Laura Shipman MUA

Makeup for musicians and performers



Product Test: Ben Nye Clown White


This was my first test with my new Ben Nye Clown White. I’m definitely¬† a fan. It covered really well with a minimal amount of product, and even a light coverage gave a really good colour. The product also builds well; I was able to apply thicker layers to create the effect of teeth and it visibly shows up in the photo.

My only concern with the product was that it did pick up some of the areas where my skin is a bit dry at the moment, however this doesn’t happen too badly.

The Rest of the Look

I used black and red Kryolan supracolour to complete the rest of the look. The black is a bit patchier than I’d like – I should have powdered with black eyeshadow instead of translucent powder.


My Go-To Look


My go-to look for a night out is a deep red lip and a red and/or black smokey eye. this is partly because red brings out the green in my eyes, partly because I think bold make up suits me and partly goth reasons.
You’ll find as you read the product list that everything in this looks is from one of two brands: Illamasqua and Kat Von D. I’m a long term fan of Illamasqua, both their products and their brand. Also, in all my customer experiences with them they have always been very friendly and helpful, including emailing me a list of their vegan products when I needed it.
The Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye contour palette I bought for it’s matte shades. As much as I love shimmer and glitter they’re not always the way forward, and this product put an end to my long search for a neutral, matte palette.

The most important thing about any smokey eye look is blending, with a clean, soft brush. I used one to blend the red and black together and then a different one to blend the black in to the base shadow and under the eye.
I also think it’s really important to go eyes then foundation with a look like this. There’s nothing worse than beautifully applying foundation and then ruining it with dropped black eyeshadow!

Product List:

Foundation: Illamasqua Skin base 6 and 8 (Mixed)
Powder: Illamasqua Translucent
Blusher: Illamasqua cream blusher in Rude

Brows: Illamasqua Brow Cake in Gaze
Black Eyeshadow: Kat Von D Shax
Red Eyeshadow: Illamasqua Ensnare
Base shadow: Kat Von D Lateus
Highlight: Kat Von D Liberatus
Mascara: Illamasqua Masquara in Raven

Lipstick: Illamasqua Growl



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