Afternoon Tea Vintage

The Queens 90th Birthday is approaching and in the spirit of celebration we have put together this English vintage afternoon tea look -perfect for lunches with friends or any special events you may be attending!

Start by moisturising the face for a smooth canvas for your make up - we love Dior HydraLife.

While the moisturiser is absorbing, lets begin work on the eyes. Start by priming the lids, right up to the brow bone, gently dabbing it into the skin with your ring finger. We are using Urban Decays Primer Potion Eye primer.

For that soft look we are picking up our Zoeva Naturally Yours palette and our Bella&Bear Jaugarundy brush and applying a matte cream shadow to the lid - we've used shade 'Pure'. Follow this by picking up your Bella&Bear Leopard Cat Pencil brush and a matte brown shadow (we've used 'Soft&Sexy') and work it all along the crease of the eye in a windscreen wiper motion - this will give the eyes a deeper set, doll-like look.

To give a gorgeous glow to the face we are buffing some of Gerard Cosmetics BB+ Illumination creme over the entire face with our Bella&Bear Lynx  Kabuki brush. The golden particles in this product are perfect for bringing light to the face.

For that vintage flawless skin we are applying Revlons PhotoReady Foundation all over the face and onto the neck with our Bella&Bear Lynx Kabuki Brush and blending outward. We love this foundation as it is lightweight but provides great coverage for a smooth finish.

Lets cover those problem areas! We're going in with our Bella&Bear Ocelot large Concelar Brush and some Collection Lasting Perfection concealer and using sweeping, outward strokes to blend those problems away. (Tip; using a concealer 1 shade lighter than your foundation will bring extra light to that area of the face, perfectly disguising those blemishes and dark areas!)

We have decided not to apply a powder over our foundation for this look, as we want to go for the dewy finish, but if your skin is particularly oily, or if you prefer a matte finish then you can go ahead and apply your powder now! Hint; we recommend using your Bella&Bear The Tiger large powder brush as it picks up the perfect amount of product and the soft bristles give a soft, perfectly even finish.

To further accentuate those eyes we are going in with the same matte brown shadow and Bella&Bear Leopard Cat pencil brush and applying the shadow along the outer two thirds of the lower lashline.

A simple wing is iconic for any vintage makeup and to get the perfect liner our top tip is to begin by creating a line of dots, starting at the middle of the lashline, where you want your liner to go, and then simply join them up! This way you avoid mistakes and overly thick or exaggerated liner.

For full control and precision we are using our Bella&Bear Caracal liner brush and our favourite liner NYX Gel Liner.

After curling our lashes with our Bella&Bear Eye&Mighty curlers and applying a light slick of our favourite Urban Decay Perversion mascara we are injecting some glam into the look with falsies. Lashes were simple but defined in the golden age so we've decided to use these Revlon Volumize V101 lashes which are fine but elongated on the outer edge giving a natural yet doll-like finish! We're applying the lashes with our Bella&Bear angled tweezers, getting them as close to the natural lashline as possible.

To frame the eyes we are going to fill in the brows. Taking inspiration from the dream girls of vintage times we are going for a defined, arched brow. To start we are brushing the brows through and into the desired shape with the spoolie end of our Bella&Bear Iberian Lynx brush and we are then filling in and defining the brows with the angled brush end and our favourite brow product; Freedom Makeup Brow Pomade. To finish we are going to brush through the brows again with the spoolie end to disperse and even out the product.

Lets start work on that pout! Since this look is designed for lunches and brunches we are going to go for a more toned down lip and switching that trademark red lip in favour of a blushing pink.

To help lipstick last for longer we are beginning by lining and filling in the lips with a pencil. Here, we are using Essence Wish me a Rose. We are then going on to filling in the lips with Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte in 'Nude-ist' and we are using our Bella&Bear Rusty Spotted Cat lipbrush to work it over the lips. Using a lip brush gives a more even coat of product to the lips and allows more control when applying - meaning no bleeds or mistakes!

Lets pull this look together by bringing some shape and structure to the face. 

Pick up your Bella&Bear Cheetah Duo Fibre Powder brush and a matte rose contour shade (We're using the BH Cosmetics Contour & Blush Palette) and begin to contour the hollows of the cheeks. Rose cheeks were a staple of the time and contouring the cheeks with this colour gives the look a more modern edge. You can also lightly contour the temples with the same shade for extra structure.

We are then using the same brush with our favourite highlight; Makeup Revolution Iced Hearts, and gently dusting it along the cheekbones, brow bones, the tip of the nose and the cupids bow for a glamorous glow. 

To keep your make up in place throughout your engagements, spritz your face with some of Makeup Revolutioins Oil Control Fixing spray.

For the hair, we are starting by brushing though with our Bella&Bear The Bear Paddle Brush and we are then going to curl the bottom two thirds of hair. After allowing this to cool we are going to brush through again to soften the curls and give them that vintage vibe!

You're ready! Add some pearls and gloves, grab a cup of good ol' English tea and a shortbread cookie and get ready to celebrate like the queen you are! We think this look is super fun and super glam and will work for everyone!

Don't forget you can find all of the Bella&Bear tools listed in this tutorial in our online store - and please tag us on Insta (@Bella_andbear) with your recreations!