The Expert: Anthony H. Nguyen

Anthony Nguyen

Anthony H. Nguyen is one of the most sought after makeup artists in the industry.  He is a LA based makeup artist known for his innovative and cutting edge looks.  Anthony is known for his risk-taking editorials, to simplistic beauty for the red carpet.  Before he took over the makeup world he was a filmmaker and director.  Anthony is also a beauty consultant for music videos, commercials, and advertising.  He was also chosen to be one of  thirty makeup artists from around the world to curate a limited edition eyeshadow palette for MAKE UP FOR EVER’s 30th anniversary.

Some of Anthony’s celebrity clients include Hilary Duff, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Cara Delevingne, Joseph Gorden-Levitt, Francis Bean Cobain, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Die Antwoord, Tove Lo, Azealia Banks, Rita Ora, Katy Perry and so many more.  His has been featured in Flaunt, Vogue Ukraine, Marie Claire, Schon, just to name a few. His work has been featured in many campaigns such as MAC Cosmetics, Nike, Beats by Dre, and many more. His runway work has been with fashion houses such as Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuiller, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, YSL, Miu Miu, Christian Dior, Chole and more.

Today he shares some beauty tips with us:

Recent Beauty Splurge:

I’m such a sucker for new lipstick colors and textures…I’m currently obsessed with chubby lipsticks from Clinique and Nars. I’m one of those customers/artists that say in their head, “I don’t have that, I need that.” When in real life, I actually have 15 products at home that are pretty much exactly the same.

Foundation brush or Sponge?

I love both a foundation brush and sponge (especially if it’s a Beauty Blender)! But if I had to choose only one, I’d choose a foundation brush…preferably a dense fluffy brush with synthetic hair.

Song you are listening to on repeat:

I usually hate songs that the radio kills & overplays…but currently I don’t mind hearing Adele’s ‘Hello’ on repeat…

Is contouring in or out?

Contouring will always be in to a certain degree, because it’s main purpose is to sculpt a face, but overdoing it is completely out. A lot of makeup enthusiasts nowadays get mistaken for actually being working makeup artists on social media, and a lot of their followers get misguided on what truly works for them.

Makeup trend that everyone should try?

Fall season always inspires us to be more fashionable with our wardrobe with cozy layers and boots, it also inspires us to be more bold with our hair color and makeup. I love the dark and bold lip trend that circulates during this season, but you’d be surprised how many people shy away from bold colors on their lips fearing that they can’t, “pull it off.” A bold lip instantly pulls together your look from head to toe, creating a more polished and fashion-forward look within seconds. A great way to ease into this look with baby steps is applying your dark lipstick with just a few taps on the lips to get a wash of color, then even it out with lip balm for a wine-stained look.

Makeup up trend that you wish would die?

I love the art of drag/stage makeup and contour, but unfortunately the art of stage makeup is a huge craze on the streets. Girls and boys of all ages are overly contouring their faces trying to look like the stars they see on their social media on a daily basis. There’s a time and place to do that style of makeup, but not for daily wear. But that’s okay. We’re all guilty of having a phase in our life when we didn’t know better and look back and say, “what the hell was I thinking?”

Beauty tip that anyone can do:

When you’re getting shiny or oily, it’s best to touch up with oil- blot sheets first either in place of your powder, or before you powder. It removes oil from your face without having to add another layer of excess product. Also too, the oil on your face ends up on the brush, which ends up ruining your powder, creating a film on top (Don’t you hate it when that happens?!)

Best advice you have ever received?

One of the best advices I’ve ever received was to not get comfortable, and to not wait for things to come to me. When I was younger and first starting out in the beauty industry, I was advised to have an action plan, and to not get distracted or feel that my day job to get by was my priority. My priority was a career path I wanted that involved a lot of free work, sweat, and tears to get where I needed to be. I was also told that I was talented, but no one will care or know if I don’t show the world what I’ve got. I’ll always remember my friend for giving me that wake up call.

Don’t ever forget that you’re the only person to make things happen, don’t wait to get lucky and have someone hand it to you!! Hard work pays off!!

Dream person to work with?

Dream people to work with would be with photographers Steven Klein or Tim Walker, and to do fantasy makeup for one of Tim Burton’s films!

Best Drugstore Buy?
Best Drugstore buy would be mascara from Cover Girl or L’Oreal!

You can keep up with Anthony in several ways, on Instagram @AnthonyNguyenMakeup, Facebook: AnthonyNguyenMakeup, his website and you can check out his YouTube Channel @AnthonyHNguyenMakeup.