HUFFINGTON POST: Need Summer Makeup Tips? Top Celebrity Makeup Artist, Japan's Got You.

Japan by Keilan Scott

Japan by Keilan Scott

“Summer is here and as seasons change so should your make-up” says, top celebrity make-up artist Japan of Japanese Faces. Japan is the new make-up artist that your favorite celebrities request when they need that flawless effortless beat. He’s appeared in Vogue, and his work can be seen in advertisements, commercials and videos. He recently glammed up his favorite client, Teyana Taylor’s for her latest video “Drippin” Japan visited 7th and Lotus last week as his picture with Teyana was trending in a case of mistaken identity (the bloggers had him mistaken for Asap Rocky) It happens. At any rate, Japan stopped by and shared his summer make-up tips and even opened up about his start as one of the country’s most requested MUAs.

“I actually got into make up from being an artist in high school. I loved doing art and when I first got my MAC compact I remember patting my face down and seeing my own transformation. It just made me want to bring out beauty in other people. When I’m working with a client I can look at them and see their beauty and their strengths. They’ll come to my chair and tell me what they don’t like when they look in the mirror and honestly with make-up I just try to highlight what is most beautiful about them and bring out their strengths to diminish what they believe may be their weakness or something that they feel they are lacking. I can give you your dream cheekbone structure or contour the shape of your nose or eyes to bring out your best structures just by shadowing and highlighting. To me when I’m doing make-up it’s like I’m painting and putting together a beautiful palette. My faces are my canvas. It’s all art to me. I see so much beauty in people that is sometimes invisible to themselves”

Who do you think has a perfect face?

Japan: Naomi Campbell is perfection? Rihanna has an amazing face structure as well. This may be random but I think Gwen Stefani looks so beautiful every time I see her. If I had to work with three people tomorrow other than my regular clientele, I would work with these three and Kim Kardashian. Kim is beauty like Naomi.

For people with problematic skin and those of us who want to have great skin, what do you recommend in terms of skincare?

Get Urban Skin RX. They have a great cleanser, toner and moisturizer. They also have an “even tone” cleanser that helps those dark spots disappear. After cleansing, for dark spots and blackheads I like to use a color corrector by L. A Girl to cover up uneven skin and that’s actually before applying foundation. Before you go to bed cleanse and moisturizer and exfoliate every two weeks. For problematic skin use an oil free moisturizer it will help. Remember to always moisturize before you put on make-up and before you go to bed. Lastly, to get that glow use the Dior moisturizer spray

What do we need to have in our make-up bag for the summer?

I think pop of color is the overall theme. Pop of color on your lip, on your eyes and a little shimmer because its summer. Most of all remember that for summer be soft. The softer you are the better— for the summer time.

Any Recommendations?

Make up forever has great eye shadow. Urban decay has good gel eyeliner pencils. You can wear eyeliner outside of black. Everybody can do it’s just how you do it. So for darker tone do any orange, any blue, any greens. For lighter tones you can soften up those same color like a light blue , light green, light orange and medium and olive complexions go medium for the summer.


As for summer lips please stay away from matte color because its so dry and it’s so hot. Go for glosses. The legendary Pat McGrath has a selection of great lip wear. I love Spice by Mac and Muorange. Color Reign makes every color you can think of. Anastasia Beverly Hills also has amazing color gloss. Coral colors are also great and Kylie has an amazing collection of corals. I love her Harmony gloss. It’s soft and girly.

Check out Japan’s gorgeous work courtesy of Teyana Taylor inDrippinfeaturing Migos. Japan is also offering an exclusive make-up class in Atlanta on June 11th go to Japan‘s instagram for more info.




7th & Lotus: No That’s Not Asap Rocky, Its Japan Okay!


So this picture has gone viral all over the internet and is being shared by every blog that you can think of.  Interestingly so many people think its Teyana Taylor and Asap Rocky and I’m sitting hear like really?? C’mom people that is none other then the fabulous celebrity Make Up Artist and Model, Japan of Japanese Faces.  Yes I can see a little similarity but considering his body of work, you should all recognize the fierceness and beauty that could only come from Japan and his high cheekbones and exotic features.  He is definitely any fashion brand’s dream come true as he fits the bill for all thing print and runway. So I get it.  Anyway, Japan works with the beautiful Teyana Taylor who just dropped her amazing video and he works with a slew of celebrities and media entrepreneurs such as myself. He is the go to #MUA when you are looking for that unbeatable beat that accentuates your features in a way that only a cultured and experienced make up artists can capture. Yup it could be Japan.  Check out his work on IG and look out for his upcoming contribution on “Make-up Must Haves for the Summer” on Huffington Post.




