Beauty Guru: Kerstyn Inouye

Budding designer, make-up guru, and new-blogger-on-the-block at Dipped In Black, Kerstyn Inouye is here today to share a few of her favorite make-up and beauty tips, tricks, and must haves.

Kerstyn was my roommate during my Fall trip to London where she closed down the runway for CCUOCO’s London Fashion Week debut. I spent a week watching with wide eyes while she put together gorgeous beauty look after look. All the while using brushes that I never knew the purpose of!

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MCLV: Between a gig at Sephora and social media snaps of you playing with new colors, styles, and types of make-up, it’s clear that you’re a beauty lover. When did you first fall in love with make-up?

K: Surprisingly I found my love for makeup after I got a job at Sephora. Being around all of the talented girls inspired me to experiment more myself.  Plus – I got to see all the new products come in and be the first to play with them! It made it hard not to fall in love.

MCLV: You like to mix things up on the make-up front and try new things, but do you have a standard beauty routine? From cleansing to make-up basics?

K: As much as I love to venture out, sticking to the basics is my favorite thing to do. I am obsessed with skin care, so I start by cleansing my face, then applying a serum, and following with a moisturizer. My favorite products right now are the Algenist Replenishing cleanser, Ole Henriksen Truth Serum (Day), Kate Somerville Dual Serum (Night), and Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Moisturizer

For complexion, I apply a light weight foundation such as Buxom Show Some Skin Foundation, and then proceed with contouring. My favorite bronzer is the Two Faced Chocolate Solei  (and it really smells like chocolate!), blush I go with Marc Jacobs Shameless, and for a highlighter I just use a matte white eye shadow (since I am so pale!). For eyes I use a few nudes and brown shadows from the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, then I apply a thin winged liner from Tarte (the fine tip is phenomenal!), and then apply They’re Real mascara from Benefit.   

Of course, I can’t forget the brows; right now I use Anastasia Dip Brow. A must-have

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MCLV: When it comes to make-up, what are your favorite brands? The ones that continually put out products that you love.

K: Some of my favorite brands are Make up For Ever, Benefit, Mac, and Tarte (the best all natural cosmetic brand!)

MCLV: What are the top tricks of the trade that you’ve learned over the years as a make-up lover?

K: Blend, Blend, Blend! It is so crucial to blend out eyeshadow, contouring, etc, so that you don’t have any harsh lines and it looks as natural as possible. Also, as tedious as it may be, always make sure to clean your brushes because all that makeup buildup is not good for the skin!

MCLV: What products do you always have in your purse for midday applications and touch-ups?

K: I wear lipstick every day of my life, so there is always one of not multiple lipstick colors in my bag. I also carry a fluffy kabuki brush paired with a mattifying setting powder from Laura Mercier to keep that shine away.


MCLV: What are the five skin care, beauty, or make-up products that you can’t live without?

K: I am obsessed with radiance so I always have one skin care product with Vitamin C, so that my skin is forever glowing.  I would die without my brows, BB Cream, mascara, and lipstick; my essentials for a minimalist day. 

A huge thank you to Kerstyn for stopping by to share her tips & product recommendations. I’ve already ordered half of these babies!

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