On a sunny afternoon in Dublin a number of years ago I wondered into BT2 and a brand new exciting makeup stand had just set up. That stand was Illamsqua, I had never heard of the brand. The products looked amazing, revolutionary and more importantly a lot of fun. The girl who was working at the stand explained she didn't actually have any products to sell at the moment as it was press day and pointed me to a woman standing beside Illamasqua, the woman had black hair and a striking white stripe and little did I know but she was Alex Box (Artistic Director for the brand Illamasqua and pretty much one of the most progressive makeup artists there is).
To be honest I paid more attention to the products and the Makeup Artist than I did to Alex Box, (fool that I am) the products looked exciting and the Makeup Artist enthusiasm about the brand and the products was infectious. Illamasqua was my new makeup stop and I frequently bought new products until alas the counter was withdrawn from Dublin and I was left without Illamasqua in my life. -The stand that was in Dublin is now located in Birmingham fact fans-. Of course Illamasqua is available online but that takes some of the joy out of shopping. When ever I am near a Illamasqua counter I have to stop by - I have even visited their amazing shop/makeup school in London.
To me Illamasqua is the cool kid that you want to be friends with, and you know what they are so freaking cool they will be friends with you. Illamasqua don't care if you have your skirt tucked into you knickers or your top is too tight or that you apply makeup like a drunk monkey they accept you they way they are. To quote my favourite movie (Some Like it Hot) "Nobodys Perfect".
Illamasqua have always been great supporters of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Sophie was a girl who was horrifically beaten to death just for looking different. Illamasqua is a brand that embraces our differences and has created the look below as a celebration of Sophie.
This look is beautiful and really simple (a dramatic take on the cut crease) although it is a little OTT for everyday wear and unfortunately like most of us I have to tone things down for work, with that in mind I thought I would do a everyday version of this look and show you how I achieved the look. (Apologies in advance for some of the photos this time of year they are either too dark or washed out by the flash)
Lets look first at the products I used to recreate the look.
1. Lash Control Mascara in Volumizing and Conditioning (from Cloud10 Beauty here)
2. Nars Larger than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia
3. Smashbox Get Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Midnight Black
4. Stila eyeshadow trio in Bella
5. Illamasqua eyeshadow in Grope
1. Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in No.7
2. NYC Blushable Creme Stick in Big Apple Blush
Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Manic
Here is how I recreated the look.
I started by applying Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation all over my face (check out our review of the Skin Base here) -but if you are using darker eye shadows you can apply your foundation last.
I applied a brown eyeliner in the socket of my eye and along the outer lash line. This was then blended out a little with a fluffy brush (don't panic it looks messy I assure you this will get better- please note the short and curly lashes)
I applied the skin tone shadow (Illamasqua Grope) onto my eyelid and under my brow as a highlight (ignoring the fact that my eyebrows need to be cleaned up - perfection is overrated)
I applied the middle shade (a warm shimmery brown) from Stila's eye trio in Bella onto the blended eyeliner to create a bit of dept.
I tightlined my eye with the brown pencil liner and also used it to line my lower water line. I lined my upper lash line with a black gel liner.
I applied the Lash Control Mascara (look at the before and after pictures - this mascara really makes the lashes look amazing)
I applied the cream blush onto the apples of my cheeks and blended (to add a bit of colour but the cheeks are not the focus of the look)
I applied the Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Manic all over the lips (using it as a liner and a lipstick)
Here is the finished look. Its pretty and wearable but with a flash of colour.
Illamasqua is available from Illamasqua's website (here) I would highly recommend checking out their site as the artwork is just stunning. Illamasqua is also available from Debenhams.ie (here) and Asos (here ).