Lisa Eldridge’s ‘Meeting Up With the Ex’ Makeup

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We’re often asked why we don’t make more how-to videos. In fact, some recent feedback indicated that of many things—product reviews, people profiles, “guy stuff”—ITG how-to vids (like this or this or maybe even this) have you saying, Cockney accent and all, “Please sir, I want some more!” So, we’re working on it! We’ve installed hidden cameras in all of our bathrooms and magnifying mirrors. Kidding. Sort of. It’s just that how-to videos require you to know how to do stuff, and more often than not, we rely on the sage advice of professionals in the hair and makeup department. Also, we want to do something different than what's out there on YouTube—not add to the noise. That being said, every so often we’re seriously impressed/inspired/tickled by a well-done instructional video, and we’re going to start calling them out. First up: a favorite from makeup maestro Lisa Eldridge.

When faced with the dreaded (or perhaps hopeful?) "meeting up with the ex to chat" situation, there's a whole lot more to think about than just what you're going to say. Sure, your former flame won't necessarily see you and go, "Oh, I thought I knew her, but if that's the kind of lipstick she wears, we are never ever getting back together." That said, there is a perfect look you'll want to achieve to convince your ex that you are not to be forgotten. "Effortless" is the word that comes to mind (though, we have to admit, it may not be easy to achieve the fresh and carefree effect). Whether you're the one who severed ties or you're doing your best to get those strings reattached, it can never hurt to remind the ex that you were the greatest thing that ever happened in his or her life. You want to "shine bright like a diamond," to quote a true poet of our time, both inside and out. And the "out" might just be easier. Here, Lisa Eldridge teaches us exactly what to do, which products to use, and offers some words of encouragement to those fine ladies facing a future uncomfortable meet-up.


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  • Aubrey Green

    I love her.

  • Jennifer Blakney

    Amazing video. HOWEVER, and perhaps I'm just either lazy/make-up n00b, but that seems like a theatrical amount of make up. I'm watching her and thinking "ain't nobody got time for that!".

    Is this a normal make up routine, applying that much foundation/concealer/highlighter/twenty different blushes? Inquiring minds wish to be informed.

    • Lavang

      I love her videos too! She is so genuine, has a soothing demeanor, and offers such great advice. I also believe that she uses a range of products so that all her viewers can see each product used, and how a professional like her would use the product in normal life. Viewers can then tailor this and that to their own skin, facial features, issues, etc.

    • SJ

      Jeez I hope not. I don't have the time, patience or skill for all that product on a daily basis.

    • murt

      Yes I love watching her videos - they are wonderful, but some of her techniques seem like they would take the average person way too much time (like her acne-cover up video, where she painstakingly covers each spot with a tiny brush). I showed my mom one of the day looks - I think it was one that was a natural rosy glow or something like that, and my mom thought the result didn't look particularly natural! Which is fine, depending on your taste!

      But I still love a lot of the looks, and have taken aspects of some to try with great results (at least in my opinion)!

    • Ona_in_Barcelona

      Yep! I often emerge from my bathroom 20 minutes after entering a sort of fugue state, wearing, yes, three different blushers, two types of powder, three eyeshadows, etc... I just love it. it's so fun to apply. It doesn't look like heaps of makeup, strangely enough - there's a lot of blending going on.

    • LillyAnn

      I love Lisa and if you're looking for more everyday make-up tutorials, she has loads on her site

      I think the clue is in the title in that it's a specialist thing - when you've been crying and your eyes are puffy, you'll no doubt need to make more effort. This video was so helpful to me.

    • Martha M.

      20 different blushes? I counted just one.

  • Sylvie

    LOVE LISA. Top shelf!

  • Emily

    I LOVE her tutorials! Nice pick xx

  • Jennifer Monforton

    I remember watching this when it first came out and thinking it was brilliant! Lisa really is the perfect combination of skill and personality. I could watch her videos all day! :)


  • Sylvia

    YES - TOP SHELF!!! and this tutorial worked wonders for me! :)

  • Heather P.

    I really enjoyed watching this! I'm happily married, but could totally apply some of these tactics on days when I have to go to work when I'm not feeling my best. She's full of some great advice, and this was a cool idea for a makeup video!

  • Restless Blonde

    Lovely post - especially while I have just broken up with my boyfriend! I think that this video may be very helpful for many girls. I do like the make up she shows here. I need to buy this eye pencil to colour my inner eye lids.

    • Jannicke Eriksen

      I really needed this as I am in the exact same position as her friend. Thank you!!

  • Pemberley Jones

    I saw this a few months ago and it's one of the most thoughtful and amaze makeup tuts out there! Love this woman!!!!!

  • Kasia

    I love Lisa. I've been watching her tutorials for years now. So classy, professional, and sweet. Actually I used some of her tips from this tutorial today - my boss told me off for no reason and I cried a little bit in the bathroom (I hate getting so emotional at work, but unfortunately at times I can't help it). Then I realised I need to face my boss and talk about this. So Lisa's tips helped me to hide the signs that I had been crying. This tutorial is more useful than one could expect!

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  • leetal

    amazing! though it's been a year and i'm still at the exact same place. regardless, you're exceptional!

  • Janet Lee

    This is a very lovely, chic, pulled-together-nicely look which can actually be worn for most occasions. Bought my first tube of 8-Hour Cream after watching this tutorial and now I use it everyday on my lips.

    If you are in this situation and are feeling nervous and flustered, if possible, ask someone you trust who knows the story to apply your makeup for you. Whilst you're getting made up and ready, you can talk to each other about the 'meeting' you're about to have with your ex. Also, the person who's applying your makeup is probably going to be a lot calmer than you, so there won't be any shaky hands to mess up your makeup and you won't get as flustered. Having that support will help you before meeting up with your ex.