While modeling in high school, Kristephan quickly learned how to do his own makeup. That experience led to a job as a full-time makeup artist and a position at Sephora in Beachwood Place. After a friend urged him to create his own line, L’Envy was born. “What I teach is to have fun with it and not fall into the typical traps — matching makeup with clothing,” he says. ”To me that’s not realistic to everyday.” The line, which celebrated its first anniversary this year, includes his split lipsticks (with a dark and light shade on either side) and waterproof mascara. “Just like actors, we have to keep our craft current,” he says, but he makes sure his end result is still real. “A client once said to me that she didn’t feel made up, she just felt prettier.”
Kristephan’s Beauty Philosophy - Go light: Always define the lips lightly with lip liner. Be sure to use a lip brush to soften the lip line before you add color. - Know what works: The smoky eye doesn’t work for everyone. Be careful when using shimmer near the eye and don’t use too many dark colors — especially in the crease. - Avoid circles: Don’t trace your entire eye from corner to corner with eyeliner (aka “The Italian actress look”). It’s OK for younger girls, but it can take away from what you’re trying to present. - Most important: Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
L’Envy is available at Skin Deep Bath and Body Care, 2064 S. Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights, (216) 320-0415.