From what it looks like, this is going to be an Illamasqua week. We started it by showing you fabulous lashes I got for my birthday, today I’ll be sharing you experience from Beauty School Drop In that was held by Clare Lille, and let me just say we’ll follow the same path in next couple of posts.
After Daniel Sallstrom’s visit in May 2012, Illamasqua Croatia welcomed Clare Lille, School of Make-up Art Educator and member of Illamasqua Art Team. On Sunday she held Beauty School Drop In exclusively for beauty bloggers where she showed us how to do to two different makeup looks and shared a couple of secrets with us. Models were two bloggers – Mara from Voodoo Blonde and Jelena from Babushka’s Suitcase.
First she did classic black smokey eye with Illamasqua twist. She used medium pencil in S.O.P.H.I.E. and blended it upwards, then set it with black eye shadow in Obsidian and dabbed pure pigment in Fervent over the lids. One of the tricks was to use simple flat eye shadow brush for blending, hold it more towards the end and blend using downwards motions – picking up some pencil and patting it over the line you just created, moving higher and higher as you go. She used eye brow cake and angled brush to define brows. For even more definition she used lighter shade of concealer and, using angled brush, pressed it under the brow and pulled downwards. She did it starting from the arch of the brow to its end. I couldn’t believe how great it looked like – so much better than the regular “run some shimmery eye shadow over the brow bone”! She lined lips with medium pencil in Ascend and then applied lipstick in Sonnet. She showed us how she achieves symmetry when she does the lips – she does a little cross on the Cupid’s bow and two vertical lines on each side of upper lip and then just connects the dots. For sharper Cupid’s bow, start from the top and draw the line towards the corners, for softer go in the opposite direction and do a gentle curve.
Second look was about winged eye liner and ombre lips. She did the same trick with brows and concealer, and pointed out it’s always better to extend brows outwards to ensure more space to work on because it visually enlarges the lid area. We all know how hard it is to do the same flick on both eyes when doing eye liner. Clare showed us great cheat – dip the edge of triangle sponge or tissue in transparent loose powder and press it next to the eye and where you want your line to be. That way you can use the powder as a guideline and just dust it away when you’re finished. For ombre lips she used two medium pencils – lighter and darker red – lighter in the middle and darker in the corners, and then she blended it all in a perfect pout!
This experience was valuable because I’ve learned by listening and watching renowned makeup artist such as Clare Lille. She is really an amazing teacher – she knows how to transfer the knowledge and motivate students, and she does everything with grace, ease and wit. If you’ll ever have an opportunity to talk to her – I strongly encourage you to take it, it would be such a shame to miss it! I have to add that Petra was amazed by her – both by her personality and looks and she instantly proposed her a photo shoot – hopefully it’s something she’ll be able to do one day.
As for some other secrets – we learned that Illamasqua will be coming out with some new and exciting product that they don’t have in their line yet and they’re about to do more than two collections per year (YAY!).
Speaking of collections – have you seen the teaser for the upcoming collection I’MPERFECTION? It was just released today, and you can watch it here. I’m so excited to see everything but from this I think I have an idea what it’s all about. The name is fantastic, witty and intelligent, as one could expect anything else from Illamasqua. Also, I can see they changed their slogan up, too – We are colour, you are beauty.