10 Things Celebrity Makeup Artists Learned From Their Clients


Celebrity makeup artists are a wealth of knowledge, as evidenced by the myriad of posts we've done featuring their expert tips. But surprisingly, not all of their knowledge is the result of training or trial and error—their clients often turn the tables and teach them a thing or two about makeup application. So this time, we turned to our trusty beauty gurus for advice—not their own, but that of their clients.

Keep scrolling to read what they've learned!

L'Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss $8

"When working with clients, you definitely learn a lot of tips and tricks from them. The first one I've learned is that when in doubt, always go for liquid matte lip color, like L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss. One of my clients actually told me to just color the bottom of her lip, and she would press her lips together to create this faded look. It is a gorgeous effect!" — Sir John, L’Oréal Paris brand ambassador

Clients include: Beyoncé and Karlie Kloss

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion $12

"Another fun hack a client once told me is to put eye shadow primer on her brows—it helps keep the pencil on all day long!" — Sir John

It Cosmetics Super Skinny Brow Power $24

"One client taught me a more natural way to fill in brows. Using a spoolie wand, brush the brow hair down first. Traditionally, magazines and blogs tell you to brush hair up first. This will give you a better idea of what your natural brow shape is, and secondly, you will be able to see the areas that need to be filled in. Fill in sparse areas with a brow pencil one to two shades lighter than your brow color. Then, brush hair up into place. This technique prevents brows from looking drawn on. Instead, you get super-natural, fuller-looking brows. Boom! My mind was blown." — Erica Whelan

Clients include: Natalie Portman and Padma Lakshmi

E.l.f Lash Curler $3

"One of my clients has very straight lashes. Her trick is to heat up her lash curler with a hair dryer prior to curling her lashes for extra oomph. But don't burn yourself—the metal can get really hot!" — Lauren Andersen

Clients include: Jessica Alba and Ashley Benson

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel $21

"One of my clients taught me that the way to darken lashes without mascara is with an eyebrow mascara wand, as they give color but keep the lashes matte." — Lucy Halperin

Clients include: Kristen Wiig and Mia Wasikowska

Nyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette $25

"I learned how to contour a nose to perfection. Don’t shade all the way to the side—keep it closer to the center." — Gita Bass, Simple Skincare advisory board member

Clients include: Debra Messing and Emmy Rossum

Revlon PhotoReady Instafix Highlighter Stick $14

"I also learned how to widen or narrow a jaw in a really subtle way—when someone’s chin is too sharp, highlight along the jawline to make it appear wider." — Gita Bass

(Similarly, you can use contour along the jaw to diminish a wide jaw.)


"You have no idea what their day was like before they sat in your chair. Maybe there was a tell-all that was just put out. Maybe they were on the cover of one of the weekly rags with all sorts of gossip being spread about them. Maybe they were just notified of a lawsuit or their next role just fell through or their film tanked at the box office. Who knows? They live very different lives with very different problems than the rest of us. I try to keep that in mind when someone is gruff with me. This helps me keep in mind that you never know what’s happening with people, so be kind, be patient, and be compassionate—not just with your clients but with acquaintances and strangers. We all have our problems, so try to see the world through caring eyes." — Fiona Stiles

Clients include: Sienna Miller and Gabrielle Union

Bausch & Lomb Sight Savers Contact Lens Case $6

"While flying with one of my favorite ladies, Judy Greer, she pulled out a little case used for contact lenses that held a little concealer and cream cheek and lip color—so compact and so smart! I prefer to not wear any makeup when I fly—and mist my face every 10 minutes with rose water per Judy Greer—but I like to look a little polished when I land." — Sage Maitri

Clients include: Sienna Miller and Nicole Richie

Glossier Boy Brow $16

"I've learned so much from my clients! One thing that stands out is the shape and color of eyebrows, but not in the traditional beauty way. Gaga has taught me a lot about how the shape and color of brows can change the shape of the face. I don't mean in a subtle way—bleaching the brows and drawing a completely different shape or even just using a different-colored brow gel can give you new opportunities to play with your look. I'm lucky I have such a chameleon to play with!" — Sarah Tanno

Clients include: Suki Waterhouse and Lady Gaga

What makeup artist tip would you like to learn next? Tell us below!

This post was originally published on June 16, 2016.

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