Make-up masterclass – powder, mascara and bright lips


At the end of April I hosted the first of our spring/summer make-up masterclasses at content. The theme for this one was new product launches at the shop and some of my favourite spring trends.

The first new product was Ilia’s Fade Into You Finishing Powder.

“This is a light universal finishing powder, packaged in a refillable brush component. The translucent base is a blend of organic powder and oils including Aloe Leaf Extract, it is full of minerals and vitamins to help keep skin looking soft and supple. Passion Fruit and Rosemary Oil contain anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe the skin.”

It contains mica so it will help to brighten skin too – I initially didn’t like this fact but it has grown on me as it doesn’t look sparkly on the face.


#Top Tips –

Powder can often get bad press, people can be put off because they feel it can make skin look dry or dull. Powders used to do this but now they are so fine and lightweight they don’t. They can help your make-up to last longer and give it a nice finish. Great coming into the warmer months when skin can get a little shiny because of the heat.

Apply after foundation and/or concealer to help set your base or on to a bare skin to give it a nice polished finish by absorbing any excess oil.

If you have dry skin you can still use powder – it will help set your liquid or cream products and make them last longer. Gently ‘press’ the product on and brush gently downwards – this will stop any powder disrupting or getting under dry skin patches which can make them look worse. Or try applying powder just to the t-zone and leave the cheekbones for a dewy glow.

Healthy skin is not matt so it is nice to have a bit of a dewiness, the Ilia powder will still help skin glow.

Remember if you wear a cream blusher to apply it before you apply the powder.

The other products we spoke about were rms beauty’s mascaras – 7 years (I think) in the making!

“Created with rich mineral pigments and certified organic oils, butters and waxes this mascara will instantly add life to your lashes without flaking, smudging or clumping. The formula is not 100% organic but it is 100% natural.”

There are two formulas –

Volumizing – A combination of organic plant waxes and select raw minerals allow this emollient mascara to shape lashes and intensify fullness.

Defining – Creamy and rich, this unique formula separates and defines lashes naturally for an overall dramatic eye.


#Top Tips

Curl lashes first to help open the eyes.

Use the brush to get as close to the root of the lashes as you can, this will make lashes look longer and thicker. Apply several coats and brush through between layers.

Make sure you get all the lashes on the outer and inner corners – these often get missed but make a huge difference.

Concentrate more product at the outer corners if you want more of a cat eye – accentuate here to lift up and out.

To help add more volume and length try using a primer first – Jane Iredale’s Purelash Extender and Conditioner is great. Apply a coat to lashes then apply mascara straight away.

Dusting a little loose powder on the lashes can also be a nice way to bulk lashes out and also add longevity.

If you have a hooded lid then use powder shadow rather than cream to stop smudging.

Spring/Summer Beauty – Bright Lips

Bright colours are always great for spring – Orange is big this season as is pink – they are great alternatives if you like to wear red but also easier to wear if you want to try colour for the first time.

I believe that anyone can wear any colour it’s just a case of finding the right shade. Always try on the lips rather than just on the back of your hand – it will always look different to what you think.

Oranges can look amazing on tanned skin and will also help to bring out blue eyes. Pinks can look great on all skin tones, pinks with blue undertones can work really well on paler complexions.

#Top Tips

If you’re shy of colour then try a hint of colour first – tinted lip balm/conditioner and glosses are perfect for easing you into colour.

You can also soften a stronger lipstick colour by applying it with your finger for a relaxed stain.

For more precision apply with a brush and blot between layers, building the colour until you have your desired intensity.

Prepare lips by removing any dry skin with a gentle then apply a good balm.

For longevity try applying foundation or concealer first over the lips, this will give the lip colour something to grab hold off.

Lip pencils are great to shape the lips but also try all over lips before hand to help the lipstick last. Be sure to moisturise well before hand.

What should you wear with a bright lip?

Keep skin fresh and sheer with a gentle flush. Keep eyes simple – a wash of shimmer and lots of mascara for definition. A simple liner looks great too.

My favourites – Ilia Beauty – Jump, Neon Angel, Karma Chameleon. RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Sacred.

We got everyone to try a bright lip and we found something for them all. Everyone went home with a new lip colour I think, ready for summer!

Our next masterclass is Tuesday 20th May – click here for more details..


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