With more than 12 years of experience in both artistry and product development, makeup artist Daniel Martin has established himself as one of the country’s premiere talents. His understanding of makeup has given him a diverse body of work among everything from consulting for brands like Lancome and Aveda, to working on editorial features in Vogue, W, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar. We talked to Daniel about common beauty blunders, splurge-worthy products and everything in between! Check it out:
Sigma: What are your favorite Sigma products?
Daniel: F15 - Duo Fibre Powder/Blush brush — I use this brush for foundation. F82 - Round Kabuki brush — After I set the face with powder, I like to then go over the entire face with this brush to meld everything together. P86 – Tapered Precision brush — I use this brush to spot powder around the nostrils, above the brow and around the mouth. E50 – Large Fluff brush — This makes for a great concealer brush. I use it where I need extra coverage and works well with thicker concealers.
Sigma: What makeup faux pas make you cringe?
Daniel: I cringe at foundation that is not the correct shade and/or is not blended well on the face. It’s an awful look when your skin tone doesn’t match your neck because of poor foundation color choice or lack of blending.
Sigma: Which beauty products do you consider most splurge-worthy and why?
Daniel: One should definitely splurge on great complexion products; foundations, concealers, powders, etc.
Sigma: What is the most challenging part of your job? What about most rewarding?
Daniel: The most challenging part of my job is not having enough time for a proper makeup application. The most rewarding are the relationships and friends you make along the way in your career.
Sigma: What is the one thing you suggest women should do to improve their natural beauty?
Daniel: The most important thing for natural beauty is to understand and know your skin and a good care regimen. A great complexion makes makeup application easy and effortless. Once you’re comfortable in your own skin, makeup becomes an accessory, rather than a tool to conceal or hide.