Master of many faces Jamyrlyn Mallory has been dolling up Seattleites for over a decade. The hair and makeup artist got her start on the retail end of things, working behind the counter for Chanel cosmetics, Trish McEnvoy, and MAC before transitioning into a full-time freelance position.
We asked the local beauty maven to show us her goods (the ones in her makeup kit, obviously) and to divulge her insider info for putting your best face forward this season.
What's trending this spring and summer?
Playing with eyeliner is really in this year. I've been seeing a lot of different takes on classics like the cat eye or smoky eye, but it's definitely fun to push the limits with unusual neon green and electric blue hues.
(On that note: We're especially obsessed with this hot pink liner look from style.com)
Five products that are always in your makeup kit:
1. A good moisturizer! The most important thing you can do before applying makeup is to prep your skin. I like MAC Complete Comfort Creme for normal skin types and Makeup Forever HD Elixir for oily complexions.
2. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer for a flawless foundation
3. Dark eyeliner
4. Bronzer. It's a great way to give skin a natural glow and color. I prefer a matte shade without any shimmer like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.
5. Lipstick palettes that I've put together myself. I always carry one with bright shades and a more natural set. Right now my favorite shade is Nars semi matte lipstick in Fire Down Below; it's the perfect deep maroon red.
Your best beauty tip:
The right brush can make or break your beauty routine, so whether you're trying to master a bold lip, smoky shadow, contouring—anything, really—use the right tools for the job.
What do you love about your industry?
I am never bored. There are constantly new trends, tips, looks, and styles of makeup. I love the fact that in the beauty world we have ability to create any illusion we want with a stroke of a brush. The possibilities for creativity with each individual or situation are endless and there's always something new to learn and create.