The sloth is my spirit animal.

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In my heart of hearts, I am lazy lazy lazy.  I would love nothing more than to lay about in bed reading magazines, watching movies, drinking tea and doing a bunch of nothing. Now, I’m pretty sure that if you ask anyone who has ever met me they would scratch their heads and say, ummmmm, I don’t think so. In fact, if I go back through my life over the last 25 year years, I can barely think of a day that was spent doing that. I’m kind of antsy. I need to always be doing something, which is maybe why I have three jobs (full time makeup artist, owner of this here website/e-comm biz Reed Clarke and also developer of Fiona Stiles Beauty). But in my soul, in my fiber I am L- A - Z - Y. For example, I am not the type of person who loves exercising. I don’t jump out of bed and race out the door to go for a run. I don’t stretch in the middle of the day because I need to “move my body”. I’d rather be supine. But, and this is where this post takes a turn toward beauty, getting your blood moving is really good for you. Like on a deep cellular level kind of good for you. Like, makes your skin look more radiant in a way that you can’t get from skin care kind of good for you.

So what’s a lazy girl to do? Cheat. And here’s my cheat (and even my cheat has a cheat).... It’s proven that lymphatic stimulation is wonderful for your blood and skin and circulation. But personally I cannot deal with dry brushing. I am not going to stand naked in my shower without delicious, steamy, hot H2O streaming down on me while I dry brush my skin. Not. Gonna. Happen. However, I do love a good scrub and that’s a great way to get that blood moving. Instead of a using loofah, which is essential a mold factory (google it) or one of those long scrubby Japanese towels (also a mold factory), my go-to is this beauty from Spa Cells. It’s as pretty as it is utilitarian. 

Here’s why it’s so bad-ass…. it’s made of silicone which is naturally mold resistant, so it can handle all of those steamy showers without harboring bacteria. The black stripes are stiffer, and the white stripes are a bit softer making the combo for a good scrub just right. Now if you're the sort who enjoys dry brushing, you can 100% use this guy that way. But if you enjoy a frothy lather and yummy warm water, get a little soap on this bad boy and watch it suds up. Focus on the lymph areas; under your arms, along the sides of your neck and your groin (that word always makes me smirk for some reason….grrrooooiiiiin) to really get the blood flowing and to flush out those impurities. It’s a great lazy girl cheat and a stellar way to start the day…like a cup of espresso for the circulatory system. Have a go and let me know what you think, cause I think you're gonna freak out and love it on it hard.

DIG DEEPER: The Beauty Interview with Soapwalla's Founder Rachel Winard

When I first started Reed Clarke, I asked friends if they had any products from smaller brands that they were madly in love with, and a dear friend told me she was obsessed with the deodorant from Soapwalla. I bought some and instantly fell in love. Like, I cannot live without this product in my life kind of love. I had been using natural deodorants for years and simply couldn't stand them. Not only did they not work, but they made me smell weird, but I used them anyway because I find the ingredients in traditional deodorants unsavory. I just like to be mindful of what is absorbed in the skin surrounding my lymph glands, color me crazy. Now most people don't have their armpits in people's faces at work, or like, ever, but because I'm a makeup artist, I do. And I work in some pretty intense situations and in some pretty extreme weather, and I cannot be stinky. Stinky can lose you a client. So when I used the Soapwalla deodorant in New York City, in the middle of July, after getting off a red eye (and not showering or reapplying--I had showered and applied before I left LA) and I could do my job with confidence knowing I would not offend my client while applying her makeup, I knew I had a winner on my hands. And I also became obsessed and have been using this product on the daily for 3 years now. This stuff is by far one of my favorite products on the site because it seriously works, and it's a solution to a problem, which is, you know, the real point of a beauty product.

