You've Been With NARS Since The '90s, What Kept You So Attached To The Brand?
The brand’s philosophy and modern, high-fashion makeup products have kept me hooked all these years. I find that NARS’ ability to empower women to embrace their individual beauty and at the same time encourage them to have fun and experiment with makeup quite iconic. How many brands out there that offer unique and audacious beauty products that truly inspire, push and challenge you to create your own unique look?
What Has Been Your Most Defining Moment With The Brand?
There have been a few over the years but being on the artist team that worked to bring Francois Nars, NARS founder and creative director’s vision to life for Marc Jacobs AW 2009 show at New York Fashion Week, which involved creating 60 different 80s’ glam looks for 60 models was a huge moment for me. Being part of the makeup team responsible for creating the most talked-about beauty looks for that season and celebrated by the beauty press for weeks was surreal. You can only imagine the frenzy backstage trying to get 60 different hair and makeup looks done before show-time.
When Isolation (Eventually) Lifts, What Beauty Trends Can We Expect?
Natural, healthy-looking or bronzed skin that has subtle highlight and a touch of color on the cheeks. A shift from bold lips to nude or rosey lip shades; or more natural-looking lips with clear or tinted lip balms but not rule out the allure of a red matte lip when needed. Bolder eye looks and groomed eyebrows because of new guidelines that require the regular wearing of masks.
We’ve All Been A Little Lazy When It Comes To Makeup Of Late, What Are Some Easy, Foolproof Ways To Look Put Together?
A tinted moisturiser to smooth and even out the skin tone, concealer to camouflage any darkness and blemishes, and a quick sweep of blush or bronzer across the cheeks to give color or warmth always makes a huge difference. Finish look with a tinted lip balm or a nude lip. Skipping eyeliner and eyeshadow, and enhancing eyes with just one or two coats of mascara and finishing off with a feathery, groomed brow is an easy eye look. A red lip with natural-looking or bronzed skin, and minimal or no eye makeup is a classic look that never fails.
How Do You Think The Beauty Industry Will Change Post COVID-19?
We are already seeing a shift to health and wellness, where there has been renewed interest in skincare, sheet masks, special multivitamins and supplements. The biggest change will definitely be the transition to virtual online beauty sessions. Whether it just a consultation, one-one-one with a makeup artist or influencer walking you through how to do a specific beauty look; or a Zoom master classes scheduled by cosmetic brands to provide beauty advice, recommendations, insider tips and techniques will provide clients with other alternatives if they don’t want to go to the store or boutique.
What Are Your All Time Hero Products?
NARS Radiant Creamy and Soft Matte Complete Concealers, Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base and High Pigment Longwear Eyeliner in Gran Via.