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Channel your inner China doll

Channel your inner China doll

Why wait until Halloween to go for a dramatic make-up look? The China doll facade is ideal if you want to make a statement, or have no time left to find a fancy dress costume. Alexander McQueen models channelled this style on the runway during the Autumn/Winter 15 shows, but now it's your turn.


Begin with a good primer or BB cream as a base. One with a dewy finish, like Tom Ford Illuminating Primer or Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector, is a good option as we want some shine. Rub in all over and allow to dry, before applying another few dots to your forehead, cheekbones and tip of your nose as these are the areas you want to stand out.

With foundation go for something with a glow like L'Oréal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Foundation. The important part is that it's slightly lighter than your normal shade for a porcelain-like finish. Apply with a brush to get an even and light coverage, then top with a very light dusting of translucent/fair powder such as Too Faced Candlelight Glow Face Powder.

Your cheeks aren't complete without a touch of blush , but you don't want anything too bright. Pale coral and pink tones, as seen in Clinique's Cheek Pop blushes, work best applied to the apples of your cheeks.

The eyes

Doll's eyebrows are very faint so if you have dark hairs, add a thin layer of foundation or powder to lighten them. Take an eyebrow palette and use the lightest shade and a soft brush, or alternatively a kohl pencil, and gently fill in your brows - you want a neat finish so make sure no hair is left uncovered.

Pale tones continue on your eyelids to make your eyes stand out. Use a white shadow below your brow bone to highlight, then add a light pink to the outer corners of your lids, followed by a light apricot/peach tone in the inner corner and blend using a crème or pearl shade. This will give your peepers a round finish. Eyeliner comes next and we recommend one like Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner for precision. Apply from the middle of your upper lid and follow the natural curve, stopping slightly below the corners of your eyes. Draw another line below your lower waterline, starting from the same place, and join the end for a pointed finish.

Mascara is a vital part of this look - go for length with a product such as The Body Shop Super Volume Mascara, or if you're feeling confident apply a pair of falsies. You want that doll-like flutter and the only way to achieve it is with long lashes!

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