Meet the Expert: James Vincent

James Vincent

Name & Professional Title:  

James Vincent, Director of Artistry & Education for The Makeup Show

Background & Career:

As Director of Education and Artistry for The Makeup Show, The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine James is fortunate enough to work with makeup lines and makeup artists at all levels of the industry.

Over the years James Vincent's passion for the art of makeup has included nearly every genre of makeup artistry. Film and theatre, television and celebrity work, editorial and runway work and includes training and product development positions for such companies as MAC, Stila, Armani, YSL and Make Up For Ever. James now focuses his career on working internationally in fashion, film, theater and editorial. His resume includes clients as diverse as designers Ashton Michael, Charlotte Ronson and Samantha Pleet. James work in the music industry spans genres and includes legendary musicians like Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, and Courtney Love to Joan Jett and the Foo Fighters. In fashion and film and television James resume includes leading ladies like Liv Tyler, Reese Witherspoon and Jane Fonda and has also been privileged enough to work with Barack Obama. Having worked with photographers including Alexander Thompson, Mike Ruiz and David Lachapelle James work has been seen on the cover of Paper and Atomic and in magazines including ID, V, Index, Wonderland, and Surface. He has been featured on numerous television shows as a beauty expert such as NBC's The Today Show. James has also worked in television as key artist for shows including American Idol and on stage for productions including Roundabout Theatre's "The Philanthropist." Nylon magazine, The New York Times and WWD have named James as a "Makeup Artist to Watch". James is currently the Beauty Editor for On Makeup Magazine and Galore Magazine and contributes to countless blogs and publications.

IMAGE CREDIT - James Vincent 

IMAGE CREDIT - James Vincent 

What are your TOP beauty tips for combating the summer heat?

Exfoliate and moisturize and set everything into place. Too many people are relying on primers as an answer to the problem of heat and humidity. For me the less you add to the skin the better it will be. You need to use a few products that can help it all stay put.

DFW Beauty Guide - Bioderma


Use a gentle cleaner like Bioderma from Beautylish. This is ideal for Texas as it is extremely gentle but removes even the most stubborn waterproof makeup and leaves no rsidue behind allowing you a perfect canvas.


Try TwinMedix XSmart exfoliator, it is ideal for getting rid of the dead skin that can clog pores in hot and humid conditions that cause breakout. This non-abrasive exfoliant will leave the skin glowing. 


A rosewater like Embryolisse Rosamelis will help cool down the skin and prepare it for moisturizer.


Even the oiliest skin or those living in the warmest conditions need moisturizer to balance off oil production. Try Something gentle like Embryolisse Lait Creme. This cult favorite of professional artists is extremely gentle and its nickname is the 24 hour miracle Cream.

Try a Waterproof foundation like Make Up For Ever Face and Body as a beautiful long wear foundation that looks just like skin and choose long wear product like NARS Waterproof Cream Shadows, Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof pencils and Inglot Waterproof mascara for all day wear. 

Lastly, keep it all perfectly in place with a setting spray. This removes the step of adding powder which can cake in the heat but allows you worry free makeup all day long. I love Model in a Bottle or Skindinavia as setting options that leave the skin looking natural with a long wear finish. 

What are some of your favorite products to use on your clients?

  • Embryolisse Lait Creme -  I use this in each and every application to leave the skin looking its best Ellis Faas foundation. Ideal for any situation and looks like skin even with full cover. 
  • Senna Blush Palette - It is the perfect collection of blush, flush and contour for every complexion. 
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Eyelash Curler - A staple of mine. Kevyn designed the iconic Shu Uemure curler for the Asian makeup market before designing his to be even more universal. 
  • NARS The Multiple - fabtastic for eye, lip and cheek. Effortlessly chic. Crown Brush Exposed Palette - Perfect for sexy smoky eye or an easy everyday look on any complexion. 
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Black - If you like deep, flawless lines that stay in place all day Aqua Black can not be beat 
  • Temptu Pro Airbrow - The perfect kit for any brow obsessed makeup wearer and the stencils and long wear liquid make it an amazing choice for Texas brutal summer heat 
  • OCC Lip Tar - whatever your color fantasy is OCC Lip Tar has a shade that will bring you the most flawless lip. 

Anything exciting on the horizon for The Makeup Show in 2015?

The Makeup Show continues to bring our brand of education and artistry to new places including San Francisco, and I will be leading up many new projects in both fashion and celebrity areas of artistry

BEST advice for someone interested in a career in beauty?

Education is key.

You need to understand the fundamentals to work with someones hair or face. You need an intimate understanding of color, light and texture as well as an understanding of the human condition to work as a professional as in the beauty industry we work with people in a very intimate way in the most important moments of their life.