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Beauty Icon Gucci Westman On Creating Makeup That’s Empowering, Responsible And Life-Changing

Beauty Icon Gucci Westman On Creating Makeup That’s Empowering, Responsible And Life-Changing

Not many names are as impressive as Gucci Westman’s in the beauty industry, whose talent and foresight has earned her multiple beauty-related accolades. The Californian-born makeup artist has spent two decades working with the biggest names in Hollywood, and is best known for radiant, glowing looks (from Drew Barrymore to Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow to Anne Hathaway). Makeup is something that Westman holds dear — and she has big visions for her own formulations: they not only should enhance a person’s features, they should heal their skin, too. In 2018, Westman Atelier was born — a clean, green and high-performing luxury label that’s quickly become essentials in many celebrities’ beauty arsenal. Ahead, an exclusive interview with the makeup mogul herself on all things beauty (including her thoughts on what first class, top shelf makeup should be like).

MY WORK DAY AS A CREATIVE IS… never boring. I can be at editorial shoots, ad campaigns, or working with an actress, athlete, or musician. If I’m not on set, I might be working with Westman Atelier’s lab partners in Europe, to swatch and review products.

ON MY MOOD BOARD RIGHT NOW… is optimism and positivity. It’s my main focus right now; I hope that we can show the world, and each other more gratitude. There’s never a bad time for self-reflection, and self-care.

A GUCCI WESTMAN BEAT LOOKS LIKE… radiant skin with the Vital Skin Foundation Stick (that soothes and calms my rosacea as well), and a little bronzing warmth with the Beauty Butter Bronzer. I’ll also dab Baby Cheeks in Petal on my cheeks and lips for some colour.

MY SKINCARE ROUTINE INCLUDES… taking off makeup with Pai Skincare’s Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil, then cleansing with the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. When my skin is dry, I lather on the May Lindstrom Honey Mud Mask. If it needs some calming action, I’ll reach out for the Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Masque. Then, I’ll moisturise with one of my staples, the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream.

THE MOST MIND-BLOWING BEAUTY TREATMENT I’VE TRIED… is an Endermotherapie session at the Amara Wellness Centre in Australia. It stimulates blood circulation, improves lymphatic drainage, and firms and smooths your skin.

MAKEUP SHOULD BE… a confidence booster. It should enhance and empower, not transform. You should always be able to trust your products’ performance and safety.

WHEN I THINK ABOUT REDESIGNING BEAUTY… accessibility to alternative ingredients that are safe, clean, and healthy comes to mind. It’ll truly make formulating consciously clean products less challenging. I’m excited that we’ll be launching refillablesfor some of our Westman Atelier products. It’s a difficult process but we owe it to the world to make more responsible choices.

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I’M IN LOVE WITH SCENTS LIKE… coconut, vanilla, and natural shea butter. I don’t wear perfume, but I like natural scents from body oils and moisturisers.

A LUXURIOUS BEAUTY TREAT THAT I’LL SPLURGE ON IS… an incredible massage or an amazing facial.

MY FAVOURITE WAY TO WIND DOWN… starts with a good book and a hot bath. Sometimes I really just need to make a cosy fire, and watch something good on TV with a glass of wine. The biggest relaxer though, is feeling like you’ve achieved what you needed to do for the day.

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