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That's the advice of Smashbox ...
That's the advice of Smashbox Cosmetic's director of global artistry, Holly Mordini.
"Using the right brushes, the right application tools - it's key to making the products go on the way they are intended and to give you the look that you want.
For a professional makeup artist, the tools are as important as the products," says Mordini, who has painted and puffed some of Hollywood's most famous faces.
What constitutes the "right" tools?
Brushes should be soft and feel gentle on the skin, but also have substance so the product can be moved to the surface of your skin.
If you dip a brush in shadow or blush and the color falls off before you make it to your face, that's a bad brush, experts say.
If you don't know what to buy, you can't go wrong if you purchase the tools sold with a high-quality beauty line, Mordini says.
Most, she says, are created to give your application a professional touch and to work best with each product in the line.
"It also makes putting on makeup incredibly easy, plus it's often what sets apart women who have the 'professional makeup look' and those that don't," she says.
To say that I got a ...
To say that I got a bit ferklempt when I spotted the flawless Holly Mordini of Smashbox is a vast understatement.
Holly and Smashbox have always had a special place in my heart, and I recall watching and learning from her as far back as my late teens.
Bright, warm, and incredibly knowledgeable, Holly felt like a kindred spirit.
Oh, and can we also discuss how stunning she is?!
Holly showed me some of the newest Smashbox QVC exclusives, and I am already in love.
If you've ever been channel surfing, ...
If you've ever been channel surfing, undoubtedly you've seen the gorgeous face of renowned model and industry expert, Holly Mordini.
Holly is the Vice President of Global Artistry and Education for Smashbox Cosmetics.
For 13 years, Holly has been Smashbox's spokesperson on the QVC shopping channel, bringing her years of modeling and cosmetic expertise to the millions of viewers who tune in for her appearances throughout the year.
Holly graciously sat down for a Q&A with me recently and shared her insider secrets to finding the right look as the winter months bestow themselves upon our doorsteps.
As you prepare to face the winter winds, icy cold mornings, and snow accumulations, Holly imparts her words of winter makeup wisdom to keep you looking good, feeling great, and most importantly, in style with the look that works especially for you.
Kick back, stay warm with a hot cup of cocoa or tea, and read on to learn what one of the cosmetic world's leading ladies has to say about personalizing your makeup winter wardrobe.
VESTITURE: Is there such a thing as a "winter makeup" look, and if so, how does this differ from makeup of spring, summer, and fall?
Holly Mordini:Winter makeup is traditionally either super simple (focusing on skin looking great) or very glamorous (due to the holidays).
This is a time when women reach for their deeper, more polished lipsticks and allow themselves to be a little more liberal with their black eyeliner.
Personally, I believe winter is a time to treat your skin with extra tender loving care.
Although winter may call for a little more in the color arena, women should stray from the mistake of wearing more foundation.
The other seasons have their own unique routines, colors, and skin categories.
VESTITURE: Do you have any tips or suggestions for women who want that warm glow but don't want to appear "overdone?"
Holly Mordini: Yes!
Use a primer and pull out your favorite liquid foundation for use over the primer.
VESTITURE: A primer's purpose is two-fold, as I understand it: First, to allow foundation to be applied more easily and smoothly and second, to act as a moisturizer and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
Can all women use a primer?
: Yes! Black eyeliner, lipstick (not gloss), lip pencil (to sculpt lipstick), primer, and bronzer.
Bronzer is important because a healthy, radiant complexion is something that never goes out of style.
:Perusing the high-end cosmetics counters can be overwhelming for many of us.
What do you feel are some products a gal should purchase to keep skin looking and feeling great during the harsher winter months?
:As I mentioned earlier, primer is key.
:Icy pastels, glimmering textures, and glowing skin.
Color will dominate this season.
Whether it's bold eyeliner or striking shadows, more vibrant color will be a hot trend.
Winter this time around is comfortable playing with color.
: How about holiday makeup?
What do you recommend as the cosmetics a woman can wear for those extra special winter occasions and events?
: Experiment with the platinum, silver, and icy finishes, as they are perfect for party-going looks.
These elements, whether in a gloss, liner, or shadow help to create the ethereal glow to keep you looking and feeling festive.
: Mineral makeup seems to have found a marketplace niche.
Is there any truth that mineral makeup is better for the skin, especially during these wintertime months?
:Personally, I recommend the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, which is several steps beyond traditional mineral makeup.
It is paraben-free and oil-free, so it is truly good for the skin.
This unique foundation/finishing powder can make fine lines and wrinkles diminish after 10 minutes!
:What one piece of advice can you give VESTITURE readers who want that "just applied cosmetics counter" look but have no idea where to start?
: Take the tear sheets from your favorite beauty magazine(s) to the counter with you the same way you would show your hair stylist a favorite hairdo.
Holly Mordini, vice ...
Holly Mordini, vice president of Smashbox Cosmetics, presents new products and gives makeup tips on Thursday, December 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. at ULTA on State Street (114 South State St.; 312-279-5081, ulta.com).
Holly Mordini, director of ...
Holly Mordini, director of global artistry, Smashbox Cosmetics, Hollywood, California.