By Heather Muir, Allure magazine
A funny thing happens when some women move to New York City: their beauty style often shifts to a more natural look. Polished, yes, but understated and sophisticated, too. So I was curious to see if Kim Kardashian would follow suit. Would she shed her spray tan, super-shiny hair extensions, and extra-long lashes? A few minutes into Kim and Kourtney Take New York, it was obvious Kim's signature beauty style was alive and well in NYC. I watched Kim lounge around her new Tribeca pad, work out, and go on a date at Serendipity, all with flawless-and full-on-makeup.
Rewind to last week when Kardashian was revving up in NYC for the premiere of her show: Makeup artist Troy Surratt greeted her at 4:45 a.m. (Kardashian was not only on time, Surratt says, but "upbeat and enthusiastic") so he could get her camera-ready for a media-blitzed day, which included The Today Show, Letterman, Wendy Williams, Regis & Kelly, and MTV Live. When I asked Surratt if the bombshell had any plans to change up her look for NYC, he assured me she doesn't-and for good reason: "She's not going to be a hipster or an uptown or downtown girl. Kim's smart and embraces the power of looking glam-her look is iconic and recognizable. And she loves the process of getting ready." Here, an inside look at what went down in Surratt's makeup chair.
"Kim has beautiful skin," Surratt gushed. He applied a little Dior Diorskin Natural Glow Creme-Gel Makeup in Honey Beige, a light formula, just to even things out.
LIDS: "Kim has a good amount of space between her lash lines and her brows, so she can wear a lot of eye makeup," Surratt said. He drew Stila Kajal Pencil in Onyx along her upper lashes and lower inner rims. He smudged a mix of the black and brown shades from Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Night Dust along her lower lash lines; then he applied the brown in the crease, and blended the black into the upper-lash liner, as well as at the outer corners of the eyes.
LASHES: Surratt brought out M.A.C. 48 Lash Strips. His trick: Cut each strip in five clusters and glue them along the entire lash line, placing a few invididual lashes (he likes the ones from Ardell) in between. Top the falsies with a coat of Lancôme Definicils Precious Cells Mascara. When the mascara is still wet, "run a lash comb through it to define and separate the lashes," Surratt said.
LIPS: Surratt plucked a lip pencil-Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil-and a neutral Fusion Beauty lip gloss from Kim's own kit for her classic glossy nude lips.
Surratt's bionic makeup held up long after they wrapped their workday at 5:30 p.m.-Kim was spotted at a New Jersey Nets game that night rocking her look.
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