Sam Fine, legendary makeup artist to Vanessa Williams, Queen Latifah, Tyra Banks and Iman, launched his debut instructional DVD with help of close friends and longtime clients at the Warren-Tricomi Salon at the Plaza. ESSENCE.com attended this star studded beauty bomb event. Get the scoop on how one man is empowering women of color through makeup artistry. By Qianna Smith
Look More Than Just Fine
Sam Fine, legendary makeup artist to Vanessa Williams, Queen Latifah, Tyra Banks and Iman, launched his debut instructional DVD with the help of close friends and longtime clients at the Warren-Tricomi Salon at the Plaza, and we were there. Learn how Fine is empowering women of color through makeup artistry.
As Told to Qianna Smith
Photo by ESSENCE
Basics of Beauty
With over a decade of experience beautifying women of color, Sam Fine, left, is now showcasing his professional tips and techniques in his new instructional DVD, “FINE: The Basics of Beauty,” $24, Samfine.com and Amazon.com.
“Sam is a national treasure for Black women and really for all women. He makes you look better than yourself. He has worked with me on my music videos and album covers. I flew in from Florida to be here tonight because Sam is such a big deal to me and I’m happy to show my support,” dished R&B soul singer Deborah Cox.
Beauty Basics Tip #1
Latex sponges or a synthetic hair foundation brush helps foundation glide across the skin, but don’t be afraid to use your fingers, especially in those hard-to-reach areas such as underneath eyes and around the nose.
“I’ve known Sam for over a decade and I designed his first book; we have been friends as well as professional colleagues for many years. He really is a makeup icon and I’m proud of him, and now women everywhere can learn from his profound knowledge of beauty,” says “Closet Case” host Llyod Boston, pictured with guest.
Beauty Basics Tip #2
Instead of using those tiny blush brushes that come with the product, invest in a blush brush! A blush brush is simply a smaller version of the large powder brush. This small fluffy brush ensures that you won’t have a streaky application of color on cheeks.
“The ABC’s of beauty are simple: Groomed eyebrows/removing any unwanted facial hair, foundation or powder to perfect the canvas, bronzer to add luminosity, mascara to bring definition to the eyes and lip liner and lipstick or gloss to add a supple texture and color to the lips. These products are the basics in which to build a simple, glamorous look,” explains Fine, pictured here with runway model star Arlenis Sosa.
It was media blitz when supermodel Iman arrived to the Plaza, but she was more than happy to give the beauty dish to ESSENCE.com. “Whenever Sam does my makeup I know that I will look my best. I don’t care if I have to book him in advance. The one thing I’ve learned over the years working with him is to be patient because he takes a long time,” says Iman with a smile. “But you know perfection takes time!”
“I hope women gain a greater understanding of cosmetic product, formula and application… and the endless possibilities that makeup can provide,” shares Fine on what he hopes women gain from watching his DVD.
“Sam is the makeup guru to me. His book was the first makeup book I ever bought. I have a darker complexion and finding the right color palettes on me can be challenging, and I love that Sam makes a real effort to show women of color how they can make themselves look and feel beautiful,” says “Project Runway” runner-up winner Korto Momulo.
“Watching ‘The Basics of Beauty’ DVD encourages women to realize how a simple dab of concealer can change the shape of the eye, to understand how a well-defined brow opens and lifts the eye, to grasp why lip liner and lipstick blend to make an effortless-looking, sexy lip statement. ‘The Basics of Beauty’ makes you want to pick up a product (or two, or three) and learn, play and enjoy makeup,” gushes Fine.
“Sam and I have been together for 16 years. I was one of his first celebrity clients and I feel very responsible for helping him along his path,” says “Ugly Betty” star Vanessa Williams. “Sam is a stickler on foundation and the one thing I’ve learned from him over the years is to use products that give me maximum coverage.”
Domonique Reighard, the new face of Carol’s Daughter and winner of Tyra Banks “Modelville,” looks pretty for the cameras. Guests at the party sipped on drinks provide by Nuvo, the world’s first sparkling liqueur.
“Writing about makeup, products and proper application is one thing, but watching it being applied step by step is another,” explains Fine, who hopes his DVD will help more women experiment with their own beauty.