Kirsty Lo is a Birmingham celebrity. She’s a beauty expert and make-up artist, a presenter and model, and all round lovely lady into the bargain. Her beauty masterclasses are not to be missed, with her latest being a lesson in the products and techniques from Urban Decay that will allow your make -up to last all day. As a busy mother, who doesn’t have that long to apply my make-up in the first place, let alone have time to re-apply, this was certainly a lesson I was in need of. So I took a trip to Selfridges in Birmingham last Friday to take a closer look.
Urban Decay is well known for it’s must buy products, the Naked palettes, but as someone who used this brand way back, I always loved the brights and metallic colours that came in the collections, especially the kohl pencils. But make up is make up. I expect it to look great when applied, and then gradually smudge and fade as the day progresses. Kirsty and Urban Decay promised to show us ways to make eye shadow last up to 24 hours (if need be), and full face make up last up to 16 hours. What were these wonder products and why did I not have them in my life??? Actually – I did, I just hadn’t been using them.
First up we looked at eye shadow primers. Now, this is a product I already have in my make-up bag and hardly ever use, but after sampling the product and listening to the advice from Kirsty, I have been using this every time I apply eye make up. And, I have to admit, it works like a dream. A soft, creamy lotion that you apply to the eye area before adding eye shadow, this stops the crinkles and creases that seem to absorb colour, and then leave your eye make up looking bright, and as good as new. I didn’t quite test it for 24 hours, but did wear my eye make up from 11 am – 9pm and it did look bright and fresh all day long. There is also an anti-aging version which I will be investing in very soon, as well as travel versions which are great for holidays, or if you just want to give this a try.
Next up was a similar product, but for the rest of your face. The complexion primers promise to make the pores appear smaller, whilst also giving you the kind of airbrushed skin you usually need photo-shop for. This is great for oily skin, leaving a lovely matte base that you can then use as a blank canvas when you apply your make-up.
If redness is a problem that your skin can experience (I get it on my cheeks), then the B6 vitamin-infused complexion prep spray is something that is worth an investment. You spray this potion of vitamins onto the face to give it a boost before you add make-up. But it can then be used to hydrate and pep up the skin at any time, and can be put over make-up without ruining your look. It’s the sort of thing to have in your bag if you work in places with air conditioning, or to use when flying to hydrate the skin. It is a little bottle of miracles!
The final products we looked at were the sprays that promise to fix your make-up so it lasts all day and all night long. The de-slick make-up setting sprays mean that you no longer need to be retouching your make-up throughout the day (hence saving you money in the long run.) This is a very light spray, it quickly settles into the skin and is so light you can’t actually feel it, but you can see the effects – a face that is perfectly made up without smudges, fades or sliding cosmetics.
This was a lovely, informative session that really did what it said on the tin – I now had lots of tips and products to help that make-up last all day long. We all left with a goodie bag which included that fabulous eye primer, and loads of ideas.
*With thanks to Kirsty Lo and Selfridges Birmingham for the invitation.