We talk good brows, trendy eye makeup and infallible mascaras with Hourglass Cosmetics’ Global Director of Artistry, Marc Reagan
If there's anything us beauty veterans can attest to, it is this: not all trends are made equal. Also; not all trends are meant to cross streams. Picture the unholy union of disco highlighter (see: overenthusiastic strobing) and glossy lids (one eye-rub away from becoming a Jackson Pollock piece), and you'll probably get an idea as to why there are a multitude of looks we would gladly say ‘thank u, next’ to in 2019.
It is a sentiment deeply felt by Hourglass Cosmetics' Global Director of Artistry and Education, Marc Reagan. "I don't dislike trends, per se," he explains with a rueful chuckle. "What I dislike is when people feel that they have to do all the trends, you know? Even when it is not suitable on them stylistically. They keep things interesting, of course, but I think people should just apply what works for them and not try to do it all."
And that's just a sneak peek into the head of the makeup genius with 15 years of artistry under his sleeves. The man of the hour is brimming with helpful advice and hilarious anecdotes during Hourglass Cosmetics' VIP dinner, where we talk about his favourite faces to work on, desert island essentials, and the secret to a glowing complexion (spoiler alert: it ain't just H2O).
What led your career in makeup?
I majored in Fine Arts and I kind of stumbled upon makeup. Right out of college, I got a job with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and I was with them until August... so that was about 14, 15 years.It has been an amazing ride but I was ready for a new chapter, and that was when I met Hourglass founder, Carisa. She is an incredible visionary and I just thought, this is it. It's the right time!
Do you have a favourite face you’d paint any day?
As of recently, it's Rosie Huntington Whiteley. That honestly was the best experience. She was such a warm, wonderful person. I like that she is a chameleon. She can wear tons of makeup, but she can also pare it down.
What would you say is your source of inspiration when creating makeup looks?
I get inspired by fashion itself — as well as by seeing textures, and seeing how colours fit together. I think that there should be a fluidity in not only the textures you use on the face, but also in how the colours complement each other. The ultimate inspiration is the face you're working on. I don't think our job is to look at a face and think about how to change it; it is our job to look at it and see how to enhance it.
Are there makeup products you can't live without?
I don't wear a lot of makeup, but I can't live without the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick. I need versatility, and it works as a great moisturiser, a good cream, a good foundation and it makes me feel like I'm set.
I take it that’s your favourite Hourglass product?
If it comes to an absolute favourite, I would say it is actually the Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer. Just because of what it does so easily for the skin, and for any complexion out there. It makes everything smooth, makes most foundations just glide on effortlessly and keeps every bit of makeup on all day. It's too good. [Laughs]
Sounds perfect for Singaporean women?
Definitely. I mean, it waterproofs your makeup! I'm not kidding when I say it actually repels water. Use that to get started, then set it with the Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Translucent Setting Powder.
If you were stranded on a desert island and you only could bring three Hourglass products, what would they be?
The Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick, the No.28 Lip Oil — because the first thing that happens is that your lips get really burnt and dry, and people don't pay enough attention to their lips — and last but not least, the Caution Extreme Lash Mascara. You can cheat with the mascara and use it to smoke out your eye. There you have it: lined eyes and full lashes with one product.
What would say is the hottest makeup look or trend of 2019? Talk us through it.
I find that the trend is going towards the nude subtleties in makeup. It isn't this dramatic, smoky eyeliner look; a lot of it is subtle definition and a kind of a flush, even on the eyes. When they're being defined, they're being defined in washes of colour rather than intense definition. I love rosy colours at the moment, especially around the eyes. Those warm colours really help bring life to the face, so I'm going to use our Myth palette, and I'm going to haze it around the lash line, even bringing it down under.
After that, I would go in with one amazing coat of Caution Extreme Lash Mascara, and something we're really famous for, which is our 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner. It's so good because you can use it to tight line under the lashes. And because it is tested to be worn there where eyes are wet, it stays on even in this weather. It is a waterproof formula — because if not, like, why bother?
For brows, the Arched Brow Sculpting Pencil — it contains a blend of powders and works really great if you're looking to add some shading. We like to call them unrestricted brows. There's no intense shape to it, but it just defines your features ever so slightly. This brow works to lift and open the eye.
And there you have it, the completed look.
And finally, what is the secret to a really good complexion?
Consistency. No, it is not just water. It is about being diligent with your skincare, and finding skincare that works for you. You can always take recommendations from people but you have to be consistent with it for a full 30 days and then see what happens. It is very important. If you're not consistent, and you judge a product or a result based off a couple of uses, well, that's not giving it a fair chance.