Hey dolls! As you know, it’s been a super long time since I’ve had a makeup artist on the blog. It just wasn’t working out, deadlines weren’t being met but fear no more – we’re back at it! Let me introduce you to this talented, 24 year old, Brooklyn native named Valery. Valery is currently a makeup artist at Sephora and has been doing makeup for 4 years. She started wearing makeup at young age due to the fact that she was a competitive dancer, so it was required. However, she was always fascinated with the fact that you can completely transform yourself with just the touch of a brush. So, she became really interested in makeup and different techniques. Throughout the years, she used her friends as test dummies until she felt completely confident to pursue it professionally.
What is your favorite high-end brand?
My favorite high-end brand would have to be Lancome. Their Teint Idole 24hr foundation is my favorite product.
What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?
Three makeup products I couldn’t live without are primer, highlighters and my foundation.
What’s your favorite drugstore brand?
My favorite drugstore brand is NYX. Their lip liners and so creamy and easy to apply and they have a wide range of colors – and let’s not forget their matte lippies.
What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?
I’m an eyeshadow junkie. I practically own like every palette out there.
What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?
The most common makeup faux pas I see is using a bronzer with shimmer to contour. The reason for contouring is to create shadow on the face. Shimmer will only bring out those features instead of shadowing.
Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?
I definitely have a beauty budget because working at Sephora, I get so tempted to just buy everything I play with. So, I try to pace myself – a few products here and there.
What’s your favorite lipstick?
My favorite lipstick would have to be Technopagan by “OCC. It’s this super vibrant blueish-purple with a metallic finish. Although it’s dramatic, I always get compliments.
Describe your everyday makeup look.
My everyday makeup look consist of a full face (contour, highlight and lashes). I live for a dramatic eye so I use every chance I get to experiment with different looks.
What’s your favorite mascara?
My favorite mascara would have to be Better Than Sex by Too Faced. On days when I don’t wear lashes, it gives me a ridiculous amount of volume, length, and curl.
Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?
My celebrity makeup inspiration would have to be Kim K. Her complexion always looks flawless!! And we can’t forget about that contour!! #Snatched
Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?
Most definitely!! @irisbeilin @beatfacehoney and @makeupshayla give me life every time I see them pop up on my timeline. They’re so creative and artistic.
If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?
My Laura Mercier Smooth Focus setting powder!! It instantly eliminates shines.
Are there any brands that you try to avoid?
I try to avoid brands that have a lot of unsafe or pore clogging ingredients.
Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?
I buy items here and there because if I don’t ill go bankrupt.
What’s your favorite skincare brand?
My favorite skincare brand would have to be Dr. Dennis Gross. His alpha beta peel pads are a miracle worker. They take care of everything, from fine lines and wrinkles to dark spots and acne scaring with continued use.
What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?
Hands down the beauty blender that sponge will change your life. You can take your foundation from sheer to full with that sponge.
What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?
One beauty product that I’d recommend to anyone is Sephora’s Always Red 01 lipstain. It’s a true red and looks great on everyone and super long wearing.
If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?
If I had to give up one makeup item for the rest of my life it would have to be mascara because I love switching it up with different false lashes.
What is your absolute pet peeve when it comes to other people’s makeup?
My absolute pet peeve would have to be foundation that doesn’t match your neck. For a flawless, even look you want everything to match. So, if you decided to go a shade lighter or darker be sure to blend it down to your neck.
Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol
An easy beauty trick is applying a small amount of your eyeshadow primer under your eyes before applying concealer. It increases the longevity of your concealer and prevents some creasing and settling into fine lines, but always remember to set your undereye with a translucent powder.
What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?
The best way to reach are through my email firstname.lastname@example.org or IG @valley_girl31