Marc Jacobs’s global make-up artist Gilbert Soliz talks tips, tricks and trends

From how to achieve dramatic lashes to maintaining full brows, he also lists the top products every woman should own.
Gilbert Soliz. Anna Nielsen for The National
Gilbert Soliz. Anna Nielsen for The National

Streaks of bright-blue eyeshadow featured on the Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2016 runways – how do we tone this down for an everyday beauty look?

The right way to ­incorporate that bold-blue trend is to use the Highliner Gel Crayon on the inner rim of the eye. It’s a fun, festive and flashy look. There’s a colour called Wavelength, and it flatters every eye colour.

What’s the best way to achieve dramatic lashes without fakes?

Velvet Noir Mascara! It gives 1,800 per cent more volume with three layers – it really does give the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes.

The smoky eye is a long-time go-to beauty look – what are some common mistakes?

Women sometimes take the black shadow too high. It’s best to keep it at the crease, or just below, and then blend it.

What are your tips for maintaining full, beautiful eyebrows?

Layering products, starting with a pencil to fill in sparse areas and then using a gel to help groom the brow.

What are the trending lip shades this season?

Bold shades are still migrating through fall into spring, especially berries.

What are the top three make-up products every woman should invest in?

Mascara, foundation and a good lipstick

Do you think it’s possible to be a self-taught make-up artist?

Absolutely. Of course, you have lots of mentors, but I think it’s something that’s innate.

What can an aspiring make-up artist achieve, and learn, from a make-up masterclass?

A different perspective – you’re stepping outside of what you normally do and you’re learning new things. As an artist, learning new ways of doing make-up is what will always allow you to grow.

Published: April 5, 2016 04:00 AM


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