Why Jillian Dempsey’s makeup collection is here to make you look fresh on your video calls

Red carpet makeup meets natural with Jillian Dempsey who has been painting the faces of A-list celebrities like Kirsten Dunst and Emilia Clark for over a decade. Her eponymous line may be small (for now) but it’s still packed with pigment-rich, easy-to-apply products that will fit easily into your current routine. Launched in 2015, it is the epitome of trends and techniques Dempsey has mastered over the years. Here’s what you need to know.


The time for browsing beauty online is now—with more hours spent at home than ever before, we’re discovering new online-only brands (read: Jillian Dempsey) from the comfort of our own couch or home office. As for the formulas, Dempsey is all about zero-chemical products that are derived from organic ingredients only. The brand also classifies each of their products as ‘finger friendly’—meaning anyone can adopt a quick application technique sans brushes if they wish.


Dempsey’s velvety cream blushes are formulated with natural and organic plant waxes and bamboo stem extract to help moisturise and provide skin with a protective layer. Available in six complexion-flattering shades, you can swipe them on or press them in for a natural flush that feels as good as it looks. Our pro tip? Have one on hand at your working-from-home desk; just in case a last-minute Zoom calls pop up and you need some life in your cheeks before you connect with your co-workers.


Lacquered lids have never been easier to achieve thanks to the brand’s Lid Tints. Each shade can we worn alone for a wash of subtle colour on the eyes or try Dempsey’s own trick of mixing them with your favourite eyeshadow for a more intense effect. If you find the technique of blending eyeshadow tricky, these tints are for you. Just the warmth of your ring finger is all you need to achieve a diffused eye look every time.


Want the sultry, smudgy eye look sans the mess? Enter the double-ended Jillian Dempsey Khôl Liner: one end has an intensely pigmented pencil and the other houses a built-in smudger for, as Dempsey describes, the “morning after look”. If you prefer more of a relaxed liner look that almost doubles as eyeshadow then give this a go. It’s infused with organic jojoba oil, shea butter and marula oil which means it glides onto the lid and in the water line smoothly. Plus, it’s waterproof so will hold up if you’re watching The Notebook during your social distancing days.

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