Part II: Nam Vo, Makeup Artist

But do not miss Part I! Read that earlier than you learn this.

“There are two the reason why I’m not promiscuous. One is as a result of I’ve to run residence each night time and do my skincare routine. Let me let you know one thing: I’ve solely fallen asleep as soon as in my life with make-up on, and that’s as a result of it was the primary time I had ever achieved an edible. My pores and skin is my moneymaker—I get a facial each week. If you need one thing zen and relaxed, I really like Tulura. It’s a really indie-boutique skincare model, and he or she has a facial place in Tribeca. If I wish to get down and soiled and unclog my pores, I like Rescue Spa. And then I simply had a penis facial at Georgia Louise that was actually good. Friday I’m getting the PRP blood facial. I’m off for 3 days, so it’s cool if I seem like Freddy Krueger. And then I’ve had the newborn Fraxel, Clear and Brilliant. I’m so fortunate I don’t must pay [for beauty] anymore.

People at all times ask me, ‘What’s your skincare routine?’ It’s truly very onerous, as a result of it’s my job to strive issues. What I’m utilizing this week, versus what I’m utilizing two weeks from now will change, however there are a pair issues which can be staples. One is the Natura Bisse Stabilizing Cleansing Mask. It’s the one product I’ve used for 10 years, and it’s like a facelift. I really like Drunk Elephant Babyfacial—I like sturdy issues. For me, it’s not even a lot in regards to the routine. I’m an enormous masking, peeling, facial individual. I believe that’s what actually will get in and stimulates the pores and skin.

My day-to-day isn’t that attention-grabbing. I take advantage of Tulura oil cleanser, then I take advantage of P50, like all people else and their mama. I take advantage of the pigment lightening one as a result of I’ve a pair freckles. And then I both use the brand new Sunday Riley retinol, or SK-II, or generally I take advantage of a May Lindstrom serum. Occasionally, if I’m not dry, I’ll use Herbivore’s Blue Tansy. If I’ve to be low upkeep, I cleanse my pores and skin with my oil cleanser, after which I placed on an oil balm and name it a day. I really like May Lindstrom, The Blue Cocoon. That’s actually, actually good.

I’m most likely extra of an oil individual than I’m a traditional moisturizer individual. Right now I take advantage of Amorepacific or Herbivore’s Lapis Oil. When I would like quite a lot of hydration I’d use Luna Oil. Usually simply no matter’s there’s what I’ll placed on. Whether you employ a jade curler, a gua sha, your fingers—any stimulation is sweet. It helps to stimulate collagen, it helps to tighten, it helps total with blood circulate, lymphatic drainage, all of that.

Maybe 3 times per week I’ll use a LED masks. I’ve the Dr. Dennis Gross one, I’ve the Celluma one, after which I even have LightStim. I’ve the NuFace, however my favourite one is definitely the Face Gym instrument—it’s so sturdy. You’re going to really feel such as you’re being electrocuted, however don’t be scared, it’s truly good. Contrary to common perception, I’ve by no means had surgical procedure or injected my face. But if you happen to take a look at me after I speak, solely my mouth strikes. I’ve stone face—my brow by no means strikes. And I checked out J. Lo, and he or she strikes the identical manner.

I at all times say, once you first pop your highlighter cherry, there are phases. If you’re a highlighter virgin, I’d recommend Glossier Haloscope. After you want that and also you wish to go a bit of extra bling-bling, I’d do a Becca Champagne Pop. If you wish to go even crazier, I’d do Fenty or Kylie. Or, if you happen to don’t need any shimmer in any respect, you would possibly do a Gucci Westman or Nudestix Illuminati, the place it simply appears to be like like moisture, and it’s moist. It relies upon what degree of glow you need. Marc Jacobs is one other one—have you ever tried the Dew Drops? That’s unimaginable. If I’m capturing an editorial, or I wish to be tremendous glowy, I’ll use that as a primer. You can use it as a primer, you need to use it as a highlighter—it’s the present that retains giving. People typically ask me to call my prime three highlighters. It’s at all times altering. But you’ve to remember, once you see me do spotlight porn, it’s not the highlighter. It’s that the face is already moist and achieved, after which the spotlight is what finishes it off. It’s the cherry on the cake. I don’t put highlighter on matte, fucked up pores and skin.

Contour has a nasty status, however if you happen to take a look at even my most pure appears to be like they’re all contoured, however blended and tastefully achieved. If I wish to be further glowy, I’ll therapeutic massage oil into my pores and skin after which I’ll use an illuminating primer. I really like VDL, these are wonderful. It’s a very fashionable Korean model. And then that is Bobbi Brown. Primer isn’t vital, except you’ve bigger-pored pores and skin, however I consider it like a glow-tion. I’ll both use that after the oil, or I’ll combine a drop of a kind of illuminating primers within the moisturizer. When it involves basis, I really like Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, and Clé de Peau makes lovely ones. Today I’ve on the Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick—I identical to that it’s like butter, and it’s very easy to control. I beat it into my pores and skin, and it’s a pleasant, dewy end. And then I take advantage of Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright Eye Crème—you understand all people loves that.

