What's In My Kit: Makeup Artist Gucci Westman Beauty Blitz
Building a durable makeup kit can be something of an art form: assembling a collection of products with time-tested benefits, pigments with versatility, and artistry staples that ooze efficiency, all while considering the specific demands of clients and editorial shoots. It takes patience and a certain eye for multi-purposing products. In our What's In My Kit series, we snoop inside the toolboxes of the beauty industry's biggest names.
Here, makeup artist and Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman opens up her kit for us behind the scenes at the makeup test for J. Mendel's Spring/Summer 2014 runway show. Click through to see what's inside!
Photos by: Anita Wong
At Your Lip Service Beauty Blitz
Cutting Corners Beauty Blitz
Gucci is keen on creating looks that her team (and non-professionals like us) can achieve with ease.
“At home, we all cut corners constantly,” she says. “I do everything multi-tasking, which every working woman does. Who needs 57 steps?”
Saving Space Beauty Blitz
Like most makeup artists, Westman de-pans her products and consolidates multiple hues in one palette, like the concealer compact shown here.Advertisement
Multi-Tasking Beauty Blitz
Westman jots down notes during the makeup test for J. Mendel while her team maintains her brush collection using Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner.
Baggage Claim Beauty Blitz
Westman travels with her kit packed in two large suitcases, each over 100 pounds. We could only imagine how much is spent on overweight luggage fees.
Constructive Criticism Beauty Blitz
When creating looks for designer runway shows or editorials, even the most talented makeup artists get asked to tweak their work. “One designer even called me at night and said, ‘I love it but I just think we should do something sexier,’” Westman told us.
Jet-Setter Beauty Blitz
Being Gucci Westman means traveling all over the world for work. “I have to say, I'm like everybody else,” she says. “I love pharmacies that are different — Italy, Paris, Japan. I go completely nuts.”
Perfect Match Beauty Blitz
Here, Gucci creates a flawless complexion using the various hues in her compact foundation case.
On Point Beauty Blitz
Even pros don't always get it right the first time. That's why Westman relies on pointed Q-tips and concealer to correct any slips.
Fine Wine Beauty Blitz
The final look from the J. Mendel Spring/Summer 2014 makeup test by Westman. “We’ve been really super into the wine tones this season – on the lips, on the cheeks."