California Cool with Makeup Artist Amy Strozzi

Professional makeup artist Amy Strozzi has mastered California cool ‘“ that laid back perfection that comes with consistent warm weather and a Silver Lake home. This irreverent sophistication brings glamour with a downtown L.A. vibe to makeup artistry and can be seen in our favorite glossies like NYLON. We asked Amy what products we need to achieve effortlessly cool style everyday.

‘I’ll admit it, I am a product junkie. I calmed down for a little while, but since my boyfriend (photographer John Michael Fulton) and I relaunched my beauty blog The Beauty Manifesto, I can’t resist picking up bits from every brand I walk by,’ Amy says. (We’re totes jealous of her live-in photographer.)

“I’m currently loving the Double Ego Eyeliner  right now because the colors are awesome for summer and look great on every skin tone,” she says. “I’m obsessed with Bora Bora (a cobalt blue) and Queensland (turquoise), which I’m saving to use on a shoot with a model whose hair matches the liner. If you’re resistant to color, smudge them on your lid with the pencil side, if you’re a bit more bold, go for the liquid liner, the color payoff is fantastic.”

Amy is a big fan of vibrant hues. She assures that bold, bright color is nothing to be afraid of. The trick is in the application. ‘Instead of applying a bright lipstick straight from the tube, use your fingers (I use my middle fingers) to press it into your lips in layers so you can go as light or heavy as you like,’ Amy says. ‘I like to use the leftover color on my cheeks’I’ll rub my middle fingers together to warm the product a bit, dab it on the apples of my cheeks and blend it out with my clean fingers.’ She says the flush of color should like it comes from within. ‘a colorful flush always looks so healthy and flirty.’

The last step is definitely the lashes. We were quite surprised by her last tip.

‘One new trend I’m loving is the chunky lash!,’ she says. We listened intensely. ‘Start by applying 2 full layers of mascara to your upper and lower lashes, then flip your wand around so it is pointing straight up. Use the tip to add another coat and at the same time connect the lashes into little clumps. It’s very 70s chic with a nude eye, clean face and lip balm’BTW, ‘my other PÜR obsession is the Lip Gloss Stick in Honey Pie, a warm nude that’s basically your natural lip color but better.’

Our cool factor just went up a few notches.

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