As we all know, there ‘aint no party like an S Club party. And in the Year 2000, S Club 7 seriously brought it. Channelling a look favoured by early noughties J.Lo and numerous other pop stars, they donned their faux furs and white polonecks, their hair serum and their beige lipgloss, and filmed the video for ‘Never Had A Dream Come True’, the official Children in Need single for 2000.
I am now kind of sad that I don’t fit into the afghan coat I had when I was 11.
(Google it if you don’t know what that is).
I feel as if this video, all shimmer and gloss and sparkly snowflakes, epitomises the noughties era rather well. Once the Spice Girls had split, S Club 7 became my favourite band, so it only seemed right to base my contribution to the Makeup Through The Ages Beauty Blogger Collaboration on them.
This Collaboration, by the way, is the brainchild of Brittany The Beauty Deputy, who is always coming up with great ideas for tags and collabs! I’d say this is her biggest plan yet – a total of 11 beauty bloggers are involved, covering The Ancient Egyptians, Futuristic Makeup, and every decade between 1920 and the Present Day. I’ll post links to all their blogs at the end, so do go and have a look – I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!
Anyway, on to the post!
Here is the kit I used to become a weird hybrid of Rachel, Tina, Hannah, and Jo:
Too Faced ‘A Few of My Favourite Things’ Palette, with eyeshadow in ‘Snowflakes’, ‘Crisp Apple Strudel’, and ‘Cream Coloured Ponies’; Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black; Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara; Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in ‘010 Silver’; Mac Veluxe Brow Liner in ‘Strawberry Blonde’.
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in ‘Cream Ivory’; Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in ‘Cool Medium 2’; Benefit High Beam Highlighter; Bourjois Délice De Poudre Bronzer in ‘Peaux claires/médianes 51’.
Erm…a bit more Laura Mercier Foundation (use a pale nude or beige lipstick if you’re more sensible than me); Benefit ‘Ticket to Glossytown’ Lip Glosses in ‘Life on the A List’ (pale pink) and ‘Nude-Tude’ (nudey glitter).
Real Techniques Eye Starter Kit (slanted, fluffy, detail, and crease); Real Techniques Blusher Brush; Real Techniques Stippling Brush (for foundation); Real Techniques Setting Brush (for concealer).
Clarins Démaquillant Express Instant Eye Make-Up Remover; Johnson’s Cotton Buds.
And here is the process!
I actually did this look in the wrong order. I thought I’d practice the eye makeup and ended up going “sod it, let’s photograph the whole post,” so I did my eyes before my base, which is unusual for me.
Step 1: Snowflakes Sweep
Anyway, the first thing I did was sweep some Too Faced eyeshadow in ‘Snowflakes’ over my entire lids, all the way up to the brow bone and making sure to cover the inner corners of the eye. The S Club girls and most other pop stars were covered in shimmery eyeshadow from around 1999-2006, so it seemed best to go the whole hog too.
Step 2: Crease Shadow
Next, I used my Real Techniques Crease Brush, from the Starter Set for Eyes, and put a bit of Crisp Apple Strudel in and around my crease.
I was trying to copy Jo’s look for this – as she seems to be wearing a similar brown shimmery eyeshadow in the video. I also ran a little bit of this shadow under my lower eyelashes, using the slanted brush from the Real Techniques set. You can also use the little detailer brush for this, if you prefer to use your slanted brush for brows.
Step 3: White Line
I noticed that Tina and Jo seem to have white lines of shadow which extended a couple of millimetres above their upper lash line, which looked rather fetching, so I thought I’d try that too.
I hunted around from my white kohl pencil from Rimmel, but I couldn’t find it anywhere, so instead I wet my Real Techniques fine liner brush from the Starter Set, and used a bit of Too Faced ‘Cream Coloured Ponies’ eyeshadow. It worked ok, but for a less fiddly option, you should probably use a pencil liner or eyeshadow pencil!
