eXO interviews celebrity makeup artist and founder of Abel Cosmetics, Dana Rae Ashburn
eXO: At eXO, we believe simplicity is radical. And that goes for make-up too. What's your go-to simple/natural look?
DRA: My go-to simple look is a cat eye. Everyone morning I wash my face, apply eXO moisturizer, put concealer under my eyes and around my nose, use my ABLE liquid liner, mascara and I'm done. This takes about 10 minutes. Nothing is sexier than great skin and a simple cat eye!
eXO: Any tips for flawless skin that doesn't look overdone? (As few products as possible, please.)
DRA: During the day there is no need to use foundation, concealer and powder. Just use one to cover up spots and you'll be good to go. Also, always try to pick lips or eyes. Meaning lipstick or eye makeup. Both can be a lot, especially during the day so it's safe to pick one. (I'm an eye girl!)
eXO: After using an incredible moisturizer, what two make-up products do you recommend to create your "night out" look?
DRA: ABLE Cosmetics Cat Eye 101 because the formula does not budge. L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara which never lets me down! (And Ardell Wispie lashes if I get to pick a third.) Drawing attention to your eyes is always a good idea!
eXO: If you had any advice to women about simplifying their make-up, what would it be?
DRA: An easy way to simplify your make routine is to pick your favorite feature. Lets say you like your cheek bones. Then find a great blush and highlighter. My best feature is my eyes so I have built a career around eyes and, as you saw above, it's the only thing that I focus on in the morning. But aside from makeup I have always said to friends and clients you can't have great makeup without great skin. I have been using eXO for months now and it's the only moisturizer that doesn't make me oily. Sometimes I will make my own tinted moisturizer for clients; I'll do one part eXO and one part foundation and mix them together. It's a great trick!