Hung Vanngo on His Holy Grail Mascara: "It's the Best I've Ever Used"
Hung Vanngo is a celebrity makeup artist doing amazing things. He's the creative brain behind Selena Gomez's fuchsia Met Gala eye (he attends to her face on a regular basis, actually), and works frequently with Emily Ratajkowski, Katy Perry, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and the Victoria's Secret girls, just to name-drop a few.
Known for perfecting dewy skin, plump lips, and his tendency to lean towards a vivid colour palette, Vanngo is a makeup wizard with all the skills. When he recently visited Australia, we made a serious point of picking his brain on his go-to trends, favourite products, and the one makeup look he's sick of.
Keep scrolling for the Q&A.
Byrdie Australia: Which three makeup trends are you getting into this spring and why?
Hung Vanngo: When the weather gets warmer, fresh skin is nice. The no-makeup-makeup look is a go-to for me in the summer. I've also always been a fan of natural, monochromatic makeup, and it looks especially great during hot months. Lastly, gloss has made a comeback for summer, and is amazing when paired with minimal makeup. I used Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer in French Tickler ($42) on Selena Gomez for her recent "Fetish" video.
B: Which makeup trend are you done with for the rest of the year and why?
HV: Heavy, matte foundation. It can work in colder months when you have a lot of glamorous parties or events to attend, but it's too much for every day.
B: You're known for your ability to make colour makeup look elevated, what advice would you give to a client who's afraid of venturing away from browns and beiges?
HV: Add one element of colour somewhere, and keep the rest natural. You'll be surprised how it gives the face life.
B: You're also known for your ability to make skin look flawless but still natural—how do you do it?
HV: Skincare is always the most important step. You can't achieve the texture of healthy skin if the skin isn't healthy to begin with. Spend the extra few minutes before doing your makeup, and it will always look better, and last longer.
B: What is one makeup look that suits every single woman, regardless of skin tone or age, and why?
HV: The no-makeup makeup look is a favourite of mine, and always looks good regardless of skintone or age. It's just about creating a more healthy, radiant version of yourself.
B: Which three makeup products should every woman own and why?
HV: My current top three beauty products are the Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer ($63), which is very much like a serum. I've been using it on everyone since it launched. The Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayons ($36)—it's up to you what shade, since there are so many, but they're all incredibly pigmented, blendable, and long-lasting. Lastly, the Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($39), which is amazing. I'm not just saying this, but it's my favourite mascara I've ever used.
B: What is the most common makeup question you get asked by your clients?
HV: I get asked about skin more than anything, and I always say skincare is so important. I always advise my clients on little ways they could take better care of their skin, whether it's adding a face scrub to their routine, or even getting facials, which can be hard to find time for when you're as busy as some of my clients, but it does make a huge difference.
B: What's the most common misconception about your job?
HV: People think it's very glamorous (and it can be), but what they often don't see is how much hard work goes into it. There's so much flying, planning, and emailing. It takes a lot of dedication, but it's definitely worth it.
B: If you could give career advice to your 16-year old self, what would you say?
HV: I would tell myself to always work hard. You're only ever as good as your last job, so keep pushing forward. You can try and manifest all the things you want in a career, but they won't happen without the hard work and dedication to follow through. Stay ahead of deadlines, and you'll be prepared for anything. Lastly, never stop learning, and be open to experimenting and trying new things.