Firstly, thank you for your sweet comments on my pictures in this post and on Instagram (search for bycelina if you wish to follow me too). A makeup tutorial of the look was highly requested so I will share how I did my makeup in this post, as well as a few contouring tricks that might come in handy if you’re off to a photoshoot.

1. Start by prepping your skin with a moisturiser and let it sink in for about 10 minutes. If your skin is very dry or you suffer with skin conditions like rosacea or acne with inflamed patches, it might be of help to also use a primer like the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast (which actually isn’t a primer at all, but I discovered it for this purpose through the talented makeup artist Lisa Eldridge).

2. If your skin is very dry you can use a foundation, but I recommend using a powder as the finish will look better on camera. Cover any spots with a concealer, and cover your under eye area if you suffer from baggy eyes. I used Glo Minerals gloPressed base followed by a few touch ups of Glo Minerals gloCamouflage concealer on my spots. A great way of applying a concealer is to use the tip of a brush, and then dab it lightly with a finger until it’s melted into your skin. Try to fight the urge to rub and smudge ;)

Nota bene: Don’t use moisturiser, primer or foundation with SPF in as it will make your skin appear shiny.

3. Onto the eyes. I washed a matte eyeshadow (Mac Brule) over my entire eyelid using a fluffy brush. I then blended in some of the contouring blush (which I will be talking more about later on) in the crease and carelessly lined my lashline with a brown pencil from Lancôme. Using a small flat brush and a brown eyeshadow (Mac Cork), I smudged the eyeliner to make it softer, you can read more about that technique here. I also repeated this technique on the outer part of my lower lashline, making it fade in towards the tear ducts. To finish off I applied my favourite fake eye lashes. The lashes are far too long in real life, but they always look amazing on camera. I used no. 113, but no. 120 is also gorgeous! You can find them here and here. Lastly I applied a bit of mascara, using YSL Faux Cils.

4. After having applied powder, the natural shadows of the face gets washed out so we need to contour the face again. This is when I will let you in on my secret love affair with contouring products. I have been a massive contouring geek and I have probably over 30 different contouring products in my drawer. My favourite contour product over all is… drumroll.. NYX blush in the colour Taupe ($5), which is the perfect matte shadowy colour for contouring, and I applied it like this:


♥ Use a matte greyish brown product (contouring product) where you want to create shadows, and to make something appear smaller. It’s just as important as to find the right shade as to find a matte product. Bronzers are often too orange, so use either a darker face powder or a blush.
♥ Use a light toned matte or shimmery product (highlighter) where you want to accentuate and highlight, and make something appear bigger. A shimmery product looks great on the cheeks, but for the nose a matte highlighter will look better.

Slimmer nose: Use a highlighter along the bridge of your nose, and create shadows using a contouring product along the sides.
Shorter nose: Use a contouring product just underneath the tip of your nose.
Hide double chin: Apply the countouring product along your jaw line and in a triangular area with the tip of your chin being the tip of the triangle.
Accentuate cheekbones: Apply a highlighter on top of your cheekbones (where you can feel the bone) and blend upwards. Use a contouring product just underneath you cheekbones. This line should go from the top of your ear towards the corner of your mouth, and the line should be at its strongest in the midle, fading out at both ends.
Make your face more narrow: Apply a contouring product along the sides of your face, and use the technique for accentuating cheekbones.
Make your jaw appear more narrow (great for wide square and triangle face types): Apply a contouring product on the side of your jaw just inbetween your cheekbone and your lower jawline. It can also be wise to apply a highlighter to the sides of your forehead as this will even out your face shape.
Make your face shorter (great for oblong face types): Apply a contouring product on the top of your forehead and in a triangular area with the tip of your chin being the tip of the triangle, and blend upwards. Apply a highlighter on top of your cheekbones, making your face appear wider.
Fuller lips: Line your lips with a lipliner making the line strongest in the midle, and fading out towards the corners of your mouth. Use a highlighter (like a liquid highlighter or a nude coloured lipstick) in the midle of your lips, and lightly dab a lipstick a smidgen darker than of the colour of your lips on the rest of your lips. For extra pouty lips you can dab a bit of lipgloss just in the midle on top of the nude/highlighted area. You can read even more about contouring lips in this post.

