Saturday 29 April 2017

Make-up Muse: Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson. Photo: Getty Images
Rachel Bilson. Photo: Getty Images

Sinead Van Kampen

The former OC star, Rachel Bilson, is famed for favouring vintage pieces. She allows her natural beauty shine through,teaming those low maintenance ombre locks with a barely there base and earthy eye tones.

To steal this minimal make-up look, try a tinted moisturiser like Bobbi Brown's Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser. It will even out skin tone while still allowing those beauty spots and freckles to shine through. Imperfections can the be addressed with a dab of concealer like MAC's Studio Sculpt Concealer and patches prone to shine can be patted out with a loose powder.

The look is low key, however, it does have some clever touches and Rachel is a pro at getting that Californian glow. To finish the base with a similar definition, try a sheer powder like Guerlain's Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder on the apples and along the cheekbones.

Rachel's trademark palette of earthy eye colour, kohl and mascara work as a perfect dressing for those big brown eyes. Begin with a primer like Clinique's Touch Base for Eyes to keep eyeshadow from creasing and work from the lid to the brow bone and blend well. With a good base in place, wash a cream shadow over lids before adding a deeper hue like Rimmel's Glam'Eyes Mono Eye Shadow in Smokey Quartz. Although the look is calm, good definition is still needed with this look. Try a dark brown like MAC's Espresso in the eye crease and blend once more to soften the finish. Upper and lower lids can be lined with a kohl pencil and volume can be added with Estee Lauder's MagnaScopic Mascarra in black.



Rachel loves experimenting with colour for lips and favours everything from tangerine to baby pink. If, like Rachel, your eyes are well defined a creamy hue works well with this look. Begin by lining lips with a nude pencil like MAC's Spice before applying a soft pink like Estee Lauder's Pure Colour Bois de Rose with with a brush.

For a glossier finish, a clear gloss can be applied over the top.

Rachel likes to style her tresses with plenty of movement. So, for a similar easy finish, gently curl large sections of hair with a heated tongs and finish with a generous spritz of hairspray. Calm, natural, sun kissed - we love Rachel's look!

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