In my kit: Illamasqua Liquid Metals

Illamasqua Liquid Metals Eyeshadows

 

Take it from me, every makeup artist needs a good range of basic metallics in their kit. If you don’t have it, there’s nothing you can do to substitute or fudge it, and you never know when you’re going to get asked to bust out a quick metallic eye or need a good silver or gold accent on something. Just last week I was on a job where we needed silver eyes, so I was very grateful I had my favourite metals palette handy – Illamasqua Liquid Metals.

These are so, so good. It’s a palette of 4 dense, creamy high-payoff pigments that have a great gold, a silver, a copper and a greeny-silver. I can’t tell you how many times I have used this guy. You can use them on lips or eyes or as a highlight. You can use them as a base and set them with a matching powder metallic, or blend them into a sci-fi, space age molten smoky eye. They also can be layered under a gloss if you’re really going for the shine.

And frankly, why did we become makeup artists if you never get to paint someone gold or silver or copper?

Makeup nerd alert – they also decant beautifully. I’m at a stage now where anything that is not nailed down gets downsized, so I have scraped out the Illamasqua Liquid Metals into a Muji container with a bunch of other creams I use occasionally. Although Illamasqua packaging is mercifully light, every bit of weight in your kit adds up, and I am not built like a WWF wrestler, able to drag infinite amounts of makeup around town (although Lord knows, I did try for many years).

Don’t get caught without your Liquid Metals!

Liquid-Metal-Palette

In My Makeup Kit: Illamasqua Lip Gloss

picture of girl with straw and lipstick

So I’ve been prepping for not one but three big beauty stories lately which has been a good chance to give my kit a clear out to get some new season colour in there.

I have to confess that I love having a good re-organise as nothing feels better than a fresh, clean kit, and you can always find a way to tighten up and improve your general organization. A kit tune-up is my idea of a good time!

I’m rotating out of my winter products and putting in spring/summer ones – shooting spring stories for Australia means more colour and beautiful lighter textures are going in.

This season I’m getting back into gloss after quite the hiatus from it – probably a legacy of a complete overdose on the stuff a few years ago. As in, I was buried in it.  In my defence, at the time we were all channeling goopy-lipped vixens so I got a lot of use out of them – then not so much the past couple of years.  But now I’m feeling it again.

Since I’m still loving bold strong lip colours at the moment, I’m reaching for Illamasqua’s Intense Lip Glosses to add an element of shine to a statement lip. I’ll be carrying Mistress (bright coral orange) and Indulge, a ridiculously bright fuchsia, and since wine lips are no longer just for winter, I’m carrying the sinfully rich Hermetic. I love Illamasqua’s lip glosses because they are pigment rich, high-shine and really do what you want – which is take a bold lip over the top, somewhere over the rainbow.

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Intense lipgloss by illamasqua

Right Now: How YOU doin’?

Friends

So this week is the 10th anniversary of the final episode of Friends. I’ll say that again – a decade since that TV show that epitomized the 90’s FINISHED. Basically what this means is that if you were there to watch the show when it aired on terrestrial TV (I’m talking pre-cable, pre DVD, pre-TIVO, practically pre-clunky video tapes AKA pre-historic) then you are officially old. Old I tell you.

And if you don’t remember it first time around well consider yourselves lucky as this makes you young. But you should still be catching up on it as you will urgently be wanting to reference the style of Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox – the crop top and washboard stomach plus floral shorts trend, the double denim, the fabulous 90’s brown lipcolour that was a staple on everyone’s lips and that is now having a comeback, despite not suiting anyone apart from models. (Seriously you have to be insanely gorgeous to pull that colour off – if you can, more power to you and make sure you’re generous with the concealer as it will show up every tiny bit of redness in your skin).

The shock of discovering that the Friends finale was ten years ago and I remember it – well not quite like it was yesterday, but certainly not as if it was ten years ago, making ME officially old – has made me want to write a post about my favourite products that bring out the Joey Tribiani in me. As in I want to say “How YOU doin?” to each and every one of them every time I use them.

