DIY MakeUp – 70’s Caramels


Apologies for the lack of variation today! Not only did this turn into a mammoth post, but there has been some difficulty behind the scenes for the last 2 days and while I’m working with the hosting company to get things sorted, this was the easiest way of making sure you all got your twice daily fix 🙂

Ok, so we’re back to share the actual how-to for the gorgeous look Laura was sporting in this morning’s post. This tutorial is based around the caramel and bronze look made famous by Farrah Fawcett in the 1970’s. Let’s get going with Catherine’s step by step how-to…

1. To create a matte yet natural base begin by applying a natural semi matte foundation to the face. Start at the t-zone with the product and blend outwards towards the hair and jaw line. Use the foundation brush to then sweep over the eyelids to eye to even the colour of the lids and act as a primer for eye shadow.

2. Next, to brighten the under eye area, apply a light reflective concealer such as Yves Saint Lauren Touche Eclat using a fluffy brush to buff into the delicate skin. Using this form of application will prevent the product lying in any fine lines.

3 & 4. Use a natural bronzer and apply to the skin where the sun would hit you naturally, the top of the forehead, bridge of nose, top of cheeks and chin. Close your eyes and sweep the brush over the eye lids to enhance the sunkissed look. Daniel Sandler’s bronzer is one of my farourites as it is has a natural finish and is not orange in the slightest. It also has two shades which I find fantastic for contouring the skin. Apply the bronzer in light, sweeping motions with a large fluffy brush.

5. Next, apply a light shimmery eyeshadow such as ‘Naked Lunch’ by Mac to the whole lid. Patting the eyeshadow as opposed to sweeping will give it longer staying power.
6. Apply a metallic bronze colour, such as ‘Woodwinked’ by Mac, into the socket line and buff any harsh lines using a fluffy brush like the Mac 224.
7 & 8. Fill in the brows using a matte eyeshadow. I reccomend buying a light brown and dark brown shadow which you can then mix to create the perfect colour and intensity for you. Use a slanted brush and light upward strokes for a natural finish.

9 & 10. To add a healthy flush of colour to the face, lightly apply a peachy toned blusher onto the fleshy part of your cheeks. I used Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in ‘Lush Nectarine’. It helps to smile while you do this!
11. Next, apply coating of black mascara, but keep the look light and clump free. I love L’Oreal ‘Million Lashes’ mascara as the brush has fine teeth to create a totally clump free finish.
12. To finish the look apply a shimmery nude gloss to the lips which will keep the look natural while adding fullness. I particulary love Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in ‘Bare Peach’.

And here’s the finished result… Catherine very deftly added some ‘Farrah Flicks’ to complement the makeup and even if I do say so myself, I’m loving this look, particularly on Laura. Even Harry the Guinea Pig couldn’t help himself getting in on the act… his coat was too good a colour match to resist. 😉

With Thanks to:
Catherine, (Ivy Clara makeup) – go check out her work if you’re in need of a make-up artist for anything from make-up lesson parties to events or of course bridal – she’s a star.
Photography – Zoe Hodson
my friend Laura,
…and of course, Harry the Guinea Pig for guest starring!

Drop us all a comment in the box below if you’ll be trying the 70’s caramel look, or if you’re already a fan…


PS Look out for more make-up tutorials coming in future – and if there’s something you would like to recreate, then please drop me a line on and I’ll see what my superstar team can do!

PPS. No animals were harmed in the making of this tutorial. 😉

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10 thoughts on “DIY MakeUp – 70’s Caramels

  1. I LOVE how to make-up tutorials – I get so stressy when I have trials myself in shops and always end up buying stuff that I don’t use… More of these please x

  2. Fab tutorial – I agree this really brings out the eyes. I love hearing about the different sized brushes used too. Luckily I have the woodwinked eye shadow already in my make up bag – its such a lovely shimmery colour – i havent found anything else quite like it. Might have to purchase naked lunch too 🙂 Thanks so much for this! xx

  3. Love this! more make-up tutorials PLEASE!! I’m a big fan of L’Oreal ‘million lashes’, it’s my everyday go-to x

  4. Laura has just an ‘Angelina’ pout, I want!
    Plus all make-up tutorials should feature extremely cute guinea pigs. Fact.

    I love this look, its so fresh-faced yet you could definitely have it for a night out.


  5. I love make up tutorials, it’s great to see the application tips. I particularly like the one about blending your Touche Eclat with a brush, I’m going to try that!

    Laura looks amazing, plus I LOVE her jacket! Oh, and her hair.

    On the subject of makeup, has anyone tried Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara? I just got one and am very impressed so far. 🙂

  6. Ooohh I am going to have to try the Loreal mascara now. Oh and I love make up posts! Make up is my real splurge. Very useful bit of info about using a brush for under eye concealer 🙂

  7. Glad you like the look ladies. The eye concealer blending tip applies to the application of any concealer on any part of the face. Lightly buffing creates maximum coverage but creates an ‘airbrushed’ effect. The Mac 224 brush, in my opinion, is the holy grail of blending brushes. It is a must for any makeup bag! x

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