Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Studio 10 Make-up: Contour, Conceal & Glow


In late teens and early twenties, pretty much anything goes when it comes to make-up… from layering up concealer and powder a la Kardashians  to heavy glitter, matt lips and sharply defined eyes. As we get older, less is definitely more and we need to get clever with finer textures, light-reflecting formulas and a moisturising wash of colour. It’s all about enhancing, which is exactly what Studio 10 achieves with a range of make-up and skincare created especially for older skin: think firming, moisturising and glow-inducing.

I imagine that fans of the natural make-up look and anyone with dry or dehydrated skin will also enjoy these products.


I’ve been loving the Visible Lift Definer, complete with the most perfect contour powder I’ve tried. Super finely milled, this has ZERO orange tones, yet isn’t grey or muddy either, making it perfect for subtle enhancement of cheekbones or even a sweep of bronze. The cream blush leaves a dewy finish on my cheeks, either patted on with a finger or applied with a stippling brush. Although it looks quite deep in colour, the sheer texture means it isn’t at all scary, more of a natural blush shade. I don’t usually go for a gold toned highlight, but this one is a very pale champagne gold, which leaves a subtle sheen on the tops of cheekbones and brow bones - very flattering and daytime friendly, this isn’t at all OTT (not a speck of glitter in sight).


The Age Defy Skin Perfector includes a creamy primer (left), 2 correctors (right) and two concealer shades. The latter are too deep for my skin colour (this palette is medium-dark) but the correctors work well at counteracting redness (the green one) and dark circles (the peachy shade). These are fine, creamy and quite sheer in texture, designed for use under the concealer.

I’ve been using the Visible Lift Definer and Age Reverse Perfecting Lip Definer (top pic) regularly. The nude end of the lip pencil redefines the outer lip contour, helps avoid feathering and gives the impressed of volume, while the pink end adds a natural flush of colour and works well alone over a balm or under any lipstick.

Overall, I’m impressed - and have heard good things about the rest of this small, but perfectly formed range. There is no powder as it’s all about the glow and avoiding dry, powdery finishes, but personally I did feel the need to use one to set my T-zone. If you’re looking for a flattering finishing powder, I can’t recommend Jurlique Rose Silk Powder highly enough. I’ll share a natural make-up look using Studio 10 products this weekend, so you can see how they look applied.

Studio 10 prices start at £22 and the range is available at Cult Beauty HERE.

Does the idea of perfecting and defining products appeal to you?

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