 

I really wanted to interview Rachel because:

A. I love her products.

B. I knew exactly nothing about her and I really wanted to learn more.

 

So Rachel kindly took time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions and I really loved reading them and kind of wish I could ask her about a dozen more.... Maybe I'll do a follow up, who knows. Here's a picture of Rachel so you can put a face to the “voice".

Out of curiosity, what were you doing before Soapwalla? What lead you to create your own line? What was the impetuous for starting your own skincare line? Was it a dissatisfaction with what was out there? Was it a reaction to ingredients? It's a lot of work starting a line and I love to hear the stories and mythology behind the company.   

Great question! I've had several lives...I started playing the violin when I was 4 years old and became serious about it quickly. I became a professional classical violinist at the age of 12 and was sure that was going to be my lifelong career. I graduated high school early, went to Juilliard right after I turned 17, and then relatively quickly realized that it wasn't as perfect a fit for me as I thought.

I left the music world at 19, got an undergraduate degree in political theory, and ended up at Columbia Law School (long story). During my first year of law school, I got very sick. Overnight I went from being perfectly healthy to having all sorts of medical conditions crop up. It took a year, but I was finally diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus for short), a chronic autoimmune illness that has varied symptoms but nearly always affects the skin, as it’s our largest organ. Like others who suffer from lupus, I get terrible skin rashes, hives, and irritated skin patches. When it was at its worst, I could barely use water on my skin without irritation. The concept for Soapwalla was born one late night in early 2002, after months of unsuccessfully hunting for face and body products that wouldn’t aggravate my sensitive skin. I tried everything on the market I could find without any luck - and I mean everything. If the product said it was 'hypoallergenic' or 'sensitive' or 'natural' or 'organic' I bought it. And then threw it away when it made my skin feel worse.

Finally, after trying hundreds of products that ultimately went in the garbage, I decided to start making my own products that were as healthy and wholesome as possible. The product line grew from there. My guiding principle when I first started formulating and our overarching philosophy still is: The skin is our largest organ and for it to function at its best, we must feed it wholesome ingredients. If I refuse to put something in my body, I don't want to put it on my body.

I graduated law school in 2004 and practiced land use and zoning law at 2 large NYC firms for four years. In 2006 I had a health crisis – I was on chemotherapy to try to get my illness under control, with little success – and left for India for four months to see an Ayurvedic doctor in Mysore (in the state of Karnataka). We worked together every day for those 4 months and he got me feeling better than I had in years. When I returned to NYC, I knew my days at the law firm were numbered; the stress was just too much for my fragile immune system. I left the law firm in June 2008, and struggled for a year and a half to figure out what I was going to do next. During this time, friends and family gently prodded me to sell my beloved skincare products to the public. I premiered Soapwalla Dec 1, 2009, and we are in our 7th full year of business!

What was your first product? What was your second product? 

When I first started formulating, I figured I needed something to cleanse and moisturize my skin. My first two products were the Lavender French Clay Soap Bar and Restorative Face Serum. I still use these products daily.

 

Who was your first customer? 

Me! And then friends and family members, as they realized I'd become full-on obsessed about creating skincare products. My spouse likes to say that she's the "not tested on bunnies" part of our testing process. I've got a whole host of supportive people in my life who have been there for me and the company since day 1. Well, really, since way before day 1!

 

What was the company's first break? 

A couple months after Soapwalla premiered, we got some lovely and unexpected press from a blogger. Her review of our Deodorant Cream was glowing and took off. From there, we saw an immediate uptick in sales and press requests. It was incredibly lucky and amazing, and I am still so grateful to that blogger.
 

I have to ask about the name.... Like Teawalla? How did you land on the name? 

"Walla" means maker or master in Hindi. I'd already been making soap and skincare products when I went to India in 2006. When I got back a friend dubbed me the Soap Walla. I LOVED it, and knew I had to name the company that.

Image courtesy of wellroundedny.com

Image courtesy of wellroundedny.com

Was this a "I mixed it in my kitchen" and had friend put stickers on bottles kind of beginning? I feel like that's how so many lines start out. Isn't it amazing that businesses can be started from such humble beginnings?  

