Get The Look: Caitriona Balfe from Outlander


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My house is obsessed with Outlander. Maybe it's because we desperately want to go back to Ireland (the show is in Scotland, but it reminds us of our trip) or maybe it's because Jamie (Sam Hueghan) reminds me of a Scottish Tim Riggins. Or maybe it's because it's one of the few shows with such a strong female lead, real drama and smart writing. Either way, the back half of the first season can't get here fast enough.

While supervising makeup artist Julie Kendrick won't spill the details on how she actually gets the look, here's how you can copy it for yourself (without being born in a time machine, like Kendrick suggests). Just apply everything with a light hand, forgetting how pinterest images look and embrace your natural beauty!


Start with clean, prepped skin. Apply a concealer that is the tiniest bit lighter than your regular skin tone to your under eye area, lids, around your nose and onto your cheeks. Laura Mercier's High Coverage Concealer works well. Be sure to use a light hand. The goal is to create a bright, but natural highlight across your eyes and the tops of your cheeks. Add a bit of natural-looking foundation to your forehead and the lower half of your cheeks, if needed. Caitriona has such creamy skin, you'll want to avoid excessive foundation and powder. For a very natural finish, try a foundation like Chanel's Vitalumiere Aquaultra Light Skin Perfecting foundation.


Forget contouring. Instead take a bright pinky color and apply the smallest amount to the apple of your cheeks, blending slightly back toward the hairline. Your cheeks should look as if you've been running away from Black Jack Randall, not as if you've spent the morning getting dressed by a housekeeper or attendant. Skip the shine, opt for matte colors instead. Try Estee Lauder's Pure Color Powder Blush in Exotic Pink.

Forget eye shadow. Play up your lashes with a very natural mascara that will make the most of what you've got, without actually looking like you are wearing mascara. Aveda Mosscara in Forest Black is a perfect choice. If you really want to, add a touch of a a satin eyeshadow one shade lighter than your skintone to the area just below your arch and also in the corner of your eyes. Add a touch of powder to your brows to help define the arch, using a very light hand.


Finally, for your lips, you'll want a soft flush that looks like you've just rolled out of bed. Try a lip stain or dot a satin-y rose colored lipstick in the center of your lips and blend with your fingers. Tarte's LipSurgence Lip Tint in Grateful would be perfect.

I'm off to Etsy to look for more inspiring ideas (I got this cowl). Are you watching Outlander? This Sassenach can't get enough!


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