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Q&A With Celebrity Makeup Artist Claudia Betancur

Interview with Claudia Betancur, Celebrity Makeup Artist

The later it gets in the year, the more dark burgundy shades you’ll see in everything from lipsticks, clothing, handbags, and nail polishes. I spoke to my good friend and celebrity makeup artist Claudia Betancur about how to rock the hottest trend of the season right.

Interview with Claudia Betancur, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Image courtesy of Santiago Betancur

Everyone is wearing so many beautiful shades of red this fall. How do we know what works best with our skin tone?

“For women with light/fair skin, red shades with deep tones such as wine or eggplant look amazing. Women with tan/dark skin should lean towards vibrant red and orange tones.”

Dark reds tend to bleed. How can we prevent this from happening?

“To keep the color in place and prevent bleeding, it is best to line lips completely with a similar lipstick shade like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide – On Lip Pencil in Bad Blood. Then divide a Kleenex in two and put it over the lips and lightly apply powder over it, which will help seal the color and last longer.”

Our skin gets dry over the fall/winter months. How can we care for our lips to ensure our sexy burgundy lips don’t look flaky?

“Always hydrate lips with lip creams infused with cacao or coconut. You can also exfoliate lips by creating a mixture at home with sugar and olive oil and rub over skin to remove dead skin. Then apply lipstick or a lip balm to keep your lips hydrated.”

What message do you have for women afraid to wear reds? Why is this the time to try it out?

“Go for it! A woman who wears a red lip always looks much more sensual. To the ladies looking to take the “Red Lip” plunge, I recommend using a lip pen that can be used to line lips and great for touch ups. One of my current favorites is, the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pens. It can feel strange to wear red lipstick at first but once you become comfortable with it and find your perfect shade, you’ll love it!”

You work on a lot of celebrities. Who is rocking the trend perfectly?

“Jennifer Lopez is the most daring with her looks but she does it perfectly. She was recently a host of an award show and wore the perfect wine colored gown and red lip.”


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