The newest buzz in beauty is The Look Bag, a customized sample kit sent right to your door–for just $10 a month! Founded by E! Entertainment creator Alan Mruvka, TheLookBag.com, which debuted in January, features product reviews, celebrity picks and videos. Best of all? The five deluxe samples delivered to members each month are hand-picked for them by celebrity makeup artist and “Eyebrow King” Damone Roberts. Just fill out a beauty profile, and the products, from such brands as Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Tom Ford, are matched to you. If you love what you get (and we’re sure you will!) you can buy full-sized versions of the products on the website at a 20 percent discount!
Roberts has earned his “King” status by working with the likes of Madonna, Rihanna, and Britney Spears, and has appeared on numerous TV shows, including “Oprah,” “The View,” “Good Morning America” and TLC’s “10 Years Younger.” He has salons in New York City and Beverly Hills, and his own line of products. Blast spoke with Roberts about his favorite looks for spring, how to get those perfect brows at home and what makes The Look Bag unique.
BLAST: How did you go from being an art student to becoming a celebrity makeup artist and “Eyebrow King?”
DAMONE ROBERTS: While I was an art student at Rutgers, I realized that painting a canvas and a face are very similar. I’ve always loved the world of beauty and glamour. I would do my mom’s makeup before she’d go out, and she would get compliments. Then I started doing her friends’ makeup, and it went from there.
BLAST: What is your favorite beauty trend right now?
DR: I’m into color for spring; I’m talking orange lips, pink lips, bright blush, blue eyeshadow, green eyeshadow. People forget that makeup is meant to be fun. People take it too seriously. You can wash it off at the end of the day!
BLAST: What is the number one beauty mistake women make?
DR: Over-tweezing their brows! Less is more. Eyebrows are the most important underestimated facial feature. Brows add lift, balance and structure to the face. If they’re over-tweezed, they don’t add lift, balance or structure. Having the perfect brow changes your life, and I mean that wholeheartedly.
BLAST: What’s the best way for women to do their brows at home?
DR: You’ve got to do one line of hair at a time. You’ve gotta work on one brow a bit, then work on the other, but step back and check while you’re tweezing. Don’t do one whole brow and then try to match the other one to it. Clear brow gel is the one thing every woman needs in her bag. It opens up the eye. If you have long eyebrow hairs, use the brow gel to brush brows up, and then use a pair of brow scissors and cut across the top. I really do believe that my brow gel is the best in the industry; it doesn’t flake.
BLAST: What’s your favorite part of being a makeup artist?
DR: I love helping people be the best versions of themselves, versions that maybe that haven’t seen before. I’m at artist at my core, and makeup is my outlet to create. What makes The Look Bag unique is that I’m picking out the products myself. I see what celebrities are using–I’ll ask Beyonce, Megan Fox–and then I introduce those products to people who might not have access to them.
To enter to win a Look Bag, comment below or email me at email@example.com (with the subject “Blast’s Look Bag contest”) by Thursday, April 12, and answer this question: What beauty product(s) do you always keep in your bag? We’ll pick three lucky winners!