 What do you think of the tutorial? Will you try it? :)


  • annabell September 9, 2012, 13:23

    Great post! :) Powder foundations are just a No-Go for me as my skin is really dry. For those with dry skin, who don’t have to cover too much spots and scars, I’d recommend Chanel Vitalumiere although it has SPF in it. It looks just lovely. The pixiwoo sisters are using this foundation a lot, too :) Hve a great sunday! <3

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 14:11

      It’s a lovely foundation for use in everyday, but for photoshoots the SPF will make the face look shiny :/ For dry skin it’s better to use a foundation witout spf and do a light powder touch-up on top. Have a lovely Sunday, Annabell <3 xx

      • annabell September 9, 2012, 16:20

        Yes that’s true but with the Vitalumiere foundation I never noticed a flash back or a shiny face :D But probably it’s because my skin is super dry at the moment and I’m just sooo happy when I’m able to create a nice, dewy and glowy look :) Maybe Armani luminous silk woud be a nice option without SPF :) <3

        • md April 13, 2013, 18:39

          Armani LS is indeed a very photogenic foundation! I have also heard from others that Vitalumiere doesn’t cause flashback despite the SPF…I will definitely try it eventually!

  • Sonia September 9, 2012, 13:35

    Celina, you are incredibly beautiful! This look suits you a lot and you remind me of Brigitte Bardot! I will definitely try this look^^ By the way, I´ve tried banana ice-cream today using your recipe. It tastes heavenly and I can eat it without feeling guilty :D Thank you so much for this tutorial and the recipe < 3 By the way, how did it go at the hairdressers?Did you die your hair?It looks so gorgeous!Have a good day xx

    P.s. I have always suffered from face moles and I´m really annoyed by them :( Unfortunately, I haven´t found a good covering product yet. Any tips maybe? I will be really grateful for your advice :)

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 14:09

      Aw, thank you!! It makes me so happy to hear that you’ve found the recipe useful – it is so delicious, right? Another delicious inncoent dish is frozen mango – either as it is or blended into a sorbet :)

      I haven’t gone to the hair dresser yet as James is away and I don’t want to leave the puppy alone for that long hehe.. So I decided to wait until James is back from L.A and Asia. I’m quite happy with the natural colour I have now, so I will only do a hair cut – will update once it’s done :) As for face moles I can’t give you any other advice than concealer. But face moles isn’t neccessarily anyhting you’d want to hide – think Marilyn Monroe, Eva Mendez and Cindy Crawford :D

      • Sonia September 9, 2012, 23:05

        Oh yes, the ice cream was very delicious! Thanks again <3 Mango you say?I will definitely try :D

        You are really lucky with your hair, Celina! And your new blog design, I love it! Your blog is definitely my favourite and the best I have seen so far <3

        • Celina September 9, 2012, 23:12

          Thank you so much, Sonia! I really appreciate it <3 Let me know what you think of the frozen mango ;) xx

  • Anja September 9, 2012, 13:42

    Takk for et bra og informativt innlegg! :D Gleder meg til å prøve ut, kanskje jeg kan jukse til meg en smalere nese, høhø ;)
    Leverer cherryculture til Norge? Eller vil det bli dyrt?
    Liker det nye designet ditt forresten! Ser skikkelig profesjonelt og ryddig ut :-)

    Ha fin dag! :-)

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 14:02

      Cherryculture leverer til Norge, og de skriver ned verdien på pakken dersom du spør om det ved check-out, så det blir ikke dyrt i det hele tatt. Blushene er bra, og øyeskyggene er gode – resten er ikke noe særlig :)

  • Thuy-Van September 9, 2012, 13:54

    Like your new header!
    Lately, you changed your header often. Arent you happy with it?

    Im going to order these lashes! They looks so natural en pretty!

