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Known for blending makeup so finely, Vanngo’s artistry captured the attention of fashion’s top photographers like Carter Smith, Patrick Demarchelier, Craig McDean, among many others, and has graced the pages of Allure, ELLE, W, Vogue, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, InStyle, and Italian Vogue. In addition to his success in the beauty and fashion industries, Hung has a regular clientele of Hollywood’s elite including Julianne Moore, Selena Gomez, Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr, Celine Dion, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen. In a rare interview, we spoke to Hung Vanngo to learn more about his career, his favorite products and to get some beauty advice straight from the source.

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You’ve become one of the most influential makeup artists in the industry. How did it all start? Before I started doing makeup, I was living in Canada, and I was actually a hairdresser. Most people don’t know that about me. There was a makeup station in my salon, and I started playing with makeup on clients. It wasn’t long before I realized how much more I loved makeup, and that’s when I decided to pursue it full time. 

What do you love most about beauty and doing makeup? It may sound cheesy, but the best part about doing makeup really is how you make people feel. Being able to help someone feel gorgeous, happy, and add that boost of confidence is such a rewarding experience. 

Where do you get your inspiration from? Honestly, I am always inspired by the person in my chair. Everyone’s face is different, and I always strive to enhance their natural beauty by finding inspiration in their own unique look. I work with so many beautiful, talented women. I can honestly say that they are all so inspiring. I feel very lucky to work with the people I do. 

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Who are some of the people that have inspired you throughout your career? My mother has always been my number one inspiration. Her beauty and work ethic has truly shaped who I am as a person. She is such a strong woman. 

What is the most important beauty advice that everybody should know? I’m a big advocate of the “less is more” approach. The key to this is to really take care of your skin first. It takes some discipline, but having a consistent skincare routine is so important. Remember that moisturizer is your best friend. 

Do you have a signature look you like to create on clients? I believe in beautiful, natural-looking skin as the foundation of any makeup. Secondly, I focus on good brows. Everything after that is like an accent and will fall into place. 

What are some of your favourite beauty products of the moment? I’m really loving the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir and Feather Noir mascaras. I use them together on most of my clients. The Velvet Noir is dense and really black, so it reallyshows off your lashes, and the Feather Noir mascara is great for getting smaller lashes, like on the bottom. The Marc Jacobs Highliner Pencils are also incredible. The pigment is insane, and there are so many colors. My latest favorite is the Dew Drop Coconut Gel Highlight. So perfect to achieve natural glow for face and body. Definitely a staple in my kit now!

You are known for your blending of makeup and flawless technique. What are some of your tips and tricks to achieving such immaculate looks? Like I said, the most important step to any makeup is how you prep. You can’t skip skincare and expect a great result. Secondly, I always apply a little makeup at a time, slowly building the layers until I achieve the look I want. That way it looks soft and diffused no matter what. 

What’s one of your all-time career highlights? A major moment in my career happened this year when Marc Jacobs Beauty asked me to be their Global Ambassador. I’m so honored to be a part of the brand because I really believe in their vision. As a brand, they believe in the unique beauty of individuals the same as I do, and they are at the forefront of technology in the industry. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the brand, and I’m excited to be involved.

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