Matin is a celebrity makeup artist who has enlivened and enhanced the features of A-list actresses like Claire Danes, Gal Gadot, and even Angelina Jolie. He approaches makeup like an art, creating looks that are as poised and elegant as the stars who wear them.
Here he walks us through a look that he previously created for one of Jolie's many red carpet appearances. It features fresh skin, a neutral lip, and a darkly diffused smoky eye (in other words, it's kind of Jolie's trademark look). As expected, the end result is stunning. But rest assured that even though it looks complex and quite honestly like the closest thing to perfection we've ever seen, it's not difficult to re-create. (We know because we tried it out for ourselves immediately after viewing this video.) Along the way, we're able to see some of Matin's most loved products, including a French face and body oil, a drugstore lip balm, and a handmade kajal eyeliner. To see everything for yourself, watch the full video above.
"Whenever I start makeup, I start with a good facial massage. Sometimes I use a face mask, depending on what the condition of the skin is. This one is an oil I'm using from Leonor Greyl, and it's called Beauty Secret Oil. It's a beauty oil that keeps the skin glowy, and it's wonderful during the wintertime to keep everything looking fresh."
"I go right into a mattifying moisturizer just to get rid of the shine on the T-zone or wherever the skin gets super shiny," he says. This one is from Chantecaille, and it's an antipollution moisturizer, meaning that it minimizes the impact of damaging free radicals on your skin.
Next he uses "a little bit of lip oil or lip balm." He reaches for a vitamin-enriched Chapstick product. "I usually let the lip soak the oil while I'm doing the makeup so it's always nice and fresh."
"Foundation I use a little bit differently than most people. I use it only to even out the skin tone and not to really cover. The problem with covering too much is that you get that mask-y-looking skin all over the face. It's very important to use a smaller detailed brush or a sponge and only use it where you need to even out the tone, get rid of some redness, or take some of the sun damage out. But the foundation is not supposed to be used as a cover-up. That comes later with concealer."
"Next step is a concealer, and this is an important step also. You want to choose a concealer that not only matches the skin but also a concealer that doesn't cake and doesn't get too heavy under the eyes especially." Make sure you're using the minimum amount that you need. "One of the biggest mistakes is using too much concealer, especially on the outer sides of the eyes."
"I'm using a little brightening powder by Laura Mercier here. I'm using a very fluffy synthetic brush so it doesn't hold too much powder. I get rid of the powder on my hand and very lightly set the concealer immediately."
"Before we do anything for the eyes, I'm going to curl the lashes. A good lash curler is very important to have—or a few of them in case you're a makeup artist because they have different kinds of curve, and it's very important to get the right fit for the eye."
"I'm using a black gel liner from Laura Mercier with a flat brush just to thicken the lash line. One thing to remember: This is not applied on the waterline. It's only applied at the root of the lashes—that way, when you blink, it doesn't transfer on the bottom."
"As a base, I used MAC Chilled on Ice. It's a nice little cream with a tiny touch of shimmer, but it has hidden shimmer so it just looks like satin when you put it on. You can just use your fingers with it."
Note: MAC's Chilled on Ice is currently out of stock. To get a similar effect, try MAC's Paint Pot in Painterly, which is a nude beige.
"To open up the inner corner of the eyes, I always use this beautiful RMS cream shadow. It's called Living Luminizer, and this can be used anywhere on the face."
"You can use any black eye shadow. I'm using this beautiful black one from Laura Mercier. It's a baked eye shadow. I'm basically pulling the color from the lashes up and out—not too much in the middle because we want to open up the eyes a little bit. To create a little bit of shadow on the crease, you can bring in the color and just wipe it off so there's a ghost of it left to create the shape without actually looking like you have a cut crease there."
For mascara, Matin reaches for a fan favorite that lengthens and volumizes while keeping lashes looking light. "I'm going to add a little mascara. It's the Nars Audacious mascara. It's a good basic one to have."
"A lot of times, instead of doing heavy makeup, I usually try to layer lashes in a certain way to create shape for the eyes. That way you can cheat and not use a heavy liner or heavy makeup and it looks very fresh and clean without looking like you have a lot on. Also, another tip is to blend in different length lashes, so I go from a medium to a short in order to make it look seamless."