 

MAC Paintsticks

These guys make my heart sing every time I get the chance to pull them out. They are creamy, matte sticks (literally paint sticks) of opaque, shimmer-free colour and they are gorgeous as eyeshadows, blush, lipstick, or you can even use them all over the face as a foundation if it was that kind of shoot/day/party. They are fantastic to have in your kit for any type of avant garde look and play equally nicely when you have to tone it down for more natural looks. The colours are what have my heart – sky blues, cerulean and emerald green, vivid red, an amazing orange. The beauty of these is you can mix them together and create whatever colour you like (similar to the Make Up Forever Flash Case which I also love and has also been a kit staple for many years.) They are eminently decantable and can be used as a cream base for powder eyeshadows or blush as well. LOVE.

Chantecaille blushers in Laughter and Emotion

How gorgeous are Chantecaille blushers? They are super finely pigmented and with just a touch of sheen to them, they give a vibrance to the face that subtly makes you glow. I first used Chantecaille on a show in London and it was a wonderful introduction to the brand as I got to use their Future Skin foundation (still an MM fave) and most of their colour products. I’ve had these blushes in and out of my kit for many seasons as they’re classic and beautiful and just very flattering. Laughter is a gorgeous candy-rose pink (very hard to describe! Let’s just say it’s lovely) and Emotion is a peachy-pinky gold. Apparently they have anti-aging vitamins A, C and E and I guess that’s good, right?

Illamasqua Nailpolish

I’m currently really into nail colours that aren’t quite neons, but definitely pack a punch. Illamasqua consistently make some of the best polishes and colours in the world, so this season I’ve put Collide, (hot pink), Obsess, (vivid Fuchsia), Cameo (bright sky blue), and Lament (bright coral pink) in my kit. It might be winter Down Under but a girl needs to have some colour to cheer her up! I’m also into glittered purple Perseid as a sophisticated evening look which helps work this season’s metallic trend. Gorgeous. For a chic alternative to brights for daytime I love a grey, particularly Essie’s Playa del Platinum.

NARS Corfu Cream eyeshadow

Where to start? This is such a beautiful, bronze-y cream eyeshadow which is lovely on its own or layered under another powder bronze shadow (Lancome, MAC and Illamasqua all have great bronze shadows – forgive me but I feel too lazy to unpack my kit to check the names). On its own it’s a shimmery, twinkl-y wisp of nothing of a shadow which actually ends up being really something.  Perfect for an “your eyelids but better” type scenario. NARS do some of the best cream eyeshadows out there as the texture is sheer yet you can build them, and the colours are amazing. Be warned though – it is a cream and it will move so be prepared to be on shadow patrol throughout the day.

All old favourites, that I use all the time. And not a smelly cat in sight.

Video: Illamasqua’s New Campaign Glamore – BTS with Alex Box

Illamasqua Glamore

Loving the look of the new Illamasqua campaign, and the saturated colours in the new collection! That new glittery Shattered Star nail polish looks right up my alley as well.

It’s a very feminine, quite girly campaign for Illamasqua and it’s nice to see them going in a softer direction for a change. Plus the lipsticks will still have their insane pigmentation that they’re renowned for, so I can see more additions to my lipstick kit in the future.

 

Right Now: Illamasqua Fight for a Fair Price for Beauty

Illamasqua Australia Fight for Fair Price

First off, apologies for not posting last week. Suffice it to say I’m having some house dramas at present, involving lots of tradesmen clumping around in fluorescent vests and work boots. It’s not exactly conducive to beauty writing, or even beauty thinking!

However, there is something I HAVE to tell you about (tradies notwithstanding). Illamasqua, the maverick British beauty company, has started a petition to ask Australian consumers whether they want to pay a fair price for beauty. Founder of Illamasqua, Julian Kynaston, explains the initiative here

Basically Australian consumers are getting royally ripped off when it comes to makeup and skincare. I found this out the hard way when I lost my work blush bag during the move from London to Sydney. I strutted up to the makeup counters to replace at least my favourites, pointing with gay abandon to different colours, “Oooh, that one… and that one… and that one over there – and how about that new blush? How much are they by the way?”

Oh.

Put all those back. I’ll take one pink, and one peach.”

And that, my makeup-loving friends, was the end of my aimless wandering in cosmetic halls, dropping my credit card whenever I fancied.

So now Illamasqua are helping to us, by joining the fight against these criminally high prices in Australia. I’ve signed the petition – will you?

 http://www.illamasqua.com/fairpriceforbeauty/