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 14:01

      Thank you, glad you like it :)

      I try to change it quite often, at least every season. Now that autumn is here I wanted to make a new one :) xx

  • Anna M.O.G. September 9, 2012, 13:59

    You look very pretty,I love how you are false eyelashes.And your hair…georgeous!!!
    I´d like you to do more makeup tutorials,i love how your makeup,you are very elegant.Forgive me for my terrible english :))

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 14:41

      Aw, thank you! ♥

      I will try to do more of them, it just takes a lot of time which is why I haven’t been doing them more often. I don’t think you’re English is terrible at all :D xx

      • Anna M.O.G. September 9, 2012, 16:26

        Thanks!! :-) Now with the baby will have less time,I love the photos of the puppy, is a beauty.It looks like a ball of cotton candy

  • WB-Ingrid September 9, 2012, 14:09

    Nydelig lys, du ser fantastisk ut på det bildet. :) Dusingen under øynene var superfin, kanskje jeg må investere i noen nøytrale skygger fra Mac likevel. :)

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 14:39

      Tusen takk :) Must haves fra Mac: Brule, Cork, Espresso og Dazzle Light ♥ Det er de fire jeg har i go-to quaden min :)

  • line September 9, 2012, 14:28

    Bruker du glo pressed base i fargen honey light? Er den mørk? Jeg er litt usikker på hvilken farge jeg burde velge. Blir veldig lys på vinteren, men har ikke kald undertone. Synes ikke jeg har gul heller, er vel mer rosa. Bruker du honey light på sommeren og en lysere på vinteren? Huff, jeg plages alltid med foundations. Fikk anbefalt mac sin nc 30 nå i sommer, men syns den er litt for gul. Lurer på om nw er et bedre valg?

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 14:49

      Jeg bruker Honey Light når jeg er litt brunere, tipper den er noe lignende nc30. Når jeg er litt blekere bruker jeg Beige Medium som er litt kaldere, den kan nok være fin til deg også :)

  • Irene September 9, 2012, 14:54

    Utrolig bra innlegg! Veldig forklarende, lett å forstå for oss som ikke har heeeelt peiling på makeup verden som du ;) Takk!
    Har takket være deg begynt å bli mye flinkere å prøve ut nye merker og ikke minst begynt å bruke pensler istedet for fingre! (noen ganger i vertfall… hihi…)
    Men jeg lurer på en ting? i stressende perioder er jeg veldig flink å pille på nupper i ansiktet. (prøver å slutte…) Så ender jeg opp med rødmusset hud. Det er superirriterende. (og min egen feil…) men har du noe tips til produkter som kan lindre dette? Bruker en peeling to ganger i uken, men kanskje du vet om noe genialt? “Guru-Celina” …
    Har du foresten begynt på supermaten igjen? Jeg startet dagen med en green rensende smoothie. Supergod! :)

    Ha en flott dag! Jeg skal avgårde på yoga :)

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 14:57

      Så godt å høre :) Så flink du er som bruker pensler, tipper resultatet raskt ble mye bedre? hihi

      Jeg også plukker, skjønner ikke hvorfor jeg gjør det for det blir jo bare verre. Beste tipset er å slutte å plukke ;) Ellers har jeg lagt min elsk på Fresh Water fra Lush, en ansiktsspray som reduserer nupper for min del.

      Morsomt at du nevner supermat, jeg hadde min siste usunne dag igår, med is og det hele haha, og idag begynte jeg dagen med rå grønnsakssuppe :)

      Nyt Yoga-timen, flinkis ♥

      • Irene September 9, 2012, 20:04

        Takk for svar! :)
        jaaa, resultatet er blitt mye bedre. Var en sånn liten “AHA-opplevelse”. :) Gøy!
        Ja, sykt irriterende med den plukkingen, sier til meg selv HVER dag SLUTT, men så står jeg der foran speilet da og tenker at hvis jeg bare plukker litt før jeg legger meg så er det jo forsvunnet til morgendagen.. Men neida… Nå skal jeg virkelig gå inn for det ! Skal sjekke ut den ansiktssprayen! Takk! :)

        Jaja, Lørdag er det LOV å være usunn… Det syns jeg ihvertfall. Da er det ekstra motiverende å begynne på sunn søndag og resten av uken ;) Jeg klarte å spise en hel (!!) funghi pizza på olivias… Hva som skjedde vet jeg ikke. Har aldri klart det før. ha ha. også litt smågodt da.. men men. Det eeeeeer looov ;)

        Yoga var deiiilig. Må bli flinkere til å dra på det!
        Ha en superduper uke!

