It seems to me that getting your makeup done by a professional artist is something like getting your hair done at the salon: The “magic” can be difficult to recreate at home. In the case of hair styling, I truly believe we’re at a disadvantage when it comes to trying to blow dry the back of our own heads. But there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to recreate a makeover.
After I’ve-lost-track-of-how-many sessions with Marcus Monson of Guerlain and Tim Quinn and Rhona Samuels of Armani (and observing them put makeup on even more other customers), I’ve concluded that one of the reasons for the performance gap is their fantastically light touch.
When Marcus puts on your eyeshadow (whether he’s doing smoky, dramatic, or natural), he does it with a feather touch. And the result is so much more profound than you’d expect from his delicate technique. It’s like the colors transform on the brush… that’s my only explanation for how he can use blue eyeshadow to turn a woman into a model, not Mimi from the Drew Carey show. (It doesn’t necessarily look blue on her, it just compliments her hair/skin/eyes perfectly.)
On his most recent visit, Tim Quinn was loving Armani’s Blushing Fabric cream blush. But he wasn’t applying it straight out of the tube; he was mixing it with primer on the back of his hand. This move is so profoundly brilliant that it seems obvious in hindsight. What a perfect way to keep yourself from applying cream blush too heavily.
The majority of us do our makeup in too-dark bathrooms. And when you’re squinting at one eyelid with the other eye, it can seem like you’re not putting anything on. Are you a leadfoot when it comes to makeup application? Does your makeup pass the “daylight” test?
For another invaluable tip on how to recreate professional results at home, I still swear by taking a step back from your mirror.