In 2007 Kate Moss won Best British Model at the World Models Portfolio Awards and was named one of The Sunday Times’ 100 Most Beautiful People in Britain that year. But before becoming a top model, Moss started out modeling barely any make-up on her face. She told The Guardian newspaper in 2011, “I used to go to sleep with no foundation because I didn’t want my pores to show.” Her secret is simple — just use your natural skin tone as a base and build upon that. In fact, if you were looking for the original non-model way to get the same effect, try applying some mascara and eyeliner instead of heavy foundation and blush (which we’ll discuss below). Here are our favorite tips for getting the right amount of beauty products needed to achieve the Kate Moss Look.
1. Use Foundation
The first thing we recommend anyone who wants to copy Kate Moss’ flawless complexion do is start off using a good moisturizer. It doesn’t matter what kind of foundation you choose to apply next since the end result will still come down to the quality of the moisturizer you put on first. You can even skip foundations completely and focus more on using cream blushes, bronzer, eye shadows, and highlighters. These four items alone can create a great finished product, especially if paired together correctly. For example, using shimmery eyeshadows over matte ones makes them appear brighter and whiter while highlighting undertones helps to balance everything else out.
If you prefer liquid foundation, there are plenty of brands available today specifically designed for women who have sensitive complexions, so check out which one works best for you. We also suggest using mineral powders rather than pressed creams due to their light consistency and ability to blend seamlessly into the skin. A little bit goes a long way since they aren’t clumpy, greasy, or cakelike.
For extra coverage, you may need to layer two different foundations to give yourself a fully blended finish. Some people find layering works better than others depending on whether or not the layers match well together. To avoid blending problems, stick to creamy textures such as mousse, gel, or cream. Avoid anything too powdery or loose – it might settle into lines or wrinkles.
Here are several basic principles to keep in mind when choosing a foundation color:
Choose a shade that matches your skin perfectly.
Go darker for fairer skin tones.
Try to stay within the range of your normal skin colors.
Avoid lighter shades as they tend to age older faster.
Don’t buy expensive brand names unless you know that you really love it. Instead, shop around until you find something affordable that suits your needs.
You should never mix foundation colors between palettes. This can cause streaks, discoloration, and other unsightly effects.
Finally, remember that everyone has a unique combination of pigments throughout their bodies, including their faces, so take your time experimenting with various foundations to see what looks most like yours.
To learn more about foundations, read on to the next page.
2. Highlighting & Contouring
When contouring and highlighting certain areas of the body, always pay attention to where your bones begin and end. Start with drawing lightly along the sides of the nose, then move downward toward the jaw line. Next, draw a straight vertical line across your forehead from temple to temple. From there, continue contouring upward following the bone structure of your cheeks and chin. Drawing large circles above each ear is optional, but very flattering on many types of facial features. Finally, stop at the corners of your mouth, underneath your brows, and along your lips. That concludes the contour portion of the process. Now highlight the rest of your face using shadow and concealer.
Highlights are usually applied directly onto the cheekbones themselves, or sometimes slightly lower on the bridge of the nose. They work best against bright backgrounds and during warmer times of the day. As mentioned earlier, highlights should complement your overall coloring scheme, so consider trying to stay away from pastels and neutrals. Also, make sure you’re familiar enough with the tools and techniques necessary to properly apply them. Otherwise, you could end up having uneven edges or missed spots.
Next, let’s talk about what to do once you’ve highlighted your entire face. Read on to discover the secrets behind creating the perfect smoky eye.
3. Blush & Eyeshadow
Blushing isn’t exactly recommended among doctors because it causes capillary constriction and inflammation, leading to rashes. However, it remains popular amongst fashion models and celebrities alike because of its subtlety and versatility. But why use makeup to mimic this feature anyway? Well, the reason is simply because it creates depth and life, plus it provides emphasis to specific parts of the face — namely the apples of the cheeks. Just make sure that whatever blush you decide to wear blends nicely with your skin type and natural coloring.
Eyeshadow is another important step towards achieving the Kate Moss Look. Depending on the occasion, it can either make your eyes pop out or disappear altogether. Always play around with different hues and finishes until you find the perfect fit. Try pairing neutral browns with orange, pink, purple, yellow, blue, green, red, silver, white, black, and copper — anything goes! Another tip is to experiment with bold colors like fuchsia, lime green, chartreuse, royal blue, magenta, and hot pinks. And finally, don’t forget to add a few sparkles here and there for added dimensionality.
Now that you understand what kinds of makeup to avoid, you’re ready to master the art of contouring and highlighting. Read on to learn how.
Brows are typically thought of as being the focal point of a woman’s appearance, but the truth is that every single person’s eyebrows look quite different. There are literally hundreds of styles and variations possible to suit almost anybody’s taste. Before deciding on which eyebrow shape to pursue, determine your own unique style preferences. What shapes would appeal to you? Is length important? Are width and arch level equally relevant? Once you’ve decided on a general category, narrow things down further based on personal preference. Experiment with different sizes until you come up with a brow design that fits your personality best.
As far as actual application is concerned, we highly recommend sticking to methods that require minimal skill. Using a pencil is definitely easier than making tiny strokes with a sharpie, yet both provide similar results. Begin by filling in your desired brow outline with whichever method you elect to use, followed by adding small amounts of pigment to soften the shape. Then, fill in the gaps with the remaining color until your entire brow has been covered. Afterward, smooth out your brows with your fingertips to ensure uniformity and cleanliness. Lastly, set your brows with an angled brush to prevent stray hairs from poking through.
On the next page, we’ll share additional advice on how to achieve the Kate Moss Look.
Hair spray is made up of chemicals that dry out your scalp and can potentially irritate your follicles. Unfortunately, it’s often overlooked when searching for ways to improve your mane, despite containing ingredients like alcohol, silicone oils, fragrances, waxes, detergents, dyes, preservatives, and propellants. Luckily, there are lots of alternatives available nowadays, ranging from lightweight sprays to thick gels, that offer comparable moisture and volume without harming your locks. Keep in mind that some sprays contain water, so try keeping bottles closed whenever possible. Furthermore, make sure you only use sprays sparingly. Too much can weigh down your tresses and leave them flat and lifeless.
Waxes are generally avoided by those with oily scalps, but there are a couple exceptions worth mentioning. Shea butter and coconut oil help seal cuticle nooks and promote healthy nail growth. Other examples include jojoba oil, olive oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, apricot kernel extract, almond oil, walnut oil, and hazelnut oil. These substances act as emollients, meaning they increase flexibility and suppleness, thus promoting shinier, healthier ends.
Lastly, you shouldn’t neglect shampooing when learning how to become someone like Kate Moss. On the next page we’ll discuss the importance of proper shampooing.