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Tried and tested: Illamasqua’s new Glamore Nudes range…
Monday, July 7th, 2014

illamasqua nudes Illamasqua is a brand that knows how to do pigments like pros, so you can only imagine how fantastic the color spec in the new Nude Glamore Lipsticks range is. There are 7 delightful colours and you lucky ladies get one in your Glamour Boxes. So as many of you may be thinking…’What if I get a shade that’s not me!?’ here are a few tips on how to make the most of your lipstick.

Illamasqua swatches.docxLeft to right: Minx (pink toned), Buff, Starkers, Naked, Cherub, Rosepout (pink toned), Tease


If you feel the colour you receive may be too pale for you don’t stick it to the back of your makeup drawer, mix it with a lipgloss that is brighter and use it as a base. As I have a tan at the moment the one colour I found too pale was Tease. However, there’s ways of working around that!  Used with a brighter gloss (matted down with a touch of powder) or mixed with another lipstick, you can still benefit from the awesome texture of the lipstick. Adding a touch of red lippy to Tease would make for the perfect pink pout.

Minx or Cherub may be too bright as a nude on some skin types. The best way to amend and still use this is to fill your lips in with a nude liner of your choice and then pat some of the lipstick on over your lined lips. Doing this will add another dimension to your lip, whilst pushing yourself out of your comfort zone by using a colour you may never of thought you could pull off! Or you can always use it as a blusher!

I have recently fallen in love with brown lipsticks and glosses, which is why I would say Buff is one of my favourite lipsticks. Some of you may be slightly nervous by the depth of the brown, but tone it up or down using a lipgloss in peach. Believe it or not it also makes a great contour colour! Shhh!


Once you try your colour out and love it, I suggest you go out and buy the rest as there are 7 they make the perfect start to a summer day!

P.S. When applying lipstick I always suggest you prime (MAC prep and prime lip is awesome) and line, this way you don’t have to keep checking your lips you know they will last. The texture of the Illamasqua Glamore lipsticks help too as they are velvet finish so happy medium between matte and shiny.

I hope you guys love them as much as I do!


5 mins with…Leena Adesara | The Illamasqua Art Team
Monday, July 7th, 2014

Leena Key Artist image


1.   In 5 short years Illamasqua have managed to achieve cult status where it has taken others decades to do so. What do you think has been the key to your success?

It’s all about the quality of our products and the service we provide. We don’t advertise anywhere because our products speak for themselves; high quality, super pigmented but easy to use. Our teams give out first class service, making your trip to Illamasqua a truly memorable one as we add that personal touch. We like to have a laugh with our clients! We listen and cater to their needs as well as showing them our perspective too. For us, education is so important and we make sure our clients always walk away with the power of knowing how to exactly use their chosen products.

2.    What would you say stands Illamasqua apart from the rest of the industry?

We don’t target a certain ‘type’ of client and truly are for anyone and everyone. You only have to look to our past campaigns which feature every genre, skin tone, race and age. Our products, which I like to call “pieces” because of their luxury nature, are so well made, super colour intense, easy to use and innovative. There is always something fresh and new with Illamasqua and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

3.   What would your advice be to anyone who wants to try a more dramatic, experimental look, but is worried about going overboard?

I love this kind of client! Experimental doesn’t necessarily mean going to the extremes and sporting green eyebrows! It’s about going out of your comfort zone, for example: “ok so you always wear a nude eye with a brown liner, lets change it up, let’s try navy liner and maybe a light bronze eyeshadow…navy will look great against your eye colour and will make the white of your eyes look whiter and brighter etc…”

However if you wanted to go for green eyebrows, then absolutely go for it! The training we give at Illamasqua is of a very high standard our artist’s will work out which shade and shape is best. We will educate you on colour as well as technique. For these type of more experimental consultations in store, ask for our level 3 or level 4 artists.

4.   We’re so excited to be launching the Glamore Nude lipstick range in our Glamour Beauty Edit box! What is your best tip to find a nude that suits your skin tone?

I am so excited for these lipsticks to launch and I know our Illamasqua Colour creatives and fans are too.

Cool or rosy skin tones: opt for a nude shade that has more of a pink to it versus brown- new Glamore lipsticks in Rosepout or Starkers would be perfect.

Warm or olive skin tones should opt for a nude shade that has more brown versus pink- new Glamore lipsticks in Tease, Naked and Buff would be perfect

For just a general neutral tone go for more coral, coral is a mixture of pink, orange and brown so new Glamore lipsticks in Cherub or Minx would be perfect.

5.   Okay, so we have the lipstick covered! How would you complete the look to compliment a nude lip?

It might be cliché, but a sexy smouldering smokey eye stands the test of time and is always a winner with a nude pout. Try Illamasqua precision gel liner as a base and team with our cult piece the Neutral palette, plus a set of number 14 lashes for extra volume. Bridget Bardot Classic Chic!

6.   Illamasqua products are very versatile. We’re big fans of your cruelty free synthetic brushes which can be used with cream and powder products. What are your must have multi-use products from the range?

It’s so hard for me to pick favourites, however, I do have a few must-have brushes that I couldn’t live without. My first pick is our Highlighter brush; it’s the most perfect short, soft buffing brush for all your buffing needs. I use it for foundation buffing, powder application, buffing contour, bronzer and of course highlighter. Our blending brush is the Rolls Royce of blending brushes. It blends creams, powders, and even wet eyeshadows like a dream! Smoulder brush – what did we do without it?! It’s quite new to our range, buffs your pencils, creates smouldering eyes and is great for details definition. Last but by no means least, the Smoothing brush is a must have. It smoothes concealer application to perfection, along with blurring out any hard edges on an eye look. I promise you will not look back once you use our brushes.




The winner of the HD Brows competition is…
Friday, June 27th, 2014

We’d like to say a huge congratulations to Erdu Bartu who has won a  HD Brows treatment plus items from their new Make Up range worth £178! We hope you enjoy your prize!

WIN a HD Brows treatment, plus their NEW Make Up range worth £178!
Monday, June 16th, 2014

To celebrate our new website, we have teamed us with HD Brows to give away the chance to win their famous treatment, plus a selection of products from the NEW! Make Up range.


The HD Brows 7-step treatment includes consultation, tinting, waxing, trimming, threading, tweezing and aftercare. The NEW! Make Up range from HD Brows is then the perfect way to keep your brows looking striking day in, day out.


The Prize – the full HD Brows experience, plus products from the NEW! Make Up range including:

  • Eye & Brow Palette
  • Fluid Foundation
  • Brow Colour Fix
  • Powder Blush
  • Eye Opener
  • Lip Gloss
  • Highlighter
  • A treatment by a local HD Brows stylist worth £25

Total RRP £178. The treatment will be arranged by HD Brows who will choose a HD Brows professional local to the winner. Colours and shades of products can be tailored to the winner.


Enter by becoming a Latest in Beauty member through Rafflecopter below which will unlock extra entries giving you more chances to win! UK entrants only, competition closes midnight on Sunday 22nd June 2014.

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For those of you dying to get your hands on the new HD Brows make up range, you can get a 20% discount with an exclusive Latest in Beauty offer. Just use the code LATEST20 – happy shopping!

The winner of the Bourjois competition is….
Monday, June 9th, 2014



 We’d like to say a huge congratulations to Kelly Cleeton who has won a selection of Bourjois products worth over £100!

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