Kim Kardashian's Makeup Artist Spills

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.

SKIN:
"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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