Forgive the artistic photo that doesn’t really look like him. You may have seen Marcus on TV — he often does segments on local morning shows, and he was just on QVC (after Guerlain won a CEW award for their Rouge G lipstick). He is a total charmer and a brilliant artist, and if you have the chance to sit in his chair, don’t pass it up.
Naturally he was using Guerlain’s new-for-fall eye palettes for his appointments. He did two makeovers with 10 Rue de Francs Bourgeois and one with 93 Rue de Passy (the two palettes I felt pretty sure I could pass on), and they all looked stunning. The woman wearing Rue de Passy left looking like Sandra Bullock. I’m back to wanting all five palettes.
There were a few things about Marcus that really impressed me. When he wrote out a post-makeover face chart, he asked his client to name each color. His logic was that he could write, “use ‘sand’ in the crease,” and a client could look at their palette and pick an entirely different shade — because they might have a different idea of what color “sand” was.
He also had an unbelievably light hand when it came to application. I know we all know to apply with a light hand, but watching him work really drove that home to me. (I guess I needed a reminder.) With the lightest imaginable touch, he was able to create such elegant looks. Note to self: you don’t need a lot of shadow (or eyeliner) to make an impact.
Just a few more tips and tricks I learned by observation:
- Eye cream on a q-tip is like a Tide Magic Eraser for your undereye area. (I had been using dry q-tips to clean up mistakes or fallout.) The eye cream cleans up any wayward eyeshadow dust, and also rehydrates and illuminates the area.
- A brighter, more shimmery highlight (say, subtly shimmery pink instead of matte cream on your browbone) makes the dark parts of your eyeshadow look darker without making the whole look more smoky. A great trick for evening events.
- If you keep your eyeliner really subtle and close to your lash line, then make a small wing, and smudge everything with an angled brush, the liner blends into your shadow, adding really subtle definition. (He also did set his pencil liner with shadow.) I loved this look; I want to try it.
- Marcus also applied each eyeshadow color twice, to prevent creasing or fading in hot weather. (But he didn’t use an eyeshadow base.*)
- *Well, he did use an eyeshadow base. He used Guerlain’s Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator (their fuller-coverage version of Touche Eclat). He used it as eyebase, concealer, and on the jawline to blend foundation. But I don’t think Precious Light promises creaseproof, long-wear eyeshadow support.
Have you met Marcus? I have a feeling I’m going to be a repeat customer.