If you follow us on Instagram, you'll know that we are HUGE fans of makeup artist extraordinaire Suzy Gerstein. Her work is just amazing and we never cease to be inspired by what she creates. We literally jumped for joy when we recently had the opportunity to have Suzy create a look on her beautiful sister Rachel using Gressa makeup. Read on below for a glimpse into Suzy's genius and step by step instructions on the gorgeous makeup look she created for her sister.
"To create a base for the eye look, I buffed the Gressa Bronce Eye Tint
onto Rachel's lids from lash line to crease with a fluffy, synthetic bristled brush. Then with that same brush (which might seem big for the job but works because it really diffuses the color), I washed a hint of that same Bronce
color underneath her bottom lashes. Then I dipped an eyeliner brush into Obscur
- a beautiful eggplant shimmer that works on every eye color and complexion and is hands down my favorite shade in the line - and lined just above the top lashes, also working the color into and above the crease of Rachel's eye with a fluffier brush. I used that same liner brush to line the bottom lashes as well, overlaying the Obscur on top of the Bronce to give the eye a really nice depth and sultriness.
Next I dipped my fingertip into the Lavish and Radiant Lip Boosts
, blended onto the back of my hand and patted the mixture onto the apples of cheeks as well as the brow bones to tie the face together. I'm loving that technique that my grandma used to use of unifying the eye with a dab of lipstick a lot these days. I finished the eye with a dot of Aureo Eye Tint
near the tear ducts and just in the center of the lid where the iris is for a flash of light and dimension, followed by a generous application of mascara - probably 3-4 coats on the top lashes and 1 on bottom.
For lips I layered that same mixture of Lavish and Radiant Lip Boosts
that gave warmth and shine to the eyes, then topped in the center with the Bare Lip Boost
to pale out the look slightly and keep my sis' beautiful blue green eyes the focus. Incidentally, the Lavish and Radiant colors are not as long lasting on eyes since the formula is more emollient and not as stable so that's why I used them on the brow bone - an area that tends not to be as oily or prone to creasing as the lid. Also the red and pink tones - when used subtly and sparingly - harmonize so well with the plums and bronzes I used (just think of the colors of a sunset) and really electrify blue and green eyes.
As a final step I evened out Rachel's skin with a spritz of the Gressa Rejuvenating Mist
and spot applied concealer only where needed, an important step to maintaining the watercolor transparency of the beautiful shades on eyes and lips and keeping the overall balance of the whole look.
I really love the velvety finish of the Eye Tints
and my sister did too - you can easily apply with fingertips which I love and get a good amount of play time to blend the color before it sets to a really beautiful powder consistency. The color payoff is great too.
THANK YOU Suzy and Rachel! We LOVE this SO MUCH!!!
Text and photos by Suzy Gerstein.
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