Real talk: If you’ve never seen Downton Abbey before, drop everything you are doing and head over to Amazon’s video streaming service to catch up on it if you are a Prime member. Because it is amazing. The drama is a time period piece that is beloved by pretty much anyone who watches it. It’s the story of a wealthy household in England, and the goings on between the family and their staff who help to run the estate.
Not only is the storyline incredible, but the wardrobe is too! I especially love their makeup, which I am recreating for you today! I’ve never done a makeup tutorial on my blog before so we will see how this goes. Let me tell you though, trying to take pictures by yourself is pretty difficult with no tripod, so please excuse the selfie style I had to resort to.
This makeup look is perfect for those days when you want that “no makeup-makeup look”. The makeup for Downton Abbey characters is very simple; the brows are filled in neatly, the eyes are very natural, the skintone is even without being cakey, and the cheeks and lips are rosy.
If you are curious about achieving this look, read on!
I’m starting with a bare face here so you can compare the before and after if you wish.
Step One: Fill in your brows using whatever product is your favorite! Do not redraw your brows to make them thicker or thinner; the emphasis here is on looking natural, so simply fill in the sparse areas you may have and call it a day. I’m using the Bodyography Brow Trio from my May Boxycharm, mixing the lightest color and the medium brown. To apply it, I’m using an angled brow brush. After, simply brush through your brows to blend any harsh lines.
Step Two: Apply a primer to both eyes. This will help your shadows to appear more vibrant and will also help them last longer throughout the day without creasing. I’m using the MICA Beauty Eye Primer, which is just okay. I prefer the NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base.
Step Three: Start with a matte mauve shadow and apply this all across your eyelid, from the lash line up and through the crease. This is the only shadow we will be applying on the lid, because the point of the Downton Abbey makeup is to define the eyes while still looking natural. I’ve used Limit, from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I applied it using the fluffy side of the brush that the palette comes with, but any fluffy brush will do. Using a fluffier brush helps to give it a softer effect, which is ideal for the look.
Step Four: Apply a matte cream shadow under the brow bone. This will help to highlight your eyes and your brows. I used Strange from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, but really any cream or white shadow will do. Just make sure it is matte, because no one’s eye makeup on the show contains any shimmer.
Step Five: Mascara! I’m applying Maybelline Full N’ Soft Mascara to my top lashes only. This mascara is perfect for this look because it gives a little bit of definition to the lashes without making them look overly dramatic. It also leaves the lashes soft to the touch, which is something I like.
Step Six: Even out your skin tone using a matte powder, light BB Cream, or light-coverage foundation. Here, I’m using a random powder that I tested for L’Oreal. Anything that matches your natural skin tone will do.
The Final Look
I obviously added a headband for dramatic, regal effect. This is an old one from Loft. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know if you like these kinds of posts, because I have a couple more ideas for ones later!
Thanks for reading, as always.