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Are you looking for a brush which provides definition, contour, elongation and ease? A brush to help you as a beauty enthusiast or beginner to contour? Well, I may have found the perfect brush for you, by Illamasqua! This is one of the ultimate brushes (I’ve discovered) which provides a ‘3D definition’ experience: D.
The Illamasqua Blush Up Brush is priced at £28.50. If you have a Pro Artist account, you can benefit from the discount on the brushes. This is a highly recommended brush to own as part of your many brush collection and kit!
As you can see from the image above, it is a highly dense ellipse shaped brush. I have taken photos from all angles to illustrate the dynamics of the cut of the brush. So, the base of the brush is flat and angled and the sides being stiff to create definition.
Here is a look I have created using the Blush Up Brush. I have used Sleek’s Contour kit (compact contour) alongside Illamasqua Blush Up Brush to define my cheekbones. I am aware that many of my dolls who own the Sleek Contour Kit find this product heavy. During use you have to be very light handed and must buff instantly once applied; or else it’ll look like mud on the face (a big disgrace!).
Well anyway, with the Sleek Contour kit (as heavy pigmented it is) I used the brush to define the contour areas, in fact, it was defined really well.
Here is another close up of my cheek contour and a slight but subtle definition on the nose too.
One more final close-up of the makeup look 😉
The brush has certainly defined the contour areas (esp the cheeks) well. If used correctly, when your contour looks harsh, just use a fluffy blending brush and brush in an upward stroke. The technique is all down to the way you apply colour – how much/how little. Furthermore to merge the blusher with the contour and highlight so it looks ‘well blended’ but noticeable at the same time.
Tip: If contour is overly harsh, use a translucent powder (either compact or loose) and lightly dust the area in question and see how the harshness fades… 😉
Happy New year from the Belle Amour Team x
Here is a look I’ve created with an edgy liner!
Simple lining the eyes is of course an all-rounder (plus safer), however it becomes tad boring when there’s a lot one black liner could do….
I’ve come out my comfort zone this time round to try this funky notch styled liner. Pair it with either a simple/semi dramatic look like I have and voila it looks different! I actually like it 🙂
Certainly give this a try on the upcoming festive season parties and be the statement 😉 !
“Now I am old-fashioned. A woman, I consider, should be womanly. I have no patience with the modern neurotic girl who jazzes from morning to night, smokes like a chimney, and uses language which would make a billingsgate fishwoman blush!”
– The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ❤
For my (first ever!) photoshoot I wanted to learn how flexible I can get with my artist skills. We all want that one shoot where we try and put our skills to a test and this is what I’ve come up with.
The whole cat eye look seemed to be in and one artist or another always have their own respective ways of recreating this feline look.
I wanted to incorporate all bold natural features which for me was the statement arched eyebrows to intricate leopard eyes and daring ombré lips.
The darker colours -blacks/plum purples were used as a contour with a light yellow to orange highlight.
I enjoyed letting myself go (slightly… But could potentially do more damage) and being in touch with my inner creative part which I haven’t met in a very long time.
I hope you like this look just as much as I enjoyed creating it.
- Eyebrows: Filling in the eyebrow with Urban Decay’s ‘Black Dog’ then creating a crisp outline using Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner.
- Face: Mac Cosmetics Studio Fix foundation. Highlight the face with Sleek Sunset palette (yellow and orange) and contouring with Coastal scents 88 eye shadow palette with the matte purple shade.
- Eye shadows (on lid): Sleek Cosmetics Sunset Palette with Urban Decay’s Perversion pencil to waterline with Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner to create the leopard eyes! To add texture (which unfortunately you cannot appreciate from this photo) I applied Collection 2000 Funk gold glitter on top of the leopard prints – it was fab in reality!
- Lips: This was a tough one, to create a sharp crisp line. Mac cosmetics smoulder pencil eyeliner to line lips going over with Inglot AMC Gel eyeliner to intensify the black even more. The purple as mentioned from above is the costal scents matte purple shade to create dimension. Ben Nye Total Cover-All wheel was used to conceal and sharpen the lips.