In Makeup Artists We Trust: Adrian Avila

Everyone has a favorite hairstylist, a go-to aesthetician and if you’re really lucky, a preferred makeup artist. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Nectar Skin Bar’s famed senior makeup artist and brow specialist, Adrian Avila, prior to a fashion event. The DC makeup artist has some serious bragging rights, who’s primed and primped the faces of A-List celebs like Cynthia Nixon and Rosario Dawson as well as power players like Maria Shriver and Nancy Pelosi, to name a few. Nectar has been my go-to when I experimented with Lash Dip and Lash Tint, so needless to say, I felt pretty comfortable putting my face in the hands of their makeup connoisseur.

Before I embarked on a Kevyn Aucoin makeover, Adrian spent some time educating me on the original Kevyn Aucoin collection as he sifted through the chic line of one-of-a-kind foundations, shadows and powders. Adrian made sure I was comfortable as he spun me around in his makeup chair (it’s the little things, I tell ya) while he played up my look with a smoky eye and a light pink lip. Gifted with an artist hand, Adrian is meticulous with each stroke of liner and every coat of mascara, making sure your look is nothing short of flawless. He even gifted me with a Kevyn Aucoin lip gloss so I could stash it in my clutch and reapply later in the evening. Adrian is the type you want to permanently add to your little beauty black book. Even if you don’t need some primping before a big event, he knows brows and he knows lashes (and we all know the upkeep for those babies!).

Adrian’s makeup services range from makeup lessons to special events to bridal applications ($75-150). Not sure what makeup look is right for you? Adrian will meet with you for a complimentary consultation. Nectar Skin Bar, 1633 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-4332;