Between the cat eyes and the red lips, the holidays can sometimes be a snoozefest when it comes to makeup. If you want to shake things up a bit, you'll love the amazing holiday look Illamasqua creative consultant David Grant created for us. And the best part is, it builds off of the glamorous day look Grant also showed us, so you can easily go from day to night.
Holiday parties can be some tough territory to navigate beauty-wise, especially if your office gets in on the festivities. How do you look glamorous and festive while still looking daytime appropriate? To get the answer, we chatted with Illamasqua's creative consultant David Grant, who not only created a glamorous (while still work appropriate) makeup look but also peppered in a bevy of beauty tips we'll be using all year. Talk about an early Christmas present! Get the full tutorial after the jump.
Creating the perfect Halloween costume is all in the details, and Illamasqua has found a way to make you stand out from the crowd with a very clever version of their much-loved false eyelashes. They've been trimmed in a scallop shape to resemble bat wings and would look amazing against a dramatic eye (green or red would be suitably spooky and ensure those lashes are seen). Snap them up now in a special gift set ($22) with Swarm nail polish, a matte black glitter that will add the perfect finishing touch to your Halloween look.
Not into the bright hues of Summer, so you welcome the moody manicures of Fall with open arms? Join the club. The only problem with these types of darker colors is that come April, you're supposed to pack them up. But Illamasqua has concocted a solution to our polish problems with Facet ($23). A purple-gray color with slight speckles of gold makes for a gorgeous hue that looks great on a variety of nail lengths and shapes. But the best part about the polish is that the colors are neutral enough to be worn all year long. We think we think we just found our new classic.
Fall is officially here! While we're looking forward to devouring pumpkin pies and getting cozy in cashmere, we're really all about the season's new beauty. We've found five new products to make this your most gorgeous Autumn ever. Glossy nail hues, hydrating hair care, does-it-all makeup, and more — it's all here. Watch to see why we love them (and why you will, too).
On Kirbie: Top by Greylin, necklace provided by Revolve Clothing (designed by Karla Deras Roman Luxe), scarf by Zara, hat by American Apparel.
Illamasqua is known for its fabulously over-the-top cosmetics, and its latest foray into fake nails is even more extravagant. The duo-toned nail quills ($55), designed by nail artist Mike Pocock, are exclusive to the brand's website, its flagship store in London, and at Asos.com (and only then in limited quantities).
With the talon nails Lady Gaga popularized last year still influencing high fashion, quill-tipped nails are a cool, but not out of the blue, next step. If you could (literally) get your hands on these, would you wear them?
Leaving a beautiful corpse will cost you about $800, and you'll have to choose Leverton & Sons in the London area as your funeral home, since Illamasqua is providing the service in collaboration with those specific undertakers. Some women won't leave home without their "face" on, but do you think the people who are mourning you will really care if your eye shadow isn't perfectly coordinated with your casket lining?
It seems like every beauty brand has to have a prestige short film lately, whether it's Lancôme Creative Director Aaron de Mey's sparkling short, or Chanel's impressively atmospheric film from Martin Scorsese. Now, UK cult brand Illamasqua is throwing its hat into the ring with a work of its own, "Poem." The short features actress Vicky McClure applying some serious makeup, and it's interesting to see how a woman does her own maquillage. The video is certainly pretty, but do you think it's in the same league as its competition? Watch and decide for yourself: