Sunday, November 7, 2010

Grown Up Glitter FOTD

FACE: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Fiji
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque (under eyes)
Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Powder
Dior Matte Sunshine Bronzer in Honey Matte
Sleek Contour Kit (to define cheekbones)
Mac Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl (used as a blusher/highlighter)
EYES: Mac Paint Pot in Soft Ocre (as a base)
Illamasqua Precision Ink in Alchemy
Mac Liquidlast Eyeliner in Point Black (along top lashline)
Benefit High Brow (on waterline)
Benefit Powderflage (to seal under-eye concealer)
YSL Singulier Mascara
Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows in Soft Blonde
Estee Lauder Brow Setting Gel
LIPS: Illamasqua Lipstick in Obey
By Terry Baume De Rose

I always liked the IDEA of glitter eyeliners but they never seemed to live up to what I wanted them to be.  More often than not, the glitter is sparse and it ends up looking childish or like novelty makeup.  I have been looking for ages for an eyeliner that is heavily infused with finely milled glitter, something that would be great to wear during the festive season.  I was starting to think that such a product didn't even exist!  It would be easy for a metallic glitter eyeliner to look cheap but Illamasqua Precision Ink Liner in Alchemy looks anything but cheap! 

I have seen the Precision Liner in Abyss (a glossy black shade) on quite a few blogs and it seems to have been a massive hit.  I wasn't quite sure how I would use the Alchemy one as it's an antique gold shade and I really prefer to have a darker colour on my lashline to define my eyes. 

However, I had a brain wave that I could use the Alchemy eyeliner as an all over lid colour for a molten metallic look.  I am also planning on using it on a bronze smokey eye to highlight the inner corner of my eyes.  The Illamasqua Precision Ink is a liquid liner with a fine felt tip which makes the liner practical and very easy to use.  When you first take the applicator out of the packaging, you will probably be as excited as I was to see how gorgeous the colour is...  

The glitter particles in this liner as so fine that they just translate to a liquid metal on contact with your skin...truly beautiful!  The opulent gold colour catches the light in such a pretty way and I think this is really what makeup is about, products that really deliver what you would expect.  This liner is waterproof and really long lasting, I had to scrub my arm for a while to get it off when I swatched it!

That shows just how great this liner is because the last thing you want is to have it wearing off during the night.  I applied a base on my lid of Mac Paint Pot in Soft Ocre which has a yellow tone that creates a good foundation to apply the Illamasqua Precision Ink over the top.

This is a really easy and effective way to wear a glittery product whilst keeping a sophistication and subtely to your overall look.  It looks amazing on lids and the contrast of the intense black liner brings a really nice simplicity to the overall doesn't always have to be complicated or fussy.  The combination of black and gold is glamourous and timeless.  To be honest, the pics do not do the liner justice because it's really hard to pick up just how lovely it looks.

My favourite lip colours have alway been nudes, pinks and peaches because they compliment my skin tone and are always easy to wear.  I have only tried one Illamasqua Lipstick in the past, Agony (a concealer-like nude), but it turned out to be too pale for me and I wasn't used to the matte finish.  However, this Illamasqua Lipstick in Obey is a bright peachy, milky pink and although it's also a matte finish, I have finally worked out the best way to wear it and make it work for me.

I think the mistake I made in the past was to apply it as I would any other swiping it across my lips a few times.  However, this created a thick, chalky look that made my lips appear dry and parched.  After playing around with Obey, I realised that the best way to apply this product is to DAB it on your lips lightly to build colour gradually.  Some products are just not made to be applied in a hurry.

The colour of this lipstick is a beautiful shade that seems to brighten the whole face, it's so fresh and radiant.  I had tried to apply lip gloss over the top of this lipstick but it seemed to catch the colour and move it around my lips resulting in an uneven finish.  But after some thought, I realised that I would need a much more moisturising product to offset the matte formula and keep my lips from getting dry.  I teamed Obey with some By Terry Rose De Baume which is a very pale milky pink colour.

By pairing these two products together, you get the most gorgeous, brightening lip colour that ensures your lips stay hydrated...perfect! You could also get a similar effect by teaming it with something like Korres Lip Butter in Guava (a milky white balm) or Jasmine (a milky pink balm).  I love the colour of this lipstick but as I said, you have to take your time to apply it if you want to make the most of it.

Have you tried any of the Illamasqua Lipsticks?

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