Caroline Flack's makeup artist Gemma Wheatcroft on how she gets X Factor ready

We're crushing on Caroline's smokey eyes

Ok, we admit it - we’re a little bit in love with Caroline Flack. From her casual-cool outfits (this woman knows how to wear shorts), to her incredible smokey eyes (talk about #eyelinergoals), Caroline is our go-to girl for Saturday night beauty inspiration – especially since the X Factor live shows started.

The woman behind Caroline’s incredible X Factor beauty looks? Meet Caroline’s make-up artist, Gemma Wheatcroft, who spilled all on how she gets Ms. Flack ready for the live shows, keeping things “cool, clean and simple”. Take it away, Gemma…


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The Base
“I always start with a flawless, sculpted base, so prep the skin with Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Eye Balm (£34), then buff in Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer Foundation (£38) with a foundation brush”.

“Take Rodial’s Airbrush Concealer (£32) in a lighter shade than your skin tone to highlight around the eyes”.

“We always go for a glowing skin finish by adding Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Bronzing Powder (£52) to the points of the face where the sun would catch (along your forehead, cheekbones and décolletage), and add a candlelit glow by sweeping their Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating Powder (£52) down the centre of the nose, the high points of the cheekbones, the inner corners of the eyes and the Cupid's bow".

Chanel’s Joues Contraste Powder Blush (£31), in the shade In Love, adds a pop of colour to the apples of the cheeks”. 

“Caroline’s natural brows only need a bit of grooming, so I use HD Brows Brow Colourfix Gel (£22)”.

“To get a soft grey-taupe smokey hue on Caroline’s eyes, I use MAC Silver Dawn Extra Dimension Eye Shadow (£16) and some simple Ardell Wispies Fasle Eyelashes (£5.49). For definition, I finish with lashings of Rodial Glamolash XXL Mascara to add flutter (£24), and add edge by winging out the classic smokey eye. Caroline’s favourite eyeliner is MAC Smoulder Eye Kohl (£14), which I add to the water line and smoke out for definition”.

“If we’re doing a smokey eye, Caroline wears a nude lip. Her favourite shade is from a vegan make-up brand, Nizz Cosmetics’ Cashmere Nude Lipstick (£9.99). For the final, we might go for a statement matte red lip on the Saturday. My top tip? Use a Bleach Hair Crayon as a lip pencil, topped off with Nizz Cometics' Moscow Red (£9.99) for a classic Hollywood red. 

“I add polish to the whole look by adding Benefit Bathina Body Oil And Mist (£26.50) to the collar bones and arms, and NARS Body Glow (£45) to enhance Caroline’s naturally tanned killer legs”. 

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And For The Final?
"We'll probably go for a statement matte lip on Saturday night, and an extra special smokey eye for Sunday's final - with sparkle!"