Tools of the Trade With Daniel Martin
We originally met Daniel Martin backstage at Chris Benz’s spring 2013 ready-to-wear show. We fell in love with him not only for the ethereal and pretty pink shadow he was creating for the models but also because he clearly adored talking about his tools of the trade. He recently sent us a photo of his on-the-go kit, and gave us the lowdown on his background and what favorites he relies on when working with celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Bosworth, Katherine McPhee and Chloë Sevigny.
My earliest memory of makeup was watching my French grandmother put her face on for the day. There was a method to her ritual that I found fascinating—from prepping the skin with a certain tonic to a lipstick used for both lips and cheeks. From a young age I understood that makeup wasn’t about what you use, but how you use it.
After living in Seattle during the mid ’90s, I decided to focus my passion with a move to the East Coast. I soon found myself in Richmond, Virginia, apprenticing at an Aveda concept salon, which is where I cut my teeth in the beauty world. After years in corporate beauty and a move to New York, I left to master my craft professionally.
Since then I’ve assisted notable artists Pati Dubroff, Pat McGrath and Virginia Young, and forged a partnership with Lancôme. My work with the French beauty giant has provided me loyal relationships with fashion designers Chris Benz, Proenza Schouler, Richard Chai and Thakoon. I was also one of two makeup artists who had the exclusive privilege to participate in the historic “all-black” issue of Italian Vogue shot by the legendary Steven Meisel.
Today I’m known for creating beauty that embraces a mixture of high and low. An editor once told me that my makeup style is very “haute street.” I love being able to translate fantastical and conceptual editorial makeup into a more wearable and real look.
Jao Hand Refresher: This is my favorite hand sanitizer. It smells of lavender and doesn’t dry out your hands like other sanitizers.
Tatcha Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream: This moisturizer hydrates winter-parched skin without feeling heavy. Models love how it feels and smells.
YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat: I love this foundation for editorial work. It gives the skin a beautiful radiance without looking too dewy.
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer: I love adding a dose of this into the YSL foundations for a bit more radiance and sheen on the skin. It takes dewy to a whole new level on camera!
Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer: I never leave home without these concealers. Effacernes is a great waterproof concealer that I can easily transform into a foundation. It’s great in hot weather when I need more coverage on the face.
Mehron Face Smoothie Sponge: This blue pointy sponge blends and buffs foundation on the skin, and even holds up to several washings after a ton of use. It’s one of my favorite tools!
Inglot Eye Shadow Palette: These neutral eye shadows were a generous gift from the Polish makeup brand, Inglot. The textures are all matte and they have great color payoff. I can do so much with these colors outside of just using them as typical eye shadows.
Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara: This mascara is legendary! I love Définicils because I can build on lashes without them clumping.
Mr. Bump Pencil Pouch: I use this blue children’s pencil holder for my mascaras! It’s very convenient.
Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover: This is the best eye makeup remover hands down! I also use this on the face.
Shu Uemura Face Powder Matte: I stock up on this powder while I’m in Paris. It’s great for the red carpet because it’s not too matte. It surely does cut shine but the skin still comes through.
Amala Soothing Lip Salve: This organic lip salve is a favorite with models because of its digestible ingredients. I think the whole Amala skin-care line is amazing.
MAC Matte Lipstick: I love MAC’s matte lipsticks. They photograph true to tone and the shade range is incredible. The colors Morange, Pink Pigeon, Ruby Woo and Lady Danger are staples in my kit.
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in Rouge Helios: This is my favorite YSL lipstick. It’s the perfect bright candy red.
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist: I love this mist for an extra dose of hydration and for setting makeup.
Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Martin