That's exactly right! This was seriously an "I mixed in my kitchen" start because I was using ingredients I ate each day. It's a fantastic way to learn formulation and basic business practices without a $500,000 loan hanging over your head. I feel very lucky that I was able to start the business - with a lot of trial and error - in this way.

 

It isn't often that you can say that a beauty product can be life changing, but I feel like that's the case with the Deodorant Cream... you have made an alternative to traditional deodorant that actually works.  How have you seen Soapwalla changing people's lives? 

Hand's down, it's the most amazing thing about this journey. When I receive notes or phone calls from customers who tell me how our products changed their lives, I cry. 

 

What would be your dream product to create? 

An SPF that works, is water resistant, and doesn't streak or feel chalky/splotchy!

 

What have been some of your biggest challenges, some of your biggest set backs and what have been some of your biggest successes? 

There are always challenges in this line of work - people stealing ideas, getting bullied by large conglomerates who see us as a threat, balancing our strong principles with ensuring we make a profit so we can pay our employees a living wage and continue doing what we love doing. 

But that's part of the experience, I think. We set out to change the beauty paradigm, no small task. It gets lonely and can feel overwhelming. 

The biggest success was helping to make natural deodorant more mainstream, and to make the concept of a deodorant cream a normal thing. But probably my biggest success was getting my father-in-law -- a man who doesn't believe in organic anything -- to use and even request our products!

Any advice for those who choose to walk a similar path? 

This is the unsexiest advice around, but the best thing to do: put your head down, do the work, and try not to listen too much to all the noise around you.  Also, make sure you have a good cheerleading team. You'll need friends and family to help get you through the periods of self-doubt.

 

Being your own boss has perks and unique challenges, what's your biggest take away so far? 

It's a lot of work being my own boss - and the boss of 5 others. I'm responsible for our livelihoods. BUT I wouldn't trade it for the world. I get to create things every day, things that make people feel good about themselves. That's pretty amazing, and I know how lucky I am that I get to do this.

 

A million thanks for your time Rachel, and thanks for sharing how you built your amazing company. You can follow Soapwalla on Instagram at @soapwalla,

Roses are having a moment. And I, for one, am thrilled.

For a long time roses got a bad rap. "Old fashioned". "Grandma". "Old lady". These insults were bandied about freely whenever anyone talked about rose scents. Then something happened. About 7 or 8 years ago Fresh came out with their fragrance Cannabis Rose, and all of a sudden rose became interesting to me. The perfume was rose based, but paired with bergamot and patchouli and oolong tea so it was floral but also kind of dirty. I was hooked. Since then I've been on this rose train that I can't seem to disembark. And it seems others are too. Rose feels fresh and modern right now, and there are so many incredible products out there using this as a key ingredient. Personally I just can't get enough so here's a sampling of the products I have on heavy rotation in my life.

GOLDA PYRAMID SOAP:
First of all, who doesn't want this gorgeousness in their soap dish? It's chic AF and it smells so incredibly delicious. Plus have you ever seen a more perfect hostess or house warming gift? 

SANTE BEAUTEYE EYE DROPS:
This is one of those products I would beg, borrow or steal for. And begging usually is how I get my hands on them because they're only sold in Japan. Because Reed Clarke isn't a pharmacy and I don't have a medical license (details, schmetails) the distributor won't sell them to me. Sooooo, resourceful beauty hunter that I am, I beg hair and makeup friends that are going to Tokyo on press tours to buy them for me. And because my friends are wonderful people, who also happen to be obsessive about beauty, they oblige, so big shout out to them. Ok, but back to the eye drops. First of all, look at this packaging. Have you ever? Coco Chanel would reanimate herself if she could to get her hands on this bottle. It's just so beyond gorgeous. And then, on top of it, it has a soft rose scent. And on top of that, it gives a refreshing coolness to the eyes which instantly makes you feel awake, alert and ready to take on the world. For reals. If you've ever tried Rhoto eye drops you know what I'm talking about, it feels amazing. (PS: before they started selling Rhoto in the US, their eye drops were a coveted beauty product to bring back from Japan). So now you know about the best, most elegant, most beautiful, most effective eye drops on the market. You should add them to your beauty bag asap. 

