DER­RICK RUT­LEDGE’S SE­CRET WEAPONS

PRETTY POW­ER­FUL WOMEN CALL THIS MAKEUP ARTIST FOR A FLAW­LESS FACE

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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.

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