Another Letter to a Make Up Artist

Typically this would be an "Ask Robert" entry, but the following questions are about Makeup Artistry, so I thought we should refer an expert & friend Heather Wilson.

Betty Ann, of Stilletto Chick Sees the World asks "... did you see the photos of Nicole Kidman with the white of her under-make-up showing through? It made her look like she fell in the powdered sugar bag. Should we quit wearing white highlighter? If not, how do we avoid this?"

Heather writes:

Betty Ann,
What happened to Nicole Kidman on the red carpet, would not make the headlines if any of us made this mistake... but still!! None of us want to have this embarrassment happen to us!

It was rumored, that Nicole Kidman used the excuse, that her makeup artist did not blend her powder.

The only reason that I can come up with - is that the makeup artist- used a whiter powder and left it a little heavier while she finished Nicole's eyes (it is a MUA trick to do a heavy powder under the eye if you are touching up the eyeshadow, so any fallout from the shadows are easily wiped away with out having to redo the concealer and foundation.) She probably did a little heavier powder on her nose, she might tend to be oily as well. If Nicole was in a rush to get on the red carpet, it may have been an oversight to not wipe off the white powder.

I DO NOT think that we have to give up our white highlighting powders. The key to wearing any powder is to make sure it is a sheer, translucent powder & BLEND, BLEND, BLEND!!!

There are lots of translucent powders out there that go on very sheer. My preferences are the Make Up For Ever or Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder made especially for the under eye area, and it is best to use a large fan brush for the face & for under the eye area it is best to use an eye crease brush to do the final blending of the powder for you!!!

Hopefully this answers your questions.


  1. Comment by OpĂ© - Style Artist on January 5, 2010 at 6:52 PM  

    Yep, t'was a sad tale. Thx to you and Heather we know the real deal.