Makeup artist Mai Quynh demonstrates the perfect ’70s-inspired purple eyeshadow look, as seen on LA model Kenya Kinski-Jones.
Photography By GUY AROCH
Written By ERICA LOPEZ
Makeup By MAI QUYNH
Hair By JOHN RUGGIERO
Nails By ASHLIE JOHNSON
Styled By WILLIAM GRAPER
- MAKEUP BY mai quynh
- CHARLOTTE TILBURY LUXURY EYESHADOW PALETTE IN VINTAGE VAMP
- KJAER WEIS EYE SHADOW COMPACT IN BLUE WONDER
- CHARLOTTE TILBURY WONDERGLOW INSTANT SOFT-FOCUS BEAUTY FLASH PRIMER
- GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION IN 6.5 AND 8
- HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING POWDER IN LUMINOUS LIGHT
- RMS BEAUTY LIP2cheek in smile
- CHANEL ROUGE ALLURE INTENSE LONG-WEAR LIP COLOUR IN 162 PENSIVE
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 creates a disco-decadent violet eye for Los Angeles–based model Kenya Kinski-Jones, below. Then study the inventive makeup tutorials she crafted for three equally inspiring LA ladies: Lindsey Wixson, Ayako Comte, and Jane Moseley.
Mai Quynh | @storyofmailife
Bianca Jagger attending a party at Studio 54.
WHERE TO WEAR
Giorgio’s Saturday Disco party at The Standard in Hollywood.
MEET THE FACE
Kenya Kinski-Jones | @kenyakinskij
I used Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in The Vintage Vamp to create this glamorous smoky eye. I knew its plum shades were the way to go because of how great they looked against Kenya’s skin tone. Using the domed end of Stila’s double-ended brush, I applied Enhance (top right) into her crease, followed by Smoke (bottom right) in the outer corner of her lid, and blended them together with the MAC Blending Brush.
Luxury Eyeshadow Palette
The Vintage Vamp
I wanted the eyes to be a true purple versus an eggplant shade. To achieve that brilliance, I used a cool-toned blue over the crease, which brightened the purple hue and made her eyes pop. I then combined the blue shadow with Smoke from the Charlotte Tilbury palette (above) and applied the color along her lower lashline using Laura Mercier’s Smudge Brush.
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.”
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