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Foundation Files (8): Urban Decay Naked Skin

Roll up, roll up, it’s time for another in-depth look at a foundation. This time it’s my favourite brand, the ubiquitous Urban Decay under scrutiny. Urban Decay’s major coup is without a doubt the Naked franchise. It’s spearheaded an obsession for neutrals and led to endless imitations from rivals yet Urban Decay remains the original and the best (in my humble opinion). Three years ago, Urban Decay added another family member to the Naked range which is the Naked Skin foundation. Admittedly I made an attempt to get colour matched at an Urban Decay counter in Birmingham’s Bull Ring shortly after the

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Benefit: They’re Real! push-up liner in colour

Benefit recently gave its Beyond Black They’re Real! push-up liner a few new friends in the form of a Beyond Purple, Beyond Blue, Beyond Green and Beyond Brown and I got all giddy and bought three of them. In my defence the lure of World Duty Free during my recent travels was too good to resist at £15.40 each. I went for blue, purple and green but left brown out as I thought it was wasted on my skin tone plus it didn’t fill me with excitement. I got on really well with the original so I knew this wouldn’t be

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UMAe 2015

Two years have passed since my last visit to UMAe or to break down its acronym, the United Makeup Artists Expo (UMAe). The weekend just gone, I found myself on the steps of the Business Design Centre in London’s Islington, eager to see what was going on inside. As the UK’s leading aspiring and professional hair and makeup artist trade show, UMAe is a great opportunity to come face-to-face with the industry’s exceptional and leading brands, artists and of course pick up some precious products discounted generously. On my first and last visit in 2013, there was a noticeable difference with the

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