FRENCH GIRL ORGANICS ROSE LIP POLISH:
This lip scrub is so crazy delish that I keep finding myself making excuses to use it. Not only does it work like a charm leaving your lips kissably soft, but it's just straight up tasty. The large sugar crystals mixed with shea butter, coconut oil and cocoa butter work their magic, getting your lips silky smooth and perfectly prepped for lipstick (or making out) and the oils leave your lips super supple. The added hint of spearmint and peppermint mingle perfectly with the rose scent creating a truly sensory experience. Plus, all of the ingredients are organic, so if you happen to lick all of the sugar off your lips (guilty) instead of wiping it off, no big deal.

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HOLLYBETH ORGANICS ROSE GERANIUM MOISTURIZER:
Next on the list of faves of mine, and if you follow my IG feed you'll see lots of empties of it, is the HollyBeth Organics Rose Geranium Moisturizer. Oh man, I cannot get enough of this stuff. It works on dry skin, combination sin, and yes, even oily skin. I fall into that last category, and I slather this stuff on my face like butter on toast, and it never makes me break out. I will not get on a plane without a small jar of it; I survive all of those hours on planes by using it on the backs of my hands, my lips, my neck and décolletage, and especially around my eye area. It's my favorite night time and working-from-home-today moisturizer, and it's perfect for sealing in serums. I'm totally mental for it.

 

KEJIWA ALCHE-MIST VENUS LOVE ROSE SPRAY:
First I fell in love with this because of the scent, then I read the ingredient list, and fell deeper in love. Have a look, it's pretty epic....Their formulas are packed with neo-hippie goodness like emerald gemstone essence and mono-atomic gold ormus, which are meant to raise your vibration levels, which can't hurt and could help I always say. But honestly I just love the way this stuff smells. I like to use it before I start makeup on a client to relax them with it's incredible Rose Demascus scent and then after the makeup is done as a spritz on the face to bring life to the makeup; sometimes after you use powder, it's nice to spray the face so the products kind of melts into the skin, making it look less powdery and more flawless.

ONE LOVE ORGANICS ROSE BODY SERUM:
Last but certainly not least, my favorite body oil ever. But it doesn't feel like an oil, it's silkier than that and that's why they call it a serum. They recently stopped making it, so I bought every single bottle they have (can you say "hoarder"?). A client wrote me a note after buying this, and here's what she said.  Quote: "Holy crap that One Love Body Oil makes me want to F#@*myself. It's delicious." She pretty much nailed it. On second thought, don't buy any because I want to keep it all for myself. #gettinghighonyourownsupply

DIG DEEPER: The Beauty Interview with Makeup Artist Lottie

There are some makeup artists who's work can stop you dead in your tracks, and Lottie is one of those artists.  She is not a rule follower, and she doesn't color within the lines (although, of course, she can and exceptionally well at that).  This is an artist who embraces color with abandon, can paint a graphic eye like nobody's business, and who also knows when to leave well enough alone. That for me is a real sign of talent, when an artist knows when to stop, or what to leave out, and Lottie is amazing at that.  (Just google her look for Solange at this year's Met Gala.  In a perfect nod to Commes des Garcons, there is a swipe of white paint that goes along the jaw and onto the earlobe, a look that I image Rei Kawakubo must have loved.)

