Last week I received an email, inviting me to a bespoke Urban Decay makeover at their Selfridges store in Birmingham.
Urban Decay: beautiful products, cruelty free and the primary contributors to my ever-growing make-up collection.
I was advised to attend without any make-up on at all (eek!), so I made sure that I had thoroughly exfoliated and moisturised before my appointment, arriving with my red and windswept face on display in all of its blotchy glory. I was greeted by the manager, Ranjeeta, who then introduced me to my stunningly-gorgeous-with-flawless-skin make-up artist, Sana.
After examining my skin and asking specific questions about the general looks and colours I prefer, we decided to go for more of a daytime look and Sana set to work on transforming my face.
Rather arrogantly, I believed that my make-up knowledge and my own routine was sufficient enough to be able to understand the products. Sana quickly made me realise that I knew nothing.
She started with the B6 complexion prep spray (£10.00) the Primer Potion (£19.50) and the Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid in green (£17.50) to counteract the redness on my face. It worked beautifully – my skin immediately became much more balanced and less blotchy.
She then applied the Naked Skin Foundation 1.0 (£27.00) and the Naked Skin Complete Coverage Concealer (£17.50) underneath my eyes. She created flawless eyebrows that actually suited my face shape using the Brow Box in Taupe (£19.50), and then blended a beautiful smokey eye using the Naked Ultimate Basics Palette (£38.50).
To enhance the smokey eye effect, but without overpowering the look, she used black eyeliner in shade 0 (£15.50) with shade Whiskey that needed to be blended out within the first 30 seconds, adding the Subversion Lash Primer (£15.50) and the Perversion mascara (which is the mascara I swear by and very reasonably priced at £17.50) on my lashes at the end.
She then added Beach Bronzer, the pink blusher from the Flushed Blush Palette (£23.50) and then came my favourite: the Naked Illuminated Highlighter (£22.50), which is so popular that is quickly sells out as soon as it becomes available in stock. Gorgeous. She put it onto the tops of my cheeks and on the inner corners of my eyes and I had to refrain from grabbing the highlighter myself and putting it all over my face, simply because IT’S JUST SO PRETTY.
To enhance my lips, she used the Naked 2 lipliner and Safe Word Lipstick (£15.00), finishing the overall look with the All Nighter Setting Spray (£22.00).
Sana is a genius. I went from this:
(Note: I look squinty-eyed when I smile, and felt that the ‘sneer’ look showed my eyes off better).
As someone who lacks confidence and uses make-up to feel better when I go out, this was one of the best experiences I have had in a long time. It was enhanced by the fact that I didn’t just get to try out and learn about products I had never used before, and could see the potential of what well-crafted make-up could do to my features, but I had a genuinely interesting conversation about Sana’s make-up and training, which I found fascinating.
And then, after I had managed to stop admiring myself in the mirror, I was given a beautiful (and very generous) goody bag of products for me to use at home.
It was a brilliant way to spend an afternoon, the products and the service were fantastic, and as someone who is getting married later this year, I would highly recommend the experience for brides-to-be and bridesmaids ideas.
Disclaimer: I was given the makeover, brilliant conversation and goody bag free-of-charge, but was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
You can find the Selfridges store online here