Pro Logic: Scott Barnes Teaches the Art of Makeup in Face to Face Thursday 04 October, 2012

In makeup artist Scott Barnes’ second book, Face to Face, Hollywood beauties, like cover girl Kim Kardashian, undergo big transformations—and you’re invited along for the step-by-step ride.

This fall, beauty editors and bloggers will be ready to school you in all the latest makeup, hair and nail trends—and you know Fear No Beauty will be guiding you fearlessly through each trend as well. As you swap out your summer wardrobe and gather the essentials for your fall palette, we’re busy writing our beauty curriculum for the season. Don’t worry, we’re taking it easy and only assigning you one must-read: makeup artist Scott Barnes’ Face to Face: Amazing New Looks and Inspiration from the Top Celebrity Makeup Artist.


(For Scott Barnes’ second book, Face to Face, reality star Kim Kardashian plays cover girl.)

The quintessential makeup teacher, Scott is a master in his craft. Originally, he began studying to be a fine-arts painter at Parsons School of Design. After assisting on numerous photo shoots, he quickly became one of the industry’s most desired makeup artists. Teaming up with Shu Uemura, Barnes revamped the Atelier Made line and then went on to launch his own namesake line (best known for Body Bling, which is absolutely amazing for highlighting gams).

Working with an enviable client roster ranging from Gwyneth Paltrow to Jennifer Lopez, and knowing he has something special to share with makeup fans, Scott decided to try his hand at writing. His first book, About Face, featured Jennifer Lopez as his cover girl—fittingly, because Scott is the man behind her star-turn as a beauty icon. (That glowing monochromatic look JLo so fearlessly rocked for years? That’s Scott’s handiwork.) In About Face, Scott shared his techniques and tricks of the trade, and featured some of the celebrities he’s made-up.


(Scott’s newest cover girl, Kim Kardashian, tweeted this before and after of the makeup maestro’s masterful contouring.)

But every good book needs a sequel, and now with his second book, Face to Face, Scott is once again breathing new life into makeup and sharing even more tricks with us. As one of the industry’s premier face-painters, Scott truly shows us how powerful makeup can be—especially when it comes to contouring. And this is where you may pause. Contouring? Isn’t that a practice best relegated to the ’80s and ’90s when etched cheekbones sharp enough to cut glass seemed perfectly acceptable during daylight hours?

In Scott’s eyes, contouring—the art of crafting optical illusions using shadows—is “scalpel-free plastic surgery.” When you think of it that way, it’s not something to be afraid of. (Think of the invasive alternative, after all!) In fact, quite the opposite: Contouring should be embraced, if done correctly. Key word: correctly. I asked Scott to share with Fear No Beauty exactly how to harness the power of contouring for cheekbones that get you noticed—in a good way.

Begin with bronzer. Start out with a bronzer that is one to two shades darker than your skin tone and make an arc under the cheekbone, not a straight line. A common mistake women make when contouring: using shades that are more than two shades darker than their natural skin tone. Unless you’re going for a Jersey Shore orange, stick to shades closer to your natural hue.

Layer with foundation. Go over the arc with foundation so that the contouring is underneath the foundation. What’s so unique about Scott’s process is that he uses light to contour, which is the reverse of what most makeup artists do. “I like using lighter foundations with a lot of luminosity to add a glow to the skin,” he reveals. “Light adds to, dark takes away from; so if you want to accentuate something, highlight it.”

Finish with blush. Finally, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks to add color and dimension to the face. “This creates the look of great cheekbones, even if there are none,” he explains.


(In Face to Face, singer Kelly Rowland pays homage to her animalistic side.)

These are just some of the many tricks in Face to Face—the Cliffs Notes if you will. Bundling step-by-step techniques for busy women with how he works his magic on his celebrity clientele, including his latest cover girl Kim Kardashian, Face to Face walks readers through the process of using makeup to help them reach their top beauty potential. Creativity beyond the contour abounds as well: Barnes paints outside the box, morphing singer Kelly Rowland into a cheetah and socialite Paris Hilton into a disco diva. Hey: Halloween is just around the corner. If you’re jonesing for a costume that’s beautiful, Scott’s got your number in the makeup department.

Scott’s innovative techniques can ignite confidence in all of us, but the most important lesson he shares for our fearless readers: “Be true to who you are and unleash your alter ego through makeup!” —Jillian E. Sorgini

Do you use contouring to shape your face?

(Professional images courtesy of Scott Barnes; behind-the-scenes image via @KimKardashian)


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