Beauty Tips From Makeup Artist Laura Mercier


When did you fall in love with makeup, and what prompted you to start your own line?
At aesthetician school I met a wonderful woman who was my teacher and became a close friend. I was inspired by her, and my love for makeup grew as I learned under her wing.

What was your favorite decade for makeup?
 The ’50s and ’90s—I like the style of the makeup for those periods better than the others. I love re-creating the look from the 1950s. And smoky eyes were huge in the ’90s; I like that style.

Which celebrities have you worked with in the past, and do you work with anyone regularly?

Sienna Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Liv Tyler, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, Cameron Diaz, Susan Sarandon, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Heather Locklear, Patricia Arquette, Jaime King, Maria Shriver, Glenn Close, Shalom Harlow, and Gretchen Mol. I still work with Julia and Sarah Jessica.

When brainstorming with a client on a look for an awards show, what's the most requested look?
It depends on the mood and what they are wearing.

What are your top beauty tips?
Cleansing, prepping skin with primer, camouflage without caking with foundation, and liner on lash lines.

What's the one thing women can do to look younger?
Not to cake foundation on the face. By trying to erase lines with a large amount of foundation it actually puts an emphasis on them. Also, accept the fact that you’re going to grow older.

How can someone look great in an instant?

Although this is dependent on each woman’s face, red lipstick is a great go-to trick; it can help give an instant healthy look. For someone with great eyes, she can instantly look awake if she puts a lot of mascara on.

What are makeup-bag must-haves?

Some universal products that women could put in their bag are a gloss or lip balm, camouflage for flaws, translucent powder, cream blush, lipstick, and concealer, which can give an immediate boost.

What's the biggest mistake women make when doing or buying makeup?

Putting on too much foundation—it gives skin too much texture and it hides the pores.

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