Celebrity makeup artist Marylin Lee knows a thing or two about glam -- after all, she's the pro behind host Brooke Burke's beautiful presence on Dancing with the Stars.
"My main goal for Brooke's look is a clean and shimmery glow that looks natural," Lee dished. "I avoid glitter (this is for the dancers) and I avoid extreme colors. Although, this season we'll see a little more color used!"
Yes, Burke is naturally beautiful -- but even beautiful women need talented pros behind them to bring out their features on-screen.
"Dancing with the Stars is a dream job for a makeup artist!" she gushed. "It's so much fun working on a live show, and collaborating on new looks every week."
Luckily, us mere mortals can get the same look with plenty of professional advice from Lee's bag of makeup tricks.
Preparation is Key
Any Dancing with the Stars contestant (including former DWTS winner Burke) will tell you that preparation is the key to success. Same goes for a glamorous makeup look -- you must prepare the palette before starting on your work of art.
"My first step is applying moisturizer, on face and neck," Lee said. "Then I'll use a primer before foundation. This helps fill in fine lines and allows staying power for the foundation. A good primer is Lancôme La Base Pro."
Eye shadow before Foundation!
Lee best trick is to first apply eye shadow before adding foundation to Burke's face.
"Because the look is usually a heavier eye, I start with the eye makeup before the foundation, so I can clean up all the spillage from the eye shadow," she said.
"No matter how careful you are, dark eye shadow will fall and can mess up your fresh foundation, so avoid this by applying eye shadow first."
Lee also stresses the virtue of a good eye shadow primer.
"I love to use a eye shadow primer, and my favorite is Urban Decay Eye shadow Primer Potion. This will keep your eye shadow looking fresh all night and keep the eye shadow from creasing."
Lee loves to use different colors each week, depending on Burke's wardrobe.
"I use different color palettes for every show, but what remains consistent is that I top off the colors with a sparkle! I love Sue Devitt E-Z Rollerball Eye shadow and Becca Jewel Dust," she said.
"I pop this right on the eyelid, on top of the eye shadow, and sometimes use it to give a little highlight at the inner corner of the eye."
Clean up any excess eye shadow or spillage with a sponge or cotton swab.
Bronze is the Word!
Highlighting and bronzing is, well, the highlight of Lee's makeup process.
"I love highlighting and bronzing. Try using two tones of foundation, using the lighter color at the T-zone area of the face. This will make you look lit from within," she said. "I use the Temptu Airbrush system for a flawless look, but you can achieve this with liquid foundation blended very well."
Also, never underestimate the power of a little concealer.
"I love the YSL Touche Éclat as a highlighting concealer under the eye, and below the outer corner of the eye. Sometimes I will use this on the brow bone as a highlight."
Lee also uses Temptu on Burke for a shimmering highlighting.
"The Sunset Glow is great, and the Copper is beautiful as a bronzer for face and body. Set the foundation with a fine loose powder. I will use two or three blushes to create a dimensional look -- a matte tone, such as Mac Coppertone, under the cheekbone, a bright tone, such as Mac Fleur Power on the cheek, and a shimmery tone on the top of the cheekbone like Nars Orgasm."
Lashes Come Last
Lee saves Burke's lashes until the end to avoid any makeup mishaps.
"I finish lashes after all my powder and foundation work because the powder can stick to lashes, taking away the blackness of the mascara," she said.
A good eyelash curler goes a long way.
"Curl lashes using a good eyelash curler -- I like Shu Uemura. I always use false lashes, I'll use either strips or individuals then apply mascara to blend the false and real lashes together," she said.
"I usually finish the eye by applying a thin line of black liner at the lash line -- I love Lancôme Artliner in Noir, it's very easy to apply and will stay put."
Don't Forget the Body, Baby!
Lee likes to add a little bronzer to Burke's body to help bring out a healthy glow.
"I will either spray the Temptu Copper, or apply Murad Firming Body Bronzer," she said. "I want a natural glow, not fake or glittery."
Finally, Lee finishes off Burke's look with a shimmery lip gloss.
Lee obviously knows a few things about beauty, so how did she get her start as makeup artist for Dancing with the Stars?
"My first introduction to beauty was at age 16, when I modeled in Japan. I did a couple of cosmetics campaigns for Kose Cosmetics," she said. "I didn't pursue a career as a makeup artist until years later and I actually enrolled in makeup school at MUD (Makeup Designory) at age 32, which was probably considered old to start a career in fashion and beauty."
"However, I think because of my background as an artist and having been a model, I caught on and excelled very quickly," she said.
We have to agree. Check Marylin Lee out on Twitter -- she tweets live every week from the Dancing with the Stars set with a sneak peak of Brooke Burke's makeup look for the show. She also routinely offers expert makeup advice, so be sure to follow her and take advantage of her expert knowledge to create your own best look!
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