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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.



How do I get the best out of my Black Opal mascara?
Merrel Hollis: For semi-straight lashes, hold the mascara brush horizontally, rolling the wand upward and outward. For curly lashes-apply mascara vertically, moving the wand from left to right.

HOW DO I APPLY THE SHADES IN THE COLOR SPLURGE EYE SHADOW DUOS?
Merrel Hollis: The Eye Shadow duos feature satin, matte and shimmery formulas that are highly pigmented, silky smooth, crease resistant and blendable. These shades are specially formulated to add vibrant, rich color to darker skin tones. Don’t be shy, play with the colors. The duos are interchangeable so you can use many of them to enhance your eye creativity. Show your artistic side and mix yellow, orange and green shades or be daring and wear a fuchsia pink smoky eye. The simplest ways to apply eye shadows are:
  • - Subtle Eye: Apply the medium shade on the lid. Use a darker shade for contouring the crease and stroke towards the outer lid. Highlight the brow area with a lighter shade.
  • - Smoky Eye: Apply a dark or deep shade across the center of the eye lid out to the corners. Sweep a medium shade back and forth across the crease blending up slightly. Apply a light shade at the inner corner of the eye and blend towards center. Also, sweep the light shade across the brow bone to highlight and define brows.
I have thin eyebrows but would like them to look fuller. How do I use the Brow Shaper?
Merrel Hollis: Using our Brow Shaper powder is easy. Dip the angled brush in the eye shadow. Brush the powder along the brows carefully blending in the color. If you want an all-day staying powder, slightly dampen the brush before dipping it into color.