Sometimes it's the student who teaches the teacher, and in the world of beauty analogies — and in this particular case — it's the celebrity client teaching the makeup artist. Here, our guest writer, Vanitymark Cosmetics founder, and celebrity makeup artist, Brett Freedman, shares with us his role-reversing experiences.
In my career as a makeup artist I've been turned on to some really great beauty tricks. Some are self-learned from trial and error, some are from other makeup artists, and more than a few have come from the subject themselves. There's a difference between doing makeup on a gal that's not in the entertainment industry (or as I term them, "civilian") and someone who gets made up as part of their job. Civilians are excited to try new colors, textures, and see their faces through the eyes of a pro; whereas actresses, singers, and models have seen their faces made up many different ways, making them hyperkeen on how products feel, wear, and photograph. Who better to give insight into glam than the canvas themselves?
To see Brett's favorite celebrity-given tips, just keep reading.
1) Catherine Zeta-Jones:
The first time I did Catherine was in London for the BAFTA awards. She opened the door to her hotel in a ponytail and no makeup, and literally took my breath away — so flawless. As I was completing her smoky eye, Catherine explained that she likes to finish with a very thin line of black liquid liner along the top lash line. This gives the eyes ultimate crispness and depth. Dang if she wasn't right. The red-carpet pictures looked really dramatic. Since then I've taken her tip and incorporated color or shimmer into the liquid liner step. It's so striking!
2) Emily Blunt:
I was doing a shoot with Emily, and of course I wanted to make the most of her beautiful brows. I shaped them with a light touch (she was growing them in) and did a light fill-in to subtly define the shape. She then asked if I had a tinted brow gel, which I did. She said that although her brows aren't particularly light, she likes to darken them just a touch with tinted brow gel to really make her brows a little more vivid. I know a clear gel naturally darkens hair when applied (much like when you wet your hair), but the added tone of the brow gel really did crisp up her arches. And now it's a trick I use on everyone from Vanessa Hudgens to Vanessa Williams. Thanks, Emily!
3) Kelly Clarkson:
How much do we love KC? I have to tell you, she's even cooler in person. If you had to pick one gal to have lunch with every single day for the rest of your life, it would have to be Miss Kelly. Kelly really rocks out on stage (i.e. hair flying, mic against lips), but she's not a fan of lip gloss. When wearing smoky eyes, however, she needs something to balance them. Otherwise, it would look like her face just stops at her eyes! She's a huge fan of lip stains, and she gave me a great tip: she uses tinted lip balm all day before a show. She applies a soft pink that, by the end of the day, has given her lip a very natural flush that doesn't wear off or look low-fi. I've taken this tip with me for my other clients favoring the new, brighter lipstick trend. I apply a nice stain to lips before a very pigmented lipstick. That way if the lip color wears off a bit, it's not as obvious. I do this with Camilla Belle and it works wonders.