I had the recent opportunity to ask celebrity MUA, Selen Hurer a few questions. Selen is working with 1-Day Acuvue Define, which is the first beauty enhancing contact lens. Together they have worked on how to achieve the must-have looks for the season and Beauty Rocks was able to do a personal Q&A with Selen to get the inside scoop.
BR: What are the make-up trends you are seeing for SS15? Anything new and exciting?
SH: The most popular upcoming trends I have seen are bronzed skin, dewy / luminous skin, glossy lips, taupe eyes and pastel eyes. However there were a few surprises on the catwalk from red lips to smokey plum eyes and graphic black eyeliner flicks .To help add further definition to eyes, those that wear contact lenses can try the new eye enhancement contact lenses, 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™, they provide a nice clean edge around the iris, providing definition, depth and dimension to the eye.
BR: What’s the number one mistake you see people making when it comes to make-up?
SH: The biggest mistake I see reoccurring is orange/dark faces and light necks! Always remember that foundation isn’t bronzer. It’s not designed to change the colour of the skin. You need to choose a foundation that is close to your natural colour. Foundation is not meant to mask the skin, if you can’t see it then you have picked the right shade. Sometimes it may not be possible to find a single product that does this effectively. For more natural results, buy two or three different shades and mix them to arrive at the right colour. When choosing a colour try to have a look in natural light as the artificial bright lights in department stores can be misleading. Bear in mind the oils in the skin can cause some types of foundations oxidize throughout the day, causing the foundation to look darker.
BR: What are your top three favourite make-up products you can’t live without?
SH: 1. I cannot live without my Dr Lipp Nipple Balm. It is my kit essential. It is fantastic for lips as you can use it as a gloss mixed in with lipstick. It’s great for eczema, cuticles, dry skin on elbows and fantastic for split ends!
2. Laura Mercier eye basics. This product is a fantastic eyelid primer. It neutralises the redness and makes the eyeshadow go on smoother and makes it stay on the whole day without creasing. I have oily eyelids and this works a treat.
3. Maybelline Volume Express The Colossal Mascara 100% Black. I love this mascara as it makes your lashes huge! It is non-drying and non-clumping. Perfect for lens wearers and for naturally enhanced beautiful eyes try the 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ lenses in Natural Sparkle and Natural Shimmer. They are so comfortable you forget they are in!
BR: How did you become a make-up artist?
SH: I knew I wanted to become a make-up artist at a very young age. I was always creative at school and loved to paint and draw. Straight after my A- Levels, I did a 2 year make-up and hair course at the London College Of Fashion. From then I worked with various make-up brands which helped build my make-up skills and confidence. Later I assisted make-up designers on shoots working for free to get my foot in the door.
BR: What’s a career highlight?
SH: I have worked on some exciting projects and have met some amazing people but I would say my biggest highlight was working on the last Harry Potter movie. For me it was a dream come true as I am a big fan! I also had the privilege to work at the London 2012 Paralympic Games where I got to make up the athletes for interviews.
Thanks to Selen for answering my questions!
About Acuvue Define:
*This new eye enhancement contact lens is currently available in Boots Opticians and will be available from all UK Opticians from mid-November 2014. Book an appointment in-store at Boots Opticians or online at boots.com for a five-day trial**. In 2015 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ will be widely available through most opticians across the UK and Ireland.
** Terms and conditions can be found on: https://www.acuvue.co.uk/1-day-acuvue-define/free_trial.