Samer Khouzami is well known as a master of makeup transformations and contouring. Photographs of average women being transformed into beauties thanks to his skills has literally flooded the internet and social networks. But Samer is keeping as a secret all the products and techniques he uses. He reveals them only during his few makeup courses, that he makes during a year all over the world.
In 2015 Samer posted on social networks a few destinations, where he will go with his Beauty Tour. I was deciding between the Netherlands, Romania and Germany. I could not go to the Netherlands because I had this term already booked by brides, Germany was scheduled to November, so I packed my suitcase and went to Romania in September.
You need three things to create a beautiful makeup: Technique, makeup brushes and products. You can partially read the technique from the photos, that Samer is posting on the internet and because he is using his own line of makeup brushes, it was the products, that I was interested in the most. When I was asking another makeup artist during the event, most common answer was: “I want to know what is he using for contouring.” The same question I am now asked by all the people, that know I was at Samer’s masterclass, so I decided to write down a full list of products and few tips, that the Master of Contouring was sharing during his tour.
Bridal makeup by Samer
Samer’s favourite makeup brands are Anastasia Beverly Hills, Sisley, Shu Uemura, Chanel, MAC, Make Up For Ever, Tom Ford, YSL and Giorgio Armani. In his makeup kit you will find foundations Guerlain Parure Gold, Chanel Perfection Lumiére, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, or Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation.
He always starts with a thin layer of Fix+ from MAC, so the skin is a little bit sticky. As a medical base he uses Sisley or Shu Uemura according to the skin type. For highlighting he applies Concealer from Anastasia Beverly Hills, for contouring sticks from Tom Ford. He blends the highlighting and contouring together with a little bit of liquid foundation on his brush, in this example the Dolce&Gabana Perfect liquid foundation.
When all the foundation is done, he uses dry beauty blender to absorb oils left behind from the makeup and skin. To define the intensity of contour and highlight even more, he applies dark powder on contours and light one on the highlights. His favourite powders are Chanel Loose Powder or Compact Powder from Tom Ford. He applies the powder with MAC Powder puff, which he uses also while leaning on the model’s face not to smudge the foundation. First he powders the areas under the eyes, because this is the place, where makeup starts to crease. For highlighting the area under the eyes Laura Mercier The Secret Brightening Powder.
Eyes and Eyebrows
As a eyeshadow base he applies Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer. Eyeshadows from brands MAC (shades Twinks, Follie, Embark), Too Faced (Bon Bon, Nougat, Peanut Butter from Chocolate Bar), Makeup Atelier (palette number 5). Gel eyeliner Aqua Black from Make Up For Ever, eye pencil Aqua Black from the same brand. For eyebrows he likes dark brown shade from palette number 5 Makeup Atelier. To color the hair in eyebrow he likes brow gels from Giorgio Armani, MAC or Anastasia Beverly Hills.
Lips and cheeks
To draw the shape of the lips he always uses lipstains and lip brush, never the lip pencil. Lipstains should be waterproof to last long, for exapmle from Giorgio Armani or Anastasia Beverly Hills. Because theese lipstains make the lips very dry, he applies a lipstick on the top. In this case YSL Babydoll kiss and blush. On the apples of the cheeks just a little bit of Nars blush in shade Deepthroat. To enhance the highlighting he added a bit of Laura Mercier Highlighter 01 on the cheeks, above the eyebrows, on the upper lip and on the chin.
Do you like makeup Before&After? Than check the blog post about my work for Miss Face with a full list of products.
Samer Khouzami makeup brushes
I had the opportunity to reserve basic or advanced set of Samer’s makeup brushes, but because I am quite mistrustful, I skiped untill I could see them and most importantly touch them. But in a moment, when I saw the luxurious black boxes in hands of other course participants, I began to regret. The course have not even finnished and I had to order them and in two weeks I had them finally at home. How are they? Are they good quality made? Full review of Samer Khouzami’s Advanced set of brushes is coming soon :-).
Have a nice Monday,