Interview with Le Métier de Beauté’s Dre Kearney

Need some summer inspiration? Or just want to learn more about beauty’s most coveted rising star? Well, I did. So I was thrilled to have a chance to talk to Dre Kearney,  Le Métier de Beauté’s regional manager down here in Texas, along with Oklahoma, Pheonix and Denver, and makeup artist galore.  

I love this decadent lux line, not only because of the high quality products, but their epic partnerships.  To start, the company was born out of a partnership with chemists to achieve amazing skin care benefits and standout formulations.  Later, the brand partnered with Marchesa to create a collection featuring the palettes of designers Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig.  The line doesn’t have so many products that it becomes overwhelming and it is easy to create a professional look without serious makeup training.

How does the “Koral” trend translate to those who prefer and more neutral shade?

Korals are great even for the client who is a little ‘color shy.’  A pop of Koral on the lip gives you a fun, fresh summer look.  Layering a sheer gloss over a lipstick is perfect way to wear korals and not feel like your lips are walking in the room before you do.  Try Ken’s Kissable Koral with Lip Crème Lip Gloss in Peche of Sweet Crème – it’s the perfect way to wear color this summer.

Does the Ken Downing collaboration signal a return to matching nails and lip?

Definitely! Matching lip and nail will be a huge trend especially going into Fall. It’s a return to polished, lady-like sensibilities with modern and rich colors. Two must have products! Ken’s fall collection is so beautiful.

Many of the jewel tones in Penelope suggest the Mediterranean. How can we use that in a “beach look”?

Penelope is a beautiful eye shadow palette because the shades are so versatile. The sheer shimmery gold, and metallic beige are perfect for a neutral beach look. Lightly sweep the lilac shade on top to give an unexpected yet sheer pop of color.

Instead of a deep, dark eye line, what do you suggest for a lighter, summer look?

Using colors other than black and dark brown will give your look a touch of something special, as well as accentuate your eye color. My favorite look this summer is a soft, colored shadow swept across the lash line. The Le Metier Flat Line Brush is perfect for this type of application. Apply the shadow as thin or as thick as you like.

What lip products do you like to keep our puckers from drying out in the summer heat?

For serious dehydration or sun-damage lips, I love Aquaphor Healing Ointment for the amazing hydration it gives.  Another favorite go-to I will not leave home without is the Le Metier de Beaute lip glosses. Both Sheer Brilliance and Lip Crème Lip Gloss have an emollient, creamy texture and believe it or not are great for chapped lips! It’s loaded with Vitamin E and lanolin, which protects the lips from climate and environmental elements.

What are the tricks to a simple face, using only concealer and letting our summer tan shine through?

Spot treating the skin with concealer is the fastest way look flawless without having to use a foundation all over. First, cover under eye darkness. Next focus around the nose and middle of the face where most people tend to be red. Lastly, take a step back from the mirror and look for any blemishes or spots you may want to cover. This will make the overall appearance of your skin look more even without a lot of effort.

Are the any application hints for foundation/Peau Vierge in the summer heat? Which formulation is better in warmer climates? Is the SPF sweat proof?

I love Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe all year round, and because it can also applied as a primer which is particularly amazing for the summer heat. You can wear this product alone as tinted moisturizer or blend it with a fuller coverage foundation for more coverage. During the warm summer months I find most women prefer the light weight feel of Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe alone. Apply Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe with the Le Metier de Beaute Angled Foundation Brush to get smooth and even coverage that will last all day.

How would you use Finishing Powders versus Eye Brightening & Setting Powder?

Pressed powder is applied to the entire face to set and finish your foundation. The Le Metier de Beaute’s Visage de Soie Finishing Powders are ultra oil-absorbing which makes it ideal to carry with you for touch-ups throughout the day.  Our Eye Brightening & Setting Powder is used to highlight and brighten specific areas of the face. You can apply it to set your concealer, use all over before shadow, under the brow to add highlights, swipe under the eye to brighten, around the nasal passage to reduce redness and even around the mouth to prevent lip color from feathering!

What are your summer beach vacation essentials?

My beach vacation “must haves” are sunscreen with a high SPF, a hat to shade my face from sun, Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe and of course a Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss to keep my lips hydrating and looking brilliant!

And some other tips and tricks that I had to share for those who already adore the line:

  • Spicy and innocence can make a great neutral, layered.
  • Classic flawless foundation is formulated with hyloronic acid to achieve a superior amount of hydration, making it better for dryer skin.
  • Try the Kabuki brush for buffing out foundation.
  • Refresh can hold in lipstick around mouth and prevent feathering.

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