If you’ve ever looked at a photo of Addison Rae and thought, “her eyeliner looks great”, or lusted over Selena Gomez lipstick look, you’re probably admiring the work of celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo.
Famous for creating next level glowing skin and experimenting with bold pigments, Hung has blazed a trail when it comes to some of beauty’s biggest trends, including glass skin, graphic liner and peach makeup. Here, he shares his insider tips and expert tricks on all things makeup, from whether the cut-crease trend is officially over, to how to make a dewy skin look last all day…
“Whether natural or dramatic, I love makeup to look polished”
When it comes to makeup, Hung thinks it should always look polished, even when creating a no-makeup makeup look. “I love beautifully enhanced and polished makeup,” he says. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s a natural or dramatic look, a nude or a sporty look, there’s still always going to be mascara, lipstick and eyeshadow to make it look polished.”
“The softer trend is more wearable than a cut-crease”
Cut-crease eyeshadow has been a huge beauty trend over the past few years, but is the Instagram-famous look finally over? “I tend to prefer more blended and softer edges, whether it’s for contouring or for a natural or colourful look,” says Hung.
According to Hung, a softer look is especially important when it comes to colour, as it is less intimidating and more wearable. “I took
this approach for several of the Loubilooks I created this year with Christian Louboutin Beauty. The Loubilooks are all about rich colour, and in ‘Pink Pastel’ and ‘Bold Nude’, for example, there’s a beautiful softness which encourages women to make the look their own.”
“When it comes to a lasting glow, choose long-wear formulas”
Have fun with it! My suggestion is to apply the blush on the eyelids with a brush. The most intense
colour should be on the crease, and then fade outward and upward.
When it comes to creating a lasting glow that doesn’t morph into midday shine, Hung believes the key is in the skin prep. “Prepping the skin well before applying makeup will create a good base that will help your makeup apply evenly and stay where you put it,” he says. Try a primer that addresses your unique skin concerns to create a blank canvas for makeup application.
Despite many associating long-wear formulas with matte or drying finishes, Hung actually prefers them, even when creating a natural look. “I suggest using long-wear products when possible. For example, a liquid eyeshadow like Christian Louboutin Beauty’s Tape à L’Oeil eye colour can create a beautiful nude base that dries down and won’t budge all day.”
“Don’t be afraid to play with colour”
After almost a year of taking a backseat, makeup is back in a big way – and what better way to celebrate than with a splash of colour. “Don’t be afraid to play with colours,” advises Hung. “Even if you can’t commit to a dramatic look, you can always just try to create just an bright eye, or lip.”