Inside the Loft With Celebrity Makeup Artist Riku Campo


Riku Campo is known for his belief that beautiful makeup stems from healthy skin, and helps his clients develop a proper skincare regimen. Riku’s celebrity clientele include Anne Hathaway, Cindy Crawford, Felicity Huffman, Meg Ryan, Shannen Doherty, Rebecca De Mornay and Pablo De Cote. Riku recently released his first beauty book, Best in Beauty: An Ultimate Guide to Makeup and Skincare Techniques, Tools and Products. Get behind the scenes with this beauty and makeup expert to ask him for his insights on high-tech beauty gadgets, getting the right foundation shade, long-lasting makeup, and more.

You recently released a book called
Best in Beauty: An Ultimate Guide to Makeup and Skincare Techniques, Tools, and Products. What sets this book apart from other beauty books?

I wanted to create a beauty book that would give answers quickly for any questions that women ask themselves on an everyday basis. As a makeup artist in the beauty business for the last 22 years, I have had the fortune to work with many of the top hairstylists and manicurists and met some of the best dermatologists, so I decided to make a book Best in Beauty based on the interviews with some of the best “Behind the scenes” professionals. My book gives answers for skincare, hair, nails (manicures and pedicures), nutrition, makeup, and waxing. Because I am a makeup artist, there are lots of everyday and practical tips for women to ‘ease their everyday makeup-crimes’. I want to believe my book ‘best in beauty’ is a very modern version of an other beauty book out there.

A new trend in beauty is the use of high-tech gadgets such as oscillating face cleansers, at-home LED light systems, and airbrush makeup. What are your favorite high-tech gadgets?

I like the oscillating cleansers, especially the Clarisonic brush that comes with 2-3 different brush heads. I use it when my skin is wet with my everyday cleanser. I dry brush my own skin in the wintertime when the surface of my skin is dry. It really polishes it. I have never liked airbrush makeup. They always look quite thick, but they work very well on film and TV. But for everyday wear, it is quite complicated to use. As a makeup artist I really love to feel the tinted moisturizers or liquid foundations and use my fingers when I work with my client or a model.

What do you do for clients who are difficult to match with most foundation colors?

I use Makeup For Ever’s Face & Body Liquid foundation. It comes out with so many different shades that it is impossible not to match your skin tone. I absolutely love the foundations because they are so light and sheer.
I also blend a lot of different colors/tones together, especially medium skin-tones (Mediterrian skin tones are the most challenging because they tend to look ashy very easily ) and darker ones. They barely come out from one bottle. The secret for these difficult-to-match skin tones is to mix more golden-yellow colors with those foundations to prevent them from look ashy or red.

What steps should you take to make sure that your makeup look lasts all day?

There are many ways to keep your makeup to last almost the whole day:

• Exfoliate your skin in the morning and add your skintype mask. For oilier skintypes this is a must because it (clay masks) absorbs the oil from your skin. For drier skin use a cream-base hydrating mask.
• Add your skintype moisturizer. Let it absorb 5 minutes.
• On top of that, use a primer…it is many times a silicon –based makeup product (not a skincare product ). Primer, as we know works like a barrier between the skin and the makeup. So, the foundation stays much better and longer on your skin.
• Use a liquid foundation that works with your skintype.
• If needed, use a concealer and/or a light-reflecting pencil on top of the foundation.
• Loose powder is the secret to make sure the base won’t run off. Don’t over=powder your face; you can just tap the transparent loose powder with the help of a big powder brush.
• For eye makeup: just use 1 color on the eyelids if you want it to look fresh the whole day.
• Liquid, waterproof liner stays well.
• Keep the lips simple: lips stains are great because they stay long time but they will look quite dry. If your lips are dry already (especially in the winter) skip the stains. How about a tinted lip balm? They look really good and natural. But as any lip makeup you must re-apply it during the day to make sure the lips look fresh.

These tricks make sure the base will stay well. But you will need blotting papers and a pressed powder with you to correct the foundation during the day.

What products are you never caught without when you are working on a client?

My skincare kit: (Cleansing wipes from Neutrogena, Ole Henriksen toner,
Guerlain face creams for all skin types, 8 Hour cream from Elizabeth Arden, Kiehl’s Body cream , Guerlain’s eye-serum), MakeUp For Ever’s Liquid foundations, Guerlain loose powders, (they work so well with MakeUp For Eve foundations), all my 100 brushes, Shu Uemura lash curler, Tweezerman tweezers, Dior and Chanel eyeshadows, YSL lipsticks, Smashbox Cosmetics glosses, Make Up For Ever blushes, Maybelline mascaras (I love all of them: a good mascara doesn’t need to be expensive, it is all about the brush), Shu Uemura brow pencils, Laura Mercier waterproof cake-liner, and individual lashes.


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