Lottie is also super fun to follow on Instagram and Periscope. On Periscope she does a ton of behind the scenes streaming as well as product reviews and sneak-peeks into her kit. She'll take her viewers makeup shopping with her or backstage Milan at one of the shows she's keying. On Instagram you get a feed flooded with her incredible work, just image after image of the most sublime looks. So if you're already a mega-fan or you're just learning about Lottie, read on for more....

I find that the road to being a makeup artist isn’t really a straight line.  Most hair stylists go to beauty school, but our path is usually a little more organic.  Tell me a bit about how you got from there to here.

My path was not a straight and easy one, I started wanting to be a graphic designer and in a roundabout way through an internship at a magazine for design I discovered that being a makeup artist was a real job outside of retail. From that point, I knew design was not my goal anymore and I did what I could to become a makeup artist. I practiced on every single person I knew, including myself and my husband and then starting testing and building a book.

If you hadn’t ended up as a makeup artist, what do you think you’d be doing now instead?

I think had I not known better, I would have continued to pursue a career in graphic design.

 

We all have some pretty hilarious on set McGyver moments where we have to think fast and improvise. Can you share one of your best McGyver moments? 

I don't think mine are that exciting but the ones that come to mind are using mascara for eyeliner when I forgot to refill my kit and for a runway show I keyed once. The sponsors products didn’t arrive so I creative an entire look using four products that the entire team shared on the day of the show. It was pretty funny actually.

There are some products we just can’t work without.  Maybe they’re discontinued?  Maybe you can only get them in Asia or Europe.  Which are your holy grail products?

I can't live without my Lash Guard, I buy them at Sephora in Paris. They are Sephora brand and super cheap but for some reason not sold in the USA. They're to protect the eyelid and surrounding eye from mascara when applying. Other holy grail products are Dior Brow Styler pens, Tom Ford stick foundations (discontinued shades 1 and 2 need to come back!) and my Monoprix baby wipes (a French cheap store like Target), they have a pleasant smell, are durable and I find they don't dry my hands out like other brands.

 

Say you could only use 3 items/products for a job?  What would those be?  What few things could you create a whole look with and be happy with the results?

A good moisturizer, the Make Up For Ever Flash Color palette and a great mascara. You can create any look using the flash palette.

Travel is a big part of a makeup artists life, and carrying a LOT of stuff is also part of our lives, so what personal products make the cut when you travel?  What gets you through long-haul flights and days on end in random hotel rooms?

I do my best to book hotel rooms or airbnb’s with bath tubs. I have a hard time shutting off my brain and so my hotel ritual is a travel candle (usually Diptyque Rose) and a sheet mask (right now my favorite is the Rodial Pink Diamond mask). I always travel with my personal full skincare regime and drink a TON of water.


Our job is unique in it’s ups and downs.  What are your tools to keep you balanced and confident?

I am still working on this one :) My husband keeps me grounded and taking time for my friends who aren’t in the industry keeps me sane.

 

What are your favorite products that you use on yourself? You have so many to choose from, what’s jumped from your kit into your vanity?

I use mostly Caudalie skincare on myself, I have very dry and sensitive skin and this works best for me. Another favorite line for my own use is By Terry foundation and powder.


References are wildly important in our jobs.  It’s shorthand for communication, direction and inspiration.  Who are some of your makeup idols or people that you consistently draw inspiration from?

Always, always Serge Lutens.


And lastly, what are your favorite products from Reed Clarke?

Aromaflage insect repellant (this has saved me in so many places!!) and the Surratt lash curler is hands down the best curler I’ve ever used!

Check out Lottie and her amazing work on Instagram and Periscope: @lotstar

The Hive Mind.

Bees are rad. They make delicious honey, they keep our fruits and veggies pollenated so we can eat juicy peaches and savory artichokes and they're pretty darn cute (you might feel differently if you have a severe bee allergy, but still, c'mon, they're pretty adorable). They also contribute their apis - that's the scientific name for bees - goods to the beauty world. 

