jmorris Jan 30, 2012
“When it comes to creating a universally flattering look, the theme has to be elegant,” says Celebrity Makeup Artist Mathew Nigara, who’s painted the faces of A-listers such as Kate Winslet and Diane Von Furstenberg. With a focus on the eyes, this makeup look (that works on ALL undertones) also features glowing skin and a sophisticated nude lip. Nigara gave us the break down on this hot look that anyone (check out Bryce Gruber of above) can pull off. Start With Flawless Skin       “Your skin is the most fundamental part of the makeup application, especially around the eye, ” Nigara states. To ensure your skin looks its very best, first apply a serum with a pink shimmering tint like Nars Brightening Serum to give your skin a lit-from-within quality. Then, using a dampened sponge for a super sheer application, apply a tinted moisturizer. Finally, blend two concealers—a peachy one to cover redness and an iridescent pink one to highlight under the eye. Nigara uses NYC New York Color Smooth Skin Liquid Concealer. Add a Pop of Color         “Every woman needs color on the apple of her cheeks,” Nigara says. “What changes is the intensity of color from doll like to fresh.” Using the clean side of the damp sponge you used to apply your tinted moisturizer, pat a cream-to-powder or gel blush like Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush into the skin on the apples of your cheeks and use the same color to contour directly under the cheekbone. Oomph Up Your Eyes Eye shadow primer is crucial, as you want your look to stay crease-free all night.  After you prime, take a long-lasting pencil and line your upper lashes and blend out and up towards the crease of your lid. The liner will act as a smudge-proof shadow base. Use the same liner to line the outer rims of your bottom lashes and blend to create a sexy effect. Next, apply a taupe cream based shadow with a hint of shimmer all over the lid. “This season it’s all about sophisticated iridescent colors...they’re so sexy for nighttime,” says Nigara. Add a deeper taupe with glitter in the crease and blend to create added depth. Make sure to curl your lashes before applying two coats of black mascara. Fill in your brows, concentrating the color on the arches and making sure to add definition and length to the tail. Nigara likes to use Laura Mercier Brow Definer with an angled eyebrow brush, and then apply powder to set the look. Swipe On an Elegant Pout                              Use the same color as your cream blush to stain your lips before applying a creamy nude lipstick on top to ensure it will last all night. “A nude lip is timeless and looks great on everyone,” comments Nigara. Instead of using lip gloss on top, apply a clear gloss just in the center of the lips to give it a moist, healthy look.


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