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Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer is something I have been very curious about yet I knew very little about it. It took a Youtube video by Selina (also known as YazMakeUpArtist) who broke it down and explained what it is with a top-notch demonstration:

Sensual Skin Enhancer is a multi-functional formula which can be used on its own as a foundation, as a concealer, a highlighter or blended with moisturiser and as the name suggestions, it enhances the skin or mimics a flawless and radiant complexion.

The ingredients used to create a soft, dewy finish are honey and jojoba oil. I use the Sensual Skin Enhancer to conceal my dark circles and there is no creasing from it. I also like to mix a small amount with my foundation, and have used it successfully with NARS Sheer Glow; it instantly uplifts my complexion.

I’ve read reviews that people aren’t applying it correctly or in fact, are using too much. I followed Selina’s advice to scoop a teeny amount from the end of a small make-up brush and wipe it onto the back of my hand before dabbing it on under the eyes and then mixing it separately with my base. The key is to use very little for it go a long way.

The Sensual Skin Enhancer can be used for contouring and highlighting – you just need to select a shade darker or lighter respectively. However that is an expense I wouldn’t want to incur and I’m not exactly obsessed like Kimmy Kardashian.

It’s a pricey pot at £38, though saying that I’ve been using it for a few weeks and what you see above is how much I’ve got through so I can foresee this lasting a long while yet. I don’t use it daily, only on occasions when I want my make-up to stand out and last longer than I usually care to wear it for. I do love it immensely as it’s made such a difference, giving my foundation a boost and brightening the areas around my eyes.

There are 15 shades available and I strongly advise you get colour-matched – Space NK can help you out with that. I was paired up with SX 11.

The Sensual Skin Enhancer is my first foray into Kevyn Aucoin’s  range and I would like to explore more of it. Do let me know if you are a fan and can recommend something. Also please check out Selina’s videos (AND SUBSCRIBE) because she is brilliant – and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t have a great deal of patience to sit through YouTube videos more than three minutes long.

posted by on Blushers, Daniel Sandler, Eye pencils/eye liners, Eyeshadows, Eylure, Foundation, Hourglass, Illamasqua, Lipsticks, Make-Up, Primer, The Body Shop

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Weddings are fun but big fat Asian weddings are something else – bold, bright and larger than life. I make no apologies for being bias here – Asian weddings blow other nuptials out of the water. Outfits are colourful and sparkly and make-up and hair is on the point.

This Easter I saw my friend tie the knot and it was a privilege to be part of the momentous occasion. Good food, cake and everyone – and I mean everyone (aunties and uncles the most!) – was on the dance floor before the main course had been served.

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I bought my dress from a designer called Aamir Baig in Karachi, which I absolutely love. I was a tad nervous about what to do with my make-up because it had to compliment the outfit and that meant bold eyes and lips. I was worried that with one false move I would look like a tranny.

My beloved Hourglass liquid lipstick Icon served as the perfect red shade. Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Fluid Blusher in Glamour added a flush of colour to the cheeks and Illamasqua’s Gleam in Aurora acted as a highlighter. For the base, I went for Illamasqua’s Skin Base in No12 in partnership with Hydra Veil.

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For the eyes I blended Avon’s Supershock Gel Eyeliner in black along the lash line and outer corners, Illamasqua’s Precision Gel Liner in Infinity on the lash line, Inglot’s Eyeliner Gel in gold (No 95) as a base on the lids and packed the Body Shop’s Colour Crush eyeshadow in Gorgeous Gold on top with the dark brown shade from Daniel Sandler’s Beyond Sunset quad blended in the crease. I also added a tiny bit of Illamasqua’s Liquid Metal in Surge in the inner corners.

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Finally I finished off with Eylure Naturalites lashes (No 161). I can only apologise as one seems to be making a break for freedom in the picture below. Do forgive me, this was taken at the end of the evening after nine hours wear and a drive back from Southampton to London:

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The sad thing is I don’t get to play around with make-up and bold looks as much as I used. This wedding injected some fun back into what make-up should be about and I have realised I must make more time for it. Who knows, I might share some more looks on the blog…

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