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Is it OK to wear a strong eye AND a strong lip?
There are no rules or regulations when it comes to makeup. Some women prefer flats, whereas others prefer 6’’ inch heels! Wearing a strong eye and a strong lip can be striking, but if you feel it’s too much, simply play up each feature separately.
When applying foundation, blot with a single layer of tissue to help remove excess, leaving the skin looking more natural and less made-up.
When setting areas of the face that tend to shine, use a sponge instead of a brush for a more matte finish.
Apply a thin coat of mascara and allow it to dry before curling. This will help to hold the curl longer and accentuate even the faintest lashes.
Select a bronzer one shade darker than your natural skin tone to add warmth and richness to the complexion.
Layering shades of peach or orange over bronzer provides a subtle “pop” of color to the face that never looks harsh or garish.
In Conversation with Sam Fine...
What inspired you to become a makeup artist?
It was never my intention to become a makeup artist. I moved to New York to attend Parson’s and become a Fashion Illustrator. However, after taking a job at a cosmetics counter to make ends meet, my friends thought I should consider a career in makeup. I began assisting top makeup artists Fran Cooper and Kevyn Aucoin, and met Naomi Campbell while working behind the scenes at a fashion show. When Fran wasn’t available to work with her, she called me at the cosmetic counter and the rest, they say, is history!
What advice would you give someone looking to become a professional makeup artist?
It’s important to practice your craft, and be punctual and professional in how you deal with clients. Market yourself - websites, business cards, Facebook etc. - to attract the type of assignments you want to secure.
What is the biggest mistake you see people making with cosmetics?
The biggest mistake that women make is not choosing to enjoy the benefits of makeup… At the end of the day, it all washes off, so don’t be intimidated by new shades or formulas; enjoy selecting a new lipstick or choosing a new eyeshadow.
What three items would you want with you on a desert island?
A bottle of red wine - Baby Super Tuscan Banfi “Centine” 2006 (Toscana, IT), an iPhone G4, and a pint of homemade butter pecan ice cream from The Odeon Restaurant in New York.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
I’m often surrounded by teams of people on photo shoots and commercials, so enjoying a great meal alone is a great pleasure!
Where is your favorite place to relax?
I travel quite a bit, so I always feel most relaxed at home.
Do you have a makeup secret to help women look younger?
Choose rose-colored lipsticks in pigment-rich formulas that deliver true color and consistent coverage for beautiful, youthful results.
What are your must-have CARGO products?
Cargo Bronzers, Cargo Blush in Laguna, and Cargo Liquid Liner
What is the funniest thing that's ever happened to you on the job?
I work with some incredible women who love to laugh – especially Oscar winner and comedienne Mo’Nique – so each time I go to work, I enjoy great conversation and lots of laughter!
Sam Fine is one of todays most sought after makeup artists. His work has appeared on the covers and pages of Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Essence, Vibe and Marie Claire. Superstars Patti Labelle, Vanessa L. Williams, Halle Berry and Brandy as well as supermodels Tyra Banks, Veronica Webb, Iman and Naomi Campbell have all relied on his expert hand to look their most glamorous. That’s because Sam knows that the key to making up goes beyond painting a pretty face. He’s made it his mission to show women how to accentuate their unique beauty by using colors and shades that best complement their complexions.