Jon Hennessey Artist Interview

Jon Hennessey Artist Interview

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Every time I able to hang out with Jon Hennessey, I am instantly aware of his kindness and talent. It oozes out of him. Seriously, women swoon and fellow artists just adore him. You will too.

He is the owner of NOBASURA and educator for The Makeup Show.
His work with celebrity clients has been seen on red carpets from the Academy Awards to the Cannes,Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals, on the faces of Alicia Keys, Anna Paquin, Kim Catrall, Ashley Greene, NikkiReed, Catherine Malandrino, Helena Christensen, Lily Allen, Diego Luna, Javier Bardem and countless other
tastemakers in the fashion and entertainment industries. Jon’s Editorial credit list includes Elle, Nylon, Lula, HoBO, InStyle, Details, Maxim, Marie Claire, Sports Illustrated and Glamour to name a few.  Enjoy!

Best tips for busy women (the 3 min makeup): Everyone’s 3 minute makeup will be a little different based on the areas which they’d like to play up, but assuming we’re all starting on the same playing field…comb your brows.

  • 2 coats of Smoky Lash Mascara by Makeup Forever
  • light (and select) coverage with Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage concealer and Elizabeth Arden’s (unscented) 8 Hour Cream on the lips.
  • Carry those 3 products for a touch-up later in the day and an Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar for some added impact later in the evening.

What are three of your must-have products?: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation, “Candlelight” Highlighting Powder by Kevyn Aucoin. Complexion is everything.

Your holy grail product: I’m still searching for it…It might be a myth.

Biggest makeup/beauty mistakes: There are a few…

  • 1. Too much foundation…keep it lightweight and add coverage only where it’s needed, which is rarely everywhere.
  • 2. Contouring with Bronzer…work with naturally occurring shades to shape the face and bronzing products where the sun hits the face first, forehead, upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose etc.
  • 3.Robotic, rather than instinctive or intuitive makeup applications. (this applies to both makeup wearers as well as artists).
  • 4. Unblended edges or finishing the edge of your eyeshadow application with your darkest colour. Fade inward and fade outward from that darker shadow to get a truly 3-D shape.

Beauty tips for mature skin: Avoid true matte textures in each product category. Focus on mimicking the skins natural texture with products that can be described as satin, or velvet….but I’d also recommend that for most skin textures. Wear what you like and don’t focus on trend. Mature skin usually comes with a life of experience underneath it…embrace that and do your own thing.

The three things you would take to a deserted island: Hmmmm… a) my girlfriend b) a boat c) a bottle of Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio Tequila ….definitely nothing makeup related.

Favorite beauty trend – or trick: Skip contouring and focus on highlighting the high planes of the face instead with KA “Candlelight” or “Uplight” by Make Up For Ever. It’s a more fresh and vibrant look overall.

Best tip to conceal a hangover: Tough question…I’ve never had one 😉 Makeup won’t be the sole solution for this one. Internal first with a nice tall glass of chilled Gatorade or Pedialyte. Straight out of the shower, put on a layer of organic coconut oil over the face, get dressed, blot down the coconut oil, then apply your makeup. Follow up by telling yourself “I’ll never drink again” and then repeat the same process within the next several days.

Beauty tip to look more rested/awake: The right amount of sleep is key, but not always realistic. If the under eye area is puffy, then don’t conceal the whole under-eye from tear duct to the outer corner of the eye. Only apply concealer under the puffy or prominent area where the darkest natural shadow falls. Touche Eclat by YSL is the best for adding the vibrancy that you need to counterbalance the natural shadow. Keeping a spoon in the fridge and pressing the round of the spoon against the under eye is also a tried and true method. Last little detail would be using a highlighting product on the round of the upper lid (again KA “Candlelight” is a great option) and an extra coat of mascara on the top lashes only. The art of misdirection.

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