AT ILLAMASQUA HQ, WE ARE OBSESSED WITH THE INSTAGRAM SENSATION THAT IS MOLLY BEE A.K.A BEAUTSOUP. SHE RECENTLY DEBUTED OUR AFTERMATH COLLECTION AND HERE, SHE ANSWERS YOUR BURNING MAKE-UP QUESTIONS, EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE ILLAMAFIA.
Our new Aftermath collection represents light within darkness and changing of seasons; how do you transition your make-up into Autumn & Winter?
I usually gravitate towards deeper shades in Autumn/Winter, on the eyes and lips – a smokey eye and vampy lip becomes my go-to. I can’t wait to incorporate your new metallic shadows; it’s nice to mix up the typical Fall metals, coppers and golds, with some gunmetal and bronze shades.
From the Aftermath collection, which are your favourite product/s & why?
How did you first discover Illamasqua?
Where did your Instagram name @Beautsoup come from?
I wanted a name that embraced everything involving ‘beauty’: makeup, hair, fashion. A soup is something that contains so many different ingredients but always (…or often) tastes good. So I guess I wanted my page to be like a soup of beautiful things! I still get tagged in photos of soup and soup recipes on Instagram though!
Who do you admire at the moment in the beauty/make-up industry?
Which influencers or micro influencers do you religiously follow?
There are so many, but I’m always look out for @greta_ag, @kelseyannaf, @alyssamarieartistry, @janeenersss, @kayteeellen, and @ida_elina. They’re not afraid of bold colours and are constantly experimenting with shapes and styles ♥
What is the best & the worst beauty advice you have ever received?
The worst advice that I’ve received is more of an unwritten rule about what colours suit what skin tones. For years I wouldn’t go near yellows, corals or oranges for fear that they would ‘wash out’ my fair skin. I also stayed clear of warmer contour powders and have a whole catalogue of photos wearing ashy muddied streaks across my cheeks. Then, one time, I was at a makeup counter and tried an orange lipstick on ‘for a laugh’, but I loved it! From then on I tried out all of the colours that I’d been wary of before. I think it’s all about experimenting with placement – whether it’s a pop of colour in the waterline, in the inner corner of your eye or the centre of an ombré lip. No colour should be out of bounds.
Where do you find inspiration for the looks you create?
I find inspiration everywhere! Instagram is a huge resource of ideas as there are so many talented artists sharing their work online. But I also look out for colour combinations, patterns and textures used in clothing, interior design, food (particularly fancy patisseries) and in the natural world. I think the key is to be open-minded about where your inspiration can, and likely will, come from. Once you’re switched on, everything has potential.
If you could only use one make-up item for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I had to have a really good think about this one. If I were being sensible, I would probably pick a balm of some kind, to keep my lips and skin hydrated and to use as a glossy highlight on my eyelids and cheekbones. But, really, it would be something like an electric blue mascara, which would double up as an eyeliner if need be. I couldn’t be without something colourful!
How do you take the perfect photo for Instagram?
It’s all to do with lighting. I prefer natural light to everything else, but it’s not always consistent and reliable here in the UK. I recently bought some soft boxes, which help if it’s a cloudy day. I set up a soft box next to the window so the lighting is as even as possible across my face, hold a mirror in one hand and my camera in the other so I can keep an eye on what I’m taking a picture of. That doesn’t mean to say it always goes well though, some days it feels like my face just won’t cooperate!
What make-up technique was the hardest for you to master?
Cut-creases! I stayed away from them for so long because they look intimidatingly difficult to do. I’m still nowhere near a master of them, but I’m a lot more comfortable with trying them out from time to time. I think the tricks are to use a super precise brush to outline your crease, a tacky, but not runny, concealer to block out your lid and a generous coating of translucent powder or eyeshadow to stop the concealer transferring.
What’s your all time favourite look you have created?
It would probably be my dragon scales look from last Halloween. I’m fascinated by SFX make-up but have a lot to learn before I can say that I’m confident in doing it. The scales were the first SFX technique that I’d tried and been happy with. I’m hoping to do more things like that this October for the spooky season.
What are your top tips for keeping your make-up flawless throughout the day?
As my skin is on the drier side, I think the key to keeping my makeup looking fresh for longer is to hydrate it well. I prep my skin thoroughly before applying my makeup using serums and moisturisers, I try not to use excessive amounts of powder (to prevent that crêpe-y look and help my skin’s natural dewiness to peak through) and I use a generous amount of setting spray before heading out for the day. I don’t experience too much oiliness, but if my base does shift a little or starts to look ‘worn-in’ as the day goes on, I apply a little touch of blotting powder around my nose, in between my brows and on my chin.
What’s next for you, what are your big plans for the next year?
I really want to give YouTube a try, but it’s quite daunting! There’s so much work involved in producing and editing videos. Sometimes when I’m doing my makeup, I pretend I’m doing a tutorial (cringe) so I might as well just bite the bullet and give it a go. I’ve put if off until now as I’m currently in the middle of my PhD, so it’s hard to juggle things. Outside of makeup, I have a year of studying left and then I’m out in the big wide world, so I guess that I’ll be job-hunting soon too!