Saturday, 24 January 2015

Happy Little How To: Irene Adler - Make up.

Welcome to my first Happy Little How To. I'm super excited to share it!
I'm starting with an Irene Adler make up tutorial. The look I will be recreating is from the BBC's Sherlock staring the stunning Lara Pulver. (Well this seems like an excellent excuse to post a picture of Sherlock himself Benedict Cumberbatch.... swoon)
Who wouldn't want to emulate the style of the the woman that turned the head of Sherlock. She is powerful, sexy, clever and can go toe to toe with Mr Holmes. Yes 'The Woman' is definitely the look to go for when you want to feel confident enough to take on the world. In 'A Scandal in Belgravia' Irene Adler prepares for Sherlocks arrival. This gives us lots of gorgeous close ups of her make up to copy.
The only thing I needed to purchase specifically for this look was the turquoise eyeliner which, along with her 'blood' red lips, are key to her signature look. There are lots of lovely metallic turquoise eyeliners out there. So you should be able to find one that matches your skin tone. I bought mine for £1.00 from Superdrugs MUA collection and it works a treat! 
The first few of steps are just your base layers so carry on with your make up routine as normalBelow I've explained how I start my beauty routine! 

Apply a base layer of primer and foundation. I use Boots No 7 in Warm Ivory. Next a sweep of bronzer as alas I'm not blessed with the porcelain perfection that is Lara Pulver's skin tone. Then some pink blush on the apples of my cheeks gives me a fresh look. Don't rush the basics. Irene's look is flawless so a good base is very important.
Irene's liner is a thin line along her lashes and doesn't go past the lash line. However I like a little wing and flick! I have not found a better eyeliner than Collection 2000 Extreme 24 hour Felt Tip Liner. It's sooooo easy to put on and it finishes like liquid.
Now above the black apply the turquoise liner. A defined line so the colour really stands out. This colour pop is essential to Irene Adler's eyes so take your time and get it nice and neat. 

Next in the corner of your eye add a touch of smoky grey to add a bit more drama to the look. I like to smudge a little grey into the socket line.Finally for the eyes lashings of mascara! If you have one use an eyelash curler to add length and curl to your lashes.
Your eyes are done! 
To complete this look you need some fabulous red lipstick. In Sherlock Irene requests the colour 'Blood' for her lips. However I'm a little sweeter than my favourite dominatrix so I love 'Cherry Pie' Super Stay 24 Hour Color by Maybelline. But I sense that a request for 'Cherry Pie' would not have had the same dramatic effect even in Lara's sultry tones. I love this lipstick. Once on it does not budge. You only need to top up the glossy top coat to keep you lips looking glamorous! 
And Ta Da! I'm done. All I need to work on is my mischievous smile and I'm ready to take on Sherlock Holmes and the British Government.......... Or a night of cocktails with the girls.... Probably the cocktails. 
I hope you enjoyed the first tutorial. I really enjoyed putting it together. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment. If you have a go at the tutorial and post a picture to social media please use the hashtag #HLHT so I can find it! I'd love to see a little army of Irene's taking over the world! 
Much Love 
Charlie x 


  1. Thank you SO MUCH for this amazing make up post. I adore The Woman and this is so effective and striking. You look gorge! Xx

    1. Awwww thanks so much for your sweet comment!

    2. Let's here it for Irene! Now we know her make-up secrets. Thanks for breaking down all the steps, Charlie. You look amazing, and make the process look so easy. x

    3. Thanks Jackie. I love Irene and now we can steal her style!