My sister and I have a great relationship. We have never been competitive, but we're both high achievers. We have a lot of LOLs together — in fact, I don't think anyone makes me laugh like Amelia does. Sometimes we fight! But hopefully not too often. Best of all, we share an interest in feminism, eyebrows, social justice, Harry Potter, and Justin Bieber.
Physically, we look quite different. Amelia is blonde with blue eyes, freckles, and killer bone structure. Her style is polished, grown-up and glamorous. A lot of people think she's the older sister. I'm shorter than Amelia, with brown eyes, brown hair, and a deeper skin tone. I'm probably a bit scruffy in comparison. At our school, people would often not realize that we were even sisters. But once you see us side by side — and hear us speak — there's no mistaking it.
When Amelia suggested that we should do an article together for xoVain, I instantly knew what I wanted to do. Amelia's makeup game is on-point and her signature look is completely different to mine. I got her to send me some selfies (her selfie game is also strong) of her favorite look so that I could try her look on my face.
Here's how our makeup styles differ:
- Brows: Amelia wears hers thinner and more arched than my thick, flat brow style
- Face: Amelia doesn't wear blush, preferring to contour and highlight. Blush is my favorite.
- Eyes: Amelia likes a neutral, matte eye with liquid liner for a bit of drama. I like to wear a cat-eye, but most days I don't wear any eyeshadow at all.
- Lips: We both like similar colors, but Amelia is more likely to wear a MLBB pink or classic red, whereas I like to wear vampy purples, browns, baby pinks and red. I can't make up my mind about lipstick.
Here's the look I'm going to recreate:
Amelia uses MAC Lightful Tinted Cream, Topshop Beauty highlighter, Illamasqua Brow Gel, MAC Powder Blush in Harmony to contour, Collection 2000 liquid liner, and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Baci.
I started with my foundation. Amelia mixes her foundation with a liquid highlighter to create a dewy base. I mixed a squeeze of Seventeen Blemish Balm in Medium with a smaller amount of NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in 01 Sunbeam on the back of my hand, and applied it to my face with a foundation brush. Normally I just slap my BB cream on with my fingers for some very light coverage.
Next, I used an illuminating concealer under my eyes, on my forehead, and on my chin to highlight the high points of my face. I used Rival De Loop Young 3in1 BB Corrector in Light, but Amelia mixes her normal concealer with a little bit of highlighter before applying. I then blended with a fluffy brush. I have never applied concealer like this because I am lazy.
Once my concealer was blended, I applied some more of my NYX highlighter on my forehead, cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, my chin, and my brow bones.
Now, on to the contour. Amelia uses MAC powder blush in the shade Harmony. I have a slightly darker complexion so I grabbed my Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit and used an angled brush to apply it under my cheekbones, around my jawline, and a little around my temples and hairline. Amelia doesn't go too overboard on contouring — just enough to make her face a little more defined.
Next up, brows. Amelia and both like a strong brow. Mine are naturally thick, so I usually accentuate the thickness and draw them quite flat, Audrey Hepburn style. Amelia loves a thinner, arched brow because she thinks it looks super feminine.
I look my NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade in Espresso and began to trace the shape I wanted. I brushed them up to accentuate the arch. I concentrated the color on the center and lower edge of my brows, leaving out the top edge. I defined the inner corner of my brows quite strongly, without making them too square, and extended the tail of my brows.
For the eyes, Amelia uses the Essential Mattes 2 palette from Makeup Revolution. I am away from home and my shadow collection (cries) so I made do with Rival de Loop Duo Eyeshadow in Plum Blossom and Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Shadow Single in #106 Coffee Bean.
First, I applied the light pink shadow all over my lid and up to my brow bone.
Then I blended the deeper pink into my socket line, and then took a tiny bit of the dark brown and intensified the shadow in my crease. I quickly learned that I need to invest in some more eye shadow brushes.
Amelia is a medical student, and she told me that on days she's in the hospital she just does eye shadow and adds mascara, because her look has to be low key. On days when she can be a bit more made up, she adds a little bit of black liquid liner. I used L'Oreal Superliner in Waterproof Black Lacquer to draw a baby cat eye.
Finally, the lips. I got Amelia a set of Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks for Christmas and instantly regretted not buying the set for myself. Baci looks amazing with Amelia's cool blonde complexion. I didn't have an exact match to hand, so I mixed Rival de Loop Matt Finish Lip Colour in Candy Rose with a little bit of MAC Lipstick in Verve. Together they made a pretty convincing dupe for Baci, and they lasted through my breakfast and a cup of coffee!
Do you guys think I nailed it?
So what did I learn? I learned that you should not mess with your signature brow style. I missed my full, flat brows!
Apart from that, I love this look. I thought I would be washed out without my normal pink blush, but I love the glowing, defined look you can achieve with contouring. I also learned that I should be using way more highlighter. Normally, I just dot a feeble amount on my cheekbones as an afterthought, but incorporating it from the beginning of my routine worked some magic.
- Do you have a sister, friend or cousin in your life whose look you would like to try?
- Are you all about strong brows and contouring like my sister?