Kim Bower: The Makeup Artist Interview

Christina Ricci for Marie Claire. Makeup by Kim Bower.

Image: Marie Claire

I feel very privileged to hear from Kim Bower, whose artistry has graced many pages of many blogs and magazines.

Kim has collaborated with many highly revered photographers from Antoine Verglas and Marcus Klinko to Patrick Hoelcke. Her work has been featured in publications such as German GQ, Numero, and Flaunt. Her celebrity clients include Julianna Margulies, Christina Hendricks, Kerry Washington and Jane Krakowski to name a few. Kim is most sought after for her light touch, her focus being on creating a dewy flawless skin above all else. Very detail oriented, her aesthetic revolves around the features that embody individual beauty: the particular flush of the cheek matching the lip, a highlight on the tip of the nose, the curve of a lip. She is known for being a careful listener and a calm yet creative force on set.

1. What is the best make up trick to wake up a tired looking face?: A little touché éclat and a bright sheer gloss go a long way. Curling your eyelashes really opens up your eyes when you’re tired. If you’re really sagging stay away from browns and neutrals and try a navy teal or blue grey liner around your eyes.

2. What products do you use for your quick on the go (to maybe work or school) look?: 
I love Jouer Matte tint, tarte cheek tint, Chanel volume mascara and a little red lip.

3. What advice would you give women who love to wear makeup, but barely have time when they’re in the rush in the morning?: 
Focus on your assets …..leave the 3 shades of eyeshadow for when you have more time. A little swipe of creme shadow, bronzer as blush and swept over shadow and mascara. Find a creme to powder base you love like Dior or try a tinted moisturizer like Laura Mercier which is fool proof and applies quickly and easily.

4. What advice would you give to women who want to start wearing makeup, but want to keep a natural look?: 
Makeup is more advanced than ever a gel blush like tarte is see through and looks like a natural flush , a tinted moisturizer is great because it evens the skin but lets your skin show through. Mascara and gloss are all so flattering and simple.

5. What does beauty mean to you?:Beauty to me when you are referring to make up means to play up and bring forth the glow and light we all have in our faces.

6. What look is your favorite to do on your clients?: Dewy/ glowy natural looking makeup is my fave …..though I do love a good smoky eye…

7. What is the most requested look from your clients?: 
Most ladies ask for a clean fresh look with a smoky eye and lashes.

8. What advice would you give to women interested in becoming a makeup artist?: 
Assist a pro artist if you can. Go to work in a pro store or at a makeup counter that trains its people and test with photographers

9. What would you say to someone with low self-esteem?: Don’t indulge that negative inner voice. Consciously be your best friend and be kind to yourself.  We are all in this together. I’ve never seen a face that I didn’t find something beautiful in that I wanted to bring forward.

10. What is the proper way to contour your face?: 
I love to use a neutral color like Kevyn Aucoin or Make Up Forever under the cheek bone under the jaw and at the edges of the forehead very lightly. Blend this color softly with a matte bronzer appropriate to you skin coloring. If I really want it to pop or if its for stage or a photo shoot, I’ll take a straight edged sponge and a lighter color powder foundation and draw a line under the contoured cheek, then I softly blend with the bronzer again.

11. What is a quick way to turn your day makeup into night makeup?: 
  Intensify your eyeliner, bump up your mascara and add a little highlighter like Laura Mercier star dust powder or Kevyn Aucoin candlelight on your cheek bone and eye lid.

12. What foundation do you recommend for the daily face, but simple look?: Hands down fave foundation is Armani Silk.



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