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Margret Avery is a renowned makeup artist who’s been in the business for 30+ years for a very good reason…when she’s got a makeup brush in her hand, it’s pure magic! She’s done makeup on numerous beauty icons and all time greats like Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Barbra Streisand and Goldie Hawn, worked with major fashion and beauty brands including J.Crew and L’Oreal and has been featured in too-many-to-count magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Vanity Fair. She recently worked on the campaigns for Kensie, Nanette Lepore and Catherine Malandrino with the photographer Haley Ballard — you’ll see them in the Fall/Winter ’15 magazines. This very busy makeup artist is also a singer, songwriter, actor, and poet. Here, she shares some of her best beauty secrets:
1. What is your personal beauty philosophy? I recommend keeping everything pleasurable to your senses –a true indulgence! If that means spending hundreds of dollars on a face cream, facials once a month or daily baths, do it and make yourself feel special. The positive psychological effects of that are priceless.
2. What’s your #1 beauty secret to look your best?
I cannot stress enough the importance of taking great care of your skin. When your skin doesn’t look good you won’t feel good about yourself, and when you feel good you tend to look your best. Treat your skin gently — don’t over clean or over stimulate it and you’ll reap the benefits.
3. What’s an easy-to-do, flattering-for-most summer makeup look?
Bronzer is my go-to for summer. My trick is to use a light dusting of translucent powder all over, and then instead of applying actual bronzer I like to take a loose powder that is a few shades darker and use that instead at the temples and on the cheekbone in a very, very light sweep. I find the loose powder is more matte and natural looking for a fresh sun-kissed look without being too glittery or orangey. The powder also keeps your skin feeling cool in the summer and it is a great trick if your skin is oily.
4. What should every woman have in her makeup bag? Explain why.
Every woman needs concealer and either lipstick, lip balm or lip gloss in her handbag. Who couldn’t use a little touch-up at some point in the day? A touch of concealer where needed, and a lipstick can brighten your look very quickly. If you need a little color on your cheeks, lipstick can do double duty. I also recommend you hold onto eye pencils and lip pencils when they get shorter because they are perfect to put in your bag and don’t take up much room.
5. Makeup-wise, is there anything you do differently for more mature women (40+) so that they look their best?
There are no rules as far as I am concerned. Everyone’s skin type is different and depending on that and what kind of look a woman wants determines what products will look best on her. I once did makeup on a woman in her 50s and she wanted all sorts of colors on her eyelid and it worked for her and her personality! Having said that, in general, I tend to make sure that a mature woman’s skin looks a bit more glowing and not dry or dehydrated looking. I don’t love foundation on the skin unless it is very very lightly done and prefer concealer and a bit of powder where needed, usually in the t-zone. Then I like to apply an illuminating product high on the cheekbone and brow bone to give a glow. Favorites are Perricone MD No Highlighter Highlighter, Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight and Nars the Multiple.
6. Who is your dream celebrity client? What would you do and why?
Kate Middleton. I can’t say exactly what I would do because I never really know until I meet someone in person. However, I do feel like she would like my gentle approach and subtle techniques to enhance her beauty.