What do Lady Gaga’s fierce talons, Nicki Minaj’s outlandish lashes and Cindy Crawford’s rocker vibe have in common? One fantastic celebrity makeup artist with sky high talent, that’s what. Donald Simrock may not be a name you’re familiar with but his body of work certainly will be. From Kim Kardashian to Madonna to Eva Mendes, Donald is the makeup artist to the stars! So when BeBeautiful sat for an exclusive chat with the man himself, we were thrilled to hear him spill some makeup secrets and share his best beauty tips for women.
 

Seal it in during the monsoon

Seal it in during the monsoon

While it wasn’t Donald’s maiden trip to Mumbai; this time around, the monsoon certainly was a pleasant surprise. When it comes to tricky monsoon makeup, he believes in using products that are smudge-proof and long lasting like the Lakmé Eyeconic kajal, which come a variety of colours at a steal of a price. The trick to making it through the monsoons with ease, he says, is by putting the time and thought into picking products that work in the humidity.

 

Less is more

Less is more

Donald is a strong supporter of the ‘less is more’ philosophy, especially with makeup. Firstly it’s challenging for a complete face of makeup to stay fresh by the day end. An au natural look is more comfortable and embraces one’s skin texture. For the classic chic look on the model, he stuck to defined lashes, a natural face and a red lip.

Accentuate what you’ve got

Beauty statements come and go but beneath them all, Donald believes in accentuating the features that one has rather than creating a brand new face. Keeping that as a standard makes the application of makeup most practical and relatable for the everyday woman.

 

Working women, listen up!

Working women, listen up!

If you’re a working girl on the go, Mr. Simrock recommends the Lakmé’s 9 to 5 makeup range for you. Not only does it have good colours and amazing staying power, it is also perfectly wearable at the office. When asked which beauty essentials a woman needs in her handbag, Donald bases it on one’s facial features. For the lady with the long lashes, carry mascara. If you’re a lip girl, keep a lippy on hand.

The core of beauty

The very definition of beauty, says Donald, is that it is flexible and unique. The magic of it is that everybody has a physical attribute which distinguishes them from another. Using makeup as an instrument gives one the power in their own hands to emphasise the features that make them unique.

 

Trust a multi-tasker

Trust a multi-tasker

If you want your beauty routine to work harder for you, put your faith in a multi-tasking product. When creating the radiant look on the model, Donald used the Lakmé Absolute Skin Gloss Reflection Serum to add dewiness to the skin. A quick hack from the man himself is to also combine the serum and eye shadow powder for a glossy tint that can be used in multiple ways. Breaking down a product and discovering its potential brings versatility, which is just what one’s dresser needs to go the distance.

What’s hot right now

We’ve seen it on international runways, all through the summer and now, reinforced by Donald as well – Illuminate is the hottest thing right now! The luminescent finish has been seen across every show through skin texture and makeup. This season, we can only expect the trend to get even more popular!