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Illamasqua Training… An Insider View – Day Two

As part of my internship with Illamasqua I am taking the three day artistry training course with Key Artist and National Trainer Ross Andrewartha. I did a post of my first day in training which you can read by clicking here. 

Day two involved us learning more about Illamasqua products, their ingredients, their levels of pigmentation and all the different ways they can be used. Today we were challenged to create a smokey eye. At Illamasqua we call our smokey eye technique the Sophie-I we use the Black Medium Pencil is Sophie, which supports the Sophie Lancaster foundation. Read more about the foundation here. Our trainer Ross Andrewartha did a demonstration on how to create the perfect Sophie I and here is what he created…


To create this look on the eyes he used Illuminator in Odyssey, Medium Pencil in Sophie, Powder Eye Shadow in Sex, Powder Eye Shadow in Obsidian and if you want to add some glamour, then you can add a touch of Pure Pigment in Beguile. Click here to see the Sophie-I tutorial.

You can use our Medium Pencils to create other looks and they can be used all over the face. This technique is called skin sketching. I loved learning this technique it’s such a time effective way of applying make-up and all you need is just a few pencils! Skin Sketching enables you to define, light and shade, accentuating positive attributes and minimizing flaws e.g. you can use Medium Pencil in Vow on the T Zone, under the brows and above and below cheekbones then blend with an Illamasqua Blending Brush. Use Medium Pencil in Honour to create definition and contours and use Medium Pencil in Sophie to make the eyes stand out.

Day three will be my final day in training. We have each been asked to present a five minute presentation on Illamasqua and today we will be trying to re-create an avant guarde look from our face charts that we did earlier. Here is my face chart (bearing in mind I have never done one before and this is on paper – quite difficult to work make-up on!)

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Govinder Rayt

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