With his work regularly gracing the pages of Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, and international Vogue, celebrity makeup artist, Hector Simancas, certainly knows how to 'get the look.' Hector has worked with legendary music artists, actresses, and models such as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Amber Valletta, and Lauryn Hill just to name a few. In between his most recent work for Nicole Miller, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and L'oréal campaigns, we caught up with Hector to get his take on one of the freshest new makeup looks he's loving right now. Read on to learn how to get this editorial look with expert tips straight from Hector, and click through his slideshow to see his beautiful work paired with great fashion pieces for spring.
1. Tell us about a makeup look you are loving this week:
This week I'm presenting a healthy look, but with an edgy twist! Bright fluorescent pink and orange eyeliner and extended brows. The brows are extended, following their natural shape for a more dramatic look. For lips, the look is nude or soft pink without lipstick, using only lip balm.
2. Who wore this look / where was it featured?
This look is in the March issue of UK Easy Living, worn by model, Vanessa Breuer. Photography by Kate Powers, Styling by Liz Thody, Hair by Ronnie Stam.
3. What was the look inspired by?
This beautiful, yet edgy look was inspired by this year's spring/summer runway looks. The colors are soft pastels, which are always a good way to incorporate just a touch of color into your makeup.
4. Vanessa looks so chic, but definitely has an edge. How do we get the look? What products will we need?
In this case I used fluorescent pink and orange, but you can definitely go for yellow, green, blue, just have fun with it! I used a light Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in shade '4.' To set the foundation, I used Cle de Peau Beaute Translucent Loose Powder. For a sun-kissed look as the base of this make-up and soft bronzing contour, I used Yves Saint Laurent Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder in shade '1,' and Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder in 'Sahara Dust.' For the eyes, I used Dior Powder Brow Pencil in '653,' Diorshow Black Mascara in '090,' and Kryolan Aquacolor in hot pink and bright orange. For blush, Vanessa is wearing 'Desire' by NARS Cosmetics. And her lips are Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Volupte' Lipstick in shade '1.'
5. Key tips and tricks?
The key for this look is to keep the skin fresh with not too much makeup, for a healthy look. Extend the brows only at the tip, following the natural shape. For the eyeliner, make a thick line to make a statement.
6. What trends does this look appeal to?
This look is actually quite versatile. It works well with pastel colors, as well as black. You can rock it with any hairstyle too.
See more of Hector's work at www.factorydowntown.com