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Interview with Makeup Artist Ashleigh Ciucci – Part 2 December 18, 2013

Ashleigh Ciucci is a fashion and editorial makeup artist whose work can be seen in for Allure, Lucky, W Magazine, Style.com, Popsugar, Refinery29, among other publications and on the runways for Narcisco Rodriguez, Rachel Zoe, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors among others. Ashleigh gave MAKE UP FOR EVER insight into what inspires her, what she loves most about makeup and a typical day in the life of a makeup artist in the first of a two-part interview.

The beauty of makeup is that it ISN’T permanent; it ISN’T a tattoo, so have fun with it!

Interview with Makeup Artist Ashleigh Ciucci – Part 2

December 18, 2013

Ashleigh Ciucci is a fashion and editorial makeup artist whose work can be seen in for Allure, Lucky, W Magazine, Style.com, Popsugar, Refinery29, among other publications and on the runways for Narcisco Rodriguez, Rachel Zoe, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors among others. Ashleigh gave MAKE UP FOR EVER insight into what inspires her, what she loves most about makeup and a typical day in the life of a makeup artist in the first of a two-part interview.

The beauty of makeup is that it ISN’T permanent; it ISN’T a tattoo, so have fun with it!

What's your best technique for concealing under-eye darkness?

Concealing under-eye darkness starts with hydration and ends with color choice.  It’s essential to hydrate the under-eye so that whatever you’re applying to camouflage blends flawlessly.  Secondly, choose a shade of peach (depending on your skin-tone of course) to brighten and conceal.  Under-eye darkness tends to have cool undertones and this peachiness helps to cancel out the cool and perk up the skin at the same time.

What do you do to ensure that makeup stays put for hours at a time?

To ensure the longevity of makeup, it’s all about light layers of product.  If you’re too heavy handed with your application, the products will cake and wear heavy throughout the day.  Similarly, if you don’t layer the makeup effectively, products won’t grip or set or wear well.  Prep, prime, apply and set for major long-wear.

What is the most important beauty advice that you can give to women?

My biggest piece of advice I give to women is to not be afraid to experiment.  When I used to work on-counter, the number one request was for the perfect red lip, but women were so afraid to try such a bold look.  To this day, I always say, “No one else knows this isn’t your everyday look, so wear red with confidence and you’ll be able to ‘pull it off.’”  The beauty of makeup is that it ISN’T permanent, it ISN’T a tattoo, so have fun with it!

What are some common beauty mistakes that women make?

The most common beauty mistakes women make is getting into a rut or relying on old tricks.  Even my mother (who’s quite good at doing her own makeup) falls back on habits she built in the 60’s.  While it’s important to know what works for you, it’s equally important to reach for new techniques/colors/products to modernize and modify your routine.

What are your favorite color combinations for the eyes?

There are three color combos for the eyes that I love to play with on others and as well as on myself:
-terracotta blended softly through the crease with a shimmering highlight, lime green on the lid
-smudgy black eyeliner on the top and bottom with shimmering taupe-silver blended on-top
-matte peach/coral blended all over the lid and through the crease with a matte highlight and lots of spiky lash!

What products do you think should be a staple in every woman's purse?

Every woman should have a daytime touch-up kit of no more than three products.  Keep a lipstick/lipgloss/lip balm, a creamy high-pigmented concealer and blot powder.  These three products are light to layer and will keep you looking fresh all day.

What mistakes do you see women make most often when it comes to their makeup?

I have two peeves when it comes to women’s makeup habits:  The first being far too heavy-handed.  We tend to see the worst in ourselves so we try to correct these issues by shellacking ourselves with foundation or eyeshadow or blush.  The lighter the touch, the softer and more beautiful the result.  I always say to take a step back from the mirror and look at the big picture instead of burrowing into a hand-held or small vanity mirror.  Perspective will keep you from over-applying.  And the second that I have to mention is having ill-cared-for brows.  This can either be over-plucking, harshly shaping or under-grooming. Your eyebrows should be sisters, not twins, so don’t tweeze them to death trying to get them to be the same.  Use a soft waxy pencil or eyeshadow with an angled brush to “shade” in the brow, not “draw” it on.  And finally, while full brows are highly coveted, a uni-brow is not.

What’s your favorite MAKE UP FOR EVER brush and why?

I’m currently in love with Make Up For Ever brush # 204 Double-ended Shader & Smudger.  I’m in love with this brush because it’s so multi-functional.  You can not only smudge on eyeliner or eyeshadow, but you can also get precision with its small tip.  You can use it to conceal blemishes, apply lip products and fill in bushy brows.  It’s my new baby!

What’s your favorite MAKE UP FOR EVER product? 

Aqua Cream Eyeshadow is my favorite MUFE product.  As you can see, it’s a staple in my kit because it’s THE perfect cream shadow.  Not only are they great for traditional beauty (Pink Beige and Taupe are two of my faves), but the bold color range can be used for face-painting, body-painting and major transformation (Give me Pearly Lagoon Green or give me death!)

How were you first introduced to the MAKE UP FOR EVER brand, and why do you love it?

I know I knew about MUFE before 2004, but the brand really made an impact on me when I came to New York that year on vacation.  I visited the old SoHo store on West Broadway and was blown away by the variety and professional quality of the products.  I love that the brand stays true to it’s pro-makeup roots while giving the consumer the best of the best.  And duh, the colors are so fun! 

Read part 1 of Ashleigh's interview.