When it comes to creating beauty, stylist and make up artist Karlo Star doesn’t just stop at the surface: both his work and words resonate with the quality and balance of someone who has found his passion. Read on to discover his personal views on beauty and his tricks on how to achieve it.
How do you define beauty?
Beauty is as diverse as its audience. In the broadest term, beauty is anything that brings you pleasure and floods your senses with joy. If I were to get hardcore about it, I would say that it is an experience that connects you to humanity and leaves you completely vulnerable. Beauty has been known to forge alliances between empires, but also bring them down like in Cleopatra’s case. Beauty is that powerful.
I can’t talk beauty without mentioning beautifying: an intention, something we owe to ourselves, to look and be our best, a joyous process in itself.
What is your favorite make-up brand? Why?
I love Make Up For Ever. It’s highly pigmented, so one doesn’t have to use too much product and the skin doesn’t look heavy. To apply makeup and be able to see the skin, that is glorious.
What would you say is the most important step in the make-up process?
Of course, I’m going to say that the most important thing is to take painting classes, where you learn how to use a brush and loosen up your wrist. Also, wash and moisturize your face every morning and evening. If you can do this the battle is half won. Then, choose a good foundation, one that matches your skin tone exactly, please!
In terms of hygiene, what is the best way to keep make-up brushes and cases clean?
Keep your face clean, wash your brushes regularly and don’t share them.
Once in a while use an instant cleanser like Brush Off, but at least once a week wash them with soap and water. I wash mine with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo; rinse, and then dip them quickly into a blend of alcohol and hydrogen peroxide (1:1 ratio). Shake off the excess water and place them on a flat surface to air-dry. A good quality brush can last years.
Could you name a beauty product women should always carry?
A condom. It keeps them beautiful and stress free! Besides that, lipstick. It instantly brightens your face, men like it, and it writes smoothly on car windows.
Who would you say is a contemporary beauty muse? why?
Wow, this is a tough one, especially since I concur with Dame Westwood on her last comments about fashion and style. To paraphrase Dame Viv, nowadays people are boring, copy-paste individuals. Beauty is not exempt from this malady. We should look into developing our own style.
At first hand names like Talitha Getty, Dalida, and Maria Felix come to mind – I would love to be able tobring them back to 2012. Then I think of the beauty that has amazed us for decades, like Sonia Braga, Iman and Diane von Fürstenberg. Tapping into these timeless glamazons, contemporary beauties like Sofia Vergara, Elena Anaya, Marion Cotillard, Joan Smalls and Adele have become modern muses because they all exude elegance in their way of living. Natural elegance imbues your life from how you get out of bed in the morning to how you order your coffee at the bodega.
How do you spread good karma?
Good karma starts with your intentions. It is self-awareness, purpose. I scan my mind frequently, checking my thoughts. If I find some of them to be negative, I either turn them around into positive ones, or I get rid of of them entirely .
Good karma is about making your life mean something. Understanding people is key, so put yourself in the other person’s shoes and karma will guide you.
The Light Smokey Eye
For his favorite 2012 Beauty Trend, Karlo chose a subtler, more elegant version of the quintessential smokey eye. His trick is to draw the eye with colors that complement the skin tone to achieve that naturally glowing look he describes as “a chiaroscuro waltz”, and pair those with light pinks and translucent corals on the lips and cheeks. Take inspiration from super mogul Jennifer Lopez, whose face always looks like she’s spent an entire week sunbathing in Vieques