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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Inside the kit of a makeup artist

Video: Holiday make-up tips

By Paula Rath
Advertiser Staff Writer

Makeup artist Liz Dahl's makeup table at Chop Salon in Restaurant Row shows a rainbowed array of cosmetics. She says the main item every woman should have in her makeup kit is a mini-set of the best brushes one can afford for touch ups.

Photos by DEBORAH BOOKER | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Liz Dahl applies makeup to model Kimi Sato at Chop Salon, transforming her day look into one appropriate for a glam evening out.

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Liz Dahl is in demand as a makeup artist on runways shows for Fendi, Dior and Chanel; she's the go-to person for producer Dean Christopher. In addition, Dahl sometimes is lucky enough to work as makeup artist on Hawai'i movies, TV shows and commercials.

She is also an expert at creating easy-to-reproduce daily looks for clients who need a makeup lesson. She works out of a space called Tint inside Chop Salon at Restaurant Row.

We asked this expert artist about tips on makeup for the holidays and asked if we could watch as she took a day look into evening on model Kimi Sato.

Makeup this holiday season is all about subtle shimmer, Dahl said: glimmering (not glittering) gold, bronze or copper and a sultry, sexy sheen.

Dahl mixed bronze and gold eyeshadows to make Sato's eyes go va-va-voom for a night out on the town.

She also applied just a few false lashes to the outside corners for more evening drama.

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The No. 1 item every woman should have in her makeup kit: A mini-set of the best brushes one can afford. Keep them with you for touch ups during the day or to take a day look into evening. (Good brushes made by Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier and Paula Dorf are available locally.)

Makeup staples: Paula Dorf's foundation primer; Makeup Forever's concealer palette; Visiora's pressed powder; Nars "Orgasm" cheek flush; Cargo's "Fresno" all-over gold blush.

For more, check online at www.lizdahl.com.


Favorite TV show: "House."

Makeup brushes? Kevin Aucoin's, YSL and my own private label.

Favorite sunscreen: Decleor SPF 15.

Biggest self-indulgence: Blackjack at The Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Favorite hobby: "Besides searching for travel bargains, doing stand-up comedy in my living room, trying to put an act together. Every Monday I watch different comics from NetFlix."

Haunts: Goma Ichi Ramen; Mana'olana Hope Chapel; Chop Salon; Punahou School, where my daughter, Star, is a third-grader.

How HDTV changed the work: "With more pixels and higher definition, I have to pay high attention. A few cosmetics companies have even launched HDTV makeup kits."

Last book read: "A Purpose Driven Life," by Rick Warren.

Career highlight: "Getting to make up Isabella Rossellini! In the '80s, fresh out of makeup school, I worked for Lancome in L.A. Ms. Rossellini was the Face of Lancome at the time. I loved every inch of that lovely face! Years later, she flew here and was shooting with Harper's Bazaar and Voce. She needed a makeup artist. She was beautiful inside and out, and she kept me on for the whole week."

Something funny: "Years ago in L.A., I was doing a special guest spot for a cosmetic company. ... I was to speak in front of a crowd, so they gave me an earpiece microphone. I started to demonstrate on a lady when I noticed she had a long hair coming out of her chin. God gave me fingers that work like tweezers, so I went for this hair. She screamed on my mike: 'That's my lucky hair!' I now make it a point to ask before I make my move."

Reach Paula Rath at paularath@aol.com.