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10 Questions with J. Hud’s Makeup Artiste, Tia Dantzler

10 Questions with J. Hud’s Makeup Artiste, Tia Dantzler

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

One of Tia's favorite looks she's created. So dewy-pretty.

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!

GQ, Sept. '07. Swaggy presidential glow c/o Tia.

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.