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    I certainly find his techniques on regular women rather heavy-handed, but he is, undoubtedly, a master at transformation and amazingly skilled at his craft. He also does this with men, too. What do you think?

    His official website: vadimandreev.com 

    About Russian Makeup Artist Vadim Andreev

    Makeup artist Vadim Andreev spends his days working his magic on some of the worlds most beautiful models but it’s his way of transforming the average citizen from ordinary to extraordinary that has made him famous in his home country of Russia, and now in America.

    Growing up in Saint Petersburg, Andreev first learned his craft at age 16. Using everyday women as his canvas, the makeup artist has made it his mission to show women (and some men) how easy it is to go from wallflower to traffic-stopper with the right cosmetic tools, tricks, and talent. Just like the A-list actresses of the world do.

    The 29-year-old Andreev perfected his transformative routine by giving workshops and master classes to brides-to-be. And the only postproduction help comes from the usual fiddling with color contrast and exposure, and the odd whisking-away of errant hairs with the eraser.

    All the women shown here are non-models, and, clearly, made up to the nines — simply with the intention of showing people the power of makeup. Obviously the heavily made-up look is not necessarily one everyone wants (or needs) to embrace, but it sure is fun to look at.  Here, the makeup artist shares his top tips for going glam.

    Russian women made over by Vadim Andreev

    Eyes Get A Little Something Special

    “For everyone, I like to give a depth to the crease of the eyelid using medium-dark eye shadow in the socket," Andreev says. "Brown eye shadow is the most universal flattering color: It's natural, it emphasizes eyes, and there are a lot of different shades of this color so you can choose which becomes you the most. It creates a wide-eyed look.”

    Bronzer Makes Everyone Look Better

    “Put some powder bronzer under cheekbones using a natural big soft brush along the chin, and blend well all over your face,” Andreev says.  In his YouTube videos (which, alas, have no verbal instruction, only a club music soundtrack) Andreev uses makeup sponges, brushes, and his fingers to whisk, melt, and blend every single stroke of color on the skin for his signature seamless finish.

    Think Pink

    “Warm pink and natural peach are the best colors for lips and cheeks, always, on everyone," Andreev says. "They give a young, sweet freshness to the face."

    Choose Your Shade Wisely

    “It's important to choose right texture and shade of foundations and concealers. Anything with a rosy pink undertone comes across as unnatural in photos," Andreev says. "Go for ones with yellow undertones. And don't put too much on — the key to flawless skin is really in how well you blend it, and using good-quality, professional brushes.”

    Well-Defined Brows are Essential

    “First of all, you should tweeze eyebrows the way you like. They must be natural but well-shaped. Then fill them by pencil or eye shadow with the same color as your hair," Andreev says. "If you are a blonde you can use one shade darker; if you are brunette, one shade lighter than you hair color.”

    Masscara and Eyeliner: Don’t Leave Home Without Them

    “I always accentuate the upper line with eye pencil and rich black mascara. Always,” Andreev says.

    More on his website…



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