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Interview: Makeup artist Krista Scott 

The Huntersville native offers some Hollywood tips

MAC makeup artist Krista Scott seems like the girl next door — but with a $600 tattoo covering half of her back. The design, of a pinup girl with long black hair and a bold red lip surrounded by makeup brushes, represents beauty. "I am an artist and people are my canvas," Scott says.

The Huntersville native and Hopewell High School graduate is currently juggling two jobs, one at Belk's MAC counter at Northlake Mall and the other at Casabella Salon in Lake Norman. She was trained at the film makeup school Joe Blasco in Hollywood, Calif., in 2008. Now, she's sharing some of Hollywood's tricks of the trade with her signature "soft but edgy" look.

First and foremost, the skincare fanatic stresses that it's all about what you do to your skin before you put on your makeup. Scott suggests exfoliating two to three times a week with baking soda. Strange, yes, but she swears by it. "Once you rinse it off, your skin feels baby soft," she says.

Doing so provides a smooth palette, which is helpful when applying liquid or cream foundations to the face. She recommends using brushes for foundation application because they "give a softer, airbrushed finish, so it looks almost like you're not wearing anything."

After applying foundation, Scott advises all clients, even those with redness in the skin, to use a blush. When you wear foundation or powder without a blush, you look more made up. "The reason for wearing blush is to bring color back into the skin," she says. "Use a peach color. Peaches look good on almost every skin tone, and they counter red on the color wheel."

More importantly, Scott says that highlighting and contouring showcases the best features of any face shape. For a healthy glow, she suggests lightly dusting a silver-toned highlighting powder right above the cheekbones, above the lip, and down the nose.

For those who prefer a sun-kissed glow, Scott says a bronzer is a girl's best friend, but in moderation. Using too much bronzer can make the foundation appear cakey.

The finishing touch to any fresh face is an edgy, smoky eye. "My favorite color to use on eyes is purple," she says. Bright purples pop, and soft purples provide a hint of color when paired with browns. Scott encourages clients to layer different shades until they achieve the desired result.

A final piece of advice Scott offers is timeless: Less is definitely more; makeup should be used to enhance someone's best features, not cover them up. "Think Marilyn Monroe," she says. "It's all about the pinup look with soft skin and exotic eyes."

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