7 Must-Know Beauty Tips Kendall Jenner's Makeup Artist Swears By
Last year, Kendall Jenner took over the world. Well, the beauty world, at least. The supermodel and face of Estée Lauder has quickly become the beauty community's go-to icon for glowy skin, mile-long lashes, and a less-is-more attitude toward makeup. Kendall's personal beauty chops are quite impressive, and her makeup artists agree she has a distinctive vision when it comes to beauty—they're simply there to help her execute it.
"Kendall's aesthetic is more on the minimal side," explains Aidan Keogh of Honey Artists, Kendall's favourite NYC-based MUA. "Her preference is a staple red lip, minimal makeup everywhere else, and lots of mascara." Keogh says that Kendall is actually quite unique among his celebrity clients. "In a day where sculpted and chiselled features have become a movement, Kendall prefers a more subtle and naturally defined face," he tells us. "In a way, her red lip look separates her from the girls who opt for typical smokey eye and nude lip. So she stands out in her own way without being overly made up."
But technically, how does Kendall manage to look consistently flawless no matter where she goes? To find out, we got Keogh to reveal his seven best secrets for executing Kendall's look. Keep reading for seven exclusive (and surprisingly easy) tips from Kendall Jenner's makeup artist!
Dior Diorshow Mascara ($55)
"Kendall has the most amazing eyelashes, and she loves lots of mascara," says Keogh. The secret to her insanely full lash look involves a cocktail of two mascaras: "one for lengthening and one for volume." Keogh uses YSL's Faux Cils and Dior's DiorShow, respectively.
But Kendall's lashes aren't done after mascara. "I've also dusted some loose powder on her lashes to add extra thickness before applying the second coat of Dior," says Keogh. The last step is to comb through the lashes with a lash comb (Keogh recommends one from Japonesque, $13) to ensure they are "separate and feather-like."
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($52)
Kendall is constantly being photographed, so finding a way to make the skin look glowy, yet shine-free is key. Here's what Keogh does: "After moisturiser and before foundation I apply a pea size amount of gel primer on the 'hots spots,' or areas where unwanted shine and oil stand out." That means right above the brow bone, centre of the forehead, sides of nostrils, and chin.
Keogh follows up with foundation, then applies loose powder right over the hot spots for extra shine control. "It instantly mattifies the area and reads as soft and muted under both daylight and bright flashing cameras," he says.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #8 ($100)
"Kendall likes definition on her face but not the Insta-contour," says Keogh. Instead of using cream contour products, Keogh opts for a foundation that's a few shades darker than Kendall's true base color. He uses Armani's Luminous Silk in #8 to sculpt the cheeks and forehead. "Think of sweeping the number 3 around the contours of your face [from the temple to under the cheekbone and down to the jawline]," he says. "Then blend with a damp Beautyblender so that it has no visible lines and looks seamless."
Smith's Rosebud Salve ($15)
If you don't want the hair on your head to look dull, why would you tolerate dull brows? Naturally, Kendall has the brow type everybody wants in 2017: "full, beautiful, and straight across." Filling them in is easy—Keogh uses a subtle sweep of Anastasia Beverly Hills's Soft Brown Brow Wiz just on the tail of her brow, which he says "elongates the brow and creates the most natural, hair-like finish" But the true genius comes in when Keogh tops off her brows with a light coat of lip balm. "I add a touch of rosebud salve to get an extra added gloss," he says. "It gives the most healthy shine to go with her glossy hair."
RMS Beauty Living Luminiser ($55)
Like all of her sisters, Kendall is obsessed with highlighter. Keogh has used tons of different products on her, but he always comes back to this trusty RMS pick. "It's creamy and photographs so beautifully," he says. "We tap it on the high planes of the face and add a little touch above the cupid's bow to enhance the pout and create the illusion of a fuller lip."
MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture ($30)
Speaking of feigning bigger lips. "Kendall actually likes to line her own lips and is really good at it too," says Keogh. "A lip pencil that is close to the lip colour, like Subculture by MAC, is a great way to create a balanced lip, but it also allows you to cheat a little outside of the line on the upper and lower lips." (In other words, it won't look clownish or fake.) Kendall applies her lip shade of choice on top of the nude liner, and the result is surprisingly natural.
Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Dragon Girl ($37)
"Kendall's go to look is a red lip, or as she described when I first worked with her, 'a saturated, bright red lip,'" says Keogh. Whenever Keogh applies one of Kendall's high-impact reds, he taps some loose powder after the first coat of lipstick "to matte the lip down." According to Keogh, "This creates a super velvet finish and allows the cooler tone to pop against the skin." This technique it also helps keep the color from moving, smearing, or getting on your teeth. "Which is important when you're sitting next to Anna Wintour," Keogh says.