Person of the Month: Aaron de Mey
Man of this month is wonderful Aaron de Mey. I have to say that I am his big fan! And I don’t usually say things like that. I like him for so may reasons and here are some of them.
Aaron’s work is never boring, he is a rebellion and he creates fabulous looks and items that he created for Lancome are amazing! Aaron de Mey is just one of a kind and he is not like most makeup artists out there.He is a genius.
He studied arts ( I studied arts and culture), he loves great music ( I like some of the bands he does, but the heavier the better for me).
I love his long hair and style. Perfect!
Here is the interview with him for Elle. Althought it’s an quite old interview it’s still very interesting. I would love to ask him some questions myself one day . Who knows maybe this dream will come true.
“I like extremes, surprises, and opposites,” says Aaron De Mey, whose first order of business upon being named Lancôme’s artistic director in 2008 was to create a limited-edition black lip gloss. The long-haired, skinny-suited New Zealander trained as a painter before honing his creative skills behind the scenes at fashion shoots, and he has a delightfully subversive take on makeup: Spend an hour with him and you’re likely to leave with lip-shine on your eyelids and eye shadow on your cheeks. “Studying art gave me a great understanding of color and texture,” De Mey says. “My technique is all about emphasizing individuality and confidence.”
How can I use black lip gloss and not look Goth?
I layer it over red lipstick to give depth to the mouth—the sheerer the lipstick, the subtler the effect. I apply gloss, in any shade, only in the center of the lips—this gives the effect of a full, sexy pout. You can use clear or black gloss on your eyelids, too.
Marlene Dietrich used to make her own smoky, glossy eye shadow by burning a cork and then mixing it with Vaseline. You can achieve a similar effect by patting a dab of lip gloss into the center of your lid—it gives an incredible shine and texture that you can’t get with an eye product. Just try not to apply it to the outer corner of the eye, as this might make mascara travel.
I’ve also seen you use lipstick and gloss as blush; is that something a non-pro should try?
Of course! A great way to choose the right shade is to match the natural color of the inside of your lower lip. Dab a small amount onto the apples of your cheeks, and use your fingers to blend it high on the cheekbones. I use Lancôme liquid lipstick: Its sheen creates a youthful and glowing appearance.
What else can sculpt the face?
You want to highlight, lift, and create definition. Use a bronzer or blush in a shade that complements your skin tone, and gently blend it into the natural shadows of your face—under your cheekbones and chin and on your temples. Remember not to be too heavy-handed. Always start with a small amount of product and build from there—better too little than too much.
How can irreverence be incorporated into everyday makeup?
Makeup should be individual and expressive. I want women to wear any color or texturethey want, no matter what the time of day or occasion, like wearing powerful red lipstick to the supermarket or a black punky liquid eyeliner at 10 a.m.
But liquid eyeliner is hard to master at any time of day.
Use a small angled brush, like the one you use on your brows, because it gives you more freedom than the one in the tube. Just make sure that the outer ends sweep upward, which gives a lifting effect to the eye. I also encourage experimenting with different colors like blue, green, or pink. Have some fun.
How can fuchsia eye shadow be wearable?
Line the upper and lower lids with a black pencil, and smudge it into the lashes using an eye shadow brush—this balances out the pink and keeps the look flattering and chic. Blend the fuchsia shadow into the natural contour of your lid, building it so that it’s more intense in the crease. Apply a lot of black mascara, and then use pale pink shadow to highlight the top of the brow bone.
You can watch a great video with Aaron here
Great article about De Mey in Russian here