Thursday Beauty: Interview with Makeup Artist Sara Behar Yunatanov
A few weeks ago we had the privilege of doing an editorial photo-shoot with some of the freshest talent in NYC. Our model was beyond gorgeous and a well seasoned professional who was in the top 15 for the Guess Model Search, the same contest that discovered Kate Upton. We used the streets of Astoria, New York, home to the first Diva NY boutique in Queens for our backdrop.
The photo shoot was inspired by punchy summer fashion and street style, and we wanted the model’s makeup to reflect that fresh summer style. We called veteran makeup artist Sara Behar Yunatanov to give our model an instant glow.
Meet Sara Behar Yunatanov
Last Thursday Beauty, we covered Mermaid Inspired Beauty from the Annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. True to the spirit and nature of Thursday’s post, we’ve got the full scoop on the best products; make up inspiration and artistry behind the makeup from our editorial shoot a la our makeup artist Sara Behar Yunatanov.
Sara Behar Yuntanov got her start in makeup in a less conventional way than most makeup artists you may know. After a trip to the Mac store, she says she was “fascinated by all the different products for various skin colors, tones and textures.” Her passion for makeup artistry only strengthened when she started doing makeup for herself and her friends. She instantly loved the feeling of creating something and most of all “making someone feel beautiful,” Says Yunatanov.
15 Minutes with the Pro
We sat down with Sara Behar Yuntanov and got the chance to pick her brain about how she did makeup for the photo shoot.
Diva: What was your inspiration for the daytime outfit looks we chose to shoot?
Sara: I drew inspiration from the fresh feeling of a summer daytime look, think bronzed, sun kissed, glowing skin. The first thing that came to mind was a very summery and lightweight feeling.
Diva: What products did you use on the model to achieve that fresh daytime look?
Sara: I used Makeup Forever HD Foundation, which is my absolute favorite because it gives the most coverage with the most lightweight formula. I added a touch of shimmer with Nars’ Copacabana highlighter. To create contour and get that bronze look I used Smashbox Suntan Matte, which I also swear by.
Diva: What was your initial inspiration for the night looks we had to shoot? Did you find it a challenge to create a nighttime makeup look without starting fresh?
Sara: I love a challenge, so not starting with a fresh face and adding onto the look I had already created for the model’s daytime look was just about building up the drama. When I saw the sexy look the model had for the photoshoot, I knew I had to draw on the sexiness of the outfits. The makeup should always compliment your outfit!
Diva: What products did you use for the second ‘look’?
Sara: I added Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on Liner in Perversion to the waterline. By smudging it out I gave the model a sexy look. I used Makeup Geek’s Eyeshadow in “Corrupt:” on top and bottom for a sultry, smoky look perfect for evenings and special occasions.
Diva: Where is your favorite place to get new makeup?
Make Up In Style
A special thanks is in order to Sara Behar Yunatanov for her time and makeup artistry skills. Makeup can really add or take away from a Diva’s outfit. Use Sara’s tips, tricks and product suggestions to get our model’s look! You can always get more info and makeup ideas from Sara’s makeup instagram account, @Makeupinstyle.
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