There shouldn’t be a face I contact on this universe that I don’t use Beautyblender on. I get a Beautyblender, I run it beneath the sink, and I let it develop till it’s simply damp. Fingers may be actually nice instruments, however the Beautyblender, being that it’s moist, it not solely pushes within the make-up, however it leaves it with a bit of little bit of a dewy end. I’ll do basis like burnt toast—lighter in the direction of the middle of my face and darker across the perimeter. Forehead, cheekbone and jaw I’ll often do a bronzer. The one I’m carrying proper now’s Tom Ford. On prime it’s a pearly colour, however on the underside it’s a coppery bronze. You simply combine them collectively—that’s the key with make-up, is that it has to look three dimensional. I may simply do a flat brown, but when I combine colours and layer textures on textures, that’s the way you’re going to get the illuminated dumpling look.

I’m actually large on flushed cheeks. I love to do a cream, after which I’ll layer powders if I need it to look extra like a hologram state of affairs. Right now I’ve on Oribe Moonlit, which I created, after which on prime of that I’ve on Nars’ Gaiety. It’s like a sizzling pink blush. To put it on: Smile, and put two fingers subsequent to your nostril. This roundness, that is the apple of your cheek—that’s the place you set in your blush. Make a fishy face. That line out of your ear to your mouth is essentially the most hole a part of your face—that’s the place you slice and contour. And then up right here, proper above your cheeks is the place you placed on highlighter. I did layered highlighter—Haloscope in Quartz, after which I went on prime with Becca Prosecco Pop. I’ve a Dior highlighter palette, and I combined all 4 colours of that and put that on prime, too. These are costly cheeks. Then I spotlight the bridge of my nostril, the nook of my eye, after which a bit of bit on the bow of my lip. For lipstick I’m carrying Fenty’s Up To No Good, after which I did Bite Vanilla Latte gloss on prime.

Right now I’ve pretend eyelashes on, however naturally I’ve little Asian twigs. The greatest eyelashes on the planet are a budget ones, Ardell. I take advantage of the people—if I wish to look rounder, like a doll, I do longer on the middle and shorter on the perimeters, and if I wish to be extra unique and almond, then I do longer on the skin and shorter within the middle. I’ll at all times do eyebrows—I take advantage of the Milk eyebrow pencil and Kush gel. And on my eyes, I’m carrying the brand new Bobbi Brown impartial palette. And then I did Stila glitter eyeshadow, simply within the middle. I by no means actually use powder eyeshadow—I adore it as a liquid. Have you seen the brand new Louboutin ones? They’re actually fancy. And they don’t transfer—you possibly can go to SoulCycle.

I’m an actual hair whore—I really like large, Oribe, glamorous hair. I’ve thick hair, so I’m not very choosy about my shampoo and conditioner. I’m utilizing no matter, Oribe. I adore it, however you possibly can give me one thing low cost and I wouldn’t discover the distinction. When it involves product, I clearly love Dry Texturizing Spray, as a result of it makes your hair very large and it offers it texture. Other than that I don’t actually do a lot. I am going to Jon Reyman at Spoke and Weal to chop my hair, after which Christine, who can be the co-owner, colours it. It’s quite a lot of work. My hair is of course straight with a tiny little bend. I’m truly not a kind of women who desires excellent, silky, wholesome hair. I like a bit of grit. I believe coloring it does that.

I used to by no means care about my nails, after which in the future I went to Paintbox they usually did the entire razzle-dazzle on me. I used to be like, ‘Wow, I work with my hands, they’re in each image, I’ve to get my nails achieved.’ So now it’s one other factor I do. If I’m in a video or in a shoot, then I often love to do one thing graphic. If not, one in every of my favourite nail polishes that’s only a traditional is Chanel Organdi. It’s like a nude, blush pink.

For physique, I like Balmyard—I just like the bottle. I additionally love Agent Nateur Holi Oil. After I’m bored with my face oil and I don’t wish to waste it, I simply put it throughout my physique. There are two issues I don’t get without spending a dime on this world. One is Biologique. Number two is Frédéric Malle. The one I take advantage of is Un Rose—I’m not likely a rose individual, however there’s one thing actually particular in regards to the scent. Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb simply got here within the mail, and I actually like that as properly. And then I’ve so many candles—the Nars one, and the brand new Tom Ford one.

If you’re employed onerous, and also you’re not a dick, issues may occur for you within the metropolis. If I hadn’t been so broke, and if I hadn’t labored in a strip membership, I wouldn’t be the place I’m right now. I believed I used to be a starlet in San Francisco, after which I got here right here and was like, ‘Oh, you’re shit.’ The week I moved to New York, I went to go see an agent, and he or she advised me, ‘Everybody’s a make-up artist on this city, and your portfolio’s no completely different from anybody else’s.’ I believe folks actually join with authenticity. Everybody’s model voice is completely different—if you happen to’re an all-natural woman, speak about that. If you wish to do over-the-top stripper make-up, speak about that. I at all times inform make-up artists that there are a trillion folks to comply with. Why ought to somebody comply with you? You must have a voice of your individual, or one thing that someone can’t get wherever else. My shopper Aimee Song advised me that. There’s quite a lot of actually proficient make-up artists. You must, one, do one thing that’s genuine to you, and two, do one thing that’s attention-grabbing. Unless you’re an egg, or Kim Kardashian talks about you on a regular basis. [Laughs]”

—as advised to ITG

Nam Vo photographed by Tom Newton in New Jersey on January 17, 2019.

Want extra Nam Vo? Follow how she transitioned from a strip membership make-up gig to engaged on main model campaigns, after which dive into her smoky eye tutorial right here.

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