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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 create a strong lip?
Merrell Hollis: Black Opal provides you with many color options for creating the perfect pout. First, outline the natural lip line with a sharp lip definer, choosing a shade close or slightly darker than your lipstick. Next, use a lip brush to lightly apply the lip color inside the line, starting with the bottom lip and moving to the top lip. Last, apply more color to the center of the lips making the center the focal point of color. Always blend lip color from the inside to outer edge.

How do I know which lip shades are right for me?
Merrell Hollis: Our lip colors complement all skin tones but here are some additional tips that can be helpful as well: First, use your skin tone to determine which shade of lipstick will look best on you (fair or light, medium or golden, olive or dark). If you have fair or light skin, choose deep plum and wine reds, light browns or beige, or light shiny pinks. If you have medium or golden skin tone, choose deep browns, deep reds, warm reds, medium browns, deep, rich pinks, and pinks with brown tones. If you have olive skin, choose deep and rich browns with reddish or mahogany tones, dark berry shades, and rich and dark pinks. If you have dark skin, choose dark reds, deep plums, any shade of brown, soft sheer pinks and beige shades, and deep berry shades.