Contouring made easy with Illamasqua.


My first beauty post could be on nothing other than Illamasqua. As all my friends know I am pretty much obsessed. So, where do I begin with this? I've been eyeing up the Sculpting Powder Duo since November but only recently got my hands on it last week and it has not disappointed! It arrived on Wednesday evening in the usual black Illamasqua packaging and I couldn't wait to try it out.
Illamasqua packaging.

Compact including Lumos: Champagne Highlighter and Heliopolis: Soft Matte Brown Contour. Mirror also included, perfect for on the go. 

Contouring for me was always a bit daunting, but after talking to the very helpful MUA at the Belfast counter of Debenhams I decided to give it a go. Now barely a day goes by when I don't contour! Heliopolis is a soft matte brown which I find goes on beautifully. Its colour means it looks fab on us paler girls without looking too orange (which I've had problems with previously). As with many Illamasqua products the colour is buildable so you can tailor the look to your needs. I tend to do a more dramatic contour if I'm on a night out or special occasion and softer ones for everyday wear. 

Lumos is the champagne highlighter in the duo. Being brutally honest I've had nothing but bad experiences with previous highlighters. I always ended up looking too shiny, something I hate! So I must admit I was a bit sceptical when it came to trying it myself. The girl in the shop did it beautifully on me but I never thought I'd be able to achieve the same result. Using the Illamasqua Highlighter brush (another must-have for me) I simply place the highlighter on top of the cheekbones, down the nose, through the brow bone and on my cupids bow. I find it gives a lovely glowing finish without looking too shiny (yay). 

My only criticism is that Lumos is quite powdery so it can make the compact a bit of a mess. But that's nothing that being gentle won't fix!

If you're new to contouring and a bit worried about giving it a go I really do recommend this duo. And if you go to a counter or shop the MUAs will usually sit you down and show you how its done and answer any questions you might have before you buy. 

Until next time. xo

Happy Contouring!

1 comment:

  1. Ooh this looks really good! I'm useless at contouring, so I will have to ask for help the next time I'm in Debenhams :)

    Lauren |