Now then, as a makeup novice, and one that prefers to go au natural (on the face, that is!), I need all the help I can get. In preparation for my keynote speech at the prestigious Institute of Directors yesterday and for my exciting TV appearance that I'm gearing up for in the next few days, I Cocorosed my way over to most, if not all, of the makeup counters on London's busy Oxford Street. And was I impressed by Smashbox Cosmetics at Debenhams or was I impressed with Smashbox Cosmetics at Debenhams?! The lovely and beautiful girls at the Smashbox counter were super patient with me, as they talked me through their gorgeous products and what the brand is all about. It turns out that Smashbox is the brainchild of Dean and Davis Factor who are the great grandsons of makeup legend Max Factor. I was in good hands! To top it off, all their makeup is formulated to work with bright and harsh studio lighting, making it the makeup of choice for TV and photoshoots. Tick! Canny and Sophia both suggested I try a free makeover, so I could see which products felt and looked good on my skin. I had to try about 3 different lipstick colours but in the end, I opted for the Peony blush coloured lipstick, as it gives just the right amount of rouge and still looks really natural. Canny also chose the On Stage eye shadow trio, and finished off the corners of my eyes with just a touch of bronze shimmer. I must also mention that the Foundation Primer is superb and it did its job as the makeup stayed on all day and didn’t even smudge. Well done Smashbox, I’m truly a convert!

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