Mai Quynh creates a daytime smoky eye that harkens back to the supermodel heyday.
Photography By GUY AROCH
Written By ERICA LOPEZ
Makeup By MAI QUYNH
Hair By JOHN RUGGIERO
Nails By ASHLIE JOHNSON
Styled By WILLIAM GRAPER
Casting By EVELIEN JOOS
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In Hollywood, as in beauty, anyone can be anything. Makeup artist Mai Quynh proves the point in her new story for The Violet Files, wherein she transforms a quartet of models and shares the secrets behind their dramatic looks.
Follow along as Quynh paints a glamorously grunge smoky eye on Los Angeles–based model Jane Moseley, below. Then study the inventive makeup tutorials she crafted for three equally inspiring LA ladies: Kenya Kinski-Jones, Lindsey Wixson, and Ayako Comte.
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Model Kristen McMenamy in ’90s Calvin Klein advertisements.
WHERE TO WEAR
To accompany a dirty martini and a crew of LA locals at The Varnish.
MEET THE FACE
Jane Moseley | @oodlesofpain
This cream blush is the perfect ’90s throwback. I used a small amount on the apples of her cheeks to add definition and warm her complexion. I especially liked how the muted brown tones complemented the rust-colored smoky eye (see below for further instructions).
To create the smoky eye look, I used the Boudoir palette, applying the lighter plum shade (third row from top) all over the lid using the large, flat end of Stila’s double-ended brush to pack on the color. With the same brush, I applied the deeper plum shade (bottom row) into her crease, blending both colors upward toward her brow bone and smudging them along the lower lashline.
Name: Mai Quynh
Known For: Dramatic eyes and dewy skin
Where to Find Her: Los Angeles
Clients: Saoirse Ronan, Daisy Ridley, Chloë Grace Moretz
Years in the Industry: 18
Beauty Essential: BeautyBlender Pro Sponge
Agent: Samantha Jeudy @ Starworks
Makeup artist Mai Quynh is a thoroughly ’90s girl. She grew up watching Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford sing with George Michael in “Freedom!” while flipping through issues of Vogue covered by Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer. “They were everywhere,” says Quynh of the models who inspired her to pursue a career in beauty. “There was a way that they were painted, a presence they had. They looked so powerful and strong and beautiful and confident.”
Thusly transfixed, the California native enrolled at Studio Makeup Academy in 1998 and established her craft assisting makeup artists Stéphane Marais, Paul Starr, and Frank B. on music videos, commercials, and photo shoots. In 2006, Quynh got her big break when she landed her first Harper’s BAZAAR cover with a brunette and pregnant Britney Spears. “It is quite a memory,” Quynh says.
Since then, Quynh has become a red carpet regular. Her work is readily on display at premieres and awards shows via the glowing faces of celebrity clients such as Saoirse Ronan and Chloë Grace Moretz. “I take everything into consideration—her hair, her dress, her accessories—and I apply makeup that is specific to that moment,” Quynh explains of her approach.
But some things never change. When asked who she would love to get in her makeup chair for a dream appointment, Quynh’s answer harkens back to her ’90s fangirl days. “Naomi Campbell,” the artist says. “She’s so fierce.”
In her Q&A with The Violet Files, Moseley, a true Californian, reveals her favorite sunscreen and the burger she just can’t quit.