Last week, I was lucky enough to meet a serious makeup legend. Max Herlant, who has just teamed up with Yves Rocher as the company’s international makeup artist, came to Canada all the way from France to teach us about makeup techniques – and share the company’s newest products (which I can’t wait to try out).
This magician-turned-makeup artist has worked his magic on superstars and all sorts of prominent women, including Hillary Clinton and Gisele Bündchen, and made up models for the most innovative of fashion designers, like Jean Paul Gaultier.
I’m no expert on the art of creating a perfect face, but I was totally in love with the new Yves Rocher makeup collections for fall and, especially, for the holidays. The rich blue, magenta and and pearlescent hues along with the metallic, but somehow not flashy, golds gave so much life to his model, Anastasia. Not that she wasn’t gorgeous before the makeup brush touched her face.
Although the holiday makeup line won’t be available for purchase until November, the fall line is in stores now and has all kinds of autumn colours including my (surprisingly) favourite new nail polish, which is a bold hunter green.
I’m not going to tell you exactly how to get Anastasia’s look, since it was pretty complicated and the makeup isn’t available yet, but I will share a few of Max’s makeup tricks that I found to be very insightful:
Don’t use too much powder. In the fall and winter, your skin gets especially dry, so powder can look thick and cakey. Plus, it hides the dewey complexion underneath. Just sweep it across your face lightly.
Pat your blush onto your face with your brush for a natural finish. This season, the trend is to just deposit the colour on your cheeks without working it in so much.
Unless you’re using fake lashes, leave the lash curler out of it! Herlant says that lash curlers make the hairs break. Instead, while your mascara is drying, just push and hold the lashes upwards with a finger until they dry. It still creates a curl that will hold.
Use two shades of eyebrow pencil. Your hairs are made up of different colours, so it creates a more natural look when you use a lighter pencil and a slightly darker one. Feather the strokes on lightly and then blend the two shades together.
Make your upper lip look thicker with a pencil and white eyeshadow. If you have a thin lip, don’t thicken it; instead, arch the upper lip with a pencil to give the illusion of thickness. Then, apply white shadow on top of the V to make it look plump.
Don’t forget, Yves Rocher gives SPC Cardholder a whopping 40% off regular priced items!!