Artist in Residency: Cherish Brooke Hill’s Colorful Smoky Eye
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Artist in Residency: Cherish Brooke Hill’s Colorful Smoky Eye

Welcome to Artist in Residency, our series that brings the industry's most innovative makeup artists to Rose Inc. for a month of creativity and inspiration. Each week, you'll discover an original look—and the story behind it—created by an artist we love.

Trends come and go in a cyclical fashion, but some decades never really leave the beauty zeitgeist. For celebrity makeup artist Cherish Brooke Hill, there’s one era that’s referenced again and again in her prolific work: The colors and shapes of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Breathing life into a bygone era’s over-the-top aesthetic requires a keen working knowledge of its power players—both creators and icons—and the kind of judgement possessed by only the most talented of modern artists. To wit: Technicolor shadow and avant garde shapes aren’t for the faint of heart, but Hill isn’t afraid to take risks, which is how she ended up in Hollywood.

“I told my family I was moving from Maryland to California to pursue a medical career,” she recalls with a laugh, noting that her traditional Ghanaian-American parents’ hope for a predictable career for their daughter was sidelined by Hill’s adolescent YouTube habit. “I used to watch backstage interviews with makeup artists at Fashion Week. I thought, ‘If Pat McGrath can make it as a Black woman, maybe I can, too’."

It’s been a decade since Hill arrived in Los Angeles and her portfolio is already brimming with stars, including longtime clients like Keke Palmer, Madison Beer, and Snoh Aalegra—and she’s just getting started. For these reasons and more, Rose Inc. is delighted to feature Hill as this month’s Artist in Residency.

Her Residency Inspiration:

Of all the makeup shades used to express oneself, vibrant green might be the most intimidating to work with—which is precisely why Hill wanted to create a smoky eye using the often-ignored hue. “I knew I wanted to do a green eye, but it was a total experiment,” she says. Grounded in a sultry line of black kohl liner, then paired with full lashes, its unexpectedness only increases its allure.

Behind This Look:

After using the same complexion protocol as her previous looks, Hill began the eye by applying Make Up For Ever Kohl Pencil along Ashley Moore’s upper lash line, then smoked it out into a directional flick. Hill then pressed the pencil into the outer third of the model’s bottom lashes to continue the moody feeling without weighing down the model’s eyes. Her waterline was last.

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I knew I wanted to do a green eye, but it was a total experiment.

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Using a small, dense brush, Hill blended two shades of shimmery green color over Moore’s lids to create a slight gradient effect: Fenty Snap Shadow Palette in Pastel Frost and Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Mint Green. She focused the lighter hue on the inner half of Moore’s eyes, then deepened the color as it faded into the outer flick using the other. As Hill has instructed throughout her residency, thin layers are key. A few coats of L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara added extra depth.

Using Patrick Ta Velvet Blush in She’s Adorable, Hill sculpted Moore’s cheeks and added a subtle nod to the ‘80s by bringing the color upwards, just slightly onto the model’s temples. Hill applied Patrick Ta Precision Lip Crayon in She’s Bold followed by Tom Ford Beauty Lipstick in Rolando to finish the look.

Ashley Moore photographed in Los Angeles by Ford.