Meghan Markle’s makeup artist Daniel Martin joins the intro app

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No matter how many times I watch a YouTube makeup tutorial where I line my eyes with sick graphic designs (or even a simple winged cat eye), I never get the hang of it. I wish I could FaceTime my favorite makeup artists like Daniel Martin for personalized tips. Well I guess manifestation works because the universe answered my beauty prayers. On January 28th, Martin is coming to Intro to give users face-to-face time on all things makeup and skincare.

“It’s the kind of connection that I really care about because it’s authentic,” he tells me during our session on the app. “It’s personal and I love the fact that you have a one-on-one conversation with someone you didn’t think you could have access to.”

Dubbed the “Facetime-meets-Masterclass” platform, Intro is a video chat app that allows users to have private sessions with experts and celebrities like Martin, Rachel Zoe, and Alexis Ohanian. Sessions start as low as $44 depending on which expert you want to connect with. Once you’ve booked an appointment, you can fill out a comment box with questions or details about what you’re trying to achieve before meeting virtually. You have 30 minutes to meet with your professional and then you are well on your way to achieving your set goal.

“I just want to change the way beauty behaves,” says Martin as he discusses what to expect from his sessions. “We’ve been inundated with these ‘hack’ trends and the trends on TikTok. [but] people are [now] like, ‘I want to try all these things, but I don’t know where to start.’”

He’s thrilled that these personalized sessions allow him to see what products each individual is working with and help them create a routine that works well. Aside from makeup, he’s also excited to talk about skincare as he strongly believes that skincare and makeup go hand-in-hand.

“[With skin care], it’s about taking the time to understand the root cause and not just the symptoms. Understand why your concealer isn’t sticking to your pimple or why it’s not hiding dark circles,” he says. “This [one-on-one time] allows me to look at someone as a whole.”

This isn’t so much of a nudge for you to follow the latest TikTok beauty craze if you’re not into it (although it does hope people will incorporate more color into their routines). It’s really about teaching you how to find what you love. “I think 2022 is all about individuality,” he says. “People will think, ‘I can’t do this [all these trends] no longer. I’ll be comfortable in my own skin.’”

Sessions booked with Martin also benefit a good cause. 50 percent of these proceeds will go to Act To Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting online bullying, particularly towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. His goal is always to help people feel good, even if it’s as small as giving beauty tips.

“People who aren’t that familiar with makeup just want to feel comfortable,” he says. “You don’t need a whole face. You don’t need what’s trending. So [Intro] allows them [to do that].”

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