clara jenna doctor dr who series season 8 makeup beauty looksExterminate! Exterminate! That’s immediately what I hear in my head as soon as anything relating to Doctor Who comes out of my husband’s mouth. I had never watched a full episode until I started receiving emails from readers asking me all about Clara Oswald’s (Jenna Coleman) style.

Thankfully, my husband these requests forced me to sit down and actually pay attention to the season 8 premiere of the BBC America show, and well, you guys were right: the Doctor’s companion is adorable and worthy of a shout out. Given that there’s a plethora of blogs about her fashions already out there (like this one and this one), I thought we could focus on her stunning good looks.

According to Doctor Who Hair & Make-Up Designer Claire Pritchard-Jones, those good looks were meant to be relatable. “My brief was to approach her look and think of an urban edge and a street wise image — something that young girls today would identify with and find easier to replicate,” she recalled of the actress’ foray into series 7. “Her day job is a teacher, so when doing contemporary episodes we try to give her a beautiful, fresh and modern makeup that looks effortless and not too done”

The best part of working on Jenna is that the blank canvas her character offers with each episode. “We are very lucky on Doctor Who as it’s one of the few programs where we can really play with the look of one character according to the time the story is set in. This applies to hairstyles as well as makeup — and we do presume that there is a dressing up box (and a makeup mirror!) in a corner of the Tardis that Clara goes to for all her fab looks.”

Below, Claire gives us a peek behind that makeup mirror and reveals — in her own words — Clara’s on-set beauty regimen.

Editor’s Note: DW makeup supervisor Emma Cowen also deserves credit for Jenna’s look:”She is an amazing all round make-up and hair artist who has also worked with me on Sherlock,” Claire said.

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1. Shavata Brow Perfector / 2. Suqqu Balancing Eyebrow / 3. Estee Lauder Shadow Paint in “Halo” / 4. MAC Paint Pots / 5. MAKE UP FOREVER Aqua Cream in “14 Satin Brown” (a warm brown with hints of copper) is great dupe for the discontinued Tom Ford “Illicit” / 6. Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner / 7. NARS Eye Paint / 8. Chanticaille Faux Cils

Jenna has fabulous brows, so I only need to fill them in in slightly where needed. Shavata and Suqqu do great eyebrow palettes that are soft and waxy so it stays put. Jenna has beautiful big eyes and we tend to place the focus mainly on them for most of the looks. I often change Jenna’s eyeshadow from block to block and tend to use various neutral tones that shade and enhance naturally, to start I use a shade of shadow slightly lighter than Jenna’s skin tone all over her lid to achieve an even base. I use Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay on Shadow Paint (in Halo) and then tend to concentrate the darker shade around the eye close to the lash line blending up, I don’t generally go into the sockets apart from at the outer edge to pull the eye outwards. I used eye shadows by MAC (Pro Longwear Paint Pots are brilliant) Dior, Inglot and Tom Ford (his cream eyeshadow in ’03 Illicit,’ which was limited edition was a firm favorite throughout the series).

Eyeliner plays a big part in the final look and we wanted to pull Jenna’s eye out to create more of an almond shape, gel eyeliners are long lasting and work best and can be softened before they set, Bobbi Brown and Nars do some fab ones. I finish with mascara and absolutely love Chanticaille Faux Cils, it really builds the lashes without clumping and doesn’t drop or flake, it is at the pricey end but it’s well worth it!

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1.Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm / 2. Estée Lauder Pure Color lipstick in “Vanilla Truffle” / 3. NARS Matte Multiple in “Laos”

Lips are something else we change from episode to episode, and I always prime the lips with Nuxe’s “Rêve de Miel” lip balm, which is pretty much matte and provides a brilliant base for all lip color. For a paler lip, Estée Lauder “Vanilla Truffle” lipstick patted on works well. And, for more of a flush lip, I either use a lip tint or Nars Matte Multiple in “Laos” which I love, it’s such a good shade.

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1. Charlotte Tilbury’s “Magic Cream” / 2. Estée Lauder Double Wear Light / 3. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage / 4. By Terry “Touche Veloutee” Highlighting Concealer / 5. Clinique Airbrush Concealer / 6. Charlotte Tilbury “Air Brush Flawless Finish” Powder

To achieve Jenna’s contemporary look, I always like to start with a good base for the foundation as I need to make sure it lasts all day. One of my favorite products for this is Charlotte Tilbury’s “Magic Cream” — it’s full of skin plumping ingredients and essential oils and is predominantly a moisturizer, but it also acts as a brilliant primer and keeps Jenna’s makeup looking fresh all day.

For build-able coverage without looking heavy or cakey I like to use Estée Lauder Double Wear Light, it’s super fine pigment and long lasting formula means it looks great under the scrutiny of High Definition. I then conceal where needed, I like Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, it’s waxy texture means it lasts really well and melts seamlessly into the skin. To brighten under the eye I like something light that conceals as well as brightens, By Terry “Touche Veloutee” highlighting concealer and Clinique Airbrush Concealer are both really good. I set this all with a light dusting of Charlotte Tilbury “Air Brush Flawless Finish” Skin perfecting Micro Powder, it’s super fine so it doesn’t build up and almost blurs the skin making it look flawless without looking too flat, I love it!
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1. Aerin Multi Color for Lips and Cheeks / 2. MAC “Fleur Power” blush / 3. NARS Blush in “Orgasm” / 4. Aerin Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder / 5. Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Sculpting Powder

For Jenna’s naturally flushed look I like to layer using Aerin Multi Color for Lips and Cheeks under powder and a pop of MAC “Fleur Power” blush after powdering, and the classic Nars “Orgasm” blush highlights her cheek bones beautifully. I contour her cheek bones and use either Aerin powder bronzer or Kevyn Aucoin “The Sculpting Powder.”

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