Posted on May 14, 2019
Yep there I go again, talking about skin. But its 100% truth. The better the skin and the better
Skimming over your skin prep will give you an uneven foundation that won’t last, will require multiple touch-ups and will end up looking cakey. Imagine the Mona Lisa was painted on some rough dodgy surface, do you think it would still be here today?.
All of my clients must arrive with cleansed, moisturised skin. I then prepare the skin for skincare. I start with using micellar water. Micellar is a gentle non-washable cleanser.
Micellar is not your daily cleanser and it shouldn’t replace anything in your skincare regime, but that’s another blog entirely…
I analyse the skin, firstly checking to see if any gentle exfoliating gels are required, then apply toner, serums and moisturiser to suit my
I then assess the skin to see if the primer is needed. Contrary to what advertising campaign’s make you believe, not everyone’s skin needs a primer. Your
Next is the foundation. My absolute favourite method is to use a combination of brush and sponge. The foundation brush I love is the Designer Makeup Tools Rounded Synthetic Buffer Brush. This brush has a rounded top and is dense in bristle mass. Synthetic brushes are best for wet products. I like to apply a light veil of foundation with my brush all over the face using a stippling motion. Next using a damp beauty sponge, I like to pick up a little more product and bounce and roll the foundation over the entire face. By starting out light, you can build your foundation to the desired coverage.
Remember, more foundation does not mean it’s going to last longer.
Using a combination of the two techniques, gives a beautiful flawless finish, without looking thick and cakey.
Finish by concealing areas only as needed and set with your favourite powder. I love powders that are colourless or have minimal colour. Powders full of colour can change the colour of your beautiful laid foundation. I love the Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder, RCMA & Ben Nye Colourless Powder and the Inglot Sport Stage & Studio Powder.
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Posted on May 13, 2014
At this very moment, my favourite brand is Inglot and it surprises me so many people have not heard or purchased something from this amazing brand.
Why Inglot? Well there are many reasons I love Inglot and I could probably bore you for hours, so here goes ha ha…
Inglot was founded in Poland over 30 years ago by the late Wojciech Inglot. All Inglot products are produced in the European Union, with 95% still coming out of Inglot’s own state of the art facilities. Inglot began its international expansion in 2006 and is now sold in over 57 countries worldwide.
I have many Inglot products in my freelance kit and so far the quality has been outstanding. From Foundation to Concealer, to Lip gloss and Nail polish you won’t be disappointed.
The packaging is of a very high standard, hard plastic or glass casings, which are not easily breakable. I think my floor would break before this packaging would.
Whichever product you decide to purchase, you can guarantee there’ll be a colour to suit. The colour range is magnificent.
Inglot also have their amazing customised palette system, the “Freedom System”. So whether you’re a pro artist wanting a fully stocked 40 colour palette of eyeshadows or you want an everyday at home palette, this product is definitely for you. The Freedom System is available for pressed powders, blush, blush/illuminator duo, eyeshadow, lipsticks, gloss, concealer, eyebrow powder and wax.
It’s also great for storage purposes. You can buy a nice slimline lipstick palette, that fits 10 refillable shades, and you won’t be filling your draws with multiple lipsticks. It also makes it easy to choose your colour for the day as they are all on display right in front of your eyes.
Also, if you’re someone who likes to wear certain colours to suit the season, you could make up your own seasonal palette.
The Freedom system palettes are all magnetic, stackable and interchangeable. The lids on the Freedom System palettes slide on and off with ease and magnetically stick to the bottom of the palette.
Inglot also launched skincare last year, which was a range of multi-active toners, one for all skin types available. I have heard that a bigger skincare range is due to launch either this year or next…
Number and Referencing System
There’s only one thing I don’t really like about Inglot and it’s their numbering system. Every product has a number, not a name, and when you have loads of products, it can be hard to remember what you already have. Example, there are over 200 different eyeshadow colours and over 150 lipstick colours, all with a different number and finish. Unless you’ve worked in the store, you’d be hard pressed to remember what you own. I’m definitely more of a name girl not a numbers girl.
Inglot do have a history of your purchases on their system, so if you’re unsure they can easily look it up so you don’t repurchase.
Here is how the system works
AMC – Advanced Makeup Component, which is their higher end products, that has advanced research and I believe contains no talc’s. Great for sensitive skin types. The AMC range is available across most of the products in the store. The AMC Foundation is great for dryer skins, especially mature skin.
YSM – Young Skin Makeup. This applys to their YSM Foundation range. With peach extract and strong mattifiying agents for an all-day wearing foundation
These abbreviations are applicable to the Foundations and refillable concealers
LW – Light Warm
LC – Light Cool
DC – Dark Cool
DW – Dark Warm
MW – Medium Warm
These references are applicable to eyeshadows and some lipsticks
Matte – total matte finish, no shimmer
Pearl – Creamy pearlized finish
Shine – soft shimmer
DS (Double Sparkle) – matte with iridescent shimmer
Definitely an affordable high end product. When you compare foundations sold in Priceline, some of them are almost $40 a bottle; you can buy an Inglot YSM foundation for $30 or AMC Foundation at $42. I know which product I’d prefer to use! The individual eyeshadows are $10, and if you compare to MAC at $26, there is certainly a huge saving.
Inglot also love to hold VIP events, and on occasion will offer an amazing 15% off store wide. For the pro’s they offer 20% off 24/7 through their Pro Discount Club and there is no cost to join, unlike other brands.
Yep you guessed it, amazing too! One of my biggest pet peeves has to be poor service and for people who know me well, you know that if I get poor service, well I am certainly going to complain. I have been known to send a pizza or two back via the delivery man! On the other hand if I get great service, I always make sure they hear about it.
Well poor service is what you won’t get at Inglot. You’re treated like a real person, not like a clueless consumer. Every time I walk into an Inglot store, the girls are super friendly, they impart their many years of experience and knowledge and they honestly try and help you make the right decision about your purchase. They don’t sell you a product that is going to sit deep in the dark depths of your bathroom draws never to be used again.
This is the best part of all. Unfortunately there are still so many big brands out there testing on animals. Inglot does not test its products or ingredients on animals.
My favourite product
This could literally change at any moment, but at the time of typing this I have to say my favourite product is the 3S Mattifiying Loose Powder. 3S standing for Stage, Sport, Studio. For you oily skinned girls, this product works wonders. It’s ideal for setting your foundation without adding extra colour and coverage; it’s long lasting, talc free and never gets cakey on the skin. It’s not cheap $32 for 2.5g or $68 for 16g, but its money well worth spending!
So please let me know if you’ve tried Inglot or if you’ll be making a pit stop on the weekend to checkout their amazing products.
Until next time…