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Introducing…Skin Sketching!

Skin Sketching is a technique that forms a fundamental element of each and every one of the Illamasqua School Of Make-Up Art courses and we wanted to introduce you to it through this great tutorial to illustrate the versatility of the Medium Pencils and a great approach to make-up application.

Skin Sketching tutorial:

A little background of the inspiration for, and evolution of the Skin Sketching technique…

Ever since the 1940s, when Greta Garbo picked up her black pencil and created the iconic illusion of depth on her eye socket line for the Hollywood cameras, make-up users across the world have searched for the tools and technique to create that show-stopping moment.

Modern lives are bound in an endless chain of time constraints, practicality, and tiny clutch bags, which conspire to make the luxury of make-up application before, during or even after work an endless challenge.

Therefore, the Illamasqua School of Make-Up Art, a hub of unbridled creativity, has developed a simple yet brilliant solution to tick all the boxes of time, practicality and space saving – the Skin Sketching Technique.

Skin Sketching enables you to define, contour and highlight your face all using Illamasqua Medium Pencils. Choose from the two categories of neutral or vibrant tones to create a wide range of looks, from subtle contouring to bright graffiti for your eyes!

With the Medium Pencil’s, blendable, long-lasting creamy formula, that glides on effortlessly, this innovative technique will take you from boardroom to bar in minutes.

The Secret of the Skin Sketching Technique: Neutrals

1. Smudge Medium Pencil in ‘Vow’ (nude apricot) all over the eyelid to reduce redness and blemishes and create a soft nude base.

2. Draw Medium Pencil in ‘Flinch’ (soft charcoal) along your upper socket line and under the eye for definition.

3. Scrawl Medium Pencil in ‘Honour’ (rich brown) on the outer third of the eye and on your bottom waterline for sexy smokiness.

4. Blend the three colours together with Blending Brush I.

Alternatively, experiment with Illamasqua’s array of Vibrant Tones to tap into Summer’s colour-blocking brights trend.

Check out  for more inspiration and a step-by-step guide to creating your Skin Sketching look.

Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

Writer and expert