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Masterclass with Hung Vanngo + product details


Last week I had the pleasure of attending a masterclass by New York based make-up guru Hung who’s now the global ambassador for Marc Jacobs beauty. Hung Vanngo, who’s an amazing make-up artist to many Hollywood stars such as Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Emily Ratajkowski just to name a few.

Hung mentioned that he’s self taught and started in the beauty industry as a hairdresser. At his first job in a hairsalon, there was a make-up station. He started playing and really enjoyed it and decided to pursue a career in make-up artistry. His big break was the ID cover Claudia Schiffer.



Recap of the masterclass + tips from Hung Vanngo

  • Hung likes to use highlight all over the body, mixed with moisturizer.
  • It’s too shiny for during the day, better at night. He used it on Katy Perry, see here.
  • Skipped eyeshadow primer during the class to be able to blend the pencil in. Uses foundation on the lids, to keep the skin moist this helps to extend blending time.
  • Doesn’t like to use synthetic brushes to blend because it swipes off the makeup, uses real hair instead.
  • Highliners are perfect for this market & weather, they’re long lasting
  • He loves to play with color, thinks that warm colors enhance the beauty (especially for red carpets)
  • Likes starting with skin first, it’s the most important part of the look.
  • Lipliner are creamy but long lasting. They create a solid, pigmented line.



I think the make-up looks he created really speak to the Middle Eastern women. These are the typical looks that many of my personal client request a lot. Just as every make-up artist has their own style, I thing Hung gave these looks an editorial twist which I love.


Look no.1 products details:

Eyepencil // Highliner Matte Gel Crayon #(Brown)ie
Mascara // Velvet Noir

Blush // Air Blush #Flesh & Fantasy
Fix spray: Perfecting Coconut Mist

Lips // Longer Lip Pencil #Oh Cocoa
Lipgloss // Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer #320 Love Drunk


Look no.2 products details:

WaterLiner // Highliner Matte Gel Crayon #Fine whine
Eyeshadow palette // Style Eye-Con #The dreamer (hasn’t launched yet)
Mascara // Velvet Noir

Blush // Air Blush #508 Night Fever & Hot Stuff
Bronzer // Coconut bronzer (limited edition)

Lipliner // #316 Charlotte
Lipstick // #208 Miss Scarlet


MET gala & red carpets:

  • He gets many requests for the MET gala.
  • He did Emily Ratajkowski’s make-up at 11am and she didn’t go until 6pm
  • It takes 1 to 2 hours per client + hair and nails
  • For red carpet makeup, its important for the make-up to stay put. It’s essential that the colors are as bright in real life as under flashlight.
  • Prepping the skin is the most important step for long lasting make-up.
  • Tip for long lasting make-up: makes the model wash and exfoliate the skin and then moisturizes properly.
  • Always uses setting spray afterwards.
  • Photoshoots are easier because you can touch up constantly.
  • Loves highlighting but not too much on the T-zone. In your own environment you can control the lighting, on red carpets, there’s no control & the centre looks greasy.
  • Keeps under eyes extra matte. Doesn’t use powder on cheek bones to create natural highlight.
  • Doesn’t contour the nose fully, makes the nose look bigger in pictures/red carpet.
  • Likes to longate the eyes, on katy perry too since she has round eyes.
  • His signature look: wants the model to look like themselves want to enhance the beauty and work with wat they have.



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