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Interview with Famed Makeup Artist Troy Jensen


There is no doubt that when you look at stars like Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Elle Macpherson you see beautifully poised women, but what you also see is often the work of famed Makeup Artist Troy Jensen. He has been working in the industry for 26 years and in his words, “I came here with a dream and nothing else. I thank God I ended up how I did.” He tells me the story of how he arrived at his first makeup job with a paper bag full of Revlon products (he still has a soft spot for Revlon) and thought: “What am I doing? I have no business being here.” He knew he had something that set him apart: a love for his craft and the knowledge that he was just genetically programed to make women beautiful with a makeup brush. Based on his portfolio, plethora of magazine covers and high profile clients, the years of hard work and determination are paying off.

To start the interview, I ask Troy what he is currently doing and what he has coming up. He tells me that he is currently on a short lunch break on set and has budgeted this time to speak with me. I get butterflies because it hits me – I am speaking to an incredibly talented man who has reached a level of success I can only dream of. He tells me of his excitement for the entrance of fall because this is the time that Makeup Artists find most of their inspiration and are trying new trends.


“All makeup trends start on the runway, make their way to the red carpet, and are finally solidified by the average consumer – the women wearing them and owning them daily.” 


He tells us of his new adventures coming up: his collaboration with and love of a new brand called Sindulge (sindulge.com), a cruelty free makeup line that has highly pigmented formulas that perform perfectly. Troy will soon be doing tutorials and offering tips with the line, so stay tuned to their site and www.troyjensen.com.


“If I could fill my kit with only products that were cruelty free, I would. How great is it to be using products on clients and know that they weren’t produced in undesirable circumstances? Stay tuned because as I discover it, I will share it.” 


One trend Troy is really loving is the Bordeaux lip. Many of us have seen it but are often too intimidated to try it. Troy’s tip to make this deep, sexy color wearable and easy to apply? Your finger! Apply the color with your finger (not from the tube) and smudge it into the lips rather then applying it on top of the lips. Follow with a clear gloss. There is no hard line (read: lip liner) and no worrying about your hair getting caught in the color and smudging it all over your face. Yes, we have all been there. For a look with just one step, swipe on Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in Black Tie Plum.

Another loved trick of Troy’s is to apply an illuminating product like Benefit’s Whatts Up in specified spots to achieve the look of an inner glow. Apply it down the center of the nose, on the inner corners of the eyes, the cupids bow on the upper lip, just above the cheekbones, along the ridge of the jawline, on the clavicle bone, the shoulders, and down seem of the legs. This can be applied under foundation, on top or both. The effect is glowing skin that doesn’t look shiny or overdone. Troy has filmed a really fun and charismatic video with Benefit for their illuminating products, see it here.


Troy’s most loved makeup technique is something he calls “The Troy Jensen Smokey Flair” which is basically a fool proof way to get a smokey eye with a sex-kitten edge. He breaks down the steps for us:

  1. Curl your lashes.
  2. Line the upper lid with a brown/bronze pencil then smudge it a bit.
  3. Using a dampened small, soft, and narrow brush to apply bronze/brown shimmery shadow over the line.
  4. Use the brush to extend the line to the thickness and length (winged, cat-eye, etc.) you want.
  5. Apply lots of black mascara, at least two coats.
  6. Draw a thin line very close to the lashes with a black liquid liner.
  7. Using your brush, blend it all together.


He tells me of how he has one room in his house dedicated to just makeup, but that it has found its way into each and every other room as well. “It’s in every room of my house! Sometimes I get overwhelmed by it all and think ‘I’m going to get rid of the stuff I don’t use’, but I just cannot part with it. What if I do want to use it? Makeup is like my baby, I am attached” he says. He then talks about how refreshed he feels after a recent return from a two year break:


“I’m starting over, that’s amazing. I’m walking back in with bright eyes and professionalism. Waiting for that opportunity that I can say ‘bam here I am'”.


I think it is pretty safe to say that Troy Jensen has solidified his name in the beauty industry, yet he remains humble, open, eager and passionate about his craft. His humility is shown when I ask him who his favorite celebrity to work with is and he responds with, “I appreciate every face I work on. It’s all rich. Every person brings something special. Some make me laugh, some are sweet, they are all incredible. I am going to be 47 this week (October 6th. Ahem, Twitter: @itstroyjensen and Facebook: troyjensenbeauty, birthday wishes!) and I am still in awe of my job and my clients.

We ask him for some advice for fellow Makeup Artists out there trying to succeed and he says, “Beauty is life. We’re effecting people! Listen to your client and listen to yourself. What you achieve belongs to you and is yours, no one can take it away”.


Please follow Troy on Twitter and ‘like’ him on Facebook! It was a pleasure interviewing such a joyous and kind man. Troy is a true gem and we are honored to have had the opportunity to speak with him.







Photo Credit: Brandon Showers www.brandonshowers.com.


NYFW Spring 2013 Makeup: Strong Femininity Reigns at Rag & Bone


Revlon Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman, created a strong but feminine look by giving models a structured brow with a subtle cheek, lip and eye for rag & bone’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

“I wanted to create a look that was bold, but still looked soft and natural,” says Westman. “I was inspired by the iconic supermodels of the 90’s and the great structure of their brows. I kept the makeup very pure, adding just a touch of natural flush to the lips by mixing two lip products together, and I used a brow pencil to create subtle freckles and a dramatic brow to top the whole look off.”

