29 January 2014

Natural makeup à la Laura Mercier and Illamasqua

I freakin' love Laura Mercier. It is my all time favourite cosmetics brand, and most of my everyday products - from body creams to brushes - are by Mercier. However, my wallet has been a bit stretched after January sales (read all about it here!), so when I saw that Illamasqua was having a lot of items for £5 and £10 I couldn't resists bagging a few of them.

The reason I haven't braved to try Illamasqua before is their bright colours - while I am all in for bold looks I like to keep my makeup natural and glowy. Thus, I was a intrigued - and a bit frightened - to see what I could do with five cream shadows ranging from deep, deep purple to burnt red, a super bright pink powder blush, and a deep black cake eyeliner. I started my base with Laura Mercier's Radiance Primer and Tinted Moisturiser in Finland, after which I applied a tiny bit of Illamasqua's cream eye shadow in white to my temples and underneath my eyebrows. I then took the same colour all over my lids, blending upwards with my MAC 217. While I didn't want to make my eye makeup obvious I still wanted to add a bit of definition - I contoured the crease with Illamasqua's Wall, which is a nice reddish brownish colour, and Debauch, a deep purple. After making sure these were blended out properly, I applied a few coats of my new favourite mascara - Clinique's High Impact. I finished off by blending two different textures to make my cheeks look glowy yet natural - I took a dab of Illamasqua's cream blusher in Dixie and applied it on the outer corners of my cheeks, and swept powder blusher in Hussy all over the apples of my cheeks.

While I was really impressed with all of Illamasqua's product, I was amazed about their blushers. Both cream and powder formulas are super-pigmented and long-lasting, yet natural - perfect for daytime.

What do you think of the look? Have you tried any other Illamasqua products?

1 comment:

  1. Ai, en ole kuullutkaan tuosta merkistä. Nätiltä näyttää!

    t. sisko


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