I recently discovered Taos Bee Flower, a brand out of Taos, New Mexico. I bought one of Moira's HoneyBee Balms at a shop and instantly fell in love. The balm reminds me of one of those old school giant Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers but instead of being loaded with chemicals and artificial flavoring, it's loaded with beeswax and Royal Jelly. It's wildly satisfying to apply because it can cover your whole mouth in one swipe. And unlike some other honey balms, it doesn't make my lips feel funny (does that happen to you? Or just me?).

Anyhoo, when I reached out to Moira about carrying her balm she sent me a little sample of her propolis toner and when I say this stuff is the sh*t, I mean this stuff is the sh*t. Propolis, as far as I'm concerned, is a total beauty miracle worker. After using the toner for a week my skin was noticeable clearer. I still get the occasional spot, but this stuff just calms it right down. Plus it smells so yummy and bee-y. I guess it's the anti-microbial properties in the propolis that makes it work so well, but whatever that bee magic is, I'm on totally on board.

I called Moira to tell her how much I love her products and she's really funny. She's crazy passionate about bees and I know she'll have more amazing products coming out it the future, and I for one can't wait. I hope I get to meet her, and her bees, in person one of these days and when I do I'll be sure to take some notes so I can write about it here.

DIG DEEPER: The Beauty Interview with Armour Beauty

Although Reed Clarke has been round for a year and a half, it's only now that we've decided to start a blog for the site. What will you find here?  Bascially beauty flotsam and jetsam; things we love, people we love, products we love, images we love.  Enjoy the peek into our beauty brains.....

First up is an interview with the incredible Theo Kogan.  

When I decided to start Reed Clarke one of the first people I reached out to was Theo Kogan, owner of Armour Beauty.  I love her range of lip glosses, which I have had in my kit for years, and knew that I wanted them to be a part of the site.  She was on board from the get-go and I adore her for that.

I have known Theo, indirectly and directly for 20 years.  She was the front woman for Lunachicks, one of my favorite bands in college, and then over the years also became a friend.  She is talented, candid and just an incredible person.  When I decided that I wanted to interview some of the people who's products I love and that are featured on Reed Clarke, Theo was (again) the first person I reached out to.  And she didn't disappoint.... she gives a great interview!

  Theo Kogan, the owner and creator of Armour Beauty.

 

Theo Kogan, the owner and creator of Armour Beauty.

 

- Let's start with some basics. How long has Armour been around?

Officiallyin Brooklyn since 2009.

- What goes in to designing a color?

I am inspired by so many things. One of the newest shades we have, Hi-Way Star, was literally inspired by a painting my daughter Lucy did.  I sent my lab a cut of the paper, a purple brush stroke swatch, from her painting and said, "please add a silvery shimmer".  Sometimes I see a photo of a classic hollywood icon and make a color that is comparable to that; the newest shade, Brigitte, was inspired by a lipstick on a photo of Brigitte Bardot. The color Nina was taken from the color of a dress I saw that was an amazing red/orangey/coral color, so really, it's everything across the board that inspires me. Then the lab I work with sends me samples and we go back and forth until it's right.

- The names of the colors are all inspired by music and many by female performers.  Out of all of your color names, which lady has been the most influential in your life?

Oh man, so many. I mean, I would have to first go with Debbie Harry; the shade Dreaming is named after a Blondie song. Her and Marilyn Monroe. Debbie Harry is like the modern NYC Rock N Roll Marilyn. Her and the whole band's style is timeless and constantly copied. But also Lucille Ball. Her beauty, smarts, comedy, business savvy.... I mean I can't. I love her so much we named our child after her… She influenced me so much as a performer on stage, as much as Debbie does, in an equal but different way. There are many more, such as Grace Jones. Her talent, fearlessness, she was so ahead of her time.  And her gender-bending beauty is just beyond.

  Theo as the front woman of Lunachicks.

 

Theo as the front woman of Lunachicks.

 

- Your roots are as a performer.  What was the impetus to go from the stage to the lab?

