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AJ Crimson

“The wearer is always the star and the makeup is the co-star,” that’s celebrity makeup master AJ Crimson’s beauty motto. Crimson’s clients include some of the hottest glamourista’s on the red carpet. With a successful namesake makeup line, as well as A-list clients, AJ Crimson is an artist to watch!




“This natural look on Lauren London was done for promoting her film The Perfect Match. What I love about Lauren is she doesn’t like to be over the top. So this look was all about flawless skin, I used AJ Crimson Beauty Dual Skin Compact, and full lashes. I stacked two pairs of flash lashes to achieve the look I wanted. On the lips I used AJ Crimson lipstick in Subculture mixed with Bondage.”


K2“I created this sexy, smoky eye for actress Lauren London during a digital campaign for ATL 2. Her Character, “New-New,” has grown a lot since the original ATL and I wanted to make her look more mature—but still seductive. I used a smokier eye shadow for depth and a little bit of eyeliner on the inner rim. Then, I used a light blush, contoured the cheeks and mixed Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream with AJ Crimson lipstick in Bondage for a beautiful nude pout.”



Empire’s Serayah has radiant skin and a glowing personality. With this look I wanted to highlight her flawless complexion because skin is always in. To even out her skin tone—but maintain ‘breathability’ and give her a glow—I used a little bit of AJ Crimson Dual Skin Compact applied with a blush brush (which is my favorite way to apply foundation). I skipped eye shadow and just accented the crease with matte foundation and eyeliner at the base of her lashes before applying false lashes. The main even is her perfect berry lip: AJ Crimson lipstick in No Explanation.



MAKEUP MUST-HAVE: AJ Crimson Beauty Sultry & Matte Lipsticks: “I love Crimson Rose when I want a matte red that’s not drying. We have always known Ruby Woo[by MAC]—however I wanted something to be in that family but more moisturizing…and you get this beautiful matte.”


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