INTERVIEW: ANDREW COLVIN, MUA
NOT USUALLY ONE FOR THE ‘OVER-THE-TOP’ (AT LEAST, NOT WHEN IT COMES TO HER MAKE-UP...), JULIA LIKES TO KEEP THINGS SIMPLE. SO WE ASKED HER TRUSTED MUA HOW HE ACHIEVES THE NO-MAKE-UP LOOK TIME AND AGAIN.
Lucy Bulling: Julia loves to keep her make-up look as natural as possible. What are the techniques you use to achieve this?
Andrew Colvin: When doing Julia's makeup, it’s all about the skin and keeping it FRESH! Julia loves makeup and isn't afraid to glam it up from time to time, but the skin must always remain natural and flawless.
Achieving beautiful natural-looking skin begins with great skin care - and a nice face massage. I always start with a face massage to really work in the skincare I’m using, ensuring there is no film or residue remaining, which often causes issues when applying makeup. A mini massage also helps reduce unwanted swelling, relieves tension, and leaves the skin feeling soft and subtle.
To even out skin tone, Julia likes a super sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer. And I'll spot conceal where needed. Once the skin is radiant we can play and highlight the rest of her features. I usually work in creams (cream blush, bronzer, highlighter), except on the eyes - where I use a combination of pencils and powder eyeshadows. Julia also has fantastic eyebrows, so not much is needed there! I'll usually just add a tinted brow gel and fill in a few spots as required.
To finish off, and before I powder, I’ll use a beauty blender mixed with a little facial mist and press into the skin for that final touch of radiance.
LB: What are your typical go-to products to use on Julia?
AC: My go-to's for Julia are a combination of some of her favorites, along with some of my own. She turned me on to The Cream Moisturizer by Augustinus Bader, and now I can't live without it! When needed, I add a little of my favorite Chamomile Face Oil by Darphin - this helps give the cheeks a little extra hydration. For foundation, I'll use Mac Face and Body or RMS Uncover-Up, as both are very sheer and give a nice, glowy finish.
On the eyes, I always use Mac Sculpting powder in ‘taupe’ to lightly define the contours of the socket. To add intensity to the top lash line, I love the Kohl Eye Liners by Jillian Dempsey; they work great as a tight line or even smudged out for a softer look. Ardell Short Individual Lashes are a must have in my kit, as well as Maybelline Full and Soft Mascara. Eyebrows are usually the same: Chantecaille Brow Gel and Diorshow Brow Styler in ‘blonde’. We tend to change it up with the lips and blush, depending on the event, but I do love the YSL Kiss and Blush for an evening look. I also make sure I have beauty blenders and Caudalie Beauty Elixer on hand for those final special touches. And Weleda Body Lotion and Skin Food for glowing-up and toning the body and shoulders.
LB: How much does your technique change depending on the event? Particularly day to night?
AC: My technique generally stays the same with Julia - she doesn't need much to look fabulous! I'll just make subtle changes. For example, I'll go more glam on the eyes and use fun, metallic eyeshadows and skin highlights for the evening; and for the day, I’ll try something more refined and ‘real’, with satin finishes and textures.
LB: For anyone trying to emulate Julia’s glowy look, what are your recommendations?
AC: Keep it soft and pretty - and don't overdo it. Always accentuate the features you do like, rather than trying to mask the features you don't. If you enjoy doing a statement eye, keep everything else soft. If you like doing a bold lip, keep it bare on the eye and groom the brow. Sometimes, less really is more. Especially if you’re wanting a more sophisticated look.
Also, be good to your skin! Take the time to occasionally pamper yourself and drink A LOT of water!