Monday, August 1, 2011

Mineral Make Up Tried & Tested - Laura Geller

Laura who? If that is what just crossed your mind you really are missing a trick. Laura Geller’s range is what inspired me to write this post. I first discovered Laura Geller a few years ago on QVC. A renowned make-up artist, Laura Geller is the founder and creative force behind Laura Geller Make-Up Studios – a highly successful make-up studio in New York City. In her career she's shown thousands of women how to enhance their features, helped countless brides on their special days and worked with some of today's hottest movie stars.

Laura Geller doesn't subscribe to trends. "Women want to look their best. It might mean passing on the latest fad and just wearing a shade you like," says Geller. Laura's philosophy is all about creating maximum impact with minimum make-up, and her multi-purpose products and wearable shades are designed to inspire confidence.

To me, Laura Geller is a true innovator, and has pioneered this category in makeup "Baked." These color-correcting products are saturated with skin glowing colour to immediately enliven the skin and create a youthful aura. Every product begins as a smooth liquid that is then infused with vibrant, skin flattering colours. The colours are then swirled together and baked for 24 hours on terracotta pans to create rich textures and vibrancy.

I tried the below products, using Laura Gellar’s tips and tricks.

Spackle Under Make Up Primer
“A flawless make-up finish relies on a smooth base. Laura Geller Spackle Cream Under Makeup Primer primes your skin and helps it retain moisture.”

Apply moisturiser
Blend a small amount of Spackle cream primer over your face
Apply final make-up

Spackle is one of Laura Geller’s hero products and it is easy to tell why. It revived my skin by re-texturising the surface, leaving it feeling smooth and supple. Spackle is made from natural plant extracts, White Tea and Centella Asiatica. It's luxuriously rich and suitable for all skin types.


Balance-n-Brighten Powder
This fabulous powder foundation tones down a ruddy complexion and brightens sallow skin.

“Sweep it over your face and décolleté with the included large brush
Alternatively, apply it only on problem areas and follow with foundation for a flawless finish”

Balance-n-Brighten was the first product I ever tried from Laura Geller and was what got me interested in mineral make up again. This liquid powder that can be used on its own or combined with your favorite base for a flawless finish, allowing you to choose how much coverage you want. Balance-n-Brighten is mineral oil and paraben free. It is also loaded with the age-fighting, anti-oxidant protection of Centella Asiatica and White Tea.

To apply I used the Retractable Baked Powder Brush designed specifically for Laura's baked complexion products. The brush is made of synthetic fibers that readily pick up the powder and cleanly deposit it on the skin. The synthetic hair also helps the brush stay clean by not absorbing makeup or oils from your face. However, any descend powder brush would work.

Balance-n-Brighten and Retractable Baked Powder Brush

Baked To Go Bronze-n-Brighten - Fair
Baked To Go in Bronze-n-Brighten is a portable baked colour correcting bronzer in a convenient to-go size. Instead of the traditional compact and brush, Bake To Go Bronze-n-Brighten has a unique application system. There's a built in cosmetic sponge right in the top, and a mirror on the opposite end. It's neat, efficient, and totally portable. 

Bronze-n-Brighten has rich tones of bronze and rose swirled together to create a radiant glow on the skin. Use as an allover bronzer or as a tawny blush. The result is a lustrous dome of silky powder that knows almost instinctively how to make your skin look its best.

Laura notes “As you unscrew the cap, the velvety sponge swirls against the powder, picking up just enough to do all of your makeup. Smooth the sponge all over your face and you're done.”

Personally, I don’t use it all over my face and instead I concentrate on my cheeks, temples and under my chin to add an inner glow to my complexion.

Baked To Go Bronze-n-Brighten

Moonshadows – Fire Water
Just like the moon, this beautiful duo combines a light side - shimmery Sugared Baked Pearl Eyeshadow - and a dark side – Eye Rimz, which is a highly pigmented formula, swirled with vibrant color. Fire Water includes a soft champagne eyeshadow combined with Eye Rimz in pitch black with turquoise shimmer

Laura says; “For a look that's strongly defined and professionally polished, start by smoothing the pale shadow over your lid from lash line to crease. Then stroke a thick line of the dark Eye Rimz along your top and/or bottom lash lines. You can extend the line up and out for added drama. For a sleek, metallic look, apply Eye Rimz with a wet brush.”

The Fire Water eyeshadow is a pleasure to use, and the unique colour combinations offer you the opportunity to try something a little different, that works. The shimmer isn’t too overpowering and flatters your eye colour.


FIre Water

Lip Lights Lipgloss in Dewberry
This is a high shine lip-gloss that makes lips look like they are drenched with water. The best thing about this gloss is that it doesn’t feel sticky or gammy. The blend of patented gel technology with special polymers provides vibrant colour that stays gleaming for hours and keeps lips comfortably moist and protected with antioxidant vitamins A and E.

It also has a subtle scent of what I can describe as watermelon – mmmm!

Lip Lights Lipgloss


In all, Laura Geller is my first choice when it comes to mineral make up. Her ‘baked’ process makes taking, applying and blending powder foundation so much easier. I don’t have to worry about spillages and can just throw her products into your handbag and away you go. Her colours are easy to choose and adapt to your own complexion, meaning you don’t have to worry about looking made up in the wrong colour foundation. Laura Geller is a true innovator and understands what women want and need from their make up routine. I would definitely recommend Laura Geller to anyone looking to try mineral make up for the first time.

I hope my reviews have been helpful and informative. More T&T’s coming soon!


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