I attended the Smashbox Makeup Masterclass at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre on Saturday 16th July. It was hugely informative and enjoyable, drawing a good crowd. MacDonagh Junction are running a series of masterclasses throughout the summer varying from modelling demos, to hair & make-up masterclasses and photography. Check out their News & Events section for more information and keep an eye on my social media for upcoming events.
Boots at MacDonagh Junction have a Smashbox counter, which provides a service for getting your makeup done professionally, makeup lessons and you can also buy their products here. The lovely Aisling and Carmel from Smashbox carried out the masterclass and were extremely informative about their products. See below the list of items used and my opinions on them:
This product was applied first, creating a nice base. It felt hydrating on my skin when spritzed on my face in light, lengthy motions. I felt this product could also be used on its own throughout the day to refresh if you decide to have a no make-up day. It would also be perfect for damping your beauty blender and fixing your make-up in place upon finishing application.
This was used on the oilier parts of my face i.e. my T-zone to help avoid the foundation sliding around on my face. It is an award winning product including Best of Sephora Award for Best Primer, one of Marie Claire’s “25 Products That Will Change Your Life,” and Handbag.com Readers’ Choice Beauty Award 2012 for ‘Best Foundation Primer’. I had never used it before but I was impressed and I was told that it is one of the cult beauty products found in many make up bags!
This was my favourite product used in the masterclass. I have spoken about suffering from dry, dehydrated skin and I found this product suited me down to a T. Carmel added two drops of this to the foundation on her hand (2 drops to 1 pump of foundation) before application and I feel it made all the difference. This product can also be used on its own and is great to apply over your daily night time moisturiser before going to bed. It has a blend of 15 nourishing oils and is fast absorbing leaving your face hydrated, not greasy.
This was applied before the foundation as a substitute for concealer. Carmel used shade ‘Get Less Red’ which comes in a green stick and covers any spots or blemishes by helping even out the skin tone. It was lightweight and in my opinion blended better than your average concealer.
This foundation is now available in 22 shades meaning if you were in between shades there is now one perfect for you. It is long-wearing, oil free, hydrating and contains SPF. The shade Carmel used on me was 2.3. To my eye it looked a little heavy on my skin and I think when I use it I will start off with a small amount and build it up to obtain the coverage I want. However that is the beauty of this product, it can be built up as much or a little as you want depending on the coverage you require.
Once my foundation was applied, Carmel demonstrated some contouring and strobing techniques. Before this masterclass I knew very little about contouring and the most important thing I learned is start with a little product and build. If you go in with too much you can ruin the good work you have already done. Carmel did a great job and I would highly recommend going for a makeup lesson.
These can be used on both lips and cheeks. Carmel used Beverly Hills Blush on my lips and I instantly fell in love. I had been looking for a pinky/nude lip colour for ages and was delighted when I saw this as it had the subtle hit of colour I wanted.
Overall I found the Smashbox products very good quality. Their prices are in between high-end and pharmacy but I think they are definitely worth it. My two favourites were the Photo Finish Primer Water & Photo Finish Primer Oil and I’m looking forward to trying them out in depth.
Until next time..