  • Liis R September 9, 2012, 15:03

    this picture is STUNNING, Celina!

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 15:09

      Thank you :D ♥

  • Kathleen September 9, 2012, 15:54

    These photos are beautiful. I have to get some portraits done in a few week and I will be sure to keep these tips in mind. You should keep posting makeup tutorials!! They are so fun. :)

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 15:58

      Glad you liked it, I will try to make more :) Have fun on your shoot :* xx

  • Ester September 9, 2012, 16:34

    Thank you so much for this look! Unfortunately for me I have to be very careful when I do my eyeshadow. For me, a lot goes a long way and just a little too much and I look like a raccoon which is why I appreciate your simpler makeup tutorials…and I look forward to more! :)

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 16:45

      Sounds like this tutorial is just perfect for you then seeing as I only use an eyeliner, you can always smudge it out less if you don’t want that smokey look. If you want an apperance of bigger eyes you can also add a bit a shimmery eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes. This will also make your eyes look brighter :) Will try to do more! xx

  • Ester September 9, 2012, 16:56

    Thank you! I will be sure to try that out :)

  • Jenni September 9, 2012, 17:01

    Great post, thanks for all the hard work u put into it. I have always wanted a real good instructional on how to contour properly so will get my nyx blush in taupe a try. Thanks for the tips about the forehead, tend to forget that part of the face :) Do u usually get a professional facial every change of the season? I don’t think I have come across any comment on this? I know you do a spa day at home but just wondered if u go to a professional ? Thanks, kisses to Linus

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 17:44

      Thank you, I’m happy you found it useful :) I enjoy going to the spa for body treatments, but facials I prefer doing at home as they normally just do the exact same thing anyway ( cleanse, mask, toner, serum, moisturise – with a bit of a massage). I think drinking plenty og water and eating healthily for a few weeks will brighten up your skin far more than any facial could ever do.

  • Ra September 9, 2012, 18:37

    I love brown eyes (I’m a rare one I guess) but the brown of your eyes is just stunning!

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 18:40

      Thank you, Ra :) Rare one? To like brown eyes, you mean? hehe

      • Ra September 15, 2012, 11:16

        Yes hence the brackets after that sentence.. Hehe..

        • Celina September 15, 2012, 13:54

          How odd that you consider it to be rare to like brown eyes. Maybe it’s just because there are so many people with blue and green eyes in Norway that brown eyes are considered beautiful.

  • Eline September 9, 2012, 18:52

    Oh my, så pen!!

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 18:59

      Tusen takk, *rødme*!! ♥

  • Carrie September 9, 2012, 19:27

    Great tips Celina! I love posts like this – I always learn something useful. And you look stunning btw!

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 19:34

      Yay, so happy you liked it :D Thank you, sweetie :*

  • Camila September 9, 2012, 19:53

    That first picture looks incredibly beautiful!
    Like a magazine cover!
    Love this tutorials, they’re really helpfull… :)

  • Siw September 9, 2012, 20:30

    Thank you so much for the contouring tips. I have been looking so long for a blusher that works. Mine have always been too orange and it just doesn’t look nice. I was wondering, do you always use this one on a day-to day basis or is it only when taking “photoshoot pictues”… I mean, does it look natural off camera as well?
    I have bought from Cherryculture now, so I am really looking forward to having it tested out :-)

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 20:38

      I use it for WE and especial occasions, but I avoid it during the daytime as I like to keep it simple in the daytime (and it’s too hot to keep it nice). I don’t apply as much, and I make sure I blend it very well in when I do use it :) Let me know what you think when you recieve it, I am sure you’ll love it! :)

  • Kait September 9, 2012, 22:40

    Great tutorial! Contouring is so important, though I learned to do mine for stage, which is much more extreme. I’m also a big fan of simply using a darker shade of powder for shadows instead of a bronzer. I thought I would share with you that I just got some new head shots taken for my auditions, and when I compared them to the ones a couple years ago, the first thing I noticed was that I could see the influence of your tutorials in the eye makeup. Soooo much better! Thanks for sharing your tips with us!

