Watch Joan Smalls' Guide to Sculpting—Not Contouring!—Your Skin
The supermodel is bringing the heat and spilling her beauty secrets—including her technique for that born-with-it bone structure.
Filmed by Lucas Flores Piran
Filmed at The Broome Hotel
Released on 8/22/2018
I'm Joan Smalls and today I'm gonna be doing my makeup.
It's finally my turn.
Little do people know, I do my makeup a lot.
I've been doing it since I was like, 13.
Let's give it a go.
The first thing I start with is my eyebrows
'cause that's like, the starting point.
I have a little scar here as you can see
and I always fill that bad boy up.
I tend to mix two colors.
I like filling in my eyebrows,
not the color they are, but a little bit lighter.
So it just looks full, but not super done.
Lately, I've been doing this trick
where I'll fill them in at the top
and at the bottom and then I won't do the middle
just so you can kinda still see the hair.
And then I do skin, I use a sponge.
And I wet the sponge, oh that little bad boy.
Models get pimples, okay.
Just go around.
I love a cat eye.
I fill it in with pencil.
And I always do a half cat eye
which they call it a kitten eye.
So it's gonna be from here onwards.
People think I don't speak Spanish,
that's quite annoying.
I am from Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico.
A liquid eyeliner.
Seal it with this bad boy.
So, now I am going to conceal.
So, I'm putting it on my hand.
I always like using something
that's a little bit more yellow for my skin
'cause that's my undertone.
And it brightens a little bit.
So, I'm going to dab, dab, dab, dab.
I use my finger 'cause it's easier to feel
where your makeup is going.
And then because this is lighter,
I use it for contouring my nose.
You see this muscle is not 'cause I work out,
it's just 'cause I blend a lot, okay.
So now let's go to the contour.
So, I take the brush.
And I use a foundation that is darker
than my complexion to contour
so it looks more natural.
When you do the contour of the nose,
I tend to bring it a little bit up
just to give it a natural sculpt.
You don't want it contoured, you want it sculpted.
I like using a brush because it gives me more precision.
So I mix a little bit of foundation and concealer
in my hand, just to fix any oopsies I did on my face
and blend in any contour.
I'll just swipe.
Notice I'm not using the sponge now.
Because the sponge doesn't have a sharp edge.
And I need something to kind of get in there
and brush it up.
Now I'm gonna powder all of my face
and basically you just brush it all over your face.
Brush it all over your face.
Carry it down to the neck.
I'm going to do contour with powder.
I do contour with powder because it's lighter.
I have really high cheekbones.
So I don't need that much contour,
so I'm gonna keep it right up until here,
so halfway point.
Joan she was born with it Smalls.
So I'm gonna use a cream highlighter.
Place it right in the bridge of my nose.
Then little cupid's bow.
Little brow bone.
It's just like a healthy little.
Little sun kissed.
I am going to use an Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon,
do the top and this one has a little bit of covering.
Usually I put a lip balm.
Nobody likes chapped lips.
Nobody likes crackled, no, thank you very much.
So please do us all a favor and put some chapstick,
lip balm or whatever.
This is my all time favorite, curling your lashes.
My lashes don't have that much of a curl,
but this little guy is my miracle worker
and so here goes nothing.
I love, love, love mascara.
I put on the bottom.
Just to comb the little bad boys out.
I'm gonna do the little inside of the corner of my eyes
'cause it gives you a little pop.
A little, it's a pop, it's pop.
Gonna finish off a little bit more
under the eye with a powder.
Everything is gonna stay in place with my little powder.
This is a fluffy brush.
And because I want to get so close to my eye,
I kinda pinch it and flatten it,
so again, I don't mess up my eyeliner.
It's allergy season and I wanna lighten my eyes
and what works for me is putting black eyeliner
inside of the water line.
If you gonna have a drink,
do it after the eyeliner and mascara.
Oh, another secret.
This is a weird one.
Because you blink a lot when you put liner
inside of your water line it tends, it doesn't last as long.
The trick is, you put it on top of your water line
of your top eye.
Because I put liner at the bottom
some of it might have ran, so I'm gonna fix it by blending
and blurring it with, the colors I used
to contour my cheeks and my nose.
So, I'm gonna do nude, here we go.
You see where I hit the little cupid's bow
and now you can see it better and cuter.
I mean, I would kinda hit my eyes a little bit
'cause this allergies killing me.
Just a little dab to brighten up the area.
Gonna use my sponge.
And I'm gonna hit it right there.
I'm gonna top it off with some powder.
There's my little baby cat eye.