Makeup artist Jacqueline Kalab may have named her hero product “Magic Foundation Brush” but the real magic is Jacqueline herself. Examiner caught up with the esteemed artist of over 18 years and learned not only about her amazing brush, but the devotion she has toward her work.
Jacqueline on beauty advice (and so much more):
Beauty is what you radiate as a person. Beauty is the personification of a kind and gentle, fun-loving soul, a healthy mind, and the confidence that comes from being proud of your own actions. In life, the only real person we have to answer to is ourselves. When we are genuinely proud of our own actions and choices in life, we radiate a certain happiness and beauty regardless of our physical features. Some of the most non-perfect looking people can be far more attractive and beautiful than their “perfect-looking” counterparts, due to radiating soul. I try to teach men and women this. They may dismiss an imperfect photo of themselves, yet the photo is JUST GORGEOUS as far as what is is communicating – soul, fun, a big great warm smile, love, care, laughter…
On dream collabs:
As a makeup artist, I think Charlotte Tilbury would be a wonderful person to collaborate with. I love what she is doing and creating. She also has so much personality – I love it. I would love to collaborate my brushes with her range of makeup. I feel that way about about a few wonderful brands, but Charlotte’s is pretty stand out right now.
People are surprised to learn make up artistry is extremely physical and active. And often required to go straight from work to a function with a celebrity! Combining fashion with practicality has become an art form in itself. An outfit of leather pants and a T-shirt (or girly dress) teamed with biker boots and casual jewelry for day, can be converted by putting on some strappy heels, flashy earrings and a statement jacket for going out.
On her makeup vs. makeup for her clients:
What I have in my make up kit for clients, is very different to what I have in my personal make up bag. My personal makeup has to be done in a flash so that I can get to my clients as early as 4am! My clients are going in front of audiences of thousands or millions. That said, I love getting gorgeous as much as the next person and I have the unfair advantage of being an celebrity makeup artist.
My personal must-haves are:
- Glo Minerals Foundation,
- My Magic Foundation Brush
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (liquid)
- MAC Mineral Blush in “Dainty”
- Laura Mercier lip pencils
- Lanolin – acts as a lip colour and keep lips in perfect condition
- Bourjois Lip Stains
- Nars, Stila, Tom Ford and Laura Mercier eyeshadows
- Error Pérez mascara – terribly unglamorous packaging but is the bomb!
- Stila liquid liner pens – brown and black
- A bunch of my brushes that will be released later this year
- Inglot Khol Pencil in Brown and Black – can’t live without it
- Burt’s Bees hand repair cream
- Kryolan concealers
- Ardell Brow Powder – this stuff makes incredibly great eyeshadow for fair – medium skins
- Burberry foundations
- Dr Haushka bronzer – sadly discontinued
- Kevyn Aucoin foundation
- Shu Umera Brow mascara in Honey
- Youngblood Mineral Powder
- Laura Mercier eye basics (eye foundation – amazing)
- Tom Ford eyeshadows
On personal creativity:
I have a constant stream of ideas that I can’t possibly implement them all. I find inspiration in everything from high-end fashion, to colors and patterns found in nature and to other’s works of art, or even street signs or talented graffiti (you should google Melbourne graffiti laneways), or the art and dress of the many cultures or the world.
On her cult favorite Magic Foundation Brush:
Most makeup brushes on the market are designed by and for makeup artists, leaving the every day woman with a very poor range of tools suited to everyday makeup. The Magic Foundation Brush™ has makeup artist tricks built into the brush so that you don’t have to be one. It applies and buffs makeup at the same time, to create a perfectly blended finish. In most cases you can go straight from foundation to contours to powder, bronzer and blush, without cleaning in-between. the short handle allows great control and to position up close to a mirror. Most people need to get their makeup on quickly and get out the door! I found there was a serious lack of high quality tools available for everyday makeup use. My celebrity clients kept asking me to recommend brushes for them, for when I couldn’t be there to do their makeup. There wasn’t any that I could recommend, so my brush range was originally designed for those clients, but has taken off as a cult favorite.
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Review and roundup: Magic Foundation Brush deserves its attention. It’s unique because it allows you to apply different formulas without damaging your product — meaning you can use the same brush for your liquid foundation, cream blush, and pressed setting powder — without compromising the makeup or forming dreaded “hard pan.” It does not shed literally one hair and is easily washed with soap and water. The small handle gives you absolute control and precision. Its size and shape is ideal for all contours of the face. It’s really an excellent addition to anyone’s collection, professional or not, and is an obviously well thought-out product
Jacqueline’s portfolio can be found on her website, along with contact information and an e-shop to purchase Magic Foundation Brush. She is, as you can see, a wonderful example of so much more than a makeup artist; there’s an obvious chemistry between her, art, life, and love.
Thank you, Jacqueline, for this opportunity! As always, send questions, feedback, and your thoughts on the Magic Foundation Brush to email@example.com.