MUA Spotlight On: Natalie Torres

TGIF! It’s about that time that I introduce you to another makeup artist. So let’s go :)…

Natalie is born and raised in the Bronx, NY and has a bachelor’s degree in Media & Communications. She’s have always been into fashion and makeup since she was a little girl. Within the past few years, she started doing freelance work and obtained her certification in makeup artistry this past summer in NYC at Chic Studios. She also just started her YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/natalietorres1) a few weeks ago and her website/blog/portfolio can be viewed on my website www.itsnatalietorres.com.

Q&A

What is your favorite high-end brand?

My favorite high-end brand would have to be Laura Mercier.

What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?

Concealer, highlight, and mascara.

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

I can’t choose between L’Oreal & Maybelline.

What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?

Lipsticks.

What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?

Extremely bold and overlined brows – my pet peeve.

Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

I wouldn’t call it a beauty budget. If I come across a product that I really like, but it’s expensive and I feel like I must have it – I will purchase it. I’ll hold off on other minor products since I made a big purchase. I find myself buying some sort of makeup product at least once every 2 weeks.

What’s your favorite lipstick?

Too Faced Nude Beach, which reminds me I ran out and have to purchase another one lol.

Describe your everyday makeup look.

Foundation, concealer, a little blush and bronzer, a little highlight, mascara, and nude lip if any color at all.

What’s your favorite mascara?

Benefit’s They’re Real mascara or L’Oreal voluminous/telescopic in Carbon Black.

Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?

I love Megan Fox. We have similar features and her makeup is just always flawless and on point yet natural.

Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?

I have a few! I love Jaclyn Hill (who doesn’t?), Amanda Ensing, and my friend Rose (beautybyrosita).

If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?

Mascara – I love accentuating my lashes.

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

Well, right now I normally don’t go for high-end products only because I like to use products that I can share with my friends and suggest for them to try out. Makeup can be very expensive and there are so many products out there especially drugstore that are just as great as high end.

Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?

Yes, I do haul and I always have products in my “cart” (online) for things I would like to buy in the near future.

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

Lately, I have been using L’Oreal skin care which is pretty good and also Garnier. I also like Neutrogena and First Aid Beauty from Sephora.

What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?

BEAUTY BLENDER! You cannot go wrong with the beauty blender sold at Sephora. I normally always use that for applying my foundation.

What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?

That’s a tough one.  I can’t decide.

If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Wow, that’s a hard one! I’m going to say liquid eyeliner because although it looks great it’s the one item I dread applying whenever I do my makeup. It’s so frustrating when it doesn’t come out even on both eyes and takes a lot of practice. I am still not perfect! lol

What is your absolute pet peeve when it comes to other people’s makeup?

Bold and overlined brows are my biggest pet peeve! I know some people love that look but in my opinion natural is always better.

Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol

The beauty term of “baking” is something I really love to do and I love to watch other people use this technique. It really does make a difference. For those that don’t know, baking is a solid way to set long lasting makeup. After foundation and concealer are applied, you put a thick coat of setting powder under your eyes, cheekbones and bridge of the nose for a few minutes and then sweep it off to achieve that flawless, pore-less and highlighted look.

What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?

Clients can contact me via email: itsnatalietorres@gmail.com, Instagram: @itsnatalietorres, my website: www.itsnatalietorres.com and my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/natalietorres1
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