As far as we know, there’s almost no such thing as effortless beauty. From facial treatments that leave your complexion dewy and luminous to the perfect winged eyeliner, experts reveal their most-trusted, insider hacks for CR‘s series, Beauty Secrets.
Los Angeles-based Nikki DeRoest was “born into beauty,” according to the makeup artist. Her mother, a hairdresser, ran a salon out of their family home, and DeRoest discovered her love of all things makeup and hair from an early age. By 18 years old, she was following her mom’s footsteps and training to become a hairdresser and makeup artist. After pursuing hairstyling and opening a salon in Utah, DeRoest decided to hit refresh, move to LA, and focus her energy on makeup artistry. Since then, she’s become a go-to for model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, in addition to creating glowing beauty looks for others including Georgia Fowler, Hailey Baldwin, and Bella Hadid.
DeRoest also launched her own beauty brand, Róen, last spring. The clean makeup line–meaning it’s vegan and free of parabens, gluten, fragrance, and not tested on animals–opened with a curated collection of shimmering eyeshadows and has already added an eyebrow pencil to the lineup. With even more products in the works and many glamorous clients that DeRoest likes to test them out on, chances are we’ve already seen glimpses of what’s to come.
Here, the makeup artist speaks to CR about how she maximizes skin’s glow by pre-highlighting, why she loves to share her pro-tips and techniques, and what products she can’t live without.
Is there a product in your makeup line that you are most proud of?
“When I started working in the lab with the chemist I began with eyeshadow. It was based on an idea I brought to him and there were probably 50 different submissions between the formula, the texture, and the shades. When we started to go into production, I met with my project manager and she told me, ‘You need to name this something. This lab has been doing all the big brands for 30 years, and this is the first time we’ve ever made this formula–this doesn’t exist on the market.’ So I ended up calling it Lid Illume, but that was special in the whole process. By creating and working, I was able to come up with something that’s unique and also very clean. It’s vegan, gluten-free, sourced from great sources–to be able to achieve that, but then as a makeup artist also have something that performs that I’m proud of, is really exciting.”
What are your other favorite products in your kit?
“For skin I’ve always loved Armani, for foundation at least. I think I’m different than most artists, because most love the Luminous Silk Foundation, but I love the Power Fabric Line. It’s really great for the red carpet. I’m a huge fan of the Chanel Aqua Tint. It’s like this weird gel foundation that I think is really great. And I love classic staples, like Bobbi Brown’s bronzers. I think they’re amazing and [Bobbi Brown’s] range. Talk about inclusivity, that’s how the line was created way back in the day. That’s another artist-created brand where all the products are really incredible within the line and the shades are amazing, too. And with everything I’m making, I also bring it in my kit and test it on all my red carpet looks, or my celebrity [clients], or editorials that I’m doing, so I can make sure that it works on all different skin types, skin tones, and ages, all that good stuff.”
You’re known for giving clients glowing skin and your pre-highlighting process. Can you tell us about how you achieve that look?
“I’ll do a really nice skin prep using a cream moisturizer mixed with an oil, depending on the skin and how much I feel like they can handle. Most people would be afraid to prep with oil before foundation, but I think if you use a matte, long-wear foundation with an oil underneath, it allows the gloss of that to poke through as you wear it. After that, I also like to take a liquid luminizer–I love the Liquid Lumières from Chantecaille–or any liquid based highlighter and put that on pretty generously, all around the under eye, the cheekbones, and up to the brow bone. I’ll even put some on the forehead and the chin, more aggressively than if I were to do it after foundation. Then, once you apply your light layer of foundation over the top, then you can just hit the little corners of it with more highlighter afterwards, and it just gives this really beautiful three-dimensional type of highlight.”
With many of the beauty looks you post on Instagram, you share the products and method behind them. Why give up your secrets?
“At the end of the day, I’m always reflecting like, What’s my purpose? or What’s the point of this? Why do I use Instagram? What am I trying to share? If I’m able to offer that to people, even simple things–teaching them one tip or giving them an example of a product that works really well–then I feel like I’m giving purpose to the app, and it’s not just to be like oh look who I’m working with or look what I did. Ultimately, teaching or impacting or just doing something for someone else really fuels me and makes me feel like there’s purpose behind what I do. I have always had the attitude that there’s plenty to go around, that I don’t want to hold that to myself because then I feel like it’s a scarcity mentality. Also, in the celebrity space of beauty and owning a makeup line, there’s a lot of people doing it and there’s a lot of competition on one hand. But on the other hand, there’s a lot to go around. I think by keeping an open mentality around it, you’ll never run into a loss.”
What is your daily makeup routine?
“I always tell people that they need to come up with a makeup routine that could get them feeling their best, looking their best, but also out the door in five to 10 minutes. Which I feel like I’ve accomplished, because I’m so lazy when it comes to my own makeup. For my own skin, I love the It Cosmetics CC Cream or I like using the Chanel [Water-Fresh Tint] foundation. Then, at this point it’s cool that I have so many things I’m working on in the lab right now, because most of the makeup that I wear on myself are things that I’ve either produced or that I’m testing to produce. But other heroes–I really love what Gucci Westman is doing with her brand. I wear a lot of Chantecaille, Clé de Peau, some Pat McGrath, but mostly it’s my [Róen] makeup.”
prev link: https://www.crfashionbook.com/beauty/a31042760/nikki-deroest-roen-makeup-artist-interview/
createdAt:Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:54:54 +0000