It’s always lots of fun working with the powerhouse that is Pippa O Connor. I could probably paint her face in my sleep at this stage I’ve had the pleasure so many times… and I think she probably knows all of my tips from our shoots and the many fashion factories too! 

On this occasion I was getting Pippa ready to shoot the cover of VIP Magazine’s July issue. Naturally given the time of year we wanted to keep it soft glam and dewy and that’s exactly what we did. Today I’ll give you a closer look at her product list.

So starting with the base. Pippa and I are very alike - we love a glowing finish and that doesn’t mean shiny for any gals with oily skin who fear the word dewiness. Don’t worry!

I used Becca Cosmetics Priming Veil to keep her makeup on for longer and then I applied some Mac Strobe Cream into the edges of the face for some extra glow under the foundation. We went for one of Pippa’s favourites (and mine too!) which is the NARS Sheer Glow foundation in shade Stromboli. This is a great tan shade with a nice undertone.


The key to creating a dewy finish without the shine? I used MAC Blot Powder to set the face. This is a finely milled pressed powder so it’s good to reapply without caking or setting on the skin. Given it was a warm day I wanted something slightly stronger on our side too! On set days I would top up the model a lot or as needed so it’s important to use products that don’t cake.


As we all know I’m a big fan of highlighting the cheeks! I used my Sculpted Rose Gold Edition palette starting with the bronzer into the hollows of the cheeks, lightly around the hairline and down the sides of the nose. I then pressed the cream champagne highlighter into the tips of the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and cupid’s bow to highlight these areas. And let’s not forget blusher - one of my favs which we used in MAC Springsheen.


Pippa doesn’t need much done to her brows as they are done so well by Kim O Sullivan however a little definition never hurt anyone. Here I added some of the Benefit Ka Brow lightly into the base of the brow to maximise the shape.

For the eyes I put my Rose Gold palette highlighter under the brow with some of the bronzer into the crease followed by MAC Saddle to add a little more definition and then popped the lid with the new Charlotte Tilbury Cream Shadow in Marie Antoinette. This is gorgeous but quite creamy so just watch out if you have quite oily lids!


Then into the sides of the eyes I shaded some darker brown from MAC in the colour Brown Down to lightly smoke the edges. I did a little flick using Inglot Gel Liner in 77, applied some of the Penneys individuals lashes on which are just amazing for easy definition and volume.

I also popped my Rose Gold palette highlight down the centre of her shins too whenever her lovely legs were exposed! For the lips I used a fabulous lip liner for definition with MAC Brave lipstick.  This is a gorgeous strong pink without being fuchsia or neon and is such a popular bridal colour too. I added some clear gloss into the centre very lightly for one of the shots too.

All Pippa's makeup looks were created using my Sculpted Essentials Brush Set! Click on my online shop here to avail of this month's VERY special offer - when you purchase the Essentials Brush Set you now get a Sculpted Double Ended Brush absolutely FREE!


Bearing in mind Pippa is of course fabulous and barely needs any of these products but for an occasion it’s nice to get your makeup done and feel glam. I also used one of my brand new products soon to launch which I am nearly losing sleep about with excitement/impatience at this stage!

Until next time! If you have any questions you can find me on Facebook and Instagram or just drop me an email.


VIP Magazine Shoot Team

Photographer: Lili Forberg

Styling: Aideen Feely

Hair by The Green Room

Makeup by Aimee Connolly