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Friday, 28 November 2014

Look of the Day: IMATS-Inspired

Hi, everyone! This week's posts have been all about my inaugural IMATS visit and this third and final installment represents a first attempt at putting my brand new IMATS-acquired makeup items to good use! I was inspired by all of the beautiful artistic looks presented at the show, so I thought I'd call on my new goodies to create a look that was wearable, but still channelled a dreamy, colourful aesthetic. It featured a variety of textures and finishes, courtesy of the top-notch pro products that IMATS allowed me to add to my kit!

For the complexion, I turned to my new Face Atelier products. My base is the beautiful Ultra Foundation in #1 Porcelain, which offers amazing coverage and a natural satin finish. It was truly a dream to apply and matched my skin's undertones perfectly! On the cheeks, I dabbed a generous helping of Face Atelier Facade in Chameleon, which is a gorgeous gel-to-powder product that blends effortlessly into the skin and offers a cool, rosy flush with a matte finish. I also massaged some of Chameleon onto my lips, which created a fantastic just-bitten look. As a contour, I dipped my Hakuhodo J5521 Tapered Highlighting brush into some of the mid- to deep taupe shades from the Kryolan Variety Eye Shadow Compact in V3 Natural, which imparted a super subtle shadow beneath my cheekbones. 

To frame the eyes, I filled in my brows with a mix of the paler taupe shades from the Kryolan Variety Eye Shadow Compact in V3 Natural. I couldn't quite achieve the perfect shade for me, but the finish and texture worked wonderfully! These would definitely double as a fab brow colour if you can make the shades work for you.

The eye colour was all about my new Yaby Pearl Paints. These babies are ultra pigmented and I did my best to blend all five shades to create dimension and shape. I started by applying Baby Sapphire (a pale, icy blue) on the inner third of my lid, blending up to the brow. I then layered Sea Turtle (a shimmery seafoam) all over the centre of my lid and added a swipe of Summer Night (a mid-tone cool blue) along the socket line. To add a touch of warmth and depth, I applied Tamarind (a warm coppery brown) on the outer third of my lid, blending it into the crease. I finished things off by smudging Purple Iris (a warm, shimmery violet) along my lower lash line for a fun pop of colour. And voila! 

Here's a closeup showing the texture of the Yaby Pearl Paints and Face Atelier Facade, followed by a full breakdown of the products used! 

The Breakdown:

Foundation: Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in #1 Porcelain
Concealer: BeneFit Fake-Up in Light (under eyes) and MAC Select Cover-Up NC20 (on blemishes and redness)
Powder: Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot (lightly on t-zone)

Highlight: BeneFit Watt's Up (on cheekbones)

Blush: Face Atelier Facade in Chameleon

Contour: Mix of the deeper taupe shades from the Kryolan Variety Eye Shadow Compact in V3 Natural

Brows: Mix of the lighter taupe shades from the Kryolan 
Variety Eye Shadow Compact in V3 Natural
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula
Eye Shadows: Yaby Pearl Paints in Baby Sapphire (on inner corner, blended up to brow bone), Sea Turtle (packed on the centre of the lid), Summer Night (on the crease), Tamarind (on outer third of the lid and blended into the crease) and Purple Iris (along lower lash line)

Eyeliner: Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Stone Fox
Mascara: BeneFit They're Real!

Face Atelier Facade in Chameleon

And a few more shots of the look:

My first stab at these new products was really a pleasure! The professional inspiration behind these brands was readily apparent from the get go. The textures are highly pigmented, yet effortlessly blendable, the shades are unique, and the wear time was top-notch. It was fun to play with these cheery hues while channelling my inner makeup artist and feeling like a bit of a pro. Can't ask for much more!

I'm planning to write more in-depth reviews of the Yaby, Face Atelier, Hakuhodo, and Kryolan goodies from my IMATS haul, so watch out for those soon!

Have a wonderful weekend :)


  1. The eyes are amazing Jen!!!

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict xx

  2. You have a way of putting together shimmery colours on your lid that I've never been able to master. Love the colours and the placement!

    1. Aww, thanks, Rachelle! Means a lot coming from you- your eye looks are fab! xo

  3. Oh that lip is so fresh -- it's like a stain, but with a clean line, which I find SO hard to achieve!

    1. Yeah, the Facades are such a unique texture- so amazing on the lips if you want a sheer, matte look!

  4. Very stunning eye makeup! Happy weekend. xo


  5. Love your eye shadow, such a pretty colour. ;-)
    Have a nice weekend....

  6. I can never get over your EYESHADOW SKILLS! Another stunning look! Very jealous of your new brushes :)

    1. Aww, thanks so much, Sunny! I've been using the Hakuhodo brushes nearly every day- they're fab! xo

  7. Could you freaking get anymore beautiful!?
    Love that almost iridescent color of FUN!

    1. Aww, you are too sweet! Thanks so much, lady :)

  8. Pretty! It's such a romantic look - I wish I could pull off cooler tones like you!

    1. Thanks, Leah! Cooler tones like this are not so much in my comfort zone, but they're fun to play with! :)


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