Have you heard of Trish McEvoy. She is a New York makeup artist with a Dermatologist husband. Many years ago I discovered her brand at Harvey Nichols. I had a makeover at her counter and bought into the makeup and utensils. The utensils more so. Here's why.
The brand includes a very clever planner, a case for holding makeup and paraphernalia when travelling. I found that I could unzip it at my destination and voila, there was my dressing table from home. I used it for years and then bought into the smaller version for my handbag. They are still both knocking around at home. I do find them bulky nowadays so don't travel with them, much.
Other 'utensils ' are magnetic cases to hold tablets of blush, eyeshadow etc. Build your own pallet concept. But the real humdinger is her range of brushes in my view. Honestly I haven't used any other since discovering her range. I've tried but always, always revert to hers. Why?
They work! Mine are up to 8 years old and still perfect. They can be gently washed in a special spritz available in the range, or light suds water with shampoo and left to dry in the air, pointing downwards so as water doesn't run into the handle. Trish has developed a wide, wide range of brushes and I have built up quite a collection. Pricey but oh so worth it!
|My brushes, all going strong after up to 8 years|
I am brand loyal to her eyelid primer, Eye Base, too.
And this handy line refiner
I use this on those days when my eye area has gone dry from rain, watery eyes, air con. Just dab it on when you feel the need during the day. I always have one on me in my bag.
Trish develops her skin care products in conjuction with her dermatologist husband. A match made in heaven, yes!
When I was in New York in February I topped up in Bloomingdales. I needed a new eye primer and thought it might be cheaper over in the US. Actually it worked out the same as UK prices. Then in Harvey Nichols recently I bought her moisturising face primer, Beauty Booster, as I had heard really good things about it and wanted to try it. I'm glad I did. I use it on days when I am having a light make up days.
Trish comes to the UK a few times a year and, with her entourage, gives a demonstration, workshop and talk at a ticketed event at Harvey Nichols. She may do these in Bloomingdales too so if you are a NYC lady do look her counter up. I have been many times over the years and always pick up a tip, or 1500.
For instance how many times should I wipe micellar water over my face to remove make up! Five it appears. This wasn't a tip by the way. During the self help DIY session, or workshop to most people, I noticed how many make up remover pads I used before they came away clear. At home I use 2! Dirty me!
Some things Trish has said over the years at her events. We Brits wear too much blush. We love it far more than other nationalities, apparently. And another, as we mature we need a sheer lipstick rather than matt.
On Wednesday Ruby from '10 Years Younger', if you recollect that show on TV, was the makeup artist teaching us tricks. For instance put lipstick on the back of the hand, pout and then use fingers to apply the lippy to the pout pushing the colour into the lips with your ring finger. This creates a subtle smudge of colour rather than a bright pop.
My ticket was £50 but exchangeable for goods on the day so win-win. I knew I could always buy a brush! And I did. Two! The trouble is in my purchase happy state after Prosecco and cupcakes I found that I already had one of the brushes that I had bought. I did also add a fabulous eyeshadow pencil to my collection though.