MAKE BEAUTY X RACHAEL KRUTCHKOFF
To celebrate the launch of MAKE Beauty at The Break, we decided to showcase the products on our employees. Our friend and fellow Break Babe Rachael Krutchkoff, @rocky_mua, crafted seven makeup MAKE looks for this shoot. I had the honor of interviewing her- read on for a written peek into Rachael’s favorite products, self-care advice, the story behind her nickname and more.
“Knowing your skin is the most important step when it comes to prepping it. Before I start putting products on a model’s face, I determine what type of moisture they need. Everyone needs moisture- but if you have oily or acne prone skin, you want to use a gel moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. My favorite is Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream. For normal to dry skin, I like to mix in a drop or two of evening primrose oil with a dewy moisturizer like Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Face Cream or Tata Harper’s Illuminating Moisturizer. For myself, I like to use the NuFace MINI Facial Toning Device a few times a week for an instant face lift!
I focus on perfecting my skin every morning using lightweight products. When I have time, I love to play around with a fun eye or lip, but flawless skin comes first.
Here are my ten steps—
1. Cleanse, tone and moisturize. I love Revision Soothing Facial Rinse Toner. It does all three steps in one.
2. Conceal! I use a peachy tinted creamy concealer under my eyes in a triangle shape to hide any dark circles. I like RMS Un Cover-Up.
3. Conceal again! Using Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Creme, I cover any redness on my face. For me this is usually around my jawline, where I tend to break out the most. I find this product really calms the redness and over time actually takes it away for good.
4. Conceal, part three. Next, I go in and use a yellow based matte concealer to cover any blemishes. Always keep your cover up matte, or you will attract attention to the texture of the zit. I love bareMinerals Tea Tree Concealer because it dries up and heals zits while also covering them up!
5. Create a dewy finish! I add in a BB cream or lightweight foundation with a beauty blender for a flawless, lustrous finish. My favorite is Milk Makeup Blur Liquid- it is full coverage but doesn’t dry or crease throughout the day. For oily skin, I highly recommend Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation.
6. Now comes the fun part... sculpting! I use RMS Buriti Bronzer to sculpt out my cheekbones and add it to my eyelid crease for depth. Then, I bring in a flush of color by tapping in Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint to the apples of my cheeks. For a “no makeup” makeup look, my trick is to use the same bronzer on the face and eyes, and the same tint on the lips and cheeks. MAKE Universal Stick is great for this!
7. I never skip brushing my brows with a brow tint (Hourglass Cosmetics makes a great one with a variety of colors), and using a nude liner in my water line to open up my eyes.
8. HIGHLIGHT. I tap in a highlight on the top of my cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and cupid’s bow. I love how Cle Cosmetics Essence Moonlighter Cushion blends seamlessly into the skin. If I want to really glow on a night out, I use RMS Living Luminizer and their Eye Polish.
9. Powder! Everyone can benefit from using a touch of powder on the t-zone and under the eyes to set your beautiful skin creation (and in case of a spontaneous photoshoot, powder is a must). I like to use RMS for this.
10. If I have time, the last step is a statement eye. I love MAKE Celeste e Verdi Pallette for a wash of color over the eye. For a cat eye or tightline look, I use RMS Vintage Cake Liner.
I love the MAKE Beauty products used during this shoot! The Brow Pens are super easy to shape up eyebrows, and the Custom Finish Effects Matte/Dew Palette is really special because it instantly blends into the skin, mattifying unwanted shine while also providing the the dewy look of one’s dreams. The Universal Stick is great for getting that natural, flushed look I was talking about earlier.
I wear my hair natural everyday. I have never dyed or treated my hair. I love to braid my hair at night after a shower for loose, brushed out curls. I spray Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray for extra volume- it has gold glitter in it, so amazing! I’ll tuck my hair into my Glazed NYC beret with a strand or two hanging out on a bad hair day ;)
GLOSSIER BODY HERO OIL WASH. YES YES YES.
I believe that there are three huge factors to keep in mind before you can even think about putting anything on your face.
The first is to detox. I find that my skin always looks its best when I exercise regularly. At least 30 minutes to 1 hour, daily. I like to mix it up, whether it be taking a pilates class, boxing, yoga, walking to work, going out and dancing, dancing on your way to work, dancing on your lunch break (dancing, always). Even really good sex can do the trick- it must be some type of movement that makes you sweat out surface toxins and bring blood flow to your face. That is how you get the GLOW.
My second priority is mental health. Find ways to love yourself. Take a look at your routines, your life, and the people surrounding you. If your thoughts are negative, refocus on the positives- stick with routines and people that make you happy. If you are in a toxic relationship, family situation, friendship or work dynamic, do your best to distance or detach yourself from them- these things show in your face, working like gravity to drag you down. I’ve seen people come out of toxic relationships and look younger within months. Don’t let yourself be isolated or stuck. As Elizabeth Taylor said “pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.”
Lastly, nourishing your body with the right foods is so important. I try to drink a shot of E3Live and a large fresh pressed green juice everyday for a healthy glow. It also helps to cancel out the occasional pizza- which we all deserve. That being said, everything you put into your body shows up on your skin, so healthy moderation is key. Fried foods and carbonated drinks can bloat your face. That’s right... FACE GAS. I mix in turmeric into my diet to keep redness/inflammation down and aloe juice to soothe everything from the inside out. I drink as much water as I can and even add in electrolytes or trace minerals on a dry day. Have you ever met someone really nasty and mean and thought to yourself “Oh my god poor thing she must be so dehydrated”.
I never get on an airplane without a collagen infused hydration sheet mask.
I recently traveled to Havana, Cuba and it inspired me big time. No one was wearing perfectly contoured caked on makeup- everyone was too busy dancing. I have images of the women dancing and they had dewy flushed faces with a pop of color like a bright red lip or a beautifully done bright eye.
I come from a classical painting background and studied psychology in school. I used to paint everything from my flower pots, leather jackets to tiny strawberries on my nails. I had a few jobs facepainting kids birthday parties and eventually signed up for a makeup course at Christine Valmey. That was it- I fell in love. Painting faces was everything I was meant to do. While assisting, I realized that makeup is the perfect mix of painting and psychology. My job is essentially to build up my clients self esteem. I went on to study at Make Up Designory of New York and Makeup Forever Academy. I love makeup school and will continue to learn forever from fellow artists and makeup lovers everywhere! If I wasn’t a makeup artist, I would live on an alpaca farm, give them haircuts, then dye and sell the wool. My dream project is to work on a period piece show like Mad Men or Game of Thrones.
I really do my research on what type of brand I am using, how they make products and what is in my makeup! I re-use my glass bottles and containers and use every last drop of makeup. Please test your makeup before you consume so that it doesn't go to waste! If you find a lip color is not for you, spray some alcohol on it and give it to a friend you think it would look amazing on. Or try it out as a fun blush.
ON HER NICKNAME, ROCKY
I am freakishly strong.”
Photos by Lissette Emma @lissette_emma, words by Rachel Krutchkoff @rocky_mua as told to Elianah Sukoenig @elianah_s