Step 4: Black Line
Right. I actually did this twice because the first time I made it too thick, and it looked more like a 50’s or 60’s look than an S Club Party. If the line thickness changes between pictures, now you know why ;)
Handy tip: if you are in possession of a good eye makeup remover, dip a cotton bud in it and deal with eyeliner mistakes that way. It saves you taking everything off and starting again! I did that with my Clarins Démaquillant Express Instant Eye Make-Up Remover and it reduced the eyeliner to a more era-appropriate level, and I hardly had to redo my eyeshadow. Yay!
Anyway, to recreate Tina’s look, I did a very narrow line all around the eye, including the inner and outer corners, using my Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black. I also paid a little more attention to the outer corners, making points rather than flicks to imitate Hannah’s makeup.
Step 5: The Waterline, Mascara & Brows
Once again, I would have liked to have a white kohl pencil on hand to brighten up my waterline for this look. Instead, I used Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 010 Silver. This always makes my eyes go red because of the glitter, but it does the job for recreating the ‘Never Had A Dream Come True’ look.
I then used Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara on my top and bottom lashes, and the Mac Veluxe Brow Liner on my brows, blending with the attached spooley brush.
Tuhduuuuh. Sorry about the roots. I’m going to the salon this weekend!
Step 1: Foundation
I didn’t use a primer for this, and whacked Laura Mercier’s Silk Crème Foundation straight onto my skin, blending it in with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush.
I decided not to use powder, because I didn’t need this look to last for too long, and the girls all have such silky skin in the video – a mattifying powder wouldn’t work.
Step 2: Concealer
I whacked Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer pretty much everywhere (under eyes, around nose, on blemishes) as I’m tired and blotchy and Rachel Stevens is perfect. I used the Real Techniques Setting Brush to blend it all in.
Step 3: Highlighter
I had a bit of fun with this one. This isn’t quite the usual shape in which I’d apply my highlighter, but the noughties were all about the dewy skin, so I just copied whichever parts of Jo’s, Hannah’s, Tina’s, and Rachel’s faces caught the light. I then blended it in with my setting brush.
Step 4: Bronzer
I decided to skip blusher on this occasion, as I couldn’t really detect any pinky tones on the girls’ cheeks. Instead, I went for the bronzer-as-blusher look, using the Bourjois Délice de Poudre bronzer.
Step 1: Degradation
The problem with beige lip colour being popular in the noughties was that it made everybody look a little bit dead.
Because I still remember this time with fear and apprehension, I wasn’t really willing to spend money on a colour that wouldn’t suit me. So what did I do? I made like the scene kids and preteen Jack Wills fans of the mid-noughties and put foundation on my lips instead!
It could have been worse…
Step 2: Lipgloss
This was better. I applied a combination of the Benefit lipglosses onto my lips to make them paler and less pink. Beige, glossy lips is a look that a lot of people rocked in the noughties – most particularly JLo – so I felt I should give it a go!
And that’s the finished look! I couldn’t help but do a historically-accurate high-angled Myspace pose! Complete with camera arm, of course.
I definitely don’t like this look, it makes my eyes look small, my nose look big, and my lips look weird. But hey ho, the noughties were a dark time for makeup and fashion, and a shining beacon decade for pop music. What can you do?
If you’d like to have a look at the posts by the rest of the bloggers involved in the collaboration, you can find the links below. I hope you enjoyed this post and am looking forward to seeing the other contributions!
Ancient Egyptians/Cleopatra – Angela from Your Beauty Whisperer
1920’s – Soph from Little Bit Soph
1930’s – Meagan from A Beauty Obsession
1940’s – Olivia from Eye Have A Lot of Feelings (Iconic Noughties Film Reference in her Blog Title!)
1950’s – Heather from Coconut & Cotton
1960’s – Brittany from The Beauty Deputy
1970’s – Michelle from Pretty in the East
1980’s – Christina from a casual beauty
2000’s – Stephanie Wright
Present Day – Barbe from Fashionista in Surburbia
Futuristic – Becky from MakeupandFreckles
Now have some more S Club:
This is from a TV show they had called LA 7, in which they played themselves and did cool S Club things.
There was also Miami 7 (which I had on VHS), Hollywood 7, and Viva S Club. AMAZING dancing all round!