Last Tuesday afternoon (March 8th) I attended another masterclass event with Urban Decay and their über-talented & fun-loving makeup artist Danielle Roberts. Following the last couple of rough days my family and I had been having, this was a nice little pick-me-up that I definitely needed. The event was all about showcasing the makeup brand’s eye products and their complexion heroes, and I also volunteered to be the model for the event! The masterclass took place in the upstairs area of The Jar, Wexford Street, which was handy as it’s just around the corner from my office, and we were spoiled with pastries and fresh fruit before a selection of delicious open & classic sandwiches, salmon blinis, frittatas and tea & coffee.
24/7 Glide-On Pencils, never before has a pencil this creamy and brilliant been waterproof too. Velvety-soft, this never-before-seen formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds) then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge.
Naked Flushed, the hot little threesome every woman needs in her makeup bag. We packed our favourite beauty essentials – bronzer, highlighter and blush – into one convenient compact. Light-diffusing particles enhance and perfect to give your skin a fresh, glowy look (even when your late-night antics have you feeling otherwise). – Urban Decay of 24/7 Glide-On Pencils & Naked Flushed Blush
When we got down to makeup business and as I already had my own foundation on, Danielle started the beauty look with the eyes. First she applied Eye Shadow Primer Potion, which is one of their iconic products known for securing eyeshadow for the whole day. Then she applied Eyeshadow in Riff, using an eye shadow brush on which she first sprayed the Makeup Setting Spray on. She applied this on the lower lid and then applied Moon Dust Eyeshadow in Space Cowboy along the crease, and blended in.
Next it was time to create a pop of colour using eyeliner. Danielle explained how mashing down gel eyeliner can be great for mixing and using with a brush rather than just drawing on liner. Using 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Freak & Chaos, first Danielle sharpened the pencils, then mashed down & mixed them together on a clean surface. Then with an angled eye brush, she applied them along my lash line and out for a flick. Mixing the two colours meant that the liner was iridescent and slightly changed colours from different angles. Next she topped up my lashes with Subversion and Perversion mascaras; the former of which acts as a lash primer wrapping around each eyelash, and the latter adds extra depth, darkness and fullness for big, bad lashes! To finish, Danielle used Brow Tamer Gel to thicken my eyebrows, brushing slightly against the natural direction in an upwards motion for that fuller Cara Delevingne effect.
With the eye area now done, she moved on to strobing, as she applied the Naked Flushed in Naked blush as a two type highlighter. Using the middle, soft pink champagne shimmer, Danielle applied it around my upper cheek and around my eye area in a C-shape, as well as along my nose at the bottom and on the cupid’s bow too. Then she used the left-sided, sheer medium bronze satin to add a bit more sheen without contouring, in the same areas above the highlighter. Instantly you could see a difference between before and after. To finish, Danielle opted for a frosted lip gloss using Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Freestyle. This was a gorgeous high-shine shimmery gloss, with no stickiness but plenty of pigmentation. Danielle was telling us how shimmery, gloss finishes are the big trend for the SS16 season and that although matte lips are a favourite – don’t be afraid of a bit of sparkle! To complete the look, Danielle let me set my makeup using the Makeup Setting Spray that I sprayed in an ‘X’ and then ‘T’ shape on my face.
Urban Decay beauty products are available at select Debenhams stores nationwide and House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre
Thank you to Róisín Tierney-Crowe of L’Oréal Paris for the invite and brilliant organisation, to Danielle Roberts of Urban Decay for my wonderful makeover & her makeup advice, and to the staff at The Jar!
Images © Nirina Plunkett