Ladies! There are makeup artists, and then there are legends. Ms. Tia Dantzler is the latter. The darling of the starry set — her devotees include Jennifer Hudson, Kanye West, Viola Davis and our stunning President Obama — the adorable MUA is known for her smokey-eyes-and-glowy-skin game (and flawless man-grooming). As two Tia’s in beauty, we’d loved each other from afar for ages, until we finally met at a Fashion Week soiree last season! Instant girl crush. Here, I ask Dantzler the same ten questions I ask all my fave makeup artists:
10 QUESTIONS WITH TIA DANTZLER
SYB: What beauty products are on your nightstand?
Tia Dantzler: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, Avene Thermal Spring Water and Kiehl’s lip conditioner
SYB: Neon — over or ovah?
TD: Loving it!
SYB: What are the five staples in your makeup kit?
TD: My kit would not survive without Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, Senna concealer, Bobbi Brown concealer, Nars Illuminator, Smoke & Mirror Lashes and Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel.
SYB: What makeup trick instantly glamifies your look?
TD: Highlighting the inner corner of your eyes (by the nose) instantly wakes up tired eyes, giving a fresh “pop” to your look!
SYB: Best advice for creating the no-makeup makeup look?
TD: I love lightly creating dimension by using two to three shades of concealer — it gives your face a lovely, sculpted look. The perfect canvas for a natural no-makeup look!
SYB: What beauty “don’t” drives you insane?
TD: I’m so not a fan of black eyeliner used as a lipliner. I actually love creating pretty full lips without lipliner.
SYB: What’s the one makeup product every woman needs to own right now?
TD: A BOLD lipstick!
SYB: What should she throw away immediately?
TD: Get rid of foundation that does not match your skin-tone. Pleeaase, I beg of you.
SYB: All I want is gorgeous, glowy skin. How do I get it?
TD: Apply a tinted moisturizer and lightly dust a mineral powder on top for a luminous, radiant finish.
SYB: Most memorable on-set experience?
TD: The funniest experience? Pulling up in a desert when I had no prior knowledge that we were shooting there. My kit wasn’t prepared — nor was my shoe selection!!!
For more info on Tia, check out her new blog The Beauty Elixir.