Jody-Anne Lawrence, Gleaner Writer
Daniel De La Torre, make-up artist for L'Oréal Paris, came to Jamaica to share his tips of getting the perfect face in just 20 minutes.
De La Torre has been with L'Oréal for the past four and a half years, spreading his knowledge in five countries, Aruba, Curaço, St Martin, Trinidad and this year, Jamaica.
He was already busy doing the make-up of Toni-Ann McKenzie when we had arrived at Fontana Pharmacy in Barbican last Friday, and he told Flair what kind of make-up he specialises in.
"I specialise in natural looks for women. I like to go all out, but I like to teach women how they can apply full make-up to their face in 15 to 20 minutes. Women are usually on the go. I don't know a woman who isn't busy and they need to get their make-up done quickly," De La Torre explained.
Using face powder without a primer or foundation is a make-up transgression that women continue to make, De La Torre advised.
"Women should use a primer or foundation. Our foundation has SPF. When you use powder by itself it dries your skin and you are prone to getting dark spots on your face," De La Torre told Flair.
When it comes to skincare he believes that women don't moisturise enough.
"I don't know why, but it seems like very few women moisturise their skin in Jamaica, and it is something that you can't take for granted. It is important," De La Torre emphasised.
He admitted that the parts of the face that he liked to do most was the eyebrows and the lips. He believes that the right arch and color lip gloss says a lot about a woman, in fact he says it is her identity. "Choosing the right lip stick is not as complicated as people might think because all they need to do is find their shade in each color because no color is off limits," he says.
He continues, "I remember doing a woman's make-up and she said don't do red lips because it doesn't look good on her. I told her she can wear red but she just needs to find her shade. A woman can wear any color," De La Torre told Flair.
When De La Torre was asked the one make-up item that women should never be without he chose the concealer.
"A woman should never be without her concealer. Suppose she runs into that ex-boyfriend or her ex-husband, she doesn't want him to see her looking all tired. She wants to look radiant and a concealer will ensure she looks like that at all times," De La Torre said with a smile. He said that this was one of the questions he had to answer during his interview with L'Oreal four and a half years ago and his answer still remains the same.
When it comes to make up removal when the cleansers and removers are inaccessible De La Torre recommends a very unconventional way to ensure everything comes off.
"Use hair conditioner. It does not give you acne or dries your skin and everything comes off 'easy peasy'," he said.
He admitted that he advises against using sponges as they tend to be not only unhygienic but they do not disperse the make up evenly on skin and absorbs too much of the product you are applying.
De La Torre enjoys his job and what he likes most is doing seminars so that he can impart some of his knowledge to women.