We chatted with Montreal-based fashion and editorial makeup artist Marika D’Auteuil on how to give your clients a party-ready look that will outlast their bubbly
Whether your client wants a dewy glow or a matte finish, healthy-looking skin is always in style. To get a good base for the rest of your cosmetic canvas, D’Auteuil suggests using something a little lighter such as a BB cream or tinted moisturizer.
To get a good base for holiday-ready colour, D’Auteil suggests using something lightweight, like the Mèreadesso Tinted All-in-One Moisturizer that provides for a buildable but sheer coverage that balances out skin tone and doubles as a concealer.
For stepping out to a chic holiday party, a smoky eye is a classic look that will instantly take your clients from day to night. While D’Auteuil thinks even a quick smoky eye can make a big impact, she says it’s important to ask your client what kind of smoky look they want, as everyone has their own interpretation. For a quick yet long-lasting look, “cover the eyelid with an eyeliner pencil and blend it out with your finger before applying eye shadow.”
For a simple twist on the go-to smoky eye, try switching up the colour palette you use. Instead of going for classic black, brown and grey hues, try using the eggplant-hued Aveda Eye Definer in Fresh Plum and Bodyography Flirty Expression Palette.
Give your clients rosy, glowing cheeks with a pop of colour. To make the blush last longer, D’Auteuil suggests adding a bit of liquid cream blush to the apples of the cheeks with your fingers (the heat will help blend it better) or using the same pink lipstick as a cream blusher instead before adding the powder blush.
If you’re giving your clients a standout smoky eye, opt for a light flushed cheek, using the SST Signature Series Blush Enhancing Trio, which blends together three shades, giving you the option to match a shade perfectly to your client’s skin tone.
Contour can be great for photo shoots and runway shows, but it may not be totally translatable for your client at a holiday party. To keep contours looking natural, D’Auteuil recommends “applying a bit of non-shimmery bronzer just under the cheekbones.” Or to strategically add a bit more glow for the festivities. “Use a highlighter on the bridge of the nose, on the top of the cheekbones, on the cupid’s bow and under the browbone.”
Add a festive glow to your client’s look with just a touch of illumination which instantly brightens up their look. Try the Mirabella Mineral Highlighting Powder in Swirling Pearl for that glowing-from-the-inside-out finish.
While festive berry lips have dominated holiday seasons past, this year it’s all about muted dusty rose hues—especially when your client wants to go for a bold smoky eye. To get the true colour of a lipstick and make it last longer, D’Auteuil suggests that you “apply foundation or concealer to your client’s lips as a base before applying lip pencil or lipstick.”
Once you’ve got a neutral base on your client’s lips—D’Auteil recommends using a bit of foundation to get the true colour of the lippy shade you’re using—add the SST Signature Series Hydrating Lipstick in #XOXO to achieve a rosy posy finish.