Beauty by Rose: Brush Up Your Ideas


One of the things that I love about working at Illamasqua is that all of our products are versatile. I can happily add a layer of my favourite Cream Blusher to my lips if I’ve misplaced my lipstick, or use a Cream Pigment to colour correct as well as working it into a smoky eye.

There’s one category, however, which has me mixing and matching like no other; the brush range. For some reason I just can’t take our brushes at face value and – instead – find weird and wonderful uses for all of them. Let me talk you through the secret weapons you never knew you had…

Face mask applicator – your Illamasqua Foundation Brush
A couple of months ago, I was bemused and delighted in equal measures when a facialist applied my treatment with a foundation brush. She explained that it added to the soothing process of the facial, feeling soft, smooth and also precise

Concealer tool – your Illamasqua Lip Brush
I can’t take any credit for this one I’m afraid, it was a tip I picked up from Rose, our Oxford Street Assistant Manager. Rose is famed for her sculpted, slick eyebrows, and the key to her precision is a lip brush. She uses this to create an angular highlight either side of her brows to accentuate their well-groomed arch.

Dewy skin creator – your Illamasqua Highlighter Brush
One thing I notice that the Pixiwoo ladies often tell us to do is limit powder to the T-Zone. This way, if you’re going for a fresh dewy look, you can rest assured that you’re combatting the areas prone to oil without losing the luminosity of your foundation. Put the powder brush down; it’s too big for this subtle task. Instead, lightly dust a layer of Loose Powder in 010 in the areas that you need it most.

Brush holder – your Freak fragrance box turned upside down!
It’s all very well having an abundance of brushes, but where are you meant to store them? Take a leaf out of my book and make the most of your Freak fragrance box. I’ve turned the lid upside down to make the perfect holder for all of my brushes.

Mix and match with your products. Who knows, you might discover that you’ve had a beauty essential under your nose all along.

Until next time, Rose x

Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

Writer and expert