To recreate the white hot nail look worn by half of the models, celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi suggests creating a short square shape that’s slightly rounded and then smoothing out the ridges with a thick base coat to prepare them for polish.

“White can be intimidating to wear,” says Choi. “To guarantee a finished look, you should always use three coats, as it ensures that the polish will look perfectly opaque and smooth.”





Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in Light and Medium, $10.99 (available January 2013)

Revlon Baby Stick in Pink Passion from The Spring/Summer ’13 Collection by Gucci Westman, price TBD (available April 2013)


Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Addictive, $7.49

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, $7.99

Grow Luscious Mascara, $7.49

Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Brown and Light Brown, $7.50


Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Supermodel, $9.99 (available January 2013) mixed with…

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum, $7.49

Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Nude, $7.99


Revlon Nail Enamel in Elegant, worn on half of the models, $4.99

Revlon Top Speed in Spirit, worn on half of the models, $5.99 (available January 2013)


Get Kate Beckinsale’s Hair and Makeup for the Total Recall Premier


Celebrity hairstylist artist Mara Roszak created Kate Beckinsale’s look for the Total Recall premiere in Los Angeles. Taking inspiration from Kate’s structured dress, Roszak created a texturized look for the red carpet. Roszak described Kate’s look as “edgy and undone, with an effortless feel.”


Get Kate’s hair in three simple steps:


Prep and Texturize- Achieving the undone quality of Kate’s hair relies on creating texture while preventing flyaways. Start by evenly applying John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse ($5.99 at drugstores) through towel-dried hair to tame frizz, boost shine and build texture. For added volume, spray roots with a texturizing spray and rough dry.


Secure the Style- Next, twist small sections of hair to create tousled texture. Once hair is completely dry, gently tease the crown for a bit of height. Next, pull hair back create a loose braid. Tuck the ends under and pin in place with bobby pins, crossing the pins to secure the look and make sure the braid stays in place. Allow pieces in the front to fall out and frame the face.


Polish and Perfect- To finish the look, spray John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray ($5.99 at drugstores) on your fingertips and pinch sections while rubbing your fingers together on the hair to add more texture and break up the look. Then in an even, all-around motion, mist a thin coat of hair spray to set the look.






After your hair is perfectly set using Rozak’s steps, use my steps to get her makeup look as well:


Using a liquid foundation like Make Up For Ever’s Face and Body ($40 at Sephora), apply foundation with a damp sponge, I love the Beauty Blender ($19.95 at Sephora), all over the face.


Apply a cream blush to the apples and/or cheekbones like NARS The Multiple ($39 at Sephora) in shade Orgasm. Blend the color well with the sponge.


Apply a cream shadow in a cool shimmer gray, like Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream ($23 at Sephora) color 2 Steel, from the lashes to just below the crease with a flat shadow brush like Sigma’s E55 ($9 at SigmaBeauty.com).


With a clean blending brush, like Sigma’s E40 ($11 at SigmaBeauty.com) blend the crease so there is a soft fade of color just above the crease.


Using a liner/pencil brush like Sigma’s E30 ($9 at SigmaBeauty.com), pull this color up beyond the lashes to create a ‘winged’ or cat eye shape. The idea is to create this shape with the shadow alone and not a hard liner.


Use a black liner with a metallic inflection like the Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in 09 Glitter Black ($12 at Sephora). The black will provide a hard line and contrast against the gray, while the shimmer will reflect light.


Apply the cream shadow within the lower lashes with the liner/pencil brush from previous step.


Line the lower water line with a bronze pencil like the Lorac Eye Shadow/Liner in shade Paparazzi ($18 at Sephora). This also follows the shimmer effect with silver metallic inflections.


Apply a deep black mascara like Rimmel’s ScandalEyes in 003 Extreme Black ($6.99 at Ulta).


Because the emphasis is on the eyes, the lips were kept neutral by sweeping a light gloss over the lips. Try Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Crystal Lilac ($7.49 at Ulta).


Set the t-zone with a powder like Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder ($26 at Sephora) using a large powder brush like Sigma’s F30 ($19 at SigmaBeauty.com).




Voila! You’re done and looking like a million bucks with glistening eyes and fantastic hair!







Video Tutorial: A Summer Look! Turquoise Eye and Coral Cheek


We all can agree that this summer has been brutal! In this heat, who wants to apply loads of heavy powder to your eyes?


Using 3 liners we create a colorful eye that is sure to add a pop of color to any summer day. Wear it with a coral cheek and you’re right on trend for the season. Also, because the pencils are water resistant or waterproof, you’re sure to hold up against the smoldering heat!


Watch our YouTube Tutorial to learn how to complete this fun, summer look.


Products Used

  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon in Dramatic Teal
  • Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in #16 Teal
  • Kryolan Eye Pencil in Navy
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Mascara in Black
  • Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Sunset
  • NARS Blush in Orgasm
  • Mac Mineralize Pressed Powder
  • Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in #006 Strawberry Fraise
  • Sigma Beauty Precision Round Brush #P82
  • Sigma Beauty Flat Kabuki Brush #F80


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