We’ve been doing the Ladies of Fiore features of our artists for a while now and thought it would be fun to share my own beauty perspectives!
How did you get in to beauty?
I grew up in my aunt’s beauty salon where my mom and aunts were hair stylists and manicurists so I observed women and their relation to the whole beauty process from a very young age and loved it. I then became a manicurist right after high school to do as a job while going to college.
What looks are you loving right now?
I am loving the contoured/highlighted look. I’ve always been a fan of blush and how it brightens your face, gives it dimension, and so I really enjoy using contouring powder for the same reasons but different look. I also love the long, almond shaped nails we’re wearing right now as well as the subtly, a-lined long bobs.
What is your specialty as a makeup artist?
Well since I’m not an artist myself at this point, I’d say my specialty is picking amazingly talented girls for the Fiore team and helping clients communicate how they’ll feel their prettiest.
In your own beauty regimen, what’s your favorite thing to fuss over?
I hate doing my hair, but I love doing my makeup. I definitely spend the most time on my complexion. All makeup looks better with a perfectly done and set base using foundation, concealer, eye shadow, primer, and setting powder.
Name 3 products you couldn’t live without.
I can’t do three, I have to do five!
Kate Somerville’s CC Cream, Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara, NARS Radiant Concealer, and MAC’s Lady Danger lipstick.
What is your favorite beauty bargain?
I LOVE L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara because it’s not just good for its price but its better than any mascara at any price. If you like volume this is it. I really like PiXI Beauty’s Shea Butter Tinted Lip Balm too and Sonia Kashuk’s makeup bags at Target.
What are your 3 most tried and true beauty tips and tricks?
1. Dry Shampoo or texturing spray on clean hair (or obviously dirty) to give your hair sexiness, volume and shape.
2. No polish will ever compare to Gel polish. There’s no going back for me.
3. Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder is amazing, It’s a powder for just your under eye area but it sets your concealer perfectly without making the coverage look haggard and heavy.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I have my Masters in Clinical Psychology but went in to beauty instead of therapy! Love the ladies, love the lipstick.
Which celeb’s beauty do you covet the most?
How about the JCREW models? I love their beauty look. With bare eyes, radiant skin, and mussed up hair. Or Michelle Williams because I loved her LV ads. It changes all the time though. Wait, maybe Christina Hendricks. Yep, Christina Hendricks. What would Joan do, that’s my motto.
If you had to only use one beauty brand, which would you choose?
This is going to be bit of a surprise, but if I had to choose one brand of beauty it would be Youngblood because a lot of my favorite products are theirs (blush, setting powder, mineral foundation, and they’re a healthy brand. Or I would choose Stila, I think they have a great, really well-rounded, fashion-forward line.
What beauty trend do you wish would go away?
Well, beauty really is subjective and I love anything that makes a girl feel gorgeous but for me I really want nothing to do with braids.
What makes you excellent at your job?
Knowing that it’s the artistry itself, passion for your art, professionalism, as well as desire to make the client happy that makes any beauty provider a great one.
Byredo Sunday Cologne
Natural or dramatic?
Dramatic for me!
Biggest beauty splurge?
All the facials and treatments I’ve gotten at Kate Somerville to get my adult on-set acne under control. Those ladies are miracle workers. After that, my Cle de Peau skincare items which are expensive but excellent.
Most embarrassing beauty moment?
One year at The Cream, Fiore was hosting a lash bar. I of course had lashes on myself, and talked to people all night feeling glammed up and pretty. As we were packing up I saw that my lash was only half on. Me. Half lash loose. At my own lash bar. OMG.
Most disappointing beauty product?
I’m most disappointed with beauty products that I buy at the drugstore. While some are great, I just think that they’re generally not as good. Liquid liner, shadow, lipstick, blush. Nope. The formulations are weird and colors off and not as highly pigmented. SO I buy and then immediately get rid of so really, its never cheaper for me.
If you had to go out in public only having used one product, what would it be?