I got a free makeover with Kylie Jenner’s glam squad at the Trafford Center and anyone can have one – Rachel Pugh


If you’ve ever watched the Kardashians or the Real Housewives and felt green with envy every time their glam squad just magically appears (I know I have), you’ll want to get yourself down to the Trafford Center pretty quickly. And before we get into it, yes I know it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. But some people really enjoy getting a makeover now and again – especially in today’s current climate, so let’s be kind.

Anyway, until June 5, there is a special Kylie Cosmetics stand in the Main Dome by Selfridges, where shoppers can head for a free make-up consultation, should they wish. The stand contains a plethora of cosmetic products from Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin, and is a make-up lovers dream.

I’m a big fan of Kylie Jenner’s make-up, so I wanted to go along to find out if it’s really as good in real life as it looks on her. I wasn’t disappointed.

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At the moment, the counter offers two different consultation services – eyes and lips. For full disclosure, I got a full face makeover for the purpose of this article, using my own foundation and concealer, but all of the eye and lip products used were from the Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin ranges. I also supplied my own lashes – which cost a quid on eBay.



The Kylie Cosmetics stand at the Trafford Center

The counter puts particular emphasis on the Kendall by Kylie range – which features a gorgeous, highly pigmented Eyeshadow Palette, Lip Crayons, Lip Gloss and a Highlighter Quad.

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I was met by my makeup Artist, Anna, who was an absolute BABE. Anna does make-up for editorial shoots and more classic beauty counter looks, and I felt in really safe hands with her. Before she started the make-over she asked what I wanted.

I explained that I was about to go to a hen-do in town, and wanted a striking look that would last all night – as I would be appearing in photos my friend, the bride, would want to keep for life. Anna and I settled on an orange smokey eye and a nude lip, complimented by a full-coverage foundation and contoured face. As Anna got to work, she took me through the products as she applied them.

We started with a base of Kylie Skin products, which made my skin feel fresh and hydrated. Then we moved on to the main event – the eyes.



The Kylie products which were used on my face for the makeover
The Kylie products which were used on my face for the makeover

My eyes probably took around 30 minutes, but to be honest, Anna and I were chatting away so much I completely lost track of time. Time flies when you’re in glam.

While Anna was doing my eye make-up, several different people commented on how beautiful it looked, and one person exclaimed ‘wow, it looks like a sunset’. Let me tell you – that did WONDERS for my self-confidence, which is low at the best of times.

Anna convinced me to try a smoky black liner on my bottom lid. I was hesitant at first, because it’s not something I usually go for (I’m not a huge fan of my eyes), but gosh, I loved it. It was just the right balance of smokiness, and it made my grey-blue eyes pop.

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The highly-pigmented Kendall palette
The highly-pigmented Kendall palette

My MUA finished off my eyes with my own lashes, which, as I’ve said, cost £2.99 for a pack of five on eBay. She then went on to my skin using my own foundation and concealer (I wear Charlotte Tilbury Perfect Skin, it’s fab). Then she contoured and added some highlight.

My brows didn’t need much doing to them thanks to the brilliant Brows By Sarah, who previously microbladed them for me, so a quick fluff, and they were done. Then we went on to the lips, where Anna chose a Kylie lip kit in ‘Kylie’ and finished them with the Kendall gloss. Here’s the finished look, with the help of a ring light:



I got a free makeover with Kylie Jenner's glam squad at the Trafford Center and anyone can have one
I got a free makeover with Kylie Jenner’s glam squad at the Trafford Center and anyone can have one

And here’s what it looked like in daylight en route to the hen do, because, as we all know, natural light can sometimes be a cruel mistress when it comes to make-up. To be honest, I thought it looked just as fab:



My Kylie Cosmetics makeover stayed flawless even in natural light - which is usually hell on earth when it comes to make-up
My Kylie Cosmetics makeover stayed flawless even in natural light – which is usually hell on earth when it comes to make-up

But the real test, was how it looked after a night at the hen-do. I’ll be honest, I committed the cardinal sin of sleeping in my make-up, and I’m not proud of it. But the next day it had barely budged or smudged. I was able to go out for Karak Chai with a full face of glam and nobody knew it was from the night before.



My make-up the next day (yes I was hungover)
My make-up the next day (yes I was hungover)

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That’s how you live like a Kardashian on a lemonade budget.




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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