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Makeup Tips from Merrell Hollis

Merrell Hollis

Merrel Hollis

Black Opal Artistic Director


Merrell Hollis is a quiet storm that has influenced our perception of the exquisite.

Merrell Hollis is an Emmy-nominated, award winning make-up artist and grooming expert. He is the Head of the Makeup Department for the Wendy Williams Show and has anchored himself as reputable force in the industry. His cosmetic artistry has been showcased on Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight as well as graced the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, and Vanity Fair. His work has also appeared in music videos for Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs, Mary J Blige, Nelly, Usher, Faith Evans and Ludacris. Some of his celebrity clients include Naomi Campbell, Diane Von Furstenberg, Kim Cattrall, Joy Bryant and Lauren London.

Merrell’s eye for details has redefined fashion’s concept of editorials, commercials and beauty presentations. His approach to beauty alone is epitomized in how he captures the emotion allowing its effect to grab you.



Why should I use Black Opal products?
Merrell Hollis: Black Opal makeup has been formulated to address the needs and concerns of darker skin tones. African–American women are not the only ones that can benefit from Black Opal makeup. All women of color, be they African, Caribbean, Asian or Hispanic, will find shades that complement their skin tones.

I want to buy Black Opal products but I don’t know my shade. Can you help?
Merrell Hollis: The best way to determine your shade is to use Black Opal’s “Find Your Shade” foundation matching tool. Find the 2 shades closest to your complexion. You will be able to add 2 FREE samples of your chosen foundation shades to your shopping cart with any order. Once you have tried on the shades and found a match, please visit the “Find Your Match” results page for your shade to see a list of powders and concealers that complement your foundation shade.

How often should I replace my makeup?
Merrell Hollis: I recommend replacing mascara every 4-6 months. You can replace other cosmetic products like foundations, concealers, blush, lipstick and lip glosses, every 12 months.

Is it OK to sleep with makeup on?
Merrell Hollis: Absolutely not! Makeup left on overnight can irritate skin, clog pores and cause breakouts. Always thoroughly cleanse your skin to remove makeup and any other impurities that may have accumulated during the day.

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