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Hi guys! Hope your summer has been amazing.
Today I have a very special interview with my favorite MUA, Jill Powell. Her client list runs long, but one that stands out most is pop sensation Demi Lovato.
She took the time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about her favorite beauty products, and of course, Demi’s makeup routine! Enjoy!! ;)
How did you get your start in the beauty industry?
I have been doing makeup since I was a little girl and finally turned my dreams into reality. I started working professionally with MAC Cosmetics and later with Sephora PRO while doing freelance hair and makeup on the side. I started small and built up my clientele, eventually getting into the celebrity world and 13 years later here I am!
Who/What inspired you to become a makeup/hair stylist?
I am a visual person and have always had a passion for artistic expression and beauty. It was always a dream of mine and my mom always told me to do what you love for work, and it won’t feel like work. I love what I do and I am so glad I worked so hard for so many years to pursue my passion.
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You work very closely with Demi Lovato! How do you create her flawless curls?
Demi loves to change up her look a lot. Lately she has been loving loose tousled waves. I prepare hair with Oribe Volume Mist at the root to help give volume and I blow dry her hair with a large round boat bristle brush. Once her hair has volume and the ends are smooth, I go back in with a curling iron and wrap small sections of hair around the barrel of the iron to create more of a wave effect. I alternate directions so the curls don’t fall all together. I then finish with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to give it a tousled undone feel and a bit of Loreal Ellenett hairspray to keep it in place.
Does she have a favorite beauty product you use on her?
Demi loves dewey skin and a great contour. She loves Smashbox contour palette and my new Laura Mericer Highlighting Powder in Spellbound.
What kind of eye shadows do you use on Demi?
I love diversity and use a variety of eyeshadows on Demi. I use everything from MAC, Urban Decay, Smashbox, Makeup Forever, Lorac, Anastasia and everything in between!
What is your ideal look for The X Factor USA?
I love to change up her look and draw inspiration from her wardrobe and hair ideas. I always keep her skin fresh and flawless on camera and usually either play up her lips with a more natural eye, or create a bold eyeshadow look with a nude lip. But sometimes we experiment with crazy looks too!
What are your beauty tips for the summer, to keep your skin/hair healthy?
Always, always take your makeup off at night and wash your face. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated ad always wear at least SPF 20- even if you are indoors. Indoor lighting can cause damage to your skin and age you, so always protect your skin with sunscreen.
What would be your advice for someone wanting to start in the beauty industry?
Get some experience. I am so thankful that I started in retail cosmetics because it gave me so much training and practice on different faces, skin tones, eye shapes and ages. It really was a great foundation of knowledge for my entire career. Plus it’s a great way to build your kit and educate yourself on products so you are prepared when opportunity knocks.
Wow, what great advice, Jill! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this.
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