I’m sure you’ve read all about the Illamasqua Sophie-I technique on other blogs. As did I and I REALLY wanted to give this stunning look a go. It’s everything I love in a make up look but I absolutely fail with liquid eyeliner for a start.
Illamasqua were quick to suggest I tried their cake liner and sealing gel with a brush to see how I got on and I have to admit, they’ve been a great success for me where other liners have failed.
The Sealing Gel is £10.50 for 2x6ml bottles, you can use it in a number of ways, with pigments, shadows or the Eyeliner Cake. For me, I just put a drop of the gel on the back of my hand and then get my brush nice and wet with it before dabbing straight onto the Eyeliner Cake in Mislead (black, which is £15.50), creating a paste and then applying to my eyes. I think the Cake will last forever. Anyway this has truly been the answer to all my liquid liner prayers. I’ve found it easier to work with than anything else I’ve ever used (that is black anyway). Don’t get me wrong, it’s far from perfect but I often think that as a blogger and a blog reader you look much closer at things than you would in normal life, the photos make me cringe close up but I have to say I was really pleased when I looked in the mirror and that is what counts!
So thank you Illamasqua, I’m happy with that.
Now a little bit about the Sophie-I Technique. The technique was created originally using the black Sophie Medium Pencil and is inspired by the incredible Sophie Lancaster Foundation, and in case you weren’t aware, for every pencil bought, £3 is donated to the Foundation. I don’t mind admitting the technique was a big fat fail for me and needs a lot of work before I’ll consider putting pictures on my blog. But for anyone who fancies giving it a go here are the instructions! Let me know if you’ve tried it or if you do, how you get on! (You’ll need to click to enlarge this I think).
*Disclosure – the sealing gel and eyeliner cake were samples provided to me by Illamasqua*