Ten beauty min­utes with Ryan Ogilvy


We all love and ad­mire beau­ti­ful celebri­ties as we stalk them on so­cial me­dia or watch them on tele­vi­sion– but do you know the pro­fes­sion­als re­spon­si­ble for their glow up? Ryan Ogilvy, May­belline New York’s of­fi­cial makeup artist in In­done­sia, is one of those pro­fes­sion­als–and for good rea­son: His sig­na­ture soft-and-nat­u­ral looks en­hance the best of your fea­tures with­out turn­ing you into a clown. The look–ba­si­cally pink-toned lips and flaw­less skin–is clearly catch­ing on, as Ryan counts celebri­ties such Chelsea Is­lan, Nagita Slav­ina and Pe­vita Pearce among his clients.

J+ talked with Ryan about his pas­sion for make­u­pand some tips you need to know.

When did you get into the busi­ness?

I have been liv­ing my pas­sion as a makeup artist since 2005. I loved look­ing at the cov­ers of women’s mag­a­zines and also at beauty ad­ver­tise­ments on TV. So, af­ter I grad­u­ated with a ma­jor in pub­lic re­la­tions at In­ter­studi [de­sign poly­tech­nic in Mam­pang Pra­p­atan, South Jakarta], I con­tin­ued my stud­ies to pur­sue a ca­reer by tak­ing a makeup class.

What do you like most about beauty?

I like ev­ery­thing about makeup: The tech­niques, the fa­cial fea­tures, fa­cial types, makeup items and prod­ucts. An­other thing I love about this pro­fes­sion is that I can help women to feel beau­ti­ful and con­fi­dent. There is this sat­is­fac­tion that is price­less once your work gives mean­ing to peo­ple’s lives. As the of­fi­cial makeup artist for May­belline In­done­sia, I am hon­ored to be given this op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a look which in­spires young In­done­sian women to be more con­fi­dent and “make it hap­pen”. Just like May­belline, I also be­lieve in the power of trans­for­ma­tion through makeup. It can en­hance a woman’s beauty, and when she feels beau­ti­ful, she can make it hap­pen.

What’s in your make-up bag?

In my beauty case, I have tons of makeup, from bases to dec­o­ra­tive makeup prod­ucts. The most im­por­tant thing is to have the right and per­fect com­plex­ion base. I al­ways use [May­belline’s] Su­per BB Cush­ion on my clients. It gives you a nat­u­ral pore-less flaw­less fin­ish. Lip­stick and mas­cara are also im­por­tant makeup prod­ucts. I al­ways bring and use Vivid Matte Liq­uid Lip­stick and Mag­num Bar­bie mas­cara for my clients.

What are your per­sonal faves?

May­belline White Su­per­fresh Liq­uid Powder and May­belline Vivid Matte Liq­uid Lip­stick. Powder to per­fect the com­plex­ion and lip­stick to spice up the look. Lip­stick has the abil­ity to change some­one’s mood quickly–that is why it’s im­por­tant to al­ways ex­plore and try new colors.

How im­por­tant is prep be­fore putting on makeup?

It’s im­por­tant to keep the client’s face clean be­fore putting any makeup on. Usu­ally, I use toner for cleans­ing and then mois­tur­izer and primer to cre­ate a per­fect can­vas for the makeup.

What is your sig­na­ture look?

Nat­u­ral, fresh and flaw­less beauty. I re­ally love light makeup, with­out chang­ing the char­ac­ter and beauty of a woman’s face. I am all about bring­ing out or en­hanc­ing one’s true in­ner beauty. This is why May­belline and I cre­ated the “Doll It Up” look, which brings out a woman’s nat­u­ral fea­tures, but el­e­gantly.

Any prod­ucts that celebrity clients al­ways want to take home?

Al­most all of my clients ask for lip­sticks. They all love lip­stick. Don’t we all? Lip­sticks in var­i­ous colors and tex­tures are a pow­er­ful tool to trans­form some­one’s look in­stantly. One of my client’s fa­vorites is May­belline Vivid Matte Liq­uid Lip­stick. It has 10 dif­fer­ent shades that can trans­form your look.

Any makeup artists you look up to?

My guru is Ania Mil­czarczyk. She’s a makeup artist from Syd­ney. She is fa­mous for her light but so­phis­ti­cated looks. I adore her and have learned so much from her.

How do you take care of your own skin?

I clean my face with the right face soap and also toner on daily ba­sis. My skin tends to be sen­si­tive, so once a month, I visit a beauty clinic for a skin treat­ment and to give my face some re­lax­ation.

Makeup tips that ev­ery woman should fol­low?

It is im­por­tant to start with a clean face and use mois­tur­izer be­fore ap­ply­ing makeup to your face. Ev­ery woman needs to know their makeup char­ac­ter and what makeup look fits them well. Do not put on too much makeup.

Choose the right com­plex­ion or powder that matches your skin tone. A mis­match be­tween your face and your neck is very un­ac­cept­able. At the end of the day, all you want is a boost of con­fi­dence to make your dream hap­pen!

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