What happened when I tried doing my makeup like the Love Island girls – cosmopolitan.com (UK)

After 7 weeks of watching a group of offensively attractive single people frolicking around a luxury villa in Mallorca, I, like the rest of the nation, have grown to adore Love Island in ways that I never thought possible.

Could I honestly say 3 months ago that I appreciated the forgotten bops of Blazin’ Squad? No, I could not.

And considering I’d quite like get engaged for the sole purpose of throwing myself a Love Island themed hen party, I think it’s safe to say that I’m going to miss this show.

So, because I can’t quite say goodbye to my favourite Islanders just yet, I decided to set myself a challenge to try and recreate some of the best (or at least most memorable) makeup looks the girls have sported throughout the series – mainly since I have a holiday coming up and could really do with some strong looks that go great with my personalised Love Island water bottle.

First thing’s first, I am the first to admit that I am no Picasso when it comes to slap. I’ve been known to stare at the Cosmopolitan beauty team in pure awe as they highlight and eyeliner flick their way to perfection, while cursing myself for never getting educated on the wonders of contouring.

For reference purposes, here is my regular makeup look… which I haven’t altered since about 2011.

I know, boring right? Well, I was about to be thrown into the Candy Land that is the Cosmo Beauty Cupboard, and with the help of Beauty and Fashion Writer LC, I was armed with products and ready to paint my face so well that Harry Styles would find me and tell me those 9 words every girl wants to hear: “I want to couple up with this girl because…”

The looks were 100% my type on paper, but would these looks turn me into a right mug? Let’s find out…


My fave look of hers

I started with Liv’s look because I naively thought it would be the easiest to recreate. Spoiler alert, NONE OF THIS WAS EASY.

What I liked about this look was that it had components I could understand – strong highlighter, a nude lip, brows I’d sell my family for – but where I went wrong was that I just didn’t have the confidence to pull it off.

My recreation

In hindsight, the lipstick was more orange than nude, and while I think I got the highlighter right, I should probably leave the smoky eye thing to the professionals. GREAT START.

An important note: one of my colleagues told me I was acting a bit stroppy once I’d finished this look, and after what I went through to achieve such sub par results, I can absolutely understand why Liv gets a bit overwhelmed sometimes. Mascara isn’t a game.

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara, £25.50; Ciate Glow-To highlighter in Moondust, £26Trish McEvoy Fast-Track Face Stick highlighter, $35; L’Oreal Lumi Magique foundation, £10.99; TooFaced Melted Latex High Shine lipstick in Hopeless Romantic, £19; Smashbox #ShapeMatters eye palette, £36; Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil, £16; Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick, £23.50; L’Oreal Glam Bronze La Terra, £12.99.


My fave look of hers

Love Island makeup looks

This wasn’t so much my favourite Amber look as much as I liked that she wore it out on a date outside the villa, meaning it was a proper ‘out-out’ style for her. I admired just how impressively matte she looks out in the Spanish sun, so even without the infamous gold-leaf earrings, I decided to try my hand at it.

My recreation

In case you can’t tell, my face here is about as dry as a one-on-one chat with Alex. Like, I’m not trying to be dramatic but I thought my face was going to fall off.

Dedicated to the matte cause, I used a special primer that was supposed to render my skin free of moisture, and I’m honestly surprised it managed to stop at my face and not suck the blood straight out of my veins.

Still, it did the job, because my foundation was matte AF, and once I’d sorted my bronzer out and accepted that red matte lipstick is for girls who can draw in straight lines, I was quite impressed with myself (as long as I ignored my terracotta eyelids).

Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in Underage Red, £17; Marc Jacobs re(Marc)able foundation in Ivory Medium, £37; Urban Decay De-Slick Complexion Primer, £23; MAC eyeshadow in Amber Lights, £13.50; Bourjois Mat Illusion Bronzing Powder, £7.99; Urban Decay Perversion mascara, £19; Model Co kohl black eyeliner pencil, £5.50; Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil, £20.


My fave look of hers

When I started this challenge I thought Montana and Camilla’s looks would be the easiest for me to try out, because even their ‘done up’ makeup tends to be quite natural looking, which I seemed to think meant ‘simplest’. I was wrong, because everything is hard when you’ve never used a liquid eyeliner in your life.

My recreation

Love Island makeup looks

You know what, I’m feeling myself here. I committed to the strong brow, I didn’t panic about using a lip liner AND I even treated myself to some corner lashes. That makes me a registered MUA now, yeah?

I may also like this look because it’s made me realise that Montana and I both have that dead-eyed shark look sometimes, and now I feel closer to her.

MAC Face and Body foundation, £23.50; Haute Couture Trio Lashes By KISS, £7.49; Too Faced Natural Love eyeshadow palette, £52; Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, £19; Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er liquid eyeliner, £23; L’Oreal Matte Lip Paint in Babe’in, £6.99; Benefit Hoola bronzer, £24.50; Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit liner in Go To, £6.99; Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil, £20; Benefit High Brow Glow Brow highlighter pencil, £18.50.


My fave look of hers

Gabs probably has the most natural approach to her makeup regime, which I love, and over the course of the series she’s been getting glowy AF – which you could probably put down to the massive amount of sunlight they all get, but I choose to believe it’s because she’s in luuuuuuurve.

So, as a single girl whose last relationship involved high school prom, I tried to recreate that loved up glow.

My recreation

Note to self: being in love isn’t the same thing as emptying an entire container of bronzer on your face.

Still, I’m not mad at the highlight situation going on here, and I’ve slipped that metallic eyeshadow straight into my makeup bag.

Too Faced Hangover Face Primer, £27; MAC Face and Body foundation, £23.50; Kiko Cream Crush Colour Eyeshadow in Pearly Gold, £6.90; MAC Strobe Cream, £25; Too Faced Love Light in You Light Up My Life, £25; Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, £15.50; L’Oreal Glam Bronze La Terra, £12.99; Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in Go To, £6.99; Barry M That’s Swell lip plumper, £4.99; Urban Decay Perversion mascara, £19.


My fave look of hers

Full disclosure, I love Camilla Heather Thurlow so much I can barely watch her on my TV without shedding a tear, so to say all of her make up looks are ICONIC is an understatement for me.

Sure, she wears white eyeliner on her water line like we all did in Year 9. And yes, her eyelashes do sometimes seem like they could pick up a Wi-fi connection on a clear day, but that’s what makes her so pure. She’s too busy disposing of landmines to know about Kylie Jenner’s latest lip kit colour!

My recreation

I mean, it’s not great, is it. I haven’t helped myself by wearing stripes, because I look like a slightly sexed up street mime.

But hey, I might be converted to the false lashes cause… even if it is so I can potentially meet a man like Jamie hanging around outside a Pret one day.

L’Oreal Lumi Magique foundation, £10.99; MAC Eye Kohl eyeliner in Fascinating, £14.50; Eylure Exaggerate Lashes in No 146, £7.25; Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, £19; Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil, £20; L’Oreal Glam Bronze La Terra, £12.99; MAC D for Danger lipstick, £16.50; Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Fire Starter, £5.99.

With thanks to King of the Booth.

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