Beauty Says: You know that bi-line that Max Factor has in all their ads? “The Make up of make up artists” seems a bit of an understatement when a brand like Make Up Forever exists in the world of beauty. Last week, London saw the launch and come back of Make Up Forever at Debenhams on Oxford Street.
The brand was developed in the 1980s by Dany Sanz, a make up artist & teacher, who wanted to provide artists with high pigmented products when products were limited and not suited for professional use. Today the global brand is well-known and the beacon all professional artists go to when they need products for their kits- be it whether they are using it for models, tv, or film. Make Up Forever also has make up schools all over the world training artists to become professionals in their field.
I first came across this brand in Canada in the 1990s and was instantly hooked onto their lip and eye palettes. There has not been a brand I’ve used in my career in beauty that carries such strong pigments, and functionality (rather than packaging). For many years I have been harbouring my secret of using this brand and stocking up on small trips out to Paris, or other European and overseas destinations-namely through Sephora stores.
The highlights of this brand are in their ranges such as the HD range -giving HD definition and finish, and Aqua- a waterproof range first developed for synchronized swimmers. The day after the launch I spent some time down at the new counters at Debenhams with their professionals picking up tips on how to use some of these key products. They tell me that everyone can pick up some make-up lessons and how to do it themselves. There are make up lessons for a daily looks, to focused areas such as lips or eyes to full on sophisticated looks and how to apply false eyelashes. Lessons range from 15-50 min and start at £5-£50.
I highly recommend the HD Microfinish Powder. The pro-artist of Make Up Forever gave me the top tip that to get the most out of the product the powder has to be warmed. The best way to achieve this is to work the face brush right into the powder. £22
Another product that is a ‘can’t live without’ is the Aqua Rouge- a two step lip colour. First, apply the colour and then seal it in with the top coat to lock it in. The colour won’t budge or transfer and is highly pigmented through the light weight polymer that gives it staying power. This product is a must-have and favourite whilst at the beach as you can swim and sun all day and have that beach perfection look! £13
Of course, you will also ask what else Make Up Forever can do? Well, a true display of all the incredible possibilities of the products, are showcased in a special photo shoot- done in partnership with professional photographer RANKIN. These images are showcased at the store, and in the video below…check it out….how’s that for a statement without saying a word?
With so many credentials of 30 years in the making, this multifaceted professional brand is more than just make up. Its presence in 57 countries world-wide pushes the boundaries of creativity and product performance. Make up artists agree: If you are a Pro, this brand is for you….Forever!
Check it out in store or now at www.debenhams.com
HEALGEL is a no nonesense type of brand when it comes to skincare- it just works-full stop. This all in one helps to diminish the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. Arnica + madecassoside + powerful peptides are suspended in liposomes to soothe and de-puff in this unique formula. The texture is incredibly lightweight (gel or serum-like, which is great for warmer weather) and makes the most fantastic base for eye make-up. It creates a priming action for the eye make-up and if you are like me, who has oily eye lids, you'll love using this to keep eye liner, and eye shadows in place.
Aside from top tier skincare companies who make eye gels, I have found this product equally as effective, if not better, and at a cut of the price(only coming in at £32). It saturates the eye area with that deep drink/hydration so its great for after sun whilst on holidays, as well as for those who have exceptionally dry eyes.
If you've got sensitive eyes or in general sensitive skin then you might want to consider Racinne's Delicare perfection Soothing eye serum. Even if you don't particularly have a sensive eyes, but you may suffer from hayfever or allergies this time of year, this product might provide some relief to that irritated eye area.
The serum is lightweight, and glides on like a dream. It reduces redness, and calms immediately while moisturizes the skin. It has no alcohol, fragrance, or oil. In fact, fans of Racinne have given loads of reviews on this product and a top 5 stars! Many claim its 5-star status for reducing puffiness, and eye bags. I think it's a handy one to have in the handbag or travel bag at all times. Get yours exclusively at FENWICKS of Bond Street.
If you're not often conscious of the fact that UV rays are there all the time, and in fact, aging your skin, then wear this for the eyes and never think of it again. Dermalogica's Total Eye Care, not only has SPF15, but the SPF is a broad spectrum protection. Unlike other eye creams, this one can conceal dark circles. Talk about multi-tasking! How does it do this you might ask, well, it has optical light diffusers to shield the eye area while reflecting darkness off of the area. The texture of this product is not as quite as light as some might like it but gentle massage it in and feel it nourish the skin. It also retexturizes which means it is super for those who have fine lines or a dry skin type.
A most fabulous partner for summer holidays abroad, and can't live without....it is an eyes-saver!
Comes in at about £39.
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