How to get the Makeup Look I created for Shona Mcgarty at the National Television Awards

A few years back I posted a YouTube video showing how to get the makeup look that I created for Shona Macgarty at the National Television Awards. Unfortunately a couple of years ago I closed down that YouTube account and have since launched a new one. After seeing this particular look still being re-pinned on Pinterest I thought I’d re-post how to get the look.

Although this reaches back to my days living in London, it’s still a timeless and effortless look today.

Dressed by Kelvin Barron who chose a beautiful gold dress, Shona and I thought we’d create a sort of Grecian bronze goddess feel. I also wanted to focus on soft shades of neutral gold and bronze eyeshadow to really bring out the exotic blue against Shona’s gorgeous dark hair.

I love that Shona’s character Whitney Dean on Eastenders is so opposite to her real life and red carpet look, she is such a beautiful woman with stunning features, I love being able to play them up.


I prepped Shona’s skin with a serum primer, massaging it into her skin to really get the circulation going and giving it radiance. Chantecaille future skin foundation was a perfect choice for Shona’s skin because it is sheer it is also oil-free and incredibly lightweight and long lasting. I applied a thin layer buffing out from the centre of her face and building up in areas that needed a little more coverage. I concealed any blemishes with a pinpoint concealer brush and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.

To give Shona’s skin a soft glow I used MAC pearl highlighter across the cheekbones and the high points of her face, I then used my foundation brush to buff it out seamlessly. 

I used a flat eyeshadow brush to pat the same pearl highlighter across eyelids and into the inner corner and a wash of champagne eyeshadow from one of Tom Fords eyeshadow palettes over the lid and used a bronze eyeshadow to sculpt and define the eye. I popped a little highlight of gold onto the centre of the eyelid and lined the upper and lower lash line with a black eyeliner, softening with a little dark brown eyeshadow. After curling Shona’s lashes with Shu uemura eyelash curlers I applied a couple of coats of Maxfactor masterpiece max waterproof mascara  I love this mascara for red carpet because it doesn’t budge or smudge! I also added a creamy peach / beige eyeliner to the inner waterline (white can sometimes look overpoweringly white and unnatural.)

I used Laura Mercier brow definer to define Shona’s brows.

Shona loves contouring, so I used Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette - shade fawn, to softly contour Shona’s cheekbones, nose, forehead and jawline. I applied bronzer to all the high points of her face and a sweep of peach blush of the apples of the cheeks.

At the time I was actually experimenting with my own lipstick line, I have a small range of boutique cruelty free lipstick, so I used a soft nude brown to add to the vibe of this Grecian goddess nude look. I added a little definition to the lipline with a nude lipliner.

Shona’s Hair was by Vicki Lord.

Emily-Rose x 


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