The DJ Who Simply Cannot Figure Out The Smoky Eye


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"My name is Katrina (@katrinarazon) and I live in Los Angeles. I'm a Managing Partner at Third Culture Music and Media, an experiential marketing and events agency, and I also work on the Wonderfruit Festival in Thailand, a sustainable music and wellness event. I've also been a DJ for the past 10 years—that's a passion I've had for a long time.

When I started DJing in my late teens, I experimented with tons of heavy eyeliner. Jet black winged liquid liner was my go-to, with a full waterline whenever I'd play a bar or club. I realized quickly that heavy eye makeup and late hours were not a match, and now I keep it much simpler. The most I apply now would be Nars Eyeliner Stylo in Nuku Hiva which I draw from the middle of my lid to the end. In the evening, I use Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock’n’Kohl Barbarella Brown on my waterline followed by a light application of Hourglass Illume Sheer Color on the lid. I cannot achieve a smoky eye if my life depended on it. Every attempt has led me to look like a panda clown.

Don't even get me started on contouring—it's a disaster. Instead, I just put Glossier Haloscope Highlighter on my cheekbones. I try not to go too heavy on makeup from day-to-night and if I ever wear lipstick I mix Nars Jeanne Audacious Lipstick with Bobbi Brown Raisin. It's the perfect red.

I grew up in the Phillipines, and as a result of living in a humid environment for so long, I've always had oily and acne-prone skin. I use Nars Pore and Shine Control as a base and blot my skin throughout the day with Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens. For years I've tried to find the perfect purifying mask to detox my skin at the end of the day, and I found Osea Red Algae Mask, which decongests and hydrates. I follow up with the exfoliating, oil-balancing Osea Ocean Cleansing Mudd, which leaves my face feeling clean before bed.

Because I'm traveling so much for work, I'm always trying to stay hydrated—drinking water is key. There is no miracle makeup product off the shelf that can achieve what water intake does to your body. Water plumps skin cells up and flushes bad stuff out of the system, keeping your face fresh. My second best piece of advice is to invest in beauty products that you’ve researched well and are right for your skin type. It can be easy to fall into the trap of filling my shopping basket to the brim, but I try to remember that it’s quality over quantity. Third, tie up your hair. It's a natural facelift."

—as told to ITG