September 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm , by Erica Metzger
Hi all. I’m Erica. Officially, I’m the Ladies’ Home Journal beauty director. Unofficially, I’m a kinda-sorta-sometimes-maybe makeup artist. My resume includes: Doing prom makeup for my friends in high school, providing occasional end-of-the-day touch-ups for co-workers, taping a makeup segment for E! News, and most recently, giving four friends smokey eyes for a black tie wedding.
Here’s the most important lesson I’ve learned so far: Hide your makeup stash immediately upon completing a job. Your clients—or in my case, friends who don’t pay you—will fall madly in love with the best shade or formula in your kit and then will cajole, plead, barter and eventually try to steal it from you. Their most recent object of lust: Stila’s new Smudge Pot in Kitten. (For those of you not familiar with the original Kitten, it is a gorgeous, shimmery, pinky-champagne eye shadow with a cult-like following among beauty fans because it looks great on everyone. My love affair with the shade started years ago after I read that it was Cameron Diaz’s signature shade.) Anyhow, this cream version is even better than the original. You can wear it as a primer, shadow, liner, and highlighter, and it does not move. For the wedding, I blended a thin layer on the lids before creating each smokey eye. My friends basically went mad for it. You will too, just please don’t try to steal mine.
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