Mathew Nigara has worked with clients from various publications, TV, fashion houses, and celebrities. He is a key artist for one of my favorite designers, Diane Von Furstenberg and works behind the scenes at Badgley Mischka, Marc Jacobs and Nanette Lepore to name a few.
He’s known for creating looks that transform beautiful women into gorgeous women i.e Shalom Harlow, Alek Wek, Anouck and Eva Herigova.
Mathew has established himself as an industry leader and teaming up with New York Color Cosmetics in helping women all over the world recreate runway looks that can be achieved in the privacy of their own homes.
I was thrilled when Mathew agreed to answer a few beauty questions – and I couldn’t help but ask him about Red Lipstick.
Anita: As a makeup artist how do you feel about women and Red Lipstick?
Mathew: I am an avid fan of red lipstick. It always evokes the upmost in femininity - attitude – confidence and power. As a Makeup Artist , it signifies everything that I love about makeup and is the easiest way for a woman to make a statement with color .
Anita: (I love his answer) What is the best way to determine which shade of Red Lipstick is age-appropriate – or is there such a thing?
Mathew: Red lipstick , in my opinion, is a shade that is not confined by the idea of age appropriateness, but rather more of a definition of a woman’s inner life. I do believe that it needs to be worn by a WOMAN and not a girl. So, maybe there should be an age requirement when wearing it.
Anita: What is a True Red?
Mathew: A true red is the delicate balance of an orange toned red and a blue toned red. It won’t read as magenta or tangerine – it works on all skin tones and requires little effort when applying it. The NYC New York Color Ultra Moist Lipwear in Retro Red is that perfect red. It works beautifully on everyone.
Anita: What is a Classic Red?
Mathew: A classic red for me evokes the traditional Blue red color – the red that defined the 1950’s. The new NYC New York Color Smooch Proof 16HR Lipstain in Rock on Ruby is a great example of this shade. The smooth staining texture also adds a more classic feeling to this color.
Anita: How does a woman tell a Red Lipstick apart? I am often confused, is there a color wheel?
Mathew: Different red shades are determined by the undertone of the specific shade. By placing a true burgundy, orange, and magenta on your hand place the chosen red along the base shades so you can see where the red falls closest too. Go with your individual preference – and what you will feel confident wearing.
Anita: What beauty tricks can you share with the average working woman who only has five minutes in the morning to devote to makeup?
Mathew: Moisturize first and foremost -Then when doing a quick makeup every woman should have products that she can rely on and that don’t require much thought when applying them. A fool – proof combo for every woman would be the NYC New York Color Skin Matching Foundation as it applies effortlessly and quickly. Next, I would use the NYC New York Color Showtime Volumizing Mascara to bring attention to the eyes and follow with one of the NYC New York Color Smooch Proof 16HR Lipstains for a pop of color. Anita: What are NYC New York Cosmetic’s famous Reds?
Mathew: My favorite go-to reds from the NYC New York Color collection are: Ultra Moist Lipwear in Retro Red, Smooch Proof 16HR Lipstain in Rock On Ruby and the Extreme Lip Glider Lip Gloss in Big Apple Red.
Anita: What is your signature style when approaching makeup?
Mathew: My style with makeup is more of an approach. I see every woman as an individual. Makeup is always about the woman wearing it and never about the makeup artist. But, that being said I am partial to an approachable, high glamour look – with a retro edge.
Anita: If a woman was going to change up her makeup pallet, what New York Colors would you recommend?
Mathew: Well, I would most definitely start by incorporating the new NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compacts-Smokey Eyes. The colors are pre-selected to compliment the individual eye color and instantly add a bit more glamour which is perfect for this season. I would also consider changing the texture of the lip by selecting colors from both of the NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine Glosses and the Smooch Proof 16 HR Lipstains and experiment.
Anita: Any advice for women or teens wearing makeup for the first time?
Mathew: My advice for teens is simple – Practice makes perfect! There are no mistakes you can make just go for it – have fun and remember that you can always add more color – so take your time and start to enjoy the process of the application.
Anita: Thank you Mathew for sharing your beauty insider secrets! I learned a lot and I’m looking forward to our future conversations!
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