The Toronto Student Behind The Viral Glam Grad Photo Reveals How He Created His Flawless Look - Narcity

The Toronto Student Behind The Viral Glam Grad Photo Reveals How He Created His Flawless Look

The face beat is real!

If you're someone who hangouts on the internet for any length of time, odds are you've seen the senior grad photo of 18-year-old Kevin Kodra that took the world by storm. 

Like many Toronto teens, the Bishop Allen Academy student posted his final school photo with a caption reminiscing on his high school years. Unlike most other teens, his photo looked like it was straight from a Vogue magazine cover and many took notice. 

The world went crazy when they saw just how beautifully he mastered his makeup - calling the teen a living Ken doll. And while of course there were haters out there who couldn't handle a flawless face beat on a male - others were salivating on how they could recreate the look themselves. 

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Luckily for us, Kevin sat down with the Toronto Star and broke down exactly how he got this look. The only down side is that the took took a total of 4 hours to make sure everything was perfect. So if you don't have the time maybe you should just shelf this glam face for another day! 

However for anyone ambitious enough to try this, here are the steps and products used:

Foundation: NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

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According to Kevin he started off his look using the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, applying it using a buffing brush then using a damp beauty blender to press the foundation into the skin. He followed that up by applying Colourpop concealer to create a flawless base. 


Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade & Mac Pro Longwear Concealer

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Using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ash Brown with the Anastasia Brush #12, Kevin filled in his brows to create a fuller looking shape. He then used Mac's Pro Longwear Concealer and a flat top-brush to clean up the area around his brows and give them a sharp and defined look. 


Eyes: Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette and nubounsom lashes.

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While he didn't get into the particulars, Kevin says he did his eye makeup using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette and follow it up with a pair of nubounsom Bella Mink lashes.


Contour: NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick, Benefit Matte Bronzer, Anastasia Beverly Hills bronzer

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Kevin's contour is no joke, he uses three different products to achieve the sculpted angles on his face. He starts with a cream base over his foundation. Using a spong brush, he applies NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick in a dark in all the places he wants to sculpt. 

He follow that up with a sweep of Benefits's Hoola Matte Bronzer all over the face to create a warmer, sun kissed look.

Finally, he says, “to deepen it up, I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills bronzer in Mahogany, right in the very deep part of my cheekbone.”


Highlight:  Mac “Oh Darling” highlighter

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Kevin's tip is to do your contour first, then follow with your highlight. He uses Mac “Oh Darling” highlight so achieve his glowing look.

He told The Star “If you do blush then highlight, it looks kind of stripey, like three layers of different colours,” he said. “If you do blush last, it blends the highlight and the contour together.”


Lips: Mac Lip Liner 

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Kevin says that to finish the look, you just need to over-line your lips using Mac's Chestnut lip liner. Then fill it in with any brownish-nude colour. 

And there you have it! With a variety of high-end products and tools, plus four hours of hard work - you too can look just as good as Kevin did in his grad photo! Easy, peasy ... amiright?!?

Source: Toronto Star


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