BRITS 2015 Make-up: Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals

Thursday, March 26th 2015 0

A step-by-step with their new bronzing powder

Last month, Vita Liberata kindly took me to the BRIT Awards to celebrate the launch of their new bronzing powder, Trystal Minerals.

A world first, this is a bronzing powder that contains tanning agents, leaving you with up to 5 days of lasting colour.

Here’s a step by step guide as to how I created a golden make-up look for the evening.

Ideally, it would be great to use the Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask the night before your big event (currently £10 off here at Boots!). If you haven’t (I haven’t here) then don’t worry, just apply some NKD SKN from the neck down and use your minerals to bronze the skin.

Before we begin… 

Here’s the before shot. I’m very fair, prone to redness, and currently broken out to the high heavens. BUT, in the name of showing you how great these products are you need to see me before and after!


Step 1: Full Coverage

Find a medium to full coverage foundation with a dewy finish. This will give the illusion of a fresh skin look but also hide any imperfections. It’s key to use an SPF-free foundation because anything with sun screen in it will reflect light when you are photographed and leave you with a white face and darker body. I’ve used Illamasqua Skin Base here in shade 09 with Aerin Eyelight Concealer because the metal applicator is really cooling and great for calming down my redness. Set your base with an illuminating powder like Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder.


Step 2: Contouring the Cheek Bones

Take the Trysal Minerals and first apply a layer all over the skin. Next, apply plenty of product in the shape of a ‘c’ sweeping from your temple down through your cheek bone. My friend Kate at Peaches calls this the ‘Hollywood C’. Keep your bronzer really dark in this sweep and the effect is an instant slim and contour.


Step 3: Illuminate

Take a golden illuminator and go to town with it. Apply heavy handedly along the fullest part of the cheek bone, along the brow bones, down the bridge of the nose and all over the lips. If your skin is clear, apply some in the centre of the forehead – this will further enhance the sculpting effect of the Hollywood C. Here I used a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bric in Beige which is one of my favourite highlighters. It comes in a square palette with 5 shades, meaning that you can custom blend how golden you want your highlight to me. For me, the golden rule with highlighter is that when you just about think you’ve put too much on, that’s when you need to put a bit more on. Your skin can never be too glowy and dewy, especially when you team it with tan!

Next, for a really simple contouring effect, I used a tiny bit of the Trystal Minerals on a fluffy Charlotte Tilbury Blending Brush through the socket of the eye. Then, I applied the Shimmer Bric to my lids. This is a really simple, pretty eye look for when you’ve got tan on, because it adds to the illuminated skin look but doesn’t look heavy or cakey. When you add some liner and lashes to the look (next) it just polishes everything off and gives it a little extra va va voom.


Step 4: Finishing Touches

And now for the last little steps that make all of the difference. First I added some liner and lashes to my eyes, using Charlotte Tilbury Rock n Kohl in Barbarella Brown and a set of Eylure no. 212’s. For blush I used Illamasqua Allure. This is a warm, dusky pink with gold shimmer through it, one of the best I’ve found for using with tan because it looks quite similar to the natural flush your cheeks would have in the sun.

For the lips I overdrew my lip line and then softened it with my ring finger. This helps to plump them slightly without leaving any clown like finishes! I used MAC Boldly Bare, a lovely pink brown, and Charlotte Tilbury gloss in High Society to finish. Glossy, balmy textures always work well with a tan.


Et voila! The best bit about the Trystal Minerals is that you get up to 5 days of colour from them depending on how much you use. For me, they’re great for adding contour to the skin. I like to use them to create a Hollywood C so that on make-up free days I still feel sculpted.

Another brilliant, reliable addition to the Vita Liberata range, the Trystal Minerals are finally back in stock after selling out world wide in the first two weeks of launch. They come in at £35.00 from Boots:

P.S If you’re thinking of buying them, today is a great day because I believe Boots have a triple points offer running!

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