The woman to watch this year has definitely been mega babe Dua Lipa and we can’t help but feel a (little) twang of jealousy when this one gets photographed. From her individual style to her flawless skin, this girl has it going on. Her album cover is serious make-up goals and yes, there are countless photos of Dua Lipa looking in-cred-ible but with all that dewy goodness and brows to die for, how could we resist trying to get the look of this infamous shot?
Step 1: Don’t pick up the hairdryer.
Firstly, can we just talk about the hair? That beautiful sweeping fringe element and the wet-look is very easy to achieve with freshly washed, or even just lightly water spritzed, hair. Grab a fine comb and toss the fringe to the opposite side and you’ve immediately created that height at the front. In addition to the wet hair, spray some goodness into it to add more volume and definition and then pull it all over to the same side as the fringe. Lipa locks in no time.
Step 2: Don’t let it matte.
The base – oh my goodness, the base – is actually flawless. We’d like to believe that there’s not a single airbrush in sight and with the products we’re recommending, it can be easily recreated. With the primer, blurring is the way forward. With this look, we’d do concealer first and definitely go lighter than your skin tone – Lipa’s under eyes are bush-baby bright and we love it. The foundation has to be silky smooth but that glow can only be created if you’re mixing in a generous few pumps of liquid highlight – some would opt for one pump, we’d go for three – why not… let it glow!
Step 3: Don’t be afraid to be wild.
Dua Lipa’s eyes offer the wow factor and we’ve got to take this slowly to ensure we get it right! Firstly, start with the brows – brush them thoroughly and up ever so slightly to create a full brow. We’d recommend a fine brow pen/liner to add extra “hairs” to the centre and outer corners of the brow. Set it with some clear gel and the brows are done. For the eyes, I’d recommend a tiny pump of liquid highlight in a skin tone colour to act as a glowy eyeshadow. The mascara is ultra-black and insanely voluminous – we’d advise to curl them first and then brush downwards with a good mascara to create a little bit of clumping and a lot of volume. The eyes definitely have it in this shot!
Step 4: If you’re underlining, you ain’t getting that lip.
To start with, use a plumping balm or treatment to create a fuller lip and then get the liner out. Overline with a nude liner in a tone that screams ‘your lips, but better’ and then go over with a matching lipstick in a creamy finish with only a little shine factor. Add highlight to the outer edges of the lips to create a glowing pout.
Step 5: I got the glow, I’ll get him.
Okay… highlight everywhere. Add a rosy glow to the cheeks with a pink blush and then get the fan brush out. We want highlight on the nose, the chin, the inner corners of the eyes, the Cupid ’s bow, the tops of the cheeks. Set with a spritz of setting spray and you are “Hotter than Hell”.
TxturePro Wave Comb, £4.99 WET BRUSH at Cult beauty cultbeauty.co.uk
Final shine spray, £9.95 GHD at Selfridges selfridges.com
Be curly curl enhancer, £21.50 AVEDA at Look Fantastic lookfantastic.com
Blurring primer, £29.00 COVER FX at Cult beauty cultbeauty.co.uk
Universal perfecting primer, £25.00 ESTEE LAUDER at John Lewis johnlewis.com
Retouch and Erase light lifting concealer, £9.00 MILANI at Beauty Bay beautybay.com
Complete coverage serum concealer, £23.00 BARE MINERALS at Feel Unique feelunique.com
Luminous silk liquid foundation, £40.00 GIORGIO ARMANI at Debenhams debenhams.com
Even better glow light reflecting makeup, £27.00 CLINIQUE at House of Fraser houseoffraser.co.uk
Victoria Beckham X Estee Lauder morning aura illuminating creme, £72.00 ESTEE LAUDER at Selfridges selfridges.com
Master Strobing liquid, £7.99 MAYBELLINE at Look Fantastic lookfantastic.com
Exacting eyebrow pencil automatic precision, £18.00 LASH STAR at Cult beauty cultbeauty.co.uk
Graphic brow fix, £8.50 ZOEVA at Beauty Bay beautybay.com
Born to glow liquid illuminator, £8.00 NYX nyxcosmetics.co.uk
Velvet noir major volume mascara, £22.00 MARC JACOBS at John Lewis johnlewis.com
Glamolash mascara XXL, £24.00 RODIAL rodial.co.uk
Pep-start pout perfecting balm, £16.00 CLINIQUE at Selfridges selfridges.com
Long-wear crème matte lip liner, £13.50 JOUER COSMETICS at Beauty Bay beautybay.com
Lip Cheat line, £16.00 CHARLOTTE TILBURY at Feel Unique feelunique.com
Lustre lipstick, £16.50 MAC at Selfridges selfridges.com
Lip colour, £40.00 TOM FORD at House of Fraser houseoffraser.co.uk
Beyond highlighter, £34.00 ILLAMASQUA at Debenhams debenhams.com
Shimmering skin perfector pressed, £32.00 BECCA at Cult Beauty cultbeauty.co.uk
Narsissist dual-intensity blush palette, £40.00 NARS at Look Fantastic lookfantastic.com
Quick fix hydra-charged complexion prep spray, £18.80 URBAN DECAY at John Lewis johnlewis.com