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2 posts tagged "Jeannia Robinette"

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Jeannia Robinette

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Beauty Nostalgia is a new weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Jeannia Robinette, celebrity makeup artist.

The Product: “The first big makeup shoot I did was for Davidoff fragrance. It was shot by Michael Thompson in Anguilla with the model Yamila Diaz-Rahi. I got the storyboard for the shoot and found out the entire scene was all underwater—like crashing waves, pounding surf, all underwater. I looked at the makeup notes and they just said, ‘make sure the makeup doesn’t run.’ I was like, you’ve got to be kidding! I decided I needed to do major research so I ordered every single waterproof mascara in the world, from the most expensive French brands to the cheapest drugstore ones. I tried hundreds in my apartment in New York by filling the bathtub with water and dunking my head. Then I’d apply the mascara and dunk my head again and again. I finally found one that really worked—L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara. It has a jet black color with a thick consistency that gives you volume and length. And it seriously does not budge in water. We ended up shooting for two weeks and this mascara saved my life. Yamila came rolling out of the water, sand all over her, but there were no smudges. I think Michael was definitely impressed! I still use this mascara to this day. I like to apply it at the base of the upper lashes and pull it through, then take the tip of the wand to coat the bottom lashes and brush them out with a lash comb. To make it really perfect, I take a gel eyeliner brush and fill in what I can’t get with the mascara wand.”

Photo: Courtesy of Davidoff; Courtesy of L’Oreal Paris

hilary rhoda, vying for brow title

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Brooke Shields has been the poster child for full eyebrows since she inspired fantasies of illegal proportions as the 15-year-old face of Calvin Klein Jeans. But as model and Estée Lauder spokeswoman Hilary Rhoda displays in the August issue of Numero (and pretty much every magazine you flip through these days), she’s the new brow queen in town. “If you want to let your brows grow in, you sometimes have to go through an ugly phase,” advises Guerlain makeup artist Jeannia Robinette, who has had the pleasure of sculpting the arches of both Shields and Rhoda. “The most natural way to keep them looking full through the process is to use an angled brush and an eyebrow powder or matte eye shadow to fill them in”—and always remember to brush them up, she adds, providing a small tip for extra impact: “I use a little stylist’s pomade on the eyebrow brush. It makes them stay and adds a little sheen.”

Photo: Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mangiell, “Easy Listening” in Numero #95, August 2008