Fearless Style – makeup edition

A few weeks ago my friend Meagan who blogs over at This Is Meagan Kerr, put a call out for plus size women to be photographed for her body positive fashion project. It’s called Fat Girls Shouldn’t Wear Stripes – Fearless Style, and she wanted women to pick out their favourite outfit, and to step in front of her camera being our fat fabulous selves. In a rush of confidence, I volunteered to do it, and before I knew it I was pretending to be a supermodel for Meagan. I was really nervous – publicly putting my name and face and body out there as a fat woman was a big deal. Nevertheless, one Sunday morning I got up and got ready for it – despite the fact that I was at the peak of my Glandular Fever, not that I knew it yet. In this post, I’m going to show what makeup I chose to represent my fearless style.

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I definitely didn’t wake up looking how I did in Meagan’s wonderful photos, so I’ve written up what all the products I used were. Some of them I have sung the praises of on here before, so I’ll link to the individual blog posts.

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I really wanted a perfect base, especially since I wasn’t feeling well. I used my staples for primer, foundation, and concealer, as well as using my ELF concealer/highlighter to brighten up under my eyes. I wanted warm cheeks with a hint of shimmer  – I love my Tarte Cheek Stain, and I intend to write a full post about it sometime soon. Of course, I wanted to avoid shine in my t-zone so I relied on my well-loved Rimmel powder.

  • NYX Photo-Loving Primer
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – NW20
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation – NW20
  • ELF Under Eye Concealer and Highlighter – Light/Glow
  • Tarte Cheek Stain – Dreamer
  • NARS Highlighting Blush – Albatross 
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder – 001 Transparent


For the eyes I took a fairly simple approach, relying on neutral brown tones with a touch of shimmer

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I knew I had to go with a red lip, not only because that makes me feel my most fearless, but because I wanted to match my belt – as my stepdad always says, and as I experimented with in this post, matching is a must. The tough choice was – which red?! I settled on this lipstick from Revlon which was re-released in 2014, after originally being released in 1958 – it is such a classic colour, and perfect for this look.

  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Fifth Avenue Red

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I’m really glad I did the shoot, it was so fun and I actually felt really confident in front of the camera. To see the rest of the photos, head over to This Is Meagan Kerr.

lena x



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  • Your makeup looks lovely. I love a neutral eye with a red lip. Reminds me I should try wearing red lipstick again – I haven’t for a while!

    • Thanks Morgan! It’s one of my go-to looks, and I reckon it’d look good on you too – of course everything does.

  • Love the look! That red lip pulls the whole outfit altogether. Great choice xx

  • Emily White

    I saw the photos – you looked absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  • I loved this collab – two of my faves together! xx

  • I think you look stunning Lena! I saw a picture of your full outfit on Meagan’s blog & I love your outfit and makeup choices!!! Just gorgeous!!!

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  • Wellington Chic

    Congratulations on being brave and being part of Meagan’s project! So awesome.

    You look stunning Lena in your outfit and I’ve just noted down the name of your eye shadow pallet and the Fifth Avenue Red as loving those two. Need to go hunt them out!


    • It’s such a great project, I’m glad I could be part of it. The palette is so useful, you can make quite a few different looks with it and I really like it.

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