Beauty Interview

Celebrity Makeup Artist Pati Dubroff Interview On Top Makeup Trends



Pati Dubroff aka PREMA, is one of Hollywood’s best makeup artists. Her work has graced the pages of American Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and many more.

Her classic yet distinguished look is immediately recognizable and her celebrity clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth,  Eva Mendes, Drew Barrymore and Gisele Bundchen, just to name a few.

Real Style asked Pati about summer trends, her essential beauty tools and how to get that perfectly contoured face. See what she had to say.


Real Style: What are your top summer colours for the face?

Pati Dubroff: Oh, top colours for summer for the face. Well, two of the colours that we have heard most about for summer makeup have been orchid (which is you know, kind of this great pink that has a lot of blue in it) and oranges. Oranges are a big deal, getting a lot of press. Oranges are definitely in the trickier zone to wear, so I like to sometimes introduce a little bit of coral for that orange feeling, or peach. Or someone wants that pop of bright orange feeling, it can be more red orange.

RS: Is that just for lips, or face?

Pati: Well, I wouldn’t put those colours on the eyes. I mean, you know peach can be really pretty on the eye, but orange itself can be a little weird. Maybe if it’s in more of a copper feeling, with some kind of earthy shimmer. And the orchid as well, I would stick with cheeks and lips for that colour.

RS:  What are your favourite summer trends from the runway?

Pati: Well, I think it’s bright lips for sure. I love the kind of bare face with a bright lip. I also love a strong brow, I think it’s a trend that just keeps coming back and back. Even with a very natural and neutral face, a strong brow really says something kind of powerful. It gives the face a lot of definition like a strong lip will. And then the third one, what’s the third one? For me, my favourite trend all around is beautiful skin. So that’s a forever, never going to go away thing!



RS: What are the top three beauty tools every woman kind of needs, just to have in their cosmetics bag or in their vanity?

Pati: Top three beauty tools? I would say a great lip balm, either an eyelash curler or a mascara. An eyelash curler can give the eye enough opening. Mascara definitely will. And then I would say the third (let’s kind of veer off of the face) and kind of use a product that’s making the skin and body look beautiful, I would say Jergens BB Body Cream. I remember the first time I put it on, I literally looked at my legs and went “whoa”, because I’ve used it on myself before I put it on clients. It was evening and I’m like “am I seeing things, because my legs look more beautiful right here?” So I went out into better light, and I’m like “this is an incredible product.”

RS:  Is there a tip you can give on contouring? I know that that’s sort of a big trend, just to make your cheekbones pop. Is there an easy way to do that at home?

Pati: Well, first of all, it’s kind of being subtle with it. You know, I think the way people used to contour is they used to do some pretty harsh striping to get the contour. I like to do it with actually using a foundation that’s two shades darker than the base foundation. I will contour the face with a little bit darker foundation because that’s a more subtle way of contouring. If someone needs any more, then after I will use maybe a contour stick, but very subtly done and blended really well- no harsh lines. I think the harsh lines are what kind of is a big telltale sign. Contouring with powders can be very tricky, because it can be harder to blend. But I have noticed that there are some products coming out from some of the cosmetic brands we love that are contour-specific. So, I think we’ll be seeing some powder contours that work better.

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