TIPS FOR THE MAKEUP CHALLENGED! with Jillian Wilkey

I really don't know sh*t about makeup.
I grew up going in the ocean twice a day, 
everyday.
That being said, I'm a certified clothes freak!
It was just my thing, still is.
When I met my creative partner and BFF,  Jillian Wilkey,  my eyes were opened to a world of makeup and hair magic. Oh, the possibilities!
Together, we mesh heads and make a lot of fun photoshoot magic happen.
I'm her personal stylist and she answers all my dumb beauty questions and guides me towards the light in a world full of SCARY makeup
that can seriously f*ck you up.

I decided to do a little Q+A now that summer's over and we're all feeling the kiss of fall, lipstick, big coats and hair repair...

Q - JILLIAN WILKEY! Tell us about yourself! How'd you get into makeup?


A - Believe it or not, there was a time in my life when I thought lipstick was gross! (Sometimes I still do… http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/makeup/advice/a485/lipstick-ingredients-020410/) I grew up inspired by the glamour of yesteryear. I've always enjoyed getting dolled up – whether that be with clothes, hair, or makeup.

The thought of pursuing makeup as a career had never crossed my mind until a dear friend of mine, Noelle Weatherwax owner of Concrete Rose Salon, gave me a much needed pep talk and let me borrow her makeup kit. I jumped on a last minute gig for a short film that same week. It was magic! Now, I basically get to play dress up all day. 

 
Q - Okay, I'm about to drop a bomb. I hated makeup until I met you. You said something that completely changed that for me... It was something along the lines of, "Women come in wanting to cover up all their flaws. When they walk in, I don't see those flaws - I see beautiful eyes I want to showcase or killer cheekbones that some would die for. My job is to highlight each individual's beauty." Can you speak on that a bit more? Is that part of your makeup philosophy? 

A - It’s true! I can’t tell you how often I have a client mention what they don’t like about their face – “this looks weird” or “I hate this”... There’s a saying: “When you seek beauty in people, and in all things, you will not only find it, you will become it.” 

It's hard not to compare ourselves to others, especially with the Internet in our faces constantly. My philosophy is to embrace what we have and to find the beauty in ourselves and each other. Makeup is empowering. Choose colors you like, play up what you want, have fun and be adventurous! Love yourself!
 
Q - Let's talk AFTER THE MAKEUP. I'm proud if I wash my face let alone do more. What are a few post-makeup beauty secrets for us lazy honeys?

A - PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: I can’t stress the importance of a good skin care routine enough! Good makeup is undeniably linked to good skin. I wash my face, morning and night, with Earth Science Clarifying Facial Wash. I like this cleanser because it doesn’t dry my skin out, but it is strong enough to remove all of my makeup. If I’m having my weekly spa night, I exfoliate with the Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant, which is rice based so it’s gentler on my sensitive skin. I switch out masks regularly, but I always have the Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque in rotation. The powerhouse combination of vitamins helps brighten, clarify, and calm my skin. 



I wish I had started using eye cream sooner… The skin around our eyes is the thinnest and most fragile. One of the best ways to prevent anti-aging signs is with eye cream. My go-to is the Eminence Herbal Eye Contour Cream that I tap my finger with to apply. I end my routine with Argan Botanicals pure argan oil all over (face, body, + hair).
 
Q: Looking back, what is one piece of advice or wisdom that has stuck with you and still inspires you // you feel is so relevant // changed your outlook... yada yada you get it. 

A - The best beauty advice I could give is to practice self-care! Beauty comes from within. When you do things that involve self-care you exude more confidence, when you’re more confident – it shows! For me, self-care is spending time with my kitties, eating well (almonds, blueberries, and avocados are some of my favorites and they help feed the skin!), taking walks, and getting regular facials and massages.
It comes down to doing things that make you happy, strong, and beautiful. Another great tip is as simple as smiling! A new shade of lipstick can do the trick too.
 


Q - Tell us about your favorite era for makeup! Why? Icons please!

A - Forever muses are Greta Garbo, Theda Bara, Sharmila Tagore, Claudia Cardinale, Siouxsie Sioux, Sharon Tate, Elizabeth Taylor (special s/o to her role as Cleopatra)... It's a never ending list! I continuously draw inspiration from previous decades and my favorite era varies depending on my mood or upcoming project.
I've been reading Lisa Eldridge's book Face Paint and I'm fascinated by how early civilizations started out using makeup and how different cultures view beauty. I love how makeup grew alongside the film industry in Hollywood during the 20's & 30's. Personal inspiration era will forever be the 60’s – I’ll take big hair and miniskirts all day. 

 
Q - What are your favorite products right now? What can you not live without? What should we not live without? Spill! 

A - Glitter is always at the top of the list. I’m in love with Chanel’s Illusion d'hombre. It’s an intense shimmery gel that you can wear as shadow or liner. It’s like glitters sophisticated older sister.
I'm big on skin care because, again, good makeup starts with good skin. I love Eminence (see above for favorites) and the Korean beauty selection from Peach & Lilly! I just tried the hydration sheet mask pack and my skin felt extra smooth and hydrated.
I'm always adding new products to my kit, so my favorites change often.

 
Q - It's almost fall! What are some tips for the big summer --> autumn transition we're about to enter? Any recommendations for major post-summer repair + rescue? 

A - Well, I first want to ask, have all of you sun babies been wearing your SPF? Typically the colder the weather, the dryer our skin gets. Fall and winter is about hydrating! I recommend switching to a creamy cleanser, a thicker moisturizer, and a more moisturizing foundation. 
 
Q - Fall is my favorite season... Can you tell? Favorite fall look? GO!

A - Fall is my favorite season too! I like to channel moodier looks for fall.
Dark lips, smoky eyes… I recently used Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry layered over MAC’s Lip Pencil in Vino on a shoot and I’ve been recreating that same lip on myself for the past week!
 


Q – Okay, give us the gold. What are your favorite beauty sites (product, blog, whatever) right meow. We wanna binge… 

A - My favorite place to shop, hands down, is www.violetgrey.com. It's been curated by big names in the beauty industry and they sell the crème of the crop in makeup, skin, and hair. It’s considered a luxury site, so let your pocketbook be warned!

 


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