Recognized for his artistic vision and attention to detail, Elie knew from a young age that he was interested in beauty. His obsession with film, art, music, and fashion led him to move from his hometown of Detroit to New York City, then Los Angeles. Elie’s experience speaks for itself, with his constant presence alongside other top artists in the industry. His talent is immediately recognized and continues to work with the world’s most influential people today. His list of celebrity clients includes such beauties as Madelaine Petsch, Inbar Lavi, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sasha Lane, Charlie Hunnam, Ashley Benson, Camila Mendes, Jane Levy, Courtney Love, Shirley Manson, Pamela Anderson, Mariah Carey - the list goes on and on. He also has worked on editorials for Vogue, Interview, Instyle, Elle, Flaunt, Glamour, Tatler, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Nylon & Paper, in addition to top commercial shoots for Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, American Eagle, Buckle, Top Shop, Kipling, Dita, Rebecca Taylor, Levi’s, and Garnier. Just take a look at his portfolio and you’ll agree that he is absolutely amazing!
Elie shared with us his tips for a picture-perfect face, all of which really go back to a base of healthy skin and a great foundation. He particularly likes the Clarisonic facial cleansing brush to keep skin exfoliated and looking great. A quality moisturizer based on your skin type is also a must! To find the perfect foundation, Elie suggests going to your favorite store and asking for samples based on your skin type, then take them home and wear them! Take note of what looks best in natural light and if your friends give you any feedback (you know they will!). Elie really likes Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen, which is excellent for both daily use and glam looks. It’s light, but long wearing, so for a typical day, Elie would stop there.
When applying makeup on the stars, he always keeps in mind that it has to last all day and look amazing in photos. To get your skin camera or runway ready, you need to make sure you use the right primer like NARS Pore & Shine Control followed by your flawless foundation. Old school, Elie likes using his fingertips to blend – he feels like you have the most control using your fingertips, but if you use a beauty blender, try dampening it a little. Either way, make sure you take the time to blend! Don’t forget to use concealer as without it, you will not look as flawless in photos. Elie likes Charlotte Tilbury's The Retoucher. Then finish up with a healthy glow of bronzer. Again, it is important to match it to your complexion, so he recommends Tom Ford’s Bronzer because you can match your skin tone. Apply lightly to where the sun would hit your face – like the sides of your forehead, the cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, along the jawline and onto your neck. If you do a highlighter, make sure to use it very sparingly as it doesn't always photograph well. Blend thoroughly once more, set with a powder such as Ben Nye’s Neutral Set Colorless Powder and voila, your skin is camera ready!