When it comes to makeup artists, Lan Nguyen-Grealis is one of the most inspiring in the business. Her shoots are groundbreaking, her looks seriously push the boundaries of beauty, she’s won countless accolades for her expertise and she’s an established author, too.
Following on from the success of Lan’s first book, Art & Makeup, her latest beauty bible, ProMakeup Design Book, invites beauty buffs to channel their artistic flair and get hands-on with makeup, inspired by hundreds of stunning photographs, face charts and practical tips.
To mark the launch of her new tome, we grilled Lan on the 6 beauty hacks she swears by, including the products she simply can’t live without and the application tips that’ll take your beauty look to the next level.
- My rescue remedy for all in one is a product called Egyptian Magic. I use it on the go as a quick fix skin moisturiser and it’s also brilliant for chapped lips and fixing brows.
I’ll use it to add extra shine and dimension on top of eye lids on shoots – creating a beautiful wet look. Mixing it along with a body moisturiser or highlighter gives extra glossy skin and the illusion of elongated limbs, which can cut down a lot of time spent prepping. It’s a trick that’s often used on a quick shoot.
- Adding a pigment powder to give a pop of colour to lips has always been my signature way to create unique textures – and even ombré finishes – for lips. This works brilliantly for all of my clients and models, as I can create colours that are best suited to individual skin tones. It keeps things fresh and provides the perfect way to update a look.
- For the best skin finish possible when working with all ages (and especially those with irritated skin, redness, dry or fine lines), I mix a light moisturiser with a highlighter and concealer for extra invisible results. This allows the skin to look plump and healthy and it also deflects any problems.
- I love a smoky eye. From years of wearing it myself and working on my clients I’ve found that applying a cream-based shadow before setting it with the same colour in a powder eyeshadow, or a different colour eyeshadow on top, keeps it in place without a smudge and ensures it lasts all day and night. This works particularly well for eyelids that are oily or have smaller lids – where shadow tends to transfer off. The same technique used under the eye will keep the eye makeup from moving.
- To avoid lip smudges and bleeding, first set the lips with a bit of base concealer and a dust of powder, then apply a lip barrier all around the lips – taking it down to the chin area. Colouring around the mouth with one of my favourites, Urban Decay waterproof Lip liner primer in Ozone, after applying your lip colour ensures the lipstick does not bleed outside the lip line – even if your hand touches it or accidentally smudges when your drinking (or kissing!) It’s a great trick for brides.
- For skin that’s oily or has fine lines that need covering, using an all in one powder with a powder sponge gives the best illusion of flawless skin without the mask of a full face of coverage. It will appear more natural, less cakey and appear smooth especially for cameras. Also, a tiny, damp beauty blender works wonders for concealing big pores and blending under eye areas.
[i]ProMakeup Design Book, by Lan Nguyen-Grealis, is out 4th October, published by Laurence King £10.49 on Amazon