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Interview: Gucci Westman – Makeup Artist

Gucci Westman interviewYou’re one of the most successful makeup artists in the industry. What’s your philosophy on makeup?
My philosophy on makeup is that it is constantly evolving and its fun to evolve with it as well, to not be stuck as known for one thing or that you can only do one thing. It’s nice to kind of branch out and fun to be creative but also be able to make yourself feel better and confident with makeup.

Do you have a certain technique or method when it comes to applying makeup?

Yes but I also like to switch it up. There are certain techniques that I used to do but I don’t do it anymore. I just try to really not repeat myself even if it’s the easy way out and I’m like “oh I know that will work”. I try to do something different each time cause you want to push yourself.

Can you tell us about some of your most memorable backstage moments?

The most memorable backstage moments would most definitely always be at Rag & Bone shows but then this last season with John Galliano and Oscar De Le Renta was pretty memorable.

Any backstage disasters?!

Yes, once a long time ago.  I was doing a show call Lamou and one of my assistants got dark purple lipstick on a white dress! And it was right in the middle of the dress. That was a total disaster.

What are your product essentials when working at fashion week?

During Fashion Week I rely on a number of tools and my kit. I definitely have to have great primers like the Revlon PhotoReady™ Primer is great. Also I have to have moisturizers, luminizers, and highlighter eye shadows. The things I am certain to have are eyebrow, lip and eye brushes. Sometimes there are products that I know I can do without but there are certain products that I know I’ll need.

When it comes to your own beauty routine, what do you place most importance on?

Skin. I take pretty good care of my skin; I do lactic acid gentle peels every day. At night I use masks. I like to double up a lot so I have time.

What’s your signature makeup look?

I don’t have one! Black eye and black mouth…just joking.

Have you changed your makeup look over the years?

Probably. Yeah I think I have changed.

Please tell us about your role as Global Artistic Director for Revlon

I’m at Revlon to infuse fashion, and the trends but make it globally aware for the Revlon girl. Try to interject new product ideas it’s kind of a last full. Suggest everything to a new lip range to who I would love for a spokes model. It’s a really fun job going to the lab, going to interclass, there’s a lot. It’s cool.

What are your favorite Revlon products?

There are a lot of Revlon products that are my favorite now because there are some really good ones out there. All of my collections I love, I love the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, the entire Revlon Nearly Naked Collection, Revlon mascaras, and the Revlon ColorStay™ 16 hour Eye shadow Quads. Also, the new perfumery nail polishes that are launching soon.

Will you be coming to Dubai in your role as Global Artistic Director?

I went once and I definitely hope to come again I loved it. Please bring me over!


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  • Reply Danielle

    I’ve heard she can be difficult to work with. Diva.

    June 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Wow Simone – what a stunning interview. Gucci is someone who we really respect and admire. She has the coolest life, doesn’t she? Thank you so much for this enjoyable interview.

    September 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Simone

    Thanks Mary, glad you enjoyed it 🙂

    September 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm
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