Seven tips from a make-up artist to the stars

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  • Makeover: Emma Horton. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Makeover: Emma Horton. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Makeover: Emma Horton, after picture. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Makeover: Emma Horton, after picture. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Makeover: Emma Horton, before picture. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Makeover: Emma Horton, before picture. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Celebrity make-up artist Julian Reynolds gives a makeover to Emma Horton at AS Cooper’s. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Celebrity make-up artist Julian Reynolds gives a makeover to Emma Horton at AS Cooper’s. (Photo by Akil Simmons)


Today Julian Reynolds is an accomplished make-up artist who has beautified celebrity clients such as Diana Ross, Christina Aguilera and Halle Berry.

He got his start while a medical student in New York looking for a part-time job.

Mr Reynolds was part of a team recently sent by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics to give make-up demonstrations at A S Cooper and Sons Ltd.

“The department store JC Penney was across the street so I went in and applied for a job,” he said of his inauspicious start in the industry. “They said they only had something in the cosmetics department.

“I said, ‘I don’t know anything about cosmetics’.”

The department store promised to teach him if he was interested.

He eventually graduated from university with a degree in education rather than medicine and quickly found that a job in retail paid about $20,000 more than an entry-level job in his field.

He has been educating people about beauty and cosmetics ever since and has worked for a number of high profile make-up lines. He has visited Bermuda several times with Bobbi Brown.

When The Royal Gazette caught up with him at A S Cooper’s, he was busy working on Emma Horton, a web designer looking for some quick tips on how to shine during a night on the town.

“I wear light make-up during the week, but weekends if we are going out I want a bit more,” she said. “I like eyeshadows and bright lipsticks and things like that. I would like to learn more about the techniques for applying make-up.”

We sat with Mrs Horton through her make-up session and picked up a few make-up tips and tricks.

The demonstration took 30 minutes but could be done in ten minutes at home, Mr Reynolds said.

1. Use an SPF lotion or cream on your face every day to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.

Mr Reynolds said he had seen many women in Bermuda with sun-damaged skin. SPF helps with texture and tone.

2. Bobbi Brown anti-ageing serum was applied to give light hydration to the skin. The serum had a brightening factor that worked instantly on Mrs Horton. The cream also smelled nice, as an added bonus.

3. It is important to apply corrector under the eyes. Mr Reynolds usually follows that with a yellow-based concealer to brighten up the eyes, and make the client look younger.

When adding colour to your eyes use a base colour, then add a deeper colour in the creases.

It is better to start with less colour and then add, rather than starting out with too much and trying to remove as you go along.

4. Mr Reynold recommended using more corrector than you need and then rubbing it in to help conceal blemishes and uneven tones.

He said make-up artists often use brushes to apply it, but it is okay to use your fingers. Bobbi Brown’s corrector is known for being suited to a wide range of skin tones.

One of the most common make-up mistakes is using the wrong corrector skin tone. Mr Reynolds said if you splurged on anything, it should be on a good corrector.

5. A bronzer is a loose or pressed powder you apply to your face. It is meant to replace tones your skin might be missing.

There are different types of bronzers including ones with a shimmer to them, and ones without, known as ‘matte’ bronzers. Mr Reynolds favoured a matte bronzer because he believed it gave a more natural glow than bronzers with shimmer, but it’s a matter of taste.

6. Once your bronzer is on and you are ready to apply blush, apply most of it to the apple area of your cheeks where the light naturally falls on your skin.

7. If you have spots or acne, use a gentle skin cleanser nightly to get rid of dirt and make-up residues on the skin.

He said go easy on harsh acne creams as they can dry out your skin.

The harsh acne creams can make your acne worse by forcing your skin to produce more natural moisture to make up for the dryness, and that causes more breakouts.

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Published Nov 22, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm)

Seven tips from a make-up artist to the stars

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