Ariel Tejada is only 20 years old and creating the Kardashians and Jenners’ flawless faces that garner millions of likes on Instagram. In an interview with Elle, Ariel reveals 9 beauty secrets he uses to create the perfect glow, impeccable skin and those lush lush lips.
EMOLLIENT MOISTURIZER IS MY SECRET WEAPON
A huge part of any flawless foundation application starts with skin products. I literally live for a really good emollient moisturizer. I like the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer — that’s a good one for underneath makeup.
INVEST IN EYE CREAM
A good eye cream is important because you never want your concealer to settle into fine lines. I like the Tatcha Revitalizing Eye Cream. At night, you should always put on a really thick eye cream to keep everything hydrated because, throughout the night, you lose a lot of your moisture so you want the cream to sit there and soak in.
CONTOURING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE COMPLICATED
If you want the highlight and contour look, you should go for a concealer that’s one to two shades lighter than your skin tone in the center of your face to balance out the lighting. And for contour, pick a foundation that’s one or two shades darker. Makeup is all about layering. I like using cream foundations. Tom Ford has really, really great cream foundations, and it can be sheered out to almost nothing or you can build it to a nice coverage.
I love a good glow. Recently, that’s what I’ve been addicted to: making the skin look really fresh and glowy, yet still glam. I like using a liquid or cream highlighter underneath the powder — on top of the foundation, but before setting it. For cream, I like BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal. I put that on the high points of the cheek, bridge of the nose, right at the center of the chin, Cupid’s bow, and I just press it in and blend it. Once you set your makeup in place, you can go in with a powder glow just to emphasize the glow that you have already put on. And I like using Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood.
EYESHADOW CAN RESHAPE YOUR EYES
If you want to give your eyes a more almond shape you can go ahead and darken the outer corners of the eyelid. If you want to give it a more rounded shape you round out the colors along your eye shape. Bronzey, warm-brown eyeshadows are kind of my signature look. It’s pretty universal, you can never go wrong with natural colors.
WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD LASHES
There’s a lash for every look. I am a huge fan of Lilly Lashes. I helped Lilly Ghalichi design the collection, and one of my favorites is called Paris. It’s a wispy lash and I really love a good wispy lash because it just gives a good, natural fluttery look to the eye. If you just put some mascara over it, you can intensify it or you can leave it as is. It’s a very universal lash.
FAKE THE LOOK OF FULLER LIPS
Over-lining the slightest bit on your lip and filling in the entire lip with lip liner will give you longevity with whatever lipstick you put over it.