It was a 'lightbulb-idea" moment. A divine intervention or inspiration perhaps. I kind of felt like, OK, this is all cool... I was performing and I was also working as a DJ and a party promoter and still doing some modeling at the time but I sort of felt like, "What's next here"? I always wanted to have some sort of company: clothing or makeup or something. Makeup has been a passion since I was super small.  I used to eat my grandmothers Chapsticks and lipsticks.  I would uncap and inhale them all (they smell a lot better now). I can remember getting into my mom's lipstick and putting it all over my face and getting in trouble. It was a crazy move because even though a band is a business and performing is a business and modeling is a business, it's very different from the cosmetics business. But lip gloss was such a no-brainer choice for me. So many women love it, and so many women I know wear it even it they wear no other makeup.

- Creating your own line requires a different skill set than being the front woman for a band.  What were some of your unique challenges?

Luckily it was easy to get a business loan when I started.  I got one and then paid it back within a year or so.  I didn't know about so many things in the cosmetics business; from how you even become a legitimate business, to compatibility testing your components, to charging sales tax, sellers permits, etc.  I mean it goes on and on. So many challenges, so many learning curves. I took some courses, asked everyone I knew for advice and got a business coach which helped enormously.

  Theo in her Lunachicks days and an image from a modeling job.

 

Theo in her Lunachicks days and an image from a modeling job.

- You always had such great stage look, and now you're not only the owner of a line of amazing glosses, but an amazing makeup artist.  That's a lot of really fun hats to wear.  How does your past persona influence your present one?

Wow, firstly, for you to say I am an 'amazing makeup artist' means the fucking world to me! Thank you!!

I did things in my own way as per usual, some might say backwards.  Once I started the lip glossline I thought, hey, I should do makeup since I have a makeup line.

From my career as a Lunachick/female drag queen/club kid/dj/model/actress etc, etc I would have to say it influences it A LOT. I love dramatic glamourous makeup. I love to paint people up! I also love making skin beautiful as I had terrible cystic acne for a year or so during the early years of Lunachicks.  It was so bad that I was on the horrible but effective drug Acutane for a little bit.  For shows I used to cover my face with derma blend - total drag, literally and figuratively. Now I love to create gorgeous skin even when it might not be so gorgeous. And I don't give skin advice to talent unless asked. I have heard makeup artists tell models with acne what they should do and that is dangerous because first, it makes the model feel bad about themselves and second, the best advise if ASKED is to go to a dermatologist. Even as experts we aren't dermatologists.

Having been model I was tortured by hair and makeup sometimes. I find it really important to be gentle and use the softest brushes, removers and products I can. I also love the chemistry of skin and how you can see it come to life when you add moisture to it. Do I sound like a weirdo, like Jaime Gumb of Silence Of The Lambs?

I am not going to lie, in the beginning it was sometimes very weird to be on this side instead of in the spotlight but I am good with it now. I also reallylove working with musicians; I work with Tegan & Sara and the adorable band Echosmith when they are in NY as well as many others.  I just really 'get' how a musician needs to have their look feel right to them. I always hated when makeup artists would try and force a look on me that wasn't 'me'.

- What would you tell your 25 year old self?  What inspiration and advice would you offer?

I feel like I would tell her/me to REALLY BELIEVE in myself mostly and that it's all going to work out. And good thing you broke up with that guy… Haha!

- I hate that no one ever asks men "How do you do it all?".  It's so insulting to ask a woman how she juggles all of her responsibilities; you're a mom, a business owner, a makeup artist, a wife and you kick ass!  So instead of asking how you do it... I'm just going to say "You're awesome!"

Thank you! I KNOW! It's so sexist!! It's like when people would ask, "Is it harder to be a woman in the music business". ( see me making afart noise). I am sure you get that all the time too. I like to say we make like Nike and we JUST DO IT. LOVE YOU!!!!