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Last week I had a wedding to go to. Not just any wedding, mind – a big, fat Asian wedding. I’m always disorganised when it comes to dressing up for Asian marital events because it’s quite a complex procedure in getting ready for one. Jewellery, hair, a blinging outfit and crucially, make-up. Henna on the hands is optional (and nice if you can get that done).
Thankfully the arduous task of slapping on the war paint was in the very skilled and talented hands of my beautiful friend, Tanzina who’s behind the blog MakeupAtoZ. If you want to refresh your minds about Tanzina, we have 20 Questions answered by her.
Tanzina is a self-taught make-up artist but seriously, she could give a few pros a run for their money…certainly the one who did the bride’s make-up at the wedding I attended. I love Tanzina’s style – it’s individual, bold and she never ceases to amaze me with the ideas she comes up with.
I wanted to share some photos of Tanzina’s amazing efforts and if you’re not reading her blog or following her on Bloglovin’, Instagram and Twitter, you are missing out. This girl is extremely creative and stunning to boot.
Among the products used were Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil and Skin Base, Urban Decay’s concealer (it’s a chubby pencil which I must get!) and the eyes were a blend of Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, a pigment from Inglot and Illamasqua’s Pure Pigment in Beguile with Eylure false lashes.
Tanzina, I can’t wait for you to do my make-up again! And please start making YouTube videos.
I’m not going to beat around the bush with this post but unless you live under a rock, you might know Illamasqua has a new collection, The Sacred Hour. It drops exclusively in all Selfridges stores across the country tomorrow before it’s rolled out nationwide on 19th August and *squeal*, it’s one you will be pawing at.
Inspired by two pivotal times of the day, the collection takes its inspiration from the sacred hours of dawn and dusk and merges it with our daily make-up routine whether it’s the start of the day or when we step out in the evening.
At the launch tonight, Illamasqua’s Creative Director, Alex Box’s face just lit up as she talked animately about how The Sacred Hour came together. It’s a totally wearable and loveable array of products and not breaking with tradition, Illamasqua love to keep you on your toes with some surprises.
There’s a lipstick, two nail varnishes, two velvet blushers, a lash set, an eyeshadow quad and (probably the highlight for me), a brightening concealer for under the eyes. I didn’t get any pictures of the concealer (it’s called Skin Base Lift) but there are 7 shades infused with peach tones to flatter and brighten every skin tone. It blends easily, correcting uneven pigmentation and visibly lifting the eye area. This isn’t press release jargon, I saw it for myself as I was matched up by Illamasqua’s Director of Product Development David Horne.
I’m thrilled about Skin Base Lift because not only is it the missing jigsaw piece in the puzzle with Skin Base and Hydra Veil, it deals with the tiresome issues I have under the eyes like dark circles. Up until now, I’ve been using concealers with yellow undertones like my foundation…who’d have thought a hint of peach would give dramatic results. And you can do something else amazing with Skin Base Lift – contour your cheekbones but instead of usually using dark shades, it’s contouring in reverse with the brightening of the concealer. It’s light, it’s delicate and it’s effortless to blend with a brush. Clever stuff. So very Illamasqua too.
Well, I’ll stop waffling and let the pictures do the talking…and of course I will share my thoughts on these products in more detail.
I’m really looking forward to wearing the Sacred Hour collection – it’s almost worth hurrying autumn along for.
Illamasqua’s much talked about Hydra Veil came out months ago but I’ve purposely taken my time with it. If I’m honest it had me flummoxed for a bit. It’s a gel formula that hydrates the skin but it fervently claims it’s not a primer yet you apply it before foundation. It is literally like wearing an invisible veil under your make-up, protecting your skin and keeping it hydrated – a Godsend, if like me, you get dry patches.
It looks like ectoplasm and if you stir the jelly like substance or make an indentation, it will resettle as if nothing had happened. It’s Illamasqua through and through where nothing looks like what it seems. It is also Skin Base’s best friend, which is my favourite foundation but it works with any base you choose to wear. I reported a while back how much it had improved the appearance of wearing the EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation.
Here’s a story for you. I unwittingly did my make-up one morning before work last week. That evening I met make-up artist Daniel Sandler who remarked my (new) foundation looked amazing…but it was my regular foundation, the one I always wear! Then it dawned on me that it was the magic of Hydra Veil that had given me an absolute flawless finish. Bear in mind I had applied this at 8 in the morning and come 6 o’clock in the evening I hadn’t re-touched it plus I had to endure a sweaty tube journey in the hot weather. *shudder* I may have felt like a right old sweaty Betty but under the close scrutiny of Daniel, my make-up passed with flying colours.
I prefer to apply it with my fingers rather than a brush because it evaporates quickly. Usually a pea sized amount is more than enough and I use it over my usual moisturiser and serum. It dries almost instantly ready for base application. The pot also comes with a little scoop so any fears of dipping fingers in the pot can be dispelled immediately.
I am not surprised Illamasqua is so proud of Hydra Veil. Try it, believe me you will wonder how you managed without it.
Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil costs £27 for 30ml and is available at Illamasqua’s flagship store, at their counters and online.