When It Hasn't Been Your Day, Your Week, Your Month Or Even Your Year
Cosmopolitan recently published an article based on ‘every single makeup product used in Friends’ where they ask Robin Siegel, the head of the makeup department for all 9 seasons which products she would use on the three female characters; Rachel Green, Monica Geller and Phoebe Buffay; and although I don’t own a single product, I wanted to challenge myself to recreate the makeup looks with what I had in my collection.
Rachel Green is an iconic 90’s character, known for her love of fashion, on-off relationship with Ross and the popularizing of the ‘Rachel Green Hairstyle’. According to Robin Rachel’s Makeup mainly consists of cool toned nude browns or the occasional rose based nude for the lips.
In the article Robin tells how she would start with the eyes first, typically the ladies in the chair would be wearing hydrating eye patches which help to collect any fall out from shadows before moving on to the rest of the face. On the lids she would use matte beige and brown shades to add depth and definition, so I went in with my trusty Soph X Eye Shadow Palette using shades Pancake (Top Row, Second in from the Left) all over the lid and Mug Cake (Bottom Row, Third in from the Right) in the outer corner and gently diffusing into the crease. Robin follows this up with a gel liner on an angled brush, keeping close to the lash line but unfortunately I don’t have a gel liner in my collection at the moment so instead I opted for a creamy kohl liner by bare minerals which I used to tightline and then bring it up to the lash line. She finishes off with a simple coat of Black Mascara on the top and bottom lashes, this one is simple enough any black mascara will do so I went with the L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara because I love how natural it makes my lashes look, no clumping, just long and lustrous.
90’s brows were thin, they were well groomed, maintained and kept very minimal unlike today’s love for big bushy brows, to be authentic to the era, Robin recommends using a pencil. Again, I haven’t used pencil for a long time and although I had alternative brow pencil options, like lip and liner pencils, I didn’t have any fitting to my colour, so I went ahead and filled in my brows as usual but with a much lighter hand and less product. My go-to brow product is… not a brow product… nope, its back to the Soph X Eye Shadow Palette and Mug Cake once again, this time on an angled brush. I get a lot of use out of this palette, you can probably guess it’s my most loved and used palette I own.
With eyes and brows now complete, Robin moves on to the base. This is such a new routine to me, I am a base first kinda girl , but I am enjoying mixing up my routine and finding other ways that work. At this point Robin would have removed/asked the ladies to remove their eye patches and be ready to apply the base, Robin applies concealer before foundation opting for a creamy, radiant stick formulation which again is not a formulation I have within my collection so I just used my everyday L’Oreal True Match Concealer and blended with my finger. For Foundation she uses the same brand, and their radiant cream formula, so you betcha that I went in with my L’Oreal True Match Foundation on the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.
For Cheeks Robin layers both cream and powder formula’s for a ‘healthy flush of colour’, the shade of choice: rose. Luckily I recently purchased a new cream blush by Absolute, their Blush Balm in Sangria is absolutely perfect for this look. It’s a muted rose pink, which is easily build-able and blend-able, I then layered this up with Benefit’s Galifornia Powder Blush which is a gorgeous golden rose pink.
With all cream bases now laid, Robin goes in with a translucent setting powder to really lock in all that product. Now, controversially, I don’t like using powder to set my face, maybe I have just never found the powder that works for me? Anyway, I skipped this step, but if that’s a no go for you, just go ahead and set the face with a translucent powder to stop everything moving around. Bronzer! Finally getting around to bronzer! YAY! This is such an odd routine for me, I generally apply bronzer before my blush, Robin explains that she uses the bronzer to tie off the whole look and warm up the face. For this I used Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer but a cheaper alternative that is just as amazing is L’Oreal’s Back To Bronze, bronzer.
For Rachel’s lip’s Robin uses Mac Lip Liner ‘Spice‘ and Lipstick ‘Touch’, for the more pink nude she would alternatively use ‘Paramount‘ all of which are still available, and none of which I own, sad times. For Liner I opted for a brown nude by a brand I have never heard of before but just randomly have in my collection, Makeup Gallery in Nude 1, and for lipstick, quite possibly the smoothest brown satin nude, Soph X in Fudge. Robin even shares her tip for finding your perfect nude ‘choose a colour similar to the inside of the bottom lip, it’s not meant to be too dark or too light’.