New kid on the block, Heather Thomson, won fans over this season on The Real Housewives of New York City with her sharp business wit and classic one-liners (who else could bring back “Holla!”).
Also stealing the spotlight this season was Heather’s versatile makeup looks. From a classic smokey eye to a dramatic red lip, Thomson always looked flawless every scene.
Luckily her makeup artist, Kira Zlotnik, shared with us her behind the scene glam secrets!
How did you begin your career as a professional makeup artist?
I’ve always been a total makeup junkie – being a makeup artist was the next logical step. . After deciding to do my own wedding makeup because I couldn’t find an artist who made me look the way I wanted to look (less bridal, more fashion forward and natural), I realized others must be looking for the same thing and I was determined to be that artist. Starting my career working for Bobbi Brown cosmetics was amazing, and I was quickly promoted to her elite team of freelance artists where I travelled the country training other artists and teaching women to apply makeup like the pros
When Heather first started Yummie Tummie she needed a makeup artist for a web shoot. She contacted Bobbi Brown (Bobbi is a friend of Heathers) and Bobbi sent me to work with Heather. When the opportunity for RHONY came up, Heather asked me to be her makeup artist.
What’s it like shooting for reality TV?
It’s challenging but a lot of fun. Heather was being filmed for TV one minute and being photographed the next so she needed to look great in all mediums. The makeup needs to hold up and look fresh on camera.
Describe Heather’s makeup look? Does she like a more natural look, experiment with trends, sultry?
Heather is always open to new ideas and trends so we try to mix it up a lot, however, she also knows what works for her so she won’t rock a trend just because it’s trendy. She always wants stand-out eyes, favoring a cleaner look for day and a soft smokey look for evening.
Real Housewives are known for being glamorous. What’s one way to instantly add glam to your makeup routine?
A clean black eye liner with a subtle wing is an easy and classic way to add glam to your makeup routine and it’s great because it can work for day or night depending on the lip you choose to pair it with. Also a subtle highlighter on the cheekbones makes makeup look a little more special.
Heather rocked a great red lip this season. What are your tips for perfecting the red lip look?
Heather got so many tweets about that lip! FYI – the color was Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Old Hollywood.
Red can be tricky to pull off but I really believe that ANYONE can wear it and that’s why it’s so iconic.
Old school rules (such as orangey reds for warm skin tones and blue reds for cool skin tones) are so passé. Choose a red that you love and when in doubt, go for a classic true red.
Red lips can draw attention to any redness in the skin so make sure to wear a foundation with enough coverage.
If your lips are thin or lack definition, first line your lips with a neutral liner and then using a lip brush apply the lip color starting from the center of the lip all over. I like a neutral lip liner versus a red so that the lip doesn’t look too drawn on.
If you have fuller lips, apply the lipstick first, then line and blend.
5 products you can’t live without?
Bobbi Brown gel eye liner – dark eye liner really makes eyes pop. This goes on smoothly, stays on forever and it’s versatile – you can get a clean line or smudge it for a smokier look
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tar – super pigmented, these stay on forever and you can easily mix colors to customize a perfect shade
Ardell black short flare individual eye lashes – they elevate makeup to celebrity level but still look real so they work for even the most natural looks
Hourglass Cosmetics Mineral Veil Primer – smoothes out fine lines, pores and keeps foundation in place
Scott Barnes Body Bling – Every housewife wanted to use this when I brought it to a photo shoot. It gives your legs that perfect shimmery tan glow and doesn’t rub off on clothes.
Favorite makeup trend this season?
It’s all about the lips this season and I love it! Darker, richer colors are making a comeback and they look amazing on all skin tones this winter.
A beauty “don’t” you see women commonly make?
Wearing eyeliner only on the lower lash line – this brings the focus of makeup down which makes women look older. Plus it attracts attention to dark circles.
Focusing solely on eye makeup and neglecting skin. Makeup should be balanced and above all the skin needs to look great.
Tips for aspiring celebrity makeup artists?
Always be open to learning from others and networking – you never know who you’ll meet and how you can work together!