As someone who is always struggling to get out the door quickly, I typically forgo makeup in my morning routine. To be fair, this is partly because styling my curly hair and trying to pick the perfect outfit can be time-consuming. But as our lives, timelines, and routines have drastically changed in recent months, I’ve found that the extra time I would have spent shuffling through the city has brought about curiosity in what a makeup routine would look like for me. Admittedly, this is a bit strange considering I’m a novice when it comes to makeup and barely have a skincare routine, not to mention there’s nowhere to really be wearing makeup out and about in the world.
Despite these facts, I decided now could be the starting point of my personal makeup exploration. To my delight, professional makeup artist Lennie Billy agreed to map out makeup looks and tips for any beginner (including me). Ahead, you’ll find seven looks you can try out at home, but before you pick up your brushes, a little about Billy…
How long have you been a makeup artist? And what do you love about makeup?
I’ve been a makeup artist for over eight years. What I love about my career is being able to create, transform, play with color, textures, shapes, styles, get out the rules or norms, and also sometimes innovate by creating trends. Being able to travel and work alongside other artists has also been amazing. I’ve done so many things that only reaffirm my love for makeup.
What’s the number one tip you’d give to a novice when it comes to makeup?
My number one advice I always give is don’t be afraid of experimenting. Makeup is a lot of trial and error. Whether you’re a professional or just a makeup enthusiast, I always say that you have to go through everything. After you have tried it all, then it’s easy to define your niche. This also goes for your signature look. We all have one, but before you commit to a forever red lip or black liner, try a smoky eye, a colorful look, a pink lip, or whatever is calling you to try.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated
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