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 22:55

      Whoa? Really?? That is so cool, so happy to hear that :D

  • Laura September 9, 2012, 22:44

    I love this look! I’ve been scouring the internet for a tutorial like this all day, so glad I chose to read your blog today! You look so pretty, can’t wait to try it out now! xx

    • Celina September 9, 2012, 22:54

      Thank you so much, so happy to hear you like it! Let me know how it turns out for you :D xx

  • Taylor September 10, 2012, 03:20

    Beautiful job! You look stunning!! I am very interested to try this makeup base and all these fantastic tips! love the new banner…

  • Anett September 10, 2012, 10:33

    Nydelig design, og fantastisk make up :-)
    Bruker også falsies til fest, og bruker Duo sitt vippelim siden vippene da er enkle å fjerne med vanlig øyesminkefjerner – men lurer på hva som er beste måten å rense vippene for vippelim slik at de kan brukes igjen ?

    • Celina September 10, 2012, 11:29

      Duo vippelim bruker jeg og, beste som finnes :) Jeg pleier bare å bruke mine en gang, men kanskje en alkoholoppløsning fra apoteket kunne gjort susen?

  • Danielle Sheree September 11, 2012, 02:39

    Hi Celina,

    You look absolutely stunning in this photo! I love the new set up of the blog too – I am glad that you have reposted the links to your make up tutorials as they are what got me into your blog in the first place. Your pictures of Linus always make me smile too :)

    Keep up the beautiful work


  • Jacquelyn Anderson October 15, 2012, 06:18

    I love this, and all of your tutorials. Most girls (that I have seen) that do tutorials have very dark features so the makeup never turns out very good, at least on me. I love that you have fairer skin and blonde hair like me though. I usually use loads of fake tanner and bronzer in the fall and winter because I always felt like it was more attractive to be tan but you inspired me to embrace my fair skin because you look so gorgeous with it!
    I have used almost every single one of your tutorials and I can’t wait to see more. I am sooo glad StumbleUpon brought me to your blog. :) Thank you!!

  • Tori November 6, 2012, 22:16

    You are so gorgeous! What lip products did you use for the picture? Thanks:)

  • marie January 25, 2013, 15:09

    I chanced upon ur blog while surfing the net and I’m glad that I did! Love this makeup tutorial post. ;)

  • Amanda February 5, 2013, 18:52

    Great post, thanks for sharing.
    And by the way, what is your camera if you don’t mind?

  • dammy February 11, 2013, 13:47

    This is sooo inspiring and cool….as a makeup artist, u always learn new things about makeup….*cheers*

  • Brittany February 22, 2013, 06:42

    your goregous!!!!!!!!!! I mean wow I can see why ppl commented on your pictures lol and thanks for the tips esp the contouring tips bc it was exactly what i was looking for!!!!!!!

  • Larisa Duță March 31, 2013, 20:27

    This make up is awesome ! I must try it ! And you are very beautiful.

  • Jaimie June 18, 2013, 20:39

    Hi Celina!

    I just discovered your blog! It’s lovely! Just wondering what you recommend for the eyelash glue? I recently tried to put a pair on with no success. The glue was awful that came with it.


    • Celina June 19, 2013, 14:17

      Hi Jaimie! Welcome to the blog, happy to hear you like it :) I recommend Duo glue (can be bought at mac counters or online). The glue is great because it holds the lashes in place but is also easily to take off and doesn’t harm your lashes, and one tube lasts a long time. The glue that comes with the boxes are really rubbish! x

  • Tania September 2, 2014, 01:48

    Voilà! I finally found what I was looking for. Simple, concrete and natural. Thanks from here to China!

  • Petra December 18, 2014, 22:33

    Wow! The perfect makeup look for my backyard wedding next summer! :-D Just what I have been looking for.



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