By Courtney Dunlop


I will remember 2003 as the year I was boring. Somewhere along the way I just stopped putting effort into my appearance, and before I knew what was happening, I became downright frumpy. I’m not too sure how it happened, seeing as how I am a beauty writer and am forever surrounded by overflowing bags full of makeup. My new year’s resolution: when it comes to makeup, I should practice what I preach!

Makeup Artist Danielle Astryd Fonseca

My rut was deep and I knew needed outside help. It was time to call on an expert for a much needed wake up call. For 2004, makeup artist Danielle Astryd Fonseca is my breath of fresh air. Before I could say a word she stated that she was “over the natural look.” She reminded me that makeup is fun by creating three new looks for me to try this year, each one beautiful, yet very wearable and easy to recreate.

Look #1: Winter Queen

In my disturbed mind, spring begins right after the holidays, despite the sub-zero temperatures, snow, and ice. I’m over the deep burgundies and chocolates; give me pastels and shimmers. So, Danielle created a post-holiday, pre-springtime look. It’s the perfect combination of icy and regal with flushed and glowy, perfect for daytime or a casual night out.

This look is all about sheer layering. Danielle started with tinted moisturizer to even out my complexion and used a light pink highlighting cream on my cheekbones. The cheeks are the main focus of this look, so she chose a bright fuchsia cream blush. On my eyes she started with a sheer, shimmery white shadow all over the lid and around the entire eye bone area. A light wash of lavender on the upper lid layered with a frost pigment opens up the eye area. Finish the eye with a heavy dose of black lengthening mascara for that wide-eyed, nymphet look. A light sweep of invisible powder on my forehead and nose kept my T-Zone in check. Finally, Danielle chose a shiny, iridescent pink gloss for my lips. Lovely.

Products to try: Paula Dorf SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer (, Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #2 (for highlighting, at Saks 5th Ave.), MAC Cream Color Base in Pink Fuchsia (, Stila Eye Shadow in Chinois, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Lilac (, MAC Frost Pigment, Lancôme Definicils Mascara in Black (, and LORAC Lip Polish in Amuse (

Look #2: Green Is The New Black

I usually shy away from dark, smoky eyes because I end up looking like a Goth raver kid on St. Marks. But even I still want to look like a badass every now and then. To update this look for 2004, Danielle used several shades of green–instead of the usual black and gray. The color is unexpected and fresh, but in many ways more wearable than black.

She started on the eye area with a shimmery chartreuse green cream color all over the lid. Next, she lined the entire eye with a dark, forest green liner. She blended the liner past the outer corner of the eye and back in over the crease to create depth. Then, she layered an acid green shadow over the liner on top and bottom. Black mascara finished the eye. On the cheeks she brushed a touch of peach blush and golden shimmery highlighter. Lips shouldn’t compete with eyes this intense, but they still need something, so Danielle finished the look with nude/peachy gloss over nude liner. Wear this sultry look when you want to get noticed.

Products to try: MAC Paint in Chartru, Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Acid Rain (, Laura Mercier Eye Colour in St. Germain (, MAC Eye Kohl in Tarnish, Prescriptives Powder Cheekcolor in China Peach (, Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in #1, MAC Lip Pencil in Spice, and Lancôme Juicy Tubes in Soleil.

Look #3: Polished Pinup

Danielle says that the one request she consistently hears from clients is red lips. It is the kind of thing that never goes out of style and, when done correctly, can pull a look together like nothing else. She gave me a porcelain complexion with natural cheeks and precisely lined my eyes with liquid eyeliner to keep me from looking overdone. The idea here is classic, not clownish. To create that china doll complexion, Danielle started with a primer to help set the foundation and translucent powder. Her hint for concise liquid eyeliner is to start by putting the eyeliner on the edge of a very flat, stiff brush. Use the brush to go all the way into the lash line, then use that line as your guide for the liner. As for the lips, try a silicone based mattifying product around the outside of the lip line to prevent bleeding. Then, lightly pat powder over the lip liner. Finally, pick a rich, creamy red lipstick and wear it with plenty of confidence.

Products to try: NARS Makeup Primer (, Giorgio Armani Luminouse Silk Foundation, Shu Uemura Face Powder in Matte Colorless (, Paula Dorf Eye Transformer Brush, Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Black (, MAC Matte Texture, JOEY New York Opti-Brite Lip Pencil #10 (, Laura Mercier Lip Colour in Seduction.

Ok, 2004, I am ready for you. Armed with the proper instruction and a plethora of beautiful colors, here I come. Old habits die hard, but I can’t let Danielle’s beautiful work go to waste. I now have a look for any occasion, and zero excuses for going bare-faced this year.

Danielle Astryd Fonseca is a freelance artist specializing in makeup for editorial, theater, and bridal, as well as body painting. Contact her at (917) 468-4669.

Originally published January 2004



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