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I love informal interviews with makeup artists, because that's when the best tips seem to come out. This interview with Manhattan makeup artist Kelly Hanna is a good one. You might be surprised to find out her salary ($70,000!), and you'll probably also learn a thing or two. I know I did!

Bold lips are back:"Lips have changed dramatically to be a true classic red or more of a wine or berry color. Matte red is a lot easier to wear than a glossy red. It's surprising how resistant people are to wearing a bold lip color. Whenever a woman has to list her best assets, 94% of the time she'll say her eyes. But people forget that if you have a really great lipstick, it actually draws attention to your eyes."

To find out the makeup mistake she sees most often,

The biggest mistake women make with their makeup: "Too much foundation. Foundation should really just even skin tone out—it's not supposed to be a mask. The other thing I see a lot is poor blending, whether it's foundation or eye color. That's a brush problem. People often spend their money on colors instead of the proper tools."


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puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
that job would be fun if I could just put whatever makeup I wanted on them, hehe
abby55 abby55 10 years
Thanks for the FYI Kayleigh83!
almostloli almostloli 10 years
i wonder if everyone's starting to wear RED lipstick... it would no longer be a way to express individuality (or that you're unique) then.. haha
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 10 years
abby55 - If a makeup artist tells you he needs you to pay to show him how to put on false eyelashes, don't give him a second of your time (or a cent of your money!). I'm a makeup artist and I wouldn't dream of saying that to anyone. Try, I think they have a DIY video about it!
Tari007 Tari007 10 years
70K? Sign me up to do make-up baby!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 10 years
I would take makeup advice from anyone who looks like one of the Girls Next Door.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 10 years
I can't wait to be certified to do makeup!
abby55 abby55 10 years
Here is a question for all. I recently went in to a Shu Umera store and had some questions regarding some ofthier products....I was also interested in some of the "eyelash " selection but I was unsure as to how to properly apply them. of friend asked if the arist could instruct me how to do so , even if I purchased them. THe artist said yes, but for $20.00...hmm????? What does everyone think. I have a hard time beliveing that's allowed or company policy???? Shady best... of course I walked out shortly after ....
slumberlite slumberlite 10 years
Hi mdbzmom, Julie Hewett, Los Angeles has great matte reds. I like the Coco Noir shade which has a bit of brown in it. She has a collection of reds that are called the Noir Lipsticks.
mdbzmom mdbzmom 10 years
I think "film noir" matte is fabulous slumberlite. I would love to find a great red shade that's neutral-ish. Drew Barrymore sometimes wears a great one. Does anyone have good suggestions?
slumberlite slumberlite 10 years
I love a good film noir matte red lip and am glad that lipstick has made a comeback. This looks really good with a simple neutral taupe or beige eyeshadow. I've never been that keen on gloss.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
:woohoo: for brush Nazis! You know, depending on who you talk to it can be hard to get free advice from a makeup artist. They don't want you to steal their jobs. There are some seriously bitchy ones out there, so I'm glad they talked to this lady.
mocelebgossisme mocelebgossisme 10 years
very informative ... i loved it!
fashionhore fashionhore 10 years
BelleRose you can wear red lipstick anywhere. You just have to have the confidence to pull it off without looking like you are trying to hard or worrying too much about what others think. Personally, I love seeing girls wear red lipstick to class or the grocery store. It may not be a runway or fashion show, but it shows individuality and style. Oh, and the foundation thing it spot on. It is gross when you see just foundation on skin rather than clean, flawless skin. Ick!
cport85 cport85 10 years
it's also easier to wear bold color lips if your eye makeup is simple, classic and chic....and if your eyebrows are well groomed because if you haven't noticed...she's right. a bold lip brings attention to both your lips and eye area. if you have alot of stray brow hairs (dark color), you're more likely to notice is than with a peachy or nude colored lip.
laura1867 laura1867 10 years
Red Rocks! But with my olive skin if there is too much blue in it it looks purple. Wish that I could try it before I buy it.
BelleRose BelleRose 10 years
I just have nowhere to wear red lipstick
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 10 years
I can't do red. I wear too much eye makeup to wear a red shade. I dont want to look like a hooker....I gotta keep the lips simple.
Renees3 Renees3 10 years
I guess it just depends on the red. A Glossy red is harder to keep on, wear for extended period of time etc, so perhaps that's what she meant by Easier. Personally I'm excited to get away from the gloss and into a more matte lipstick. It doesn't have to actually be totally MATTE, just not gloss. regular lipstick looks so much more sophisticated! I'm glad it's making a comback
hboogie hboogie 10 years
I don't know where this girl is coming from because matte red lipstick is not easy to wear at all. Matte is really unflattering on anyone with small lips and can be aging on mature women. Even on full lips it runs the risk of looking clownish. One of the few ladies who can rock a matte red is Gwen Stefani, but that's because it makes sense with her aesthetic. Sheer glossy red is a better choice.
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