Whether she’s on location with Bella Hadid for an editorial, backstage at Off-White in Paris, or collaborating on the Barneys seasonal mailers, Fara Homidi brings a bold, free-spirited approach to every face she touches. “Makeup is an extension of who you are at the core,” says the makeup artist. “It’s an outlet, allowing the world to see you, the way you’ve chosen to be seen. I love the power and ownership in that.”

For Homidi, beauty is a direct extension of a mood, and this season she’s feeling bold, joyful colors. “For a long time it was the ‘no makeup’ makeup, but I think right now, especially in this political climate, people want to see color. A glam look is an easy way to lift your spirits and wear your feelings on your face.” With that in mind, she shows us how to create a stunning look using Chantecaille cosmetics.

And for Homidi, all beauty starts with skin prep, so she also walks us through the step-by-step process for prepping the skin using Malin + Goetz skincare. Read on for the full how-to, in her words.



Skin prep is vital before makeup application. You have to make sure you are gently exfoliated and very moisturized, so that foundation glides on without emphasizing any dry skin or fine lines. I love using Malin + Goetz products because they are simple and effective.

I started with the Brightening Enzyme Mask, which removes all the dead skin cells and gets your skin ready to be a smooth surface that will absorb the moisturizer more evenly. I think it’s really important to use an oil in addition to a basic moisturizer, and Recovery Treatment Oil is fantastic, especially in winter when skin is very dry. I followed it with Revitalizing Eye Gel and Vitamin E Face Moisturizer. The final step is applying Mojito Lip Balm—I’m crazy about making sure lips are exfoliated and balmed, especially if I’m doing a strong lip, as lip color will hang on to dry skin.

The face is ready for makeup when everything is plump and juicy and it looks like you just stepped out of a spa.



I built this look around the eye and the beautiful colors. This may sound strange, but I was inspired by the colors in bruised skin, so I gravitated toward purples and pinks around the eyes, but kept it very beautiful, glamorous, and strong. Then I added fuchsia around the cheeks, and a matte, bold red lip finished off with lip gloss.

The first thing I did was gently apply Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer (for Frances the shade was Bliss), which is super sheer with a little hint of sheen, followed by a dap of Le Camouflage Stylo Anti Fatigue Corrector where you want to catch the light.

I love cream products because they are easy to blend and move on the skin, and I love to use my fingertips because it warms up the product and helps it move around with ease. For the cheeks, I actually used the Matt Chic lipstick in Dovima and began at the hollow of the chic and blended upward toward the forehead for a dramatic shade.

For the eyes, I used my fingers to apply Matte Chic lipstick, this time in the colors Linda and Marissa, and then I applied Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo in the color Crocus to the lids and tear ducts. I finished off with Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara, which is really lush and lovely.

Any time I do a glossy lip I prime it with a matte lipstick so that the color stays put throughout the night. I finished the lip off with red, shimmery Brilliant Gloss in Glamour.

As a makeup artist, I’m definitely known for my skin, which is why prep is so important to me. I also think it’s really important to see imperfections and the artist’s hand in the work. I like when it looks like the model did her own makeup—perfectly imperfect. Don’t be afraid to pull off a strong, bright look like this one. Be who you want to be. —Fara Homidi

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