I met Kota a few years ago on a weird shoot at an art gallery in Chinatown. I knew then she was a unique bird, one of those people you're pretty sure is made up of unearthly stardust and magical bits.
Kota’s skin was prepped with one of my favorites, Murad Hydro Dynamic Moisturizer, which leaves the skin feeling thick and resilient. It’s a great base for makeup and helps it retain a natural sheen in the right places.
Look 1 shows how one small makeup gesture can be impactful, by switching your typical black liner for white. This is a liquid liner from Stila, there are great kohl pencil options out there like this one from Makeup Forever, but a liquid will give you the most impact and depth of color. We kept the bottom lashes clean to keep the focus on the eyelid.
Look 2 is a hint to what is becoming my metallic obsession for the summer. Metallics are so much more wearable than one would think, especially on an otherwise blank face. A swipe of silver waterproof cream color from Makeup Forever looks amazing done in a graphic shape or blended into the lid. Keep it simple with a layer or two of a dark mascara on top to define your lashes, use a dewy foundation for great skin like Dior Star, and a great lip balm like Glossier’s Balm Dotcom.