Being a female has tons of perks. One of them is being able to wear makeup and not get labeled by society for doing so. Nothing hotter than a boy who can proudly wear some sexy eyeliner! Narrow-minded people tend to get under my skin, what can I say? Anyhow, there are two things in the makeup world I’ve always felt I could use a little more KOnfidence in. One of them is putting on false eyelashes. The other is creating that mysterious, Egyptian-like high cheekbone. Until I met this amazing makeup artist at a Barneys of New York, in Beverly Hills CA, I never attempted to strut the Cleopatra look. Only after a couple of feeble attempts, I had sworn off lashes and cheekbones for life. Apparently, having top-quality brushes, is almost more important than the quality of the makeup you’re using. Throughout my modeling career, and self exploration, I’ve met plenty of MUA’s as well as tried several different product lines. Hell, up until I moved to Australia, I even used to collect MAC eyeshadow, like I used to collect stamps when I was a kid (I know, I know… collecting stamps is not very exciting, but what else would the daughter of a Post Master collect? Coins?). I decided to give that up as soon as I realized the price for everything ‘down under’ is about doubled… I think having a cocaine habit would prove to be cheaper than having to dip your finger in a yummy pot of sparkling lustre or veluxe pearl every 20-30 minutes! Then again, I’m in no mood to find out, so we’ll just assume that anything in excess can’t be too good for ya.
The product line this MUA worked for is Kevyn Aucoin, and the product itself is “the sensual skin enhancer; SX16″. Now, this little tub might seem pricey, however, when put into perspective, this thing will probably outlast me. I did break down and purchase two Kevyn Aucoin brushes. One specifically for contouring, and one for powder. Back when I was 13 or so, one of my Aunts took me to have a professional makeover done in the big city of LA. Growing up in a small town, and being left to my own devices (a sharp pair of tweezerman tweezers, and an image of TLC ‘don’t go chasin’ waterfalls’ stuck in my head), I wound up plucking my eyebrows into the too-far-apart, teardrop shaped, I’m a wanna-be Latina gangster look. After getting the eyebrows straightened out a bit, I was submerged into my first experience with a ‘true’ professional. On top of leaving the lesson with top quality makeup, and an understanding of how to apply it, I also had a bag full of posh Hollywood celeb makeup, and a 5-star set of brushes. I’d still have those brushes today (15 + years later), but unfortunately growing up with an older sister who liked to “borrow” all of my stuff, I can’t account for a single one. Point being, quality brushes will last you a lifetime. Quality makeup on the other hand, will not last you a lifetime, but it will give you a sense of KOnfidence….. assuming you have the know-how on application
Stay tuned, next week I’m meeting up with one of Australia’s top-notch, resident MUA’s from Suicide Girls. Stephanie Greer, will be giving us a massive tutorial on all sorts of beauty tips and tricks!