- MAKEUP BY dotti
- Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation
- KEVYN AUCOIN SENSUAL SKIN ENHANCER
- Westman Atelier Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer
- Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tinted Highlighter
- RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer
- MAC Shape + Shade Brow Tint
- MAC Art Library: Nude Model
- Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk
- SERGE LUTENS CILS CELLOPHANE MASCARA IN BLACK
- BY TERRY BAUME DE ROSE
To begin, mix a dab of moisturizer into Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation on the back of your hand before applying to skin with a damp sponge. This provides a sheer base that lets skin show through. Then cover any lingering imperfections with Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer with a small brush.
To lightly contour the face, dust the Westman Atelier Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer under the hollows of the cheekbones, along the jawline and on the forehead. This gives skin definition and warmth without appearing overly made up. Then, sweep the Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tinted Highlighter, a sheer peachy hue, onto the apples of cheeks.
For a naturally smoky effect, slowly layer various neutral shades on the eyelids. Use a taupe hue to define the crease and layer a shimmery tan on top (both in the MAC Art Library: Nude Model), then build the desired intensity with a warm, coppery brown (Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk). Curl lashes and apply two coats of Serge Lutens Cils Cellophane Mascara in Black.
Dab RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer directly onto skin and blend with your fingers in a C shape: Begin under the arch of the eyebrow, swoop around the outside of the eye and end on the top of the cheekbones. Use your finger to dab the highlighter into the inner corners of the eyes and on the inner portion of the eyelid for a bright-eyed look.
“My obsession with skin borders on Hannibal Lecter territory,” says Dotti, who uses only her surname professionally, with a laugh. “I always need it to look alive, no matter what texture I’m trying to achieve.” Raised on a sugar-cane farm near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Dotti came to makeup by way of the special-effects department, “making body parts and veins and things like that,” she explains. After realizing her preference for beauty over gore, she took an apprenticeship under Richard Sharah, the Australian makeup artist who rose to prominence in the 1970s collaborating with David Bowie. “He was my first great teacher and a true mentor,” she says. She also sought the tutelage of Pat McGrath, enlisting as one of the makeup guru’s Fashion Week assistants for several seasons.In 2006, after years of studying her craft, Dotti landed her first assignment for Italian Vogue. It was the equivalent of graduating with honors. “I had to pinch myself,” she says. “That’s when I realized I’d really made it.”
Today, Dotti’s schedule is a nonstop mix of celebrity appointments, ad campaigns (past clients include Olay and Estée Lauder) and editorial shoots for publications like Vogue and W. To stay balanced and keep stress at bay, she does “loads” of yoga and Pilates and maintains a strict vegan diet. But don’t mistake her healthful lifestyle for a boring one. “I love a good vodka and a night out dancing,” she says. “Trust me.”
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