Another year another soap awards, and another beautiful look to create for the red carpet…
In 2012, Hetti Bywater started as the new Lucy Beale on Eastenders and boy is she pretty! I was so excited to do her make-up, with those gorgeous doe-eyes and full pouty lips, this girl is a perfect canvas for any make-up artist.
We chose to base her look on the smoky eyes of Kiera Knightly. Sexy, sultry yet classy and elegant, which would flatter the long dark gown she would be wearing perfectly. The stylist Nina Sobers, worked with designer Tina Lobondi, who made this dress especially for Hetti, and her hair was created by session stylist Vicki Lord.
Hetti Bywater has gorgeous fair skin, as does Keira Knightly, so the look was easily recreated. I wanted the skin to look glowing – fair, but warm and lightly flushed with a hint of peachy colour. I also wanted to keep the texture of the skin soft and velvety.
I primed Hetti’s skin with Lancome’s La Base:
Using Chantecaille foundation in porcelain I used a fibre optic brush to buff it onto Hett’s skin using circular motions starting from the centre of her face and blending it out towards the outer edge of her face and dusted her skin with a light translucent powder to create a smooth base for her blush.
I first prepped Hetti’s eyes with BareMineral’s Prime Time eyelid primer, to ensure that the make-up would stay put, and crease-free all night. It also evens out the tone of the eyelid, much like a foundation does to the skin.
Next, I applied a mid-tone brown into the crease of Hetti’s eyes only, blending it outwards rather than upwards to elongate her eyes.
I lined Hetti’s upper and lower lashline with MAC’s Dip down brown gel liner and softened the lines with a smudge brush. I was careful to press the product into the lashline rather than wiping it across, so that it created an illusion of depth and thick lushious lashes.
Taking a small contour brush, I darkened the outer corners of Hetti’s eyes with a deep chocolate brown matt shadow, pushing the product from the outer corner of the eye inwards, and also into the crease of her eyes, blending all the time to ensure there were no hard lines. I also followed the liner top and bottom to give it a smoky effect.
I lined the waterline of Hetti’s eyes with a dark brown wax liner by Maxfactor and finished with false lashes, and lashings of mascara.
I wanted to keep the eyes the emphasis, and so added a nude stain to Hetti’s lips with Dior’s Beige Indecise lipstick.
I kept the look velvety soft by finishing with a dusting of translucent powder.