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Famed and highly sought after celebrity makeup artist, AJ Crimson, took a few moments out of his hectic schedule to give Hue Knew It a bird’s eye view into his world of beauty one question at a time.

Q: Inquiring minds want to know…who are some the celebs you’ve had the pleasure of working with?

Estelle, Brandy, Hilary Duff, Amerie, Letoya Luckett, Raven Symone, Regina King, Lauren London and the list goes on and fortunately on.

Q: Of all the celebrities you’ve worked with, who’s the most adventurous with her makeup and why given that you’ve established yourself for your clean makeup techniques?

I’d say Estelle, takes the most risks with her look. She loves to try new things. She’s not afraid to push the envelope. We’ve had some great moments. I can remember a brief conversation with Rachel Roy where she complemented me on my work with Estelle, from the extreme to clean because even with her look being soft and clean it too was setting a trend. I have seen many things we have tried translated in new ways on other artist. Same as with Letoya Luckett, our Purple lip from the video for Regret really started a movement as well!

Q: What’s most meaningful to you about being a makeup artist? I have the opportunity to make someone look and feel their best. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that I help evoke confidence in a person.

Q: What’s the one makeup product a woman should never be without?

I would have to say Lip gloss. That’s why I created my own line Kissable Couture (21 shades in all). Working with Fergie for years we bought up stock from all over of a favorite shade she wore that was discontinued. I thought what are we gonna do when these run out?! The only answer I could come up was to make my own! Lip gloss is fresh and now! Make the lips a focal point without being obnoxious. It’s inexpensive, yet makes you feel luxurious. Its fashion for your lips.

Click here to read more to find out the one feature AJ says a woman should emphasize on her face.

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