Megan's been the HMUA (hair and makeup artist) at JDP for over four years now, and she does OUTSTANDING work (as I'm sure you've seen). Most of our clients ask for a natural look that's just a few notches above what they usually wear, but we also have concept shoots where she gets to play! She's taking over our blog this week to share her best tips, most-used products, and favorite looks from her years at JDP.
Part One: Best Tips
I'm sure you hear this a lot, but the biggest beauty tip I could possibly give is to take care of your skin. Get enough sleep, drink tons of water, and limit your extra sugar. Korean-style sheet masks are HUGELY popular right now and can be found anywhere. The night before a session, use one that corresponds to your skin needs (moisturizing, wrinkle-reducing, brightening, etc) and relax with it. I use them all the time, and they really do make a difference. Another thing most people don't do enough is exfoliate. Face scrubs are great at getting rid of the tiny bumps I see on a lot of our younger clients, and even if you just scrub your face with a dry towel after a shower, it will help your skin look brighter and fresher. One final thing, if you plan on wearing a darker lip color, exfoliating your lips is a must. Dark lips (like the dark matte's that are everywhere) will really highlight flaky lips, and we'll have to do Photoshop to fix it. Coming in with soft, moisturized lips will allow us to use less product and will just look better overall.
Part Two: Most-used Products
Recently, we did a Facebook Live video of a makeover I did of Jenn, where I shared some of the products that I used. If you missed that, here are my top products and why I love them.
1. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Enigma
I use Primer Potion on almost everyone, and it makes a huge difference. Because the skin on your eyelids is so thin, a lot of undertones and sometimes veins show through. This gets rid of those and ensures that the color I put on someone's lid will look the way I intend.
2. Too Faced Star Dust eyeshadow palette/ Carli Bybel palette
This palette was sadly limited edition, and I wish I would've thought to get a few while they lasted. I use the shade called Selfie all the time, it makes a great highlighter. Millennial and Double Tap make great looks as well. Too Faced makes great eyeshadows with a ton of pigmentation, so they're all pretty good. Just the other day I bought bhcosmetics' Carli Bybel palette, and though I've only had it a few days, I think it's going to be a new favorite. The colors have a ton of pigment and this will be a palette I expect to use a lot this fall.
3. Clinique eyeliners
I know, there's a lot of Clinique here, but I worked for Clinique for a few years and got hooked on some of their products that really work. The eyeliner I use on myself every day is their Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Aubergine. It's not as harsh as a true black (thought their Intense Ebony is fantastic) and is a creme liner, which is better than liquids for a softer look. It also blends great for those who like a really natural look. The other Clinique liner I use is their new Pretty Easy liquid eyelining pen in black. This is by far the BEST liquid eyeliner I've found. The brush-like pen can do anything from a thick line to a super-fine line a single hair's width, which is great for winged liner. Once it's on it stays there, and I always buy two, one for the studio, one for me.
4. Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector
Not everyone needs this, but it's very worthwhile for those who do. It fills in large pores, matte-ifies skin, and smooths small wrinkles. I use this as a spot primer before foundation.
5. NYX and Wet n' Wild
Whenever I can, I buy products that aren't tested on animals. Sometimes, that leads to weird natural brands that may not work as well, but sometimes they're just as good if not better. For my seniors, I use Wet n Wild Coverall Cream Foundation, which is only $2 but has a great coverage level and the shades fit most skin tones. I use a lot of NYX products in the studio (especially their lip products), but more than anything I make sure I keep their HD Concealers in stock. They're amazing and I don't use anything else on our clients.
6. Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipgloss in Pink Sparkle
This is my go-to lipgloss for seniors. It's a pretty peach with lots of shimmer, and looks great on all skin tones.
7. Clinique Different Lipstick in Sweet Honey
This is for sure my most-used lipcolor on everyone. It's a perfect neutral for people who don't want to do a fully nude lip, but don't want to commit to a dark red or wine lip. It's shiny and is one of the few "step up from neutral" shades that works on very fair skin (like mine).
8. Pennello Brush:
This is THE best brush for combing out curls without losing them. I sadly lost this brush on our last NYC destination, but I will definitely be buying another because it's fabulous. Go to Salon Verde and get one.
9. Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast:
This is another new acquisition, but I love it so far. Warning: it REALLY does blast, but the result is great volume for even heavy hair. We bought a sample, but I'll definitely be going back for the full-size bottle.