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There were whispers on Illamasqua developing a matte version of their coveted Hydra Veil primer and I can confirm it drops on 8th May.

Matte Veil has been designed ideally for users with oily skin as it controls shine and provides an instant primed matte finish. 

I bought the original when it launched last summer and I was not disappointed with how superbly it prolonged and enhanced my foundation. My skin tends to become dehydrated and Hydra Veil helped to tackle that issue by improving the skin’s peak hydration levels with its key ingredient, the powerful anti-oxidant Astaxanthin.

Helpfully Matte Veil comes in a matte finished pot. It comes with the hygienic spatula that fits neatly over the plastic inner lid as it does with Hydra Veil. 

I was surprised to see the product is not in the clear ectoplasm like jelly formula like the original but instead is a weightless pale peach cream that absorbs into the skin in seconds. Although my skin type is normal but dehydrated, I tried Matte Veil in the interest of beauty blogging with Skin Base. It certainly delivers on the mattifying as normally Skin Base looks dewy without a primer and with Hydra Veil on me.

If I have to choose between the two, I sit firmly in the Hydra Veil camp because that is the primer that addresses my skin needs best and boosts the appearance of foundation on my normal skin type. Unfortunately I don’t have a holiday booked to a sweltering destination otherwise Matte Veil would come in handy then. No doubt this will sell as well as Hydra Veil for those who rely on mattifying primers (perhaps also considerably better in warmer climates), I’m just pleased Illamasqua listens to customer feedback.

Illamasqua’s Matte Veil costs £30 for 30ml and will be available from 8th May from Illamasqua concession counters, Beak Street and online.

*PR sample

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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.


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.


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:


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…