I love dark, vibrant color blushes on black girls. They look a little bold, but give the best outcomes. NARS: Exhibit A and Orgasm.


I love softer nude and lined pencil colors, (Chesnut lip liner by MAC and a tanpe lippie,)

Turn it up a little bit for a bolder look with a coral color.                                                   


Black Opal and Black Up are my number one picks mainly because their colors are always on point with undertone pigments that matches colored girls.


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I love brown, bronzy gold and copper colors and for those women who love a little more color, olive green shimmery colors.


teenVOGUE: How to Use Oval Makeup Brushes


How to Use Oval Makeup Brushes

Say goodbye to your sponges.


The Beautyblender has been a mainstay makeup applicator for years, but it doesn’t stop people from pretty much constantly searching for new options, many of which seem pretty awesome. There’s the Silisponge, the Miracle Diamond Sponge, and then there’s, um, bras. But what if the one of the great Beautyblender alternatives isn’t even a sponge? What if makeup artists and devotees alike are going back to — gasp — brushes? Well, it seems they are; but not just any brushes. Ever since Matthew Waithesmith, the former senior vice president of MAC Cosmetics founded Artis, makeup experts have been flocking to the brand’s oval brushes, which kind of look like a really chic cross between a hair brush and a spoon. “The oval shape is the best go to in the brush world,” Stephen Moleski, a celebrity makeup artist whose clients have included Kim Kardashian, tells TeenVogue.

And makeup artists aren’t the only ones who have latched onto these awesome tools. Both Kylie Jenner and Lottie Tomlinson use Artis oval brushes (though Kylie apparently uses hers to apply moisturizer, rather than makeup). But what’s so great about them? Here are a few things to know.

1. They’re smoothing.

Oval brushes are made with hundreds of thousands of fibers (far more than typical brushes), that make for super-smooth applying and blending. “[The oval shape] perfectly fits the contours of the face and gives the most effective blend out of all shapes,” says Stephen.

Vincent Oquendo, a makeup artist whose clients include Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, and Hailee Steinfeld, agrees. “They buff the skin beautifully everything look like a veil,” he says. “I love to apply thin layers of makeup so it looks seamless, and you can appreciate the pores and the beauty of the skin.”

And not only do oval brushes help create an airbrush-like finish, but they also keep your face free of any harsh lines, Brittney Ward, a makeup artist whose clients include Naomi Campbell, tells TeenVogue. “[Oval brushes] make the makeup look like a second skin,” she says. “I love to spray the brush with MAC finishing spray before starting the makeup application. Spraying brush with this spray helps not only help with applying the makeup smoothly, but [also] leaves the skin with a nice finish.”

2. They’re multifunctional.

Oval brushes are most well known for their use with base products, like foundation. But, they can be used with almost all of your favorite products, including moisturizer, which Kylie Jenner, proved. “I love oval brushes for applying everything from foundation to eyeshadow,” says Vincent.

Tim Quinn, Giorgio Armani’s Beauty Face Designer, is also a huge fan. “"I love [oval brushes because] they can instantly correct any issue,” he explains. “The density [and] texture brilliantly blur any imperfections and they work equally well with liquids and powders.”

  • 3. They’re efficient.

  • The sheer number of fibers in oval brushes, along with the uniform length and surface area makes it so product, like powders, stays right where it should be on the brush (without settling into the bottom), and can be distributed evenly on your face. “Sometimes I find flat, dense brushes tend to deposit too much product,” says Vincent. Not only does that mean you’ll get a more even final look, but also that you’ll use less product — and save more money — in the long run. And, it makes the whole application process more efficient, time-wise. “I recently switched over to oval brushes because some of them get the job done faster, like spreading foundation on smoothly and quickly,” says makeup artist Japan, whose clients include Keri Hilson and Ashley Everett.

4. They’re built for self-application.

Most of us don’t have personal makeup artists on hand to beautify us on a daily basis, which is why the design of oval brushes is so great. Everything from the curve of the handle to the angle and alignment of the brush and fibers, is designed to give you more control and a better application when self-applying your makeup. In fact, Tim says, “I think these brushes are terrific more for using on oneself rather than using on someone else.”

Ready to give oval brushes a go? Artis brushes are certainly the most well-known oval brushes (after all, they were the first), and a great option, albeit a bit of a splurge. (The brand’s smallest cheek brush, the Oval 6, costs $60. If you’re looking for a lower cost option, Makeup Revolution just launched its Precision Brushes, and the face brushes cost in the range of $12-$18 each.