiny skin. Mix some illuminator/highlighter with your foundation or BB crème for a soft, all-over sheen. If you have a reasonably clear complexion, you can mix this up to 50/50 – on areas of imperfections, add less highlighter. My favourite illuminator is Yardley Radiant Glo, R100. Also try Smashbox Artificial Light Luminising Lotion, R255.

Cheeks call for an almost translucent flush of pink, so apply pink blusher lightly over the entire cheek area. For an extra luminous effect, dab a little bit of highlighting powder over the blushed parts – it makes the look seem very polished without any extra effort. Try Essence Highlighter Powder, R50, or for a luxury buy, go for the gorgeous limited edition Poudre Signee de Chanel, R650.

Fill in any gaps in the eyebrows – a short fringe accentuates the brows. Use light strokes of Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil, R90, or something similar. Follow with a neutral matte eye shadow and cover the entire lid, and then use gold and bronze shimmer shadows to fill in the lower half of the eyelid. Finely line the upper lashes with a black liquid or gel liner, and follow with black mascara.

For rosy lips like Ellie’s, start with a clear lip balm to nourish – you can also use a lip plumper if you need a little help in the pout department. Follow with a pink lip stain a couple of shades darker than your own lips, and apply sparingly – YSL glossy stains, R365, are a big favourite. Finish with a pop of gloss or lip balm, and you’re good to go.

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Chantelle loves the beauty industry and is a junkie for all things high-tech. A background in skincare therapy and a secret dream of becoming a copywriter steered her in the direction of beauty blogging. To read more of her writing, visit her blog

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  1. Ginna

    Hairstyle looks good on her, I’m not brave enough to try it, love the make-up!

    6 years ago •

  1. mashigoane

    I love dewy makeup in winter…

    6 years ago •

  1. Anne

    I don’t think I would be able to pull off that hairstyle! But I do love the rosy lips

    6 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    Looks great in her but what happens when you want to grow out the style?

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Complexion & lips are nice, but hair is a definite “no thanks”.

    6 years ago •

  1. Cat

    Not a fan of the make up but the lips are not too bad

    6 years ago •

  1. Hess

    Looks awesome on her, but I’m too conservative!

    6 years ago •

  1. Amoré Sameera Jooste

    Thank you…going to try it

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I like her complexion and the lips. I think I can pool it off.

    6 years ago •

  1. me

    I won’t be able to pull such a style off stylishly.

    6 years ago •

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