A Big Beauty Wise Up

18 May 2011

A couple of weeks ago now we headed down to the Haymarket Hotel to learn about YSL’s launch of its iconic Touche Eclat Illuminator in a range of new shades to suit black and Asian women – great news bearing in mind that one in ten Britons are of ethnic origin. The famous beauty pen first landed in 1992, but YSL’s European make-up artist Fred Letailler explains that until recently the technology the create darker shades simply wasn’t up to scratch.

Women of darker skins often find the selection of cosmetics suited to their skin-tones extremely limited. In fact, Terry Barber, MAC’s director of make-up artistry recently told The Mail ‘Black and Asian women are offered dated raspberry shades or a Beyoncé bronze when caramels and greyish pinks look much more modern

We’re not sure if you remember but back in March in our feature “The Big Beauty Wise Up” we discussed the quiet revolution occurring in the beauty world as the industry has at last decided to take notice of the need and desires of a diverse range of women by recognising all skin types and tones. YSL are certainly not alone in broadening their horizons. Garnier have recently introduced new darker shades to their range of amazing Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles Tinted Eye Roll On.  Lauran Mercier, MAC, Illamasqua and Bobbi Brown have all been working to extend and improve their shade ranges which we reckon is altogether brilliant news.  What are your thoughts? And do you have any recommendations?

YSL Touche Eclat’s new shades, £24.50, launch in Selfridges stores and online at www.selfridges.com this Thursday; and on July 14 nationwide. 

- Rose Beer


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