Service Scout: Blushington Makeup Application Tuesday 31 January, 2012
Sometimes, I need a little help. Despite the fact that I am adventurous and—might I add—fearless with my makeup, there are certain facets of the application process that completely elude me. So it’s always nice to sit down in a pro’s chair and have her work her magic—which is exactly what is offered at Blushington, […]
Sometimes, I need a little help. Despite the fact that I am adventurous and—might I add—fearless with my makeup, there are certain facets of the application process that completely elude me. So it’s always nice to sit down in a pro’s chair and have her work her magic—which is exactly what is offered at Blushington, a makeup and beauty lounge situated on the hippest stretch of Sunset Boulevard. The brainchild of founder Stephi Maron, Blushington doles out various services, from lash extensions to brow maintenance. But it’s the makeup services that are particularly enticing. Blushington offers a menu of six pre-thought-out looks that hit a wide range of beauty ideals and can be customized to each individual. This alone is genius: Many women don’t quite know what they want in a look, and I personally think are more apt to choose something pre-designed.
“Our most requested looks are ‘Simply Glowing,’ which is a bronze-y, dewy design, and ‘Smoke and Mirrors,’ which focuses on the traditional smoky eye,” pro makeup artist Molly Barnoli tells me. As I settle into her chair for my own makeover, I find myself gravitating toward the look known as “Cutting Edge,” which puts the focus on the eyes with a glittery blue cat eye.
What’s novel about Blushington: Not only do they offer the six predetermined “Full Looks” for an astoundingly wallet-friendly $35, but they also give you the option of purchasing the “Eyes Only” from each look for $25. Truthfully, one of the hardest parts for women is the eye area: mastering blending, drawing on a completely precise and symmetrical cat eye, filling in brows properly. With “Eyes Only,” you can zoom past the full face of makeup and focus on the core of the look: your peepers.
Barnoli tells me that despite this option, women typically request the full face. “People like to come in and see what another person can do for their complexion,” she says—and I agree. After she applies a layer of Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentré (“It’s so light, and just creates this really nice, smooth surface”) followed by Stila Cosmetics One Step Correct (“Primer is a vital step to doing makeup. Whether you’re oily, dry or in between, primer creates a barrier between your skin and oils to help makeup stay on all day and create a nice texture so that makeup lays nicely”), my skin is already taking on a glow I don’t ever see when I do my own makeup. Barnoli then custom mixes my foundation (Stila Cosmetics Natural Finish Oil-Free Makeup), skillfully applies it and then powders me down, focusing a few extra pats of powder around my hairline. “Because you’re concerned about your oily skin, I powdered as much as I could around your hairline because typically this is where oils come down the fastest and quickest,” she says. “The key is to not do too much, though; you don’t want it to look cake-y.” After some strategic bronzer application and highlighter magic (via Stila Cosmetics All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten), my skin looks even better than it did a few sentences ago. I am marveling at her handiwork, and wondering (aloud) just how I can accomplish this when I get home.
Which, leads me to Blushington’s classes—because, really, though we’d all love to have our faces done up daily at the hands of a pro, this type of indulgence isn’t an everyday reality for most. “We offer a Makeup 101 class where we encourage people to bring in their own product and we teach them proper application,” Barnoli says. “We ask them to tell us what they like from what they own, and what they don’t like—and especially what they don’t know how to use. From there, we show them how to use what they have, and if we can’t correct what’s currently in their makeup bag, we suggest products that we carry to supplement what doesn’t work for them.” (Supplemental brands on hand: Stila Cosmetics, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, Julie Hewett Los Angeles and Becca Cosmetics.)
As she works on my blue eyeliner (Stila Cosmetics Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Curacao, which I swear does not budge one iota), I smother Barnoli in all of my makeup woes, hoping for some much-needed help, which she sweetly obliges: How do I get symmetrical cat eyes? They always seem a bit lopsided. “Line up your liner applicator at the outer corner of each eye, and determine where you want the liner to end. Create a point there (with your liner) before you do your line on both eyes. Then connect your liner with the point.” How do I get my liner to not travel up into my crease? “Always use primer! Especially on eyelids, which tend to be oily.” How do I apply cream blush? “Smile; concentrate on the apples, and then blend the color back to the hairline. Don’t try to recreate something that’s not there—like doing a heavy contour.” By the time I leave this makeup haven, I not only feel beautiful, but also completely secure in the fact that I can take Barnoli’s pointers and step up my cosmetics A-game on my own.
Visit Blushington.com to peep what this innovative makeup and beauty lounge has to offer (as well as marvel at their amazing design—the peaches-and-cream interior design is to die for!).
What does fearless beauty mean to you? You have to be very willing to play [with makeup]. If you stick to the same old thing, you don’t get to experience what’s new. And there’s always something new with makeup! —Blushington pro makeup artist Molly Barnoli