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A model prepares backstage at the Anna Sui fashion show during New York Week. (AFP/File)
Filtering out what global beauty trends are on point locally each season is a hassle when you’re overexposed to every aesthetic under the sun due to social media. Enter Archangela Chelsea, a 25-year-old artist who has made her mark in the international make-up scene, working in Hollywood in the US with clients like Olivia Munn (The Newsroom, X-Men: Apocalypse) and, closer to home, with Pevita Pearce and Luna Maya. J+ by The Jakarta Post caught up with Chelsea for some pointers on how to look flawless this season no matter what the weather!
I think the biggest trend globally in 2018 is to play with color. I’ve seen a lot of colors in some of the beauty looks of big celebrities on the red carpet. Purple is on trend, red eyeshadow is on trend and smoky eyes will still stay on trend.
Fashion shows like the latest New York Fashion Week [fall/winter 2018] also showed many examples of make-up, even though it was the fall and winter collection when the make-up is usually more nude. This time I saw a lot of pinks, blues and purples accompanied by beautiful glowing skin. This year’s biggest trend will be lots of colors–and lots of fun!
Global looks at home
I don’t think this global trend will translate any differently to Indonesians, as I see many young girls love to play with make-up and explore looks and colors nowadays. I do see that Indonesians love to stick with similar
and safe looks all year round, but I’m sure that other Indonesians will be influenced once local influencers and beauty bloggers pick up on this trend.
One step, two step
How to do a smoky eye? Easy. Purple eye shadow crayon stick, use my finger, and apply it all around the eyelid, blend it. Easy, right?
Glowing, not sweaty, skin
I believe that putting a mattifying primer will help for those with oily skin who still want to apply highlighter. However, those with dry skin should skip this part.
I love to spray my face with the Studio Tropik Priming Water just to get more dewiness on the skin. It can be used as both a primer and a setting spray!
Get to know Archangela Chelsea
On falling in love with make-up
Archangela Chelsea (Courtesy of Archangela Chelsea/File)
I think I’ve loved make-up ever since I was 14 years old. I’m not sure why, but I just fell in love with it, when my eldest sister introduced me to make-up and asked me to join a make-up class together with her. She was a teenager back then. I didn’t know anything about make-up when I first learned how to do it, but at 14 I knew that this was going to be what I wanted to do when I grew up.
On her training
I first learned to do make-up when I was 15 years old at the Puspita Martha and Rever Academy in Surabaya [East Java]. I then took some small classes when I moved to Los Angeles but there was nothing specific.
On breaking into Hollywood
I think it was all just by coincidence. If you ask me how I got into Hollywood, the answer is just by luck. I just met the right people at the right time and that’s it. I did the make-up for one of the bloggers out there [Chriselle Lim] and word got out after she tagged me in a photo.
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On splitting her time between Indonesia and LA
I spend most of my time in Indonesia–90 percent of my time is in Indonesia–but if I get a call from Hollywood celebrities I will definitely go.
On her beauty gurus
I’ve been influenced by a lot of great make-up artists like Pat McGrath, Mario Dedivanovic, Patrick Ta to become a better artist.
On the challenges of being a make-up artist
Building a career as a make-up artist itself is not that easy. There are tons of make-up artists and to be able to “make it” in this industry is really hard.
On the local scene
I think that Indonesian make-up artistry has grown so much. I don’t see much of a difference when compared to make-up artistry abroad, because we’ve grown so much due to the influence of social media. There is still room
for improvement, though. We have a tendency to become followers instead of creators.
On her favorite clients
I love working with Chriselle Lim and Olivia Munn. Those two are my favorite clients among Hollywood celebrities. Local celebrities? I love them all. They’ve been so supportive throughout my career and I love working with them all; from Luna Maya, Andien Aisyah, Pevita Pearce, Julie Estelle and Cathy Sharon.
Create the Look: Classic Smokey Eye
Models pose backstage for Chromat AW18 during New York Fashion Week. (AFP/File)
Now that you have the gist of the trend, its time to equip yourself with the essential tools! J+ by The Jakarta Post has compiled an array of local make-up products that will have you looking like you just got off the runways of NYFW.
PAC Intense Color Eyeshadow Pencil (Rp 176,000)
The easiest way to jump head first into this trend is to swap out your usual black eyeliner with brightly colored ones. The Pac Eyeshadow Pencils are perfect as they come in colors like neon yellow, bright blue and deep purples. Simply draw a cat eye on your upper lid to keep things looking chic or draw a line right on top of your crease–following the natural curve of your eye–for a Twiggy- esque look.
Make Over Trivia Eyeshadow (Rp 85,000)
Maybe you’d prefer a soft wash of bright color rather than a graphic line? Use a fluffy brush and dip it into one of these deep jewel-toned eyeshadows before blending it all over your eyelid up to the crease. Feeling a little bolder? Dip a flat eyeshadow brush into the color of your choosing, spritz it with setting spray and then pack it onto your eyelid as close to the lash line as possible for an even richer color.
BLP Beauty Lip Coat (Rp 129,000)
Not an eyeshadow person? Sometimes it can’t be helped, but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the colorful make-up trend! Pick a unique color like Lavender Cream from this lip line and you’re guaranteed to turn heads.
Rollover Reaction HALO Luminizing Stick in Moonlit (Rp 139,000)
The perfect compliment for bold, colorful make-up? Soft, glowing skin. Opt for a cream highlighter, as it’ll give your skin a fresh, juicy quality and blend with your fingers as the warmth will help melt the highlighter so that it becomes one with your skin.
This article was originally published in the Apr. 2018 edition of J+ by The Jakarta Post with the headline "Bright Colors, Soft Skin”.