Mention the words New Jersey and style, and images of spray tans, heavy eyeliner, and pale lipstick come to mind. At some point in history, New Jersey’s beauty rep took a nose dive and hasn’t recovered (I blame the Jersey “Mall Hair” Era—where a can of AquaNet was a Jersey girl’s bff).
Enter George Miguel, makeup artist to Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Kathy Wakile and Melissa Gorga. A home grown Jersey boy that despises the stereotypical ‘Jersey girl’ look, Miguel has dedicated his talents to transforming the state’s beauty perceptions.. one brush swipe at a time.
A Beauty Loft got a chance to talk with George about makeup, housewives, and Jersey girls!
How did you get your start in makeup? Was it always your first choice as a career?
Makeup kind of fell into my lap. I was inspired by my late mother and older sister as a child; they just seemed so powerful
Any tips for makeup artists looking to get into the industry?
I tell people to be patient. It’s a hard industry to get accepted in…just practice on everyone from teen to mature skin and play with different brands of makeup. Again, it’s makeup– it should be fun. It’s not permanent J
As the makeup artist to both Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile on Real Housewives of New Jersey, do the Jersey housewives have a particular “look”?
Kathy and Melissa are great! Love them to pieces as the both have different looks to them. Jersey girls like to have fun, as we have many stereotypes of being über -tan with a beat down smokey eye. These ladies take a classier approach on that.
TV in HD isn’t the most forgiving when it comes to complexions. How do you make Kathy and Melissa look so flawless?
Well as far as TV, you need to have a light hand and the right makeup to last with all the lighting that takes place…some of my faves are Makeup For Ever, Kett , Laura Mercier, MAC, and NARS. They have HD quality makeup that looks great on camera.
Melissa Gorga’s eye makeup always looks amazing. Any tips for fans wanting to re-create her look at home?
I like to play up the shape of the eye by using lashes it’s the key along with a smoldering eyeliner and a inner highlight to open up the eye. Another trick I do is use the blush color or bronzer in the crease and under the eye to create a sultry soft look.
When it comes to Kathy, we’ve seen her look go from sophisticated mom of two to sexy wife. What’s the easiest way to add drama to your makeup for a special occasion?
I like to give the cheek and lip a pop of color. It’s the easiest way to turn day into night, with a pair of lashes, a nice glam look.
Beauty mistakes you see women make?
Ahhh! When they use too light of a concealer under the eye! Go more peach instead and brighten the eye. I also dislike overly bronze skin. Just softly contour the perimeter of the face. It looks more natural.
Makeup/hair trend you would like to see disappear in 2012?
Anything you see on Jerseylicous! The super wing liner, the dead pale lip, and super big hair has to go LOL!
Must have beauty products?
Embryolisse moisturizer , Kett cosmetics (best airbrush foundation), Krylon concealers,YSL Touché Eclatepen, and a good ol’ eyelash curler!
What’s in the future for George Miguel?
Hmmmm…who knows maybe a book in the future or a makeup line, but I can say this you will see more of me in the future!