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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.

Concealer Tips

How do I choose a concealer shade?
Merrell Hollis: Black Opal offers 3 concealer products: Flawless Perfecting Concealer, an all-over concealer to hide all types of imperfections. Cover & Clear Blemish Concealer, a salicylic-acid based concealer formulated specifically for blemish- and acne-prone skin. Fade & Conceal, a brightening concealer that will help fade dark spots. Once you have chosen the formula that will best address your specific needs, select a shade that is one to two shades lighter than your natural skin tone.

Should I apply concealer under or over foundation?
Merrell Hollis: While opinions diverge on this issue, I personally recommend applying concealer under foundation as it clings to skin and it won’t slip or crease when applied under foundation.

How do I apply concealer?
Merrell Hollis: Apply small amount directly on area you want to conceal and lightly blend using your fingertips dabbing the concealer into your skin.

Foundation Tips

How do I apply foundation?
Merrell Hollis: Apply foundation over clean, moisturized skin. Blend foundation over the entire face using a sponge wedge, foundation brush or fingertips. Do not forget the eyelids!

Merrell Hollis: I would recommend trying our True Color Oil-Free Liquid Foundation for light coverage, True Color Perfecting Powder Makeup for medium coverage, Even True Flawless Skin Liquid Makeup for medium to full coverage or Total Coverage Concealing Foundation for maximum coverage.

What is the best foundation to use during the summer?
Merrell Hollis: Extreme changes in temperature between seasons can affect your skin type. No matter what the season, always use a foundation with SPF protection. Oil-free and cream-to-powder formulas work well on oily skin, while a cream-based foundation will give extra hydration to drier skin. Also mineral powder foundation is good to use during the summer because it keeps your skin hydrated all day long and has UV protective filters.

What is mineral makeup?
Merrell Hollis: Mineral makeup has a higher quality of ingredients formulated to improve the texture and clarity of the skin. Made from minerals and antioxidants such as vitamins A and E, mineral makeup may also include ingredients that protect the skin from the sun. It’s also non-comedogenic, which means it does not clog pores. Mineral makeup works especially well for mature skins because it reflects light to help hide fine lines and wrinkles. It is also suitable for oily skin because the minerals absorb excess oil and allow your skin to breathe naturally.

Powder Tips

Why do I need to use powder?
Merrell Hollis: Translucent loose powder sets foundation and minimizes shine on the face. To apply, use a fluffy powder brush to sweep it across the face.

What’s the difference between loose and pressed powder?
Merrell Hollis: The purpose of loose powder is to set your foundation. Pressed powders are great for T-Zone touch ups.

What is the Invisible Oil-Blocking Mattifier and how do you use it?
Merrell Hollis: The Invisible Oil-Blocking Mattifier is a gel that contains oil-blockers and help control shine for hours at a time. It can be applied under make-up or worn alone to minimize pores and fine lines, for more polished-looking complexion. Apply to forehead, nose, chin, and other areas where shine breaks through and reapply throughout the day as needed.

Merrell Hollis: Start with a fluffy, dense brush and gently tap it into your blush compact. I usually do three or four taps and then a sweep. The easiest way to find the apples of your cheeks is to smile really big–you’ll see them pop out at you as compared to when your face is relaxed. Gently tap the blush brush onto the apples of your cheek, starting from the roundest portion and tapping lightly upwards and towards your temple. Do a sweep–like a Nike “swoosh”–from the apple to the temple to diffuse and blend the color together.If the color it’s not intense enough, repeat. If it’s too bright, layer translucent or colored loose powder on top to help soften the color and this will also help to set your makeup.
Merrell Hollis: Bronzers add luminosity to your complexion, however, minimum foundation should be worn as a base so your skin tone won’t look too orange. Use a large round brush to create a soft dusting. Dab the brush into the color; tap it to remove any excess. Using a circular motion, start to apply powder application on the cheek apple and brush on bronzing powder. Apply bronzer to the each side of the nose and under the lower lip. Make sure you brush your cheekbones, chin, nose and area around the eyes for glowing effects.