12.00 - 12.40 Skin enhancement and blush effects
13.00 - 13.30 Individual eyes and statement lips
I'll pre-warn you this will be a lengthy post.
First we was given a introduction the two main staff doing the demonstrations were Carl (Business Manager at Sheffield) and Zoe (Assistant Manager). The two lovely models were Anna and Layla, there was meant to be a third model who didn't show up the whole idea was for them to do makeup on each type of skintone. Illamasqua first opened up In Selfridges, London in 2008, they have been open in Meadow Hall for under a year. Founders of Illamasqua were Alex Sparks and Jo Corrie. recently Vivienne Westwood did a shoot in which they used only Illamasqua products. Illamasqua use 60% pigments in all their products whereas other companies use 25 - 30%. All Illamasqua brushes are synthetic as they hold colour best compared to other brushes.
They begun with demonstrating how to use their cream pigments as concealers there was two shades used first one was a orange shade for covering up dark circles etc second was green which was used for colour correction. They showed us two different techniques the first one was sweep and blend the second way was to use a v shape i.e. under eye.
|Cream pigment used for concelear|
|Blending brush used to apply cream pigment|
Next they prepped the skin using matte/satin primer, the matte primer contains Silica which is what creates the matte effect, both their primers smell quite sweetagain we was show two methods of how to apply primer either buff it on with the same blending brush or use a circular motion. They then applied their skinbase. We was told pink undertones are for cool skintone and yellow are for warmer. We was also given a tip on how to find out your undertone by thinking about how you sunburn if you tan then you are a warm skintone and if you burn then you are a cool undertone. Also darker skins scar/pigmentation goes even darker therefor to mix a red undertoned foundation/skin base. Illamasqua have 28 different skin base shades.
|Translucent setting powder|
Next we was shown how to contour, starting of with bronzer they used 2 different techniques for contouring, Zoe contoured by sculpted in the hollows of the cheeks for this she used a powder to contour whereas Carl contoured by adding depth to the top of the cheeks and blending downwards he used a cream pigment. Zoe then went over the cheeks and added a hint of coral whereas Carl went over the cheeks and darkened certain parts and added some colour.
|Pigment used on Layla|
|'Crushed' pigment used on Layla|
|'Glint & Writhe' contouring duo used on Anna|
|Blusher used to add colour to Anna's cheeks|
|Anna with cheekscontoured|
|Layla with cheekscontoured|
Moving onto eyes both Zoe and Carl filled in the eyebrows and selead using Sealing Gel which intensifies colour by upto 4 shades darker and makes them waterproof. Then Carl used a sketching technique where he used a black pencil to outline around the socket including under the eye and blended really well finishing by highlighting the brow bone, whereas Zoe did a more neuatral smokey eye by using a light colour on the lid and the darkest colour around the socket and blended into a medium colour.
Finally they finished off the lips Zoe used a nude-ish pencil and filled in the lips and then went over with a similar colour lipstick whereas Carl used the same pencil he used on the eyes and filled in 95% of the lips leaving the middle which he ombre'd with red.
The finishing looks:
We was also given a goodie bag containing a pair of lashes, Illamasqua magazine and a check list for items we want/need I know its not much but to say the event was free they didn't really have to give us the goodie bag although I'm not sure i would use them lol.
Overall I enjoyed the event and look forward to attending more, Illamasqua are the only company who have started holding events Nationwide I wish more companies would do the same I know there is loads in London but unfortunately not all of us can access them, the post was slightly lengthy but I hope you enjoyed it.