Inspiration: Katie Jane Hughes, Make Up Artist!

This week I conducted a little experiment inspired by Instagram friendly, English make up artist, Katie Jane Hughes! Based in Brooklyn, Katie has worked with major celebrities, including model and business owner, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, in addition to world famous photographers like Bruce Weber. Her work has been featured in publications and in association with brands like Glossier and Bloomingdale’s. My first awareness of her was via Instagram. I started seeing her tagged either in Rosie’s photos or in Glossier tutorials. I decided to look up her page and now I’m an ardent follower!

Katie’s work is unique to me and I’m especially interested by her bold color choices and unexpected pairings of color and texture. They’re unusual, vibrant, creative, and seamless. I love what she posts on Instagram and while I do understand that it’s not for everyone, but I wanted to have fun creating my own KJH-inspired looks this week.

In a fantastic Fashionista.com article, author Tyler McCall says, “Follower of Hughes will learn how to d something she dubs “Big Mac Energy” (yellow lids with bright red-lips) one day, and how to layer Weleda Skin Food under Glossier Haloscope for a glossy highlight the next. That sense of playfulness is partially how Hughes got where she is today as an in-demand makeup artist. A few years ago, she began experiementing with the kind of editorial looks she wanted to do professionally on her own face and posting them to Instagram.

It also helps that Katie has a naturally beautiful face and a gorgeous eye color. You wouldn’t know based on her online presence that she really kickstarted her career in nails, as opposed to makeup.

“Big Mac Energy”

What Katie has taught me is that there are no rules, just thoughtful execution. The message for me is that it’s fun to be expressive and creative with makeup. There is no such thing as one way to make up one’s face. As Katie says on her website, “I believe makeup is an accessory…One that should be used to make you feel like your best self.” Why not treat it like a canvas that can emote? So, without further ado, here are my own KJH-inspired looks this week!

Seafoam Green Lids (Shu Uemura in “P Green 540”) and Burgundy Lips (MAC Lipstick and Lip Liner in “Sin”)
Navy Eyelids (Smashbox “Masquerade Eyeshadow Palette”) and Rose Lips (Clinique Lipstick in “Matte Beauty”)
Purple Lids (MAC “Stars N’ Rockets” and “Beautiful Iris”) and Red Lips (MAC Lipstick and Lip Liner in “Ruby Woo”)

Please keep in mind, I’m not a professional make up artist, I didn’t use any filters or picture edits, and I wore these looks to work, so I didn’t have the luxury of spending more than 20 minutes on my makeup in the morning. That said, I had a lot of fun with it. I tried to wear neutral clothing so as not to frighten my coworkers with too much clown vibes, ha! What do you think? Would you ever try something like this?


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