Downton Abbey Inspired Makeup Look (BLOGMAS: Day 1)

Happy 1st of December, Everyone! Today’s makeup look is probably one of the simplest yet enhancing makeup looks I’ve done on The Belper. After a full Downton Abbey series binge watch one weekend (oops), I couldn’t help but take note of the makeup looks aristocratic women wore back in the early 1900s to late 1920s – little to nothing, but something. Of course, the makeup was done then a lot different compared to the power of makeup looks we see now but I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of the concept; less is more – a timeless look I know I can always go back to.

This look is inspired by two main characters from the series; Cora Crawley, Countess Of Grantham and her Mother, Martha Levinson. Though they are Mother and daughter, their makeup looks often mirror their lifestyles the most (in my opinion 🙈).

Cora’s makeup is quite bare however if you’d looked closely, you’d of noticed that she always had some sort of liner on her lash line to make her eyes stand out – makes a huge difference. Her mother, Martha always went a little heavier on the eyes and skin but more interestingly on her lips using a deep red or near burgundy colored lipstick.

Personally, I think this makeup look is perfect for the wintery Christmas days ahead of us. A complementing look with little to no effort.

Here’s my modernised, rendition of the little to nothing, but something look – inspired by both, Cora Crawley, Countess Of Grantham and her Mother, Martha Levinson from the series, Downton Abbey…lol.


The skin and the lips are probably the most important steps to make things appear seamless.

  • I actually went light into coverage with my all-time reliable L’Oréal True Match Foundation in 8N (very light hand while applying).
  • Any visible blemishes on my face were concealed with a darker foundation pot from Fashion Fair but any full coverage Creme to Powder foundation or better yet Concealer will do!
  • Added warmth to the skin with my favourite powder Bronze Block by Sleek (also lightly applied to the bridge of my nose)
  • Highlighted underneath  my eyes with a mixture of my foundation and a bb creme a few shades lighter for a lightweight feel
  • Set under the eyes with my L’Oréal True Match Powder 
  • And finished off with a cool-toned cream-based highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones


My favourtie way to apply liner is a liquid that comes in a pot form, like the cult favourite from Collection.< strong> I intentionally started by applying dots to mimic a thicker lashline but ended up going slightly thicker. I found that this result really lifted the eyes without too much effort.

  1. Start with dots and slowly connect them just to give the appearance of a thicker lashline
  2. raise the brush upwards slightly towards the outer edge of your eyes, looking forward to your mirror
  3. lightly press down, drag outwards and let go – for a flick effect without drawing across

Topped off with my trusty Lengthening Mascara by E.L.F 

There’s such a wide variety of deep red lipsticks, you can find in your drawer does the job.

If you’re on the hunt for a new deep red/burgundy type shade, I’d recommend NYX‘s High Voltage Lipstick in Feline! 

on’t forget to make sure you apply some sort of lip liner underneath your lipstick to prevent bleeding.

thanks so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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