Makeup artist Nam Vo lets us in on how to score a dewy glow for a party-ready look


By Wei Yeen Loh

Makeup artist Nam Vo lets us in on how to score a dewy glow for a party-ready look

It’s impossible to talk about dewily blinding cheekbones without citing the OG of “dewy dumplings”, Nam Vo. If you’ve seen the makeup artist’s Instagram feed (sunnies optional), you’d know that a healthy, envy-inducing glow is very much her signature look.

For the upcoming festive season, the Marc Jacobs Beauty Global Artistry Ambassador shared some pro tips on creating a holiday-ready glamorous makeup look (replete with pops of gold), and what it takes to create her dewy dumplings:

How do you recommend using the new Liquid Highliners for holiday-worthy glam looks?

Nam Vo: “The applicator makes it easy to draw fine or statement lines and the shade range gives you endless colour combinations! I like to pop a gold shade like Gold Getter in the inner corners of the eyes to brighten and go even bolder by winging it out. I think a metallic cat eye is the perfect accessory to compliment your holiday look.”

What are some of the coloured eyeliner trends that you’re loving right now, and how can we wear them for everyday?

NV: “Mixing and matching liners is so on trend at the moment. I love starting with a simple cat eye with a classic shade like Blacquer. Then I like to layer a bold colour on top to create a double wing effect. If it sounds too intimidating, first try layering with my favourite shade Star Magic. It is a soft and neutral rose gold with a hint of glitter.”

What’s the best way to rock metallic shades for daytime?

NV: “For the day, I would draw fine, delicate lines around the eyes. This way your eyes are subtly framed.”

What tips do you have on achieving a perfectly flawless, dewy complexion?

NV: “Flawless makeup always starts with great skincare. I love prepping the skin using the Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Hydra-full Retexturizing Gel Crème. It plumps the skin and provides a hydrating (not oily!) canvas for foundation.”

For those who have oily and combo skin, how would you suggest keeping on a dewy look all-day long in this hot and humid weather?

NV: “Start with a mattifying primer, like the new Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Blurring Coconut Face Primer. Apply it in the t-zone to balance your oils. Then, use a small amount of the Finish Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder in the same spots to absorb the oil without taking away the glow.”

What makeup trend are you obsessed with this season?

NV: “I am ALWAYS obsessed with high-shine highlighters, I will never grow tired of that look.”

A makeup trend you’re so over with this season?

NV: “Crazy false lashes. You can achieve the same volume with one swipe of Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.”

What are five things we can always find in your beauty kit?

NV: “I always have Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, Enamored Lip Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer in Sugar Sugar, Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon in (Pink)y Swear, Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in Fine Wine and now, the new Highliner Liquid-Gel Eyeliner in Star Magic.”

What is one important skincare/makeup advice you’ve received that you can share with our readers?

NV: “Stay out of the sun!”

What do you love most about being Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Global Artistry Ambassador?

NV: “I love that I get to work with a true artistry line. The pigments and formulas are high performance and look and photograph so well—something all artists want in a makeup product.”

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Liquid-Gel Liners

Marc Jacobs Highliner Liquid-Gel Eyeliner (RM120) is available at Sephora online and in-stores

Check out more holiday stories here, from gift guides to hair, makeup and nail inspo to ace your festive look this season.

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