Neil Scibelli is a New York-based makeup artist who has worked with Elle MacPherson, Molly Sims, Sofia Richie, and Michelle Williams. He is a guest contributor for Popsugar.com, and serves as a beauty expert for InStyle, Byrdie, Women’s Health, Glamour, Health Magazine, Dr. Oz’s The Good Life, and Amazon’s Style Code Live. We caught up with Neil after his stint at NY Fashion Week to write this special guest blog.
By Neil Scibelli
As a makeup artist who has worked in the beauty industry for almost twelve years, it almost feels as if I’ve seen it all. From working on major fashion week runway shows, to music videos for iconic entertainment stars, I can honestly say that great makeup really begins with great skin. Our skin is constantly changing and being affected by our environment, busy schedules, health habits, and so on. So whether my client is hopping off of a long flight and into my makeup chair for a red-carpet appearance, or if it’s a runway model whose skin is dry because it is constantly being worked on, it is my job to provide my clients with their best looks. Luckily over the years, I’ve learned and developed quick beauty fixes that have really come to my rescue when prepping my clients’ skin (especially during fashion week when you’re in a time crunch!). To help you do just the same, I’m dishing out my pro tips to help bring your best skin forward.
When I’m working with designers to prep for upcoming fashion shows or campaigns, the most requested look for skin that I get is “glowing, dewy skin.” Well, my holistic, honest recommendation would be for nothing simpler than hydration. This may seem like an obvious one but staying hydrated both topically and internally is absolutely key for achieving radiant skin. Often times our busy schedules (and generous coffee intake) leave us dehydrated, which can quickly show up on our skin. When our skin is dehydrated, it can emphasize fine lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, and an overall lack of radiance. So, my first suggestion would be to drink your daily dose of h20, especially in the morning to really see that healthy radiance peeking through throughout the day. Drinking water will not only energize you from the inside out, but it will also start to plump out fine lines and restore the skin’s density. Now for a quick fix? If I’m working on someone who is experiencing dry skin, or is dehydrated from traveling, the ingredient hyaluronic acid which is becoming commonly found in moisturizers and serums, has the ability to immediately plump and hydrate the skin. Hyaluronic acid instantly draws moisture from the air, holding upto 1,000 times its weight in water. So, imagine all of that hydration being locked right into your skin! I use this method as a preliminary step before applying makeup in order to create a smooth, hydrated canvas.
On the topic of skin, I can’t go without saying there has been a product that I’ve become a natural fan and supporter of, that is more than just a quick fix. For clinically proven results, I actually recommend BioSil to my clients all the time. I discovered it for personal use about 6 years ago, in the midst of being a traveling national makeup artist for a cosmetics brand and noticing some changes in my hair and skin. A beauty industry colleague of mine suggested that I pick up a bottle of liquid BioSil and within a week I actually started to see improvements in the structure of my skin and the strength of my hair. The benefits are incredible for not only just your skin but as well as your hair, nails and joints. BioSil helps to produce new collagen, as well as re-gain the loss of collagen (from aging or sun damage), all which leads to improvements in the skin’s elasticity and firmness. It also helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles over time, speeds up nail growth and helps to re-strengthen hair. It really is a supplement that can be worked into any beauty regimen daily!
Another backstage beauty fix that I’ve really found to be helpful are the use of facial oils. I keep face oils in my kit because they can be used in a multitude of ways. If someone is experiencing an overall dry complexion, I mix a drop or two into a lightweight moisturizer to act as a base for their makeup. This combination works as an instant ‘pick me up’ for dry skin, and actually helps to bind complexion products like foundations to the skin better. If the particular event calls for a ‘dewy’ finish, this is also a great way to achieve that. Now, for those who may have oily skin, you may not need the oils on your entire complexion. But if you’re still looking for a natural glow, you can add just a drop of face oil above the cheek bones with your fingers to act as a highlighter, without looking oily all over. Face oils like argan, jojoba, and rosehip, have become more readily available on the market and are sold as individuals and blends. I hope that these skin savvy tips help to improve your own regimen, as I know they have really worked for me and my clients. With the ever-changing advances in technology and dermatology, there are countless ways to care for your skin – but you can’t go wrong with starting with these practical, efficient methods to get your skin on the right track.