You’ve definitely seen celebrity makeup artist Jeremy Dell’s work. He has done makeup for pretty much every single cast member (Cynthia, NeNe, Porsha and Kandi) of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” all of the Braxtons and has even groomed some of our favorite male celebrities including Akon and Dwight Howard. And that’s just about one-tenth of his celebrity clients.
When we found out Jeremy used to work in banking and he stumbled on becoming a makeup artist, we knew we had to chat with him to find out more. Find out how he broke into the beauty industry, the $7 mascara he swears by, discover his key makeup do’s for women and more!
StyleBlazer: How does one go from banking to becoming a makeup artist?
Jeremy Dell: I was in banking for a couple of years. There was no challenge and I didn’t like it. I started talking to one of my clients who was a makeup artist. I ended up going to work as a hair assistant in the salon she worked in and eventually became the makeup artist in the salon.
SB: And how did you develop your celebrity clientele?
JD: The owner of the salon used to do photo shoots all of the time. She would send me out when she couldn’t make certain shoots. I started connecting with photographers and told them to contact me if they needed me. I started out working for free but it eventually paid off.
SB: What are your five key makeup dos that every woman should follow?
JD: 1) Always use a primer! Priming your face creates a smooth base before makeup application and will help makeup last longer.
2) Pick a foundation that’s designed for your skin type. If you have oily skin, use a foundation with oil control. If you have dry skin, a cream or liquid based foundation will add sheen for a healthy glow. Combination skin types can use a combo of foundations. If you suffer from sensitive or acne-prone skin, there is no one foundation that works so you’ll have to do trial and error. However I do recommend 100% vegan or natural makeup.
3) Blend properly! There should be no lines where the makeup ends.
4) Prime eyelids before applying eyeshadow to prevent creasing and help shadow last longer.
5) Use a setting spray after applying makeup to help mattify face. Plus, your makeup will last all day and night! I recommend Urban Decay’s De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray or Skindinavia’s Makeup Finishing Spray.