I feel like I’ve won the beauty blogger’s equivalent the lottery. Good luck round one was having the most amazing hair styling and colouring at the Jo Hansford salon (5 weeks on and it’s still looking glossy and natural). Good luck round 2 was a ridiculously generous delivery from new make-up kid-on-the-block, Studio 10 who sent me the most amazing array of make-up. Good luck number three was a free a BEYONCÉ ticket (which was in addition to the one the £100 ticket I had already bought… That’s Beyoncé x2 in one week. Now I know that’s not beauty blogging specific but it definitely worth mentioning when you’re as much of a superfan as I am).
Super excited to test and try my wonderful array of Studio 10 treats, I took the beautifully designed bags of joy home and spent a solid hour gleefully playing make-up artist with my new goodies. Here’s how the products measured up.
The best product by far from the collection is the face brush. It’s divided into a stippling brush at one end and a more defined pointed blush brush at the other. Using this brush is like being tickled with a thousand goose feathers, so light and soft that applying my make-up every morning is the most, enjoyable, luxurious stroking exercise. It miraculously turns my dull and blotchy morning face into high definition perfection, giving an excellent, flawless finish whether it be used with a cream or liquid foundation (it has fast become the new staple piece in my make-up bag). The blush brush is great for applying a perfect pop of colour on the fleshy part of your cheeks (top-tip I then blend this out with my Mac powder/blush brush to keep the finish natural). If you take anything away from this blog post, let it be that investing in good brushes is the key step to creating a flawless, finish. As they say, a workman is only a good as his tools.
My other favourite pieces from the collection were the various liners, just “oh-so- creamy”! The pencils are designed to offer defined perfection and like the brushes, they are all double ended to add extra definition whether it be your lips, brows or eyes. I adore the lip liner because it is the perfect natural shade of rosey pink and back it to suit everyone whether you be fair, olive, dark or a blonde, brunette or red-head. The handy online videos on the Studio 10 website give some brilliant, expert advice on how to use their lovely products that make it simple for the most inexperienced of amateurs whilst offering tips you had never thought of to make-up obsesses such as myself. When it comes to lip liner, Studio 10 explain how to start at the top of the lips and draw a defined x on the Cupid’s Bow following your natural lip line all the way round, adding more colour to the lips as you go. Switching to the cream end of the liner, trace around the edge of your pout, blurring the liners together to avoid that harsh, lip liner 80s look.
The people at Studio 10 have thought of everything when it comes to contouring and definition. Whilst I’m yet to master the art of face contouring, using my previous Benefit Cosmetics experience I have managed to create a lovely bright eyed look using their eye shadow pallets which is made up of a blend of soft neutral and darker shimmery shades to create that irresistible doe eyed look – (there is no better explanation on how to apply these than Studio 10 video). I most recently put it to the test at this year’s BAFTAs where I was working the red carpet, whilst he didn’t even catch my eye I slept soundly that night knowing that during my 2 minute photo bombing of none other than Leonardo DiCaprio I had my best eyes on.
And last but not least let’s talk about the Age Defy Skin Perfector concealer pallet which is an absolute must for any girl’s make-up bag. Various shades allow the inner make-up artist in you to cover in the most brutal and threatening of blemishes as well any fine lines or areas of shadow that could jeopardize your flawless finish. Using a flat end brush, mix and blend the various shades to focus the coverage on an area you wish to conceal. Quick cheats guide to choosing the right shade? See below:
Green is for redness (eg angry blemish/Rosacea)
Peach is for shadow
Light/Medium is for any blemish/area
So there you have it ladies. If you want the flawless finish, head to Studio 10 – it get’s 10/10 😉