Stila Halloweeen Masterclass at Selfridges Birmingham



Yesterday I watched a brilliant Halloween make up masterclass with one of my favourite beauty brands, Stila, at Sefridges Birmingham. Stila’s lead UK make up artist Sascha Jackson was creating a gothic look using my friend and fellow blogger Ting Newall as her model. The look she created was perfect for Halloween parties and beyond, using smoky eyes and glitter and shine that will also be perfect for the upcoming party season that Christmas will soon bring.

I have attended sessions with Sascha before, and have been lucky enough to have had my own makeover with the Stila products, and I love the fact that Sascha gives you so many hints and tips, from the best way to apply products, to the best colours to use for different skin tones. She always preps the skin using the One Step Correct primer that adds balance and an even skintone, making your skin a perfect canvas to your make up.

Sascha applies foundation with a brush, in order to get a more natural coverage. The stay all day foundation is great for a natural look that actually lasts the day.

STILA Stay All Day foundation £28.50 Click to visit Selfridges

The theme of this makeover was all about gothic beauty, but you needed to leave any ideas about overblown, over done make up at the door. The look is all about the eyes, but skin in general, and brows and cheeks were kept as natural looking as possible. Eyebrows were accentuated, with Sascha giving the tip that if you add eyebrow colour from the centre, and leave some small gaps, the affect is of natural beauty. Another wonder product is the Poreless Putty Perfector which is the perfect product to help hide pores and give natural coverage, almost giving your skin an airbrushed feel.

The look is all about the eyes, and the colour was built up using two shades from the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue palette that have mauve/purple tones that are perfect for a gothic look. Liquid eyeliner was also used, going right into the waterline of the eye to exaggerate the smokey-ness of the look. The eye was then given a hint of sparkle with the fabulous glitter and glow liquid eyeshadow, a must have for party season.

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The gothic look is light on the blusher to avoid making the look too pretty, this is, after all a look that could work for Halloween, so apple cheeks are not a good look. The lips however, are a different story. Stila is renowned for fabulous lipliners and lipsticks that stay all day, with the Stay All Day lipstick being an award winner. Sascha built up an ombre style lipstick on Ting, using two shades, nude and purple. I love that the lipsticks have a matte look to them, and come in a great range of shades.

Ting’s finished look was gothically glamorous and beautiful, one that would certainly work well for Christmas party season. I loved the colours used and the techniques that Sascha employs to create a flawless face.

With thanks to Stila, Selfridges and Ting for the invitation.


A makeover with Sascha Jackson of Stila UK

Sascha Jackson is one of the UK’s most renowned make up artists, and last week she took a trip to Birmingham to promote Stila UK and their range of festive products and shades. I was lucky enough to be invited along to the stunning Harvey Nichols store in the Mailbox in order to try some of the new products and get a chance to chat with Sascha, picking the brains of a bona fide beauty expert.

Even though I’ve had many years of practice at putting my face on, I still feel like I have a lot to learn when it comes to make up. Sascha was full of advice, recommending products from the Stay All Day range that is a godsend for mom’s who don’t have time to keep reapplying their make up. We also chatted about the Stila brand, a brand which was very familiar in the UK quite a few years ago, but then disappeared, only to make a comeback a few years ago, launching the brilliant, multi-coloured One Step Correct, which is a total hero product in my book and perfect for creating a base for your make up, or just correcting your colour so you can get that natural, ‘effortless’ look.



I wanted a natural make up look as I was off to do the school run after my pampering session. Sascha started with the Stay All day foundation, and then dealt with both eyes and cheeks with the ‘Perfect Me, Perfect Hue’ eye and cheek palette. Sascha explained that blush can double as an extra eye colour, as it can be swept both on the eye and below. We also looked at my eyebrows, which are plucked, but have not been threaded recently as I have decided I like them slightly thicker and more natural. Sascha’s tip for shaping eyebrows was that you draw your ultimate shaped eyebrows before you pluck to avoid taking out new, but actually wanted hair.


Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette £28.00 Click to view


STILA Morning to Moonlight Waterproof Eye Liner Gift Set 1.06ml £30 Click to view


Blusher is another product that I have trouble with, so much trouble I only started wearing it this year. Sascha’s advice is that if you smile slightly when applying it, and then just lightly brush over your cheeks, it should appear dewy and natural. I’ve been trying this and it definitely works. We then turned to lips. I really love the idea of a darker lip, but tend to stick to coral/orange shades. Sascha tempted me with darker violet shade, although I still balked at the beautiful plum lip that I really wanted to try. I really loved the shade used on my lips, and the effect a really good lip liner can have.


STILA Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick Gift Set (3 piece) £18 Click to view


Finished Face



With Sascha Jackson


It was a pleasure to spend time with Sascha and to learn just a little of her beauty know how.