I met the fabulous Stephen Dimmick on Twitter, and I felt an immediate connection to this superstar Aussie makeup artist. He’s so warm and engaging, and has a positive energy that just makes you feel good. So when we were both invited to be founding members of the Friends of Ricki community, I was excited to get to know him better.
Based in New York City, Stephen has worked with “A-list” celebrities like Cate Blanchett and Toni Collette, and his runway credits include Christian Dior, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and more. He also blogs/vlogs on his website, DailyDimmick.com, where he dishes a “daily dose of gorgeous.” Make sure to check it out for great ideas and inspiration.
Stephen took some time to share his tips with 30Second Mom for making moms look great on the go.
EA: Stephen, you always look so put together. But today’s moms are so busy. How can we get out the door quickly and still put our best face forward?
SD: Spot conceal, curl lashes, add mascara and a yummy vivid lip. Try fuchsia. Deliciousness abounds!
SD: Using a primer on your skin first will give grip to the concealer. Foundation will not cover blemishes, and nothing will cover a pimple you’ve popped sistahs!
EA: Understood! What about wrinkles (sigh). Anti-aging is a big topic these days. Do you recommend anti-aging products? Is there a key ingredient to look for?
SD: First of all, it’s important to know nothing you use topically will permanently change your skin. The effects of topical treatments wear off when you stop using. My favorite products to use to keep your skin at its peak are Tretinoin cream (Retin A) and sunscreen. Tretinoin can only be obtained through a dermatologist if you are acquiring it, otherwise be VERY careful.
EA: Noted! OK, so it’s date night. How can we pump up the glam but still look like ourselves and not like we’re trying too hard? Smoky eye, false eyelashes – just for celebrities? Or can moms rock this look?
SD: My fave thing to do to elevate a daytime look into night is to really go for it with the eyeliner top and bottom, and on the waterline, too. GO FOR BROKE and bring on the smoke. After all, where there’s smoke there’s fire, sistah! Use a Q-tip to smudge the outer edges so it’s not a hard line, or blend it down with a lighter eye shadow. I think anyone can rock this look. Celebrities and models are there to get inspired by. GO FOR IT!
EA: Wow, that’s hot! I’m inspired. But moms don’t sleep much and often have the dark circles to prove it. Any suggestions for looking less tired?
SD: Dehydration is actually the No. 1 cause of darkness. When we wake up puffy, it’s usually the body holding on to excess fluid because we don’t have enough. Use concealer between the nose and the eyes. This is usually the most impacting place to put concealer.
A lot of mums also look at themselves in the mirror with horrendous lighting. NO ONE looks good in bad light. Also, a lot of women tilt their chins down when they look in the mirror. You are merely looking for the worst. Give yourself good, even light, not from above, and don’t tilt your chin down.
EA: Thank you for the great tips! Feeling more glam already! Follow Stephen on Twitter: @DailyDimmick