Beauty Secrets We Learned From Mary Phillips

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As far as we know, there’s almost no such thing as effortless beauty. From facial treatments that leave your complexion dewy and luminous to the perfect winged eyeliner, experts reveal their most-trusted, insider hacks for CR’s series, Beauty Secrets.

Mary Phillips found her calling in her mother’s makeup drawer as a child. Inspired by her lifelong love of art and painting, Phillips began practicing makeup on her friends and eventually found work in a dermatologist’s office and took cosmetology classes. The celebrity makeup artist now transforms the faces of some of the most famous models and Hollywood stars, including Bella Hadid, Chrissy Teigen, and pretty much the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan.

Here, Phillips reveals her favorite look she’s done for Kendall Jenner, the hack that completely transformed her skin, and the most-loved products in her makeup bag.

What’s your skincare routine?
„I start every morning with my La Mer skincare regimen. I cleanse with The Cleansing Foam, which gives me a gentle deep cleanse and I follow with a spritz of The Mist to revitalize. I moisturize with the legendary Creme de La Mer for deep moisture and hydration. I then use The Eye Concentrate for lines and dark circles. I finish with The Reparative SkinTint SPF 30 which repairs and protects with a sheer, healthy glow.“

Makeup products you’re loving right now?
The KKW Beauty Creme Lipsticks—I made my own palette of all the shades. It has a super rich formula with so many cool and warm tones to choose from. Then, the Tom Ford Eyeshadow. I’m pretty sure I have every color and they go everywhere with me. The colors, pigments, and formulation never fail me. I love the Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara because it’s buildable, long-wearing, and great for volume and lash definition. Lemonhead LA Space Paste Metallic Glitter is fun and easy-to-use glitz. This has been my go-to, especially during the holiday party season.

What tip or hack has helped your skin the most?
„I use my Slip silk pillowcases every day, which reduces friction of the skin and absorption of products. I also swear by micro-needling with PRP which I regularly have done by Dr. Diamond. It has dramatically reduced pigmentation and scarring while improving my skin texture and volume.“

What makeup trend do you love?
„I love the bright colored eyeliner trend. It’s fun, playful, and makes a statement without being too distracting.“

What about one you’re not a fan of?
„I don’t love when makeup is extremely overdone and super powdery. I prefer a fresher, more breathable approach. When I’m doing a pretty look, I still want to recognize the person and the makeup be complementary both in-person and photo.“

How would you describe your aesthetic?
„Glow-y, dewy, and monochromatic. I love when the skin looks healthy and bright. I like to make the color scheme of the look cohesive so it makes sense to the eye.“

Do you have a favorite look you’ve done on Kendall?
„I recently did a magazine shoot with Kendall. I love this look, because we got to have fun and go a little heavier than normal. Kendall is so young and beautiful, so we usually keep her light and fresh, which I love. We just went a little more sexy smokey glam here and I love the photos and vibe from that shoot.“

How did you get into makeup in the first place?
„I always had a passion for all things art and loved painting. Like most girls, I got my hands on my mom’s makeup, which happened to be a very minimal makeup collection. At the time, I didn’t really know being a makeup artist could be a real job. I just genuinely found so much joy in creating looks for my friends and family for any prom, dance, or event possible. Soon after, I decided to get further education and work experience in the beauty industry.“

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