Makeup by Jo Strettell
Model Jennifer Missoni
Photography by Stevie and Mada
When Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, or Demi Moore take on the red carpet, they will almost always call upon makeup artist Jo Strettell. “Whether indoors or out, photo shoot or not, I always want to create a look that is beautiful in any situation,” she says while describing her beauty philosophy. “And fresh, radiant skin is a very important element.” Here, Strettell guides us through her own simple but effective strategy for obtaining an optimally radiant, always necessary “second skin” makeup look for on—and off— the red carpet. It’s the kind of polished perfection that will undoubtedly draw stares.
By Jo Strettell
By Jo Strettell
Brush small amounts of foundation onto your face to uphold the skin’s natural texture. Continue to blend and buff a brush or sponge into the skin, diffusing the “makeup” effect and allowing your skin to appear as natural as possible.
Apply a warm toned, coral-orange cream blush to the apples of your cheeks. Gently blend the hue in a circular motion, sweeping the blush from under the cheekbones out to the temples. Begin with a small dab and continue to blend the pigment out until the color accentuates the complexion to your comfort.
For British-born, Jo Strettell, a career in makeup artistry was never supposed to last as long as it has, in fact, the 25-year industry veteran’s career began with a simple barter. While attending London’s Central St. Martins art school, specializing in graphic design and animation, Strettell experienced a stroke of youthful passion and decided to change paths and instead began a course in fashion design. Here, her paths crossed with makeup artist Yvonne Gold, one of a few professional makeup artists at the time. Gold suggested they trade lessons on the other’s skill (Strettel’s drawing for Gold’s makeup artistry). Soon enough, Strettel was leading a makeup team for Vivienne Westwood’s fashion show. Now, she’s a fashion editorial mainstay (Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar) and on speed dial for a long list of red carpet regulars like Michelle Williams and Naomi Watts.
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