Celebrity hair and makeup artist Victoria Stiles has been working in the beauty industry for more than a decade. Inspired at a young age to pursue a career in makeup, Stiles’ has worked for M.A.C. cosmetics and Estee Lauder Company to doing set makeup for clients like Vice President Joe Biden and Professional Football Player Emmitt Smith. Her experience has gained her a top spot in the multi-billion dollar beauty industry, putting her creativity and flawless faces beauty tips in the spotlight. Looking fabulous in a hurry has never been this easy, Stiles puts your makeup skills to the test, as she shows WL’s Beauty readers how to go from natural to sultry in less than 5 minutes.
Washington Life: Why made you get into the beauty industry? Who and what first defined your career in the beauty industry?
Victoria Stiles: Since a teen, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I have always had a passion for makeup and beauty. I absolutely love this industry. I would say my first big break was working in Paris with jazz musician Melody Gardot.
WL: Who are some of your beauty icons?
VS: I’m mostly inspired by old Hollywood, Marylin Monroe and Veronica Lake. I love classic beauties.
WL: What does a day in the life of Victoria Stiles look like with a client?
VS: Busy! A typical day would include working on set for a photo shoot, commercial, or television show and wrapping up the day with cleaning and organizing my kit and getting back to clients.
WL: What are some beauty products women should always invest in?
VS: Skin care and a fabulous foundation!
WL: What are some products women can cheat in and buy at the drugstore?
VS: I love the L’Oréal HiP collection. The shadows have amazing pigment content.
WL: A lot of our readers are hard – working professionals, what do you suggest to revitalize stressful, tired skin?
VS: If you’re really looking to pamper your skin, check out Philosophy’s Miracle Worker. The products in this kit, available at Sephora, improve elasticity and firmness of skin and, over time, improve skin-tone and texture.
WL: What do you think about the phrase “less is more”?
VS: I live by less is more because more is just that, more.
WL: What new beauty products should we swooning over this season?
VS: Coral is the hip color this spring and summer season. Check out Benefit’s Bella Bama, a watermelon-pink blush with shimmering old, perfect for highlighting cheekbones and giving your look a natural, healthy glow.
WL: What is something Washington women (or men) should have more of, beauty wise?
VS: A full 8 hours of sleep more than once a week… lol
Makeup tutorial 101: Stiles’ artistry shines as she transforms model Kate Kress’ into a natural refreshing – looking face for work, to a sultry smokey eye for after work happy hours with- ah, Steve from accounting.
Here are some of the products use in the video :
Concealer: YSL TOUCHE ECLAT apply under the eye, instantly brightens..
Foundation: Makeup Forever in HD
Neutral Eye Palette: Paint and Powder Cosmetics
Eye liner: Napoleon Perdis Black Eye Pencil
Lip stick: Dior Addict Neutrals
Mascara: Haute and Naughty 2 in 1 by M.A.C
Crease brush: MAC #224
Angle brush: MAC #266