DERRICK RUTLEDGE’S SECRET WEAPONS
PRETTY POWERFUL WOMEN CALL THIS MAKEUP ARTIST FOR A FLAWLESS FACE
Insider tips from Oprah Winfrey’s most-trusted makeup guru
YOU KNOW YOU’VE MADE IT when you’re juggling calls from Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. “Ms. Winfrey saw the Time magazine cover I did with the First Lady [right, in 2009] and wanted to work together,” Rutledge says. He began splitting his time between the two until the Obamas left the White House; now he’s a constant by Winfrey’s side, collaborating on looks for photo shoots, red carpets, and, recently, her role as mystical time traveler Mrs. Which in A Wrinkle in Time. When he saw his elaborate glitter-and-rhinestone makeup on the big screen, he gasped. “It’s been a long journey,” Rutledge says of his career. “But it’s the trust I’ve built with my clients that’s gotten me here today.”
“The yel low under tones in this powder make any shade you mix it into appear warmer and richer.” Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder, $17/1.5 oz.; camera readycosmetics.com.
To blend in false lashes, Rutledge cuts up long strips and applies those pieces with dark glue. “Then I trace over the lash lines with matte black eyeliner.” Ardell Natural Demi Wispies Lashes, $6; sallybeauty.com. Duo Lash Adhesive in Dark, $6; ulta.com.
“I’m a stickler for making brows identical twins—not just sisters,” Rutledge says. He removes stray hairs with a mini razor before finessing the shape with pencil and setting with powder. Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Medium Brown, $23; anastasiabeverlyhills.com. Touch ’N Brow Razor, $5/3; sallybeauty.com. Ben Nye Buff Luxury Powder, $17/1.5 oz.; camerareadycosmetics.com.
No matter your skin tone, this sheer highlighter gives a very youthful, naturallooking sheen, he says. MAC Powder Blush in Trace Gold, $24; mac cosmetics.com.
Rutledge uses three or four shades of foundation on different parts of the face to create seamless contours. Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation in 123, 301, and 303, $70 each; kohgendo cosmetics.com.