“I’m known for my perfectly-coiffed, ruby-red mermaid hair. I’m lucky that my hair type allows me to get away with washing it just once a week. It’s a bit of a chore, since it’s long and thick and the dye turns my bathtub into a crime scene from CSI. I love when the shade is super bright, so I visit my colorists in between dyes for a toner — my roots are violet-toned and the rest of the hair is the reddest red available (Redken Chromatics Prismatic Hair Color in 6.66 Red Red).”
“I love vintage films and old Hollywood photography, so I tend to gravitate toward beautiful red lips with a clean, crisp shape. LipSense liquid lip colorworks like a stain and doesn’t rub off on any of your clothes, which helps when you’re modeling. Even with costume changes, you won’t get any transfer. You line the lips, then do a few coats of it, and apply a topcoat. They offer shiny or matte, which is the one I use so my hair won’t get stuck in the gloss. That’s not a good time.”
“I sponge roll my hair at night. It protects my hair, speeds up the getting-ready process in the morning, and it keeps the curl in longer. I prep with a setting lotion first. Then I use two-inch rollers to curl all of the hair above the ear towards the face, and I use smaller rollers on the bottom half to curl the hair in the opposite direction.
When I take them out in the AM, it’s curled and fully dry. Then, all I need to do is use Big Sexy teasing spray at the roots and fluff each section out with a comb. I smooth the exterior with my hands and mist everything with hairspray and clip the curls with duck clips until they set.”
“There’s no ‘right’ way to do cat-eye flicks — do whatever works for you. If you want to go big with your flicks, go big. If you want smaller ones, do smaller ones. We don’t all have to look the same. I like Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eye Liner, which stays on really well. I just use the brush that comes with it, nothing fancy. I start drawing my liner at the inside corner and move toward the outer edges. When I get to the outside corner, I tilt my head back a little and add the flick.” (Or, you could always cheat with the Vamp Stamp.)
“My hair is quite fair, so I need to keep it from getting brassy. Every hairdresser in history is going to hate me for this, but… I use my horses’ shampoo. Just once a week because it’s really grunty stuff. It’s called Hi-Ho Silver by Rio Vista, and it’s really the best. I’m not being very delicate here, but when horses get poo in their tails they start looking dingy — I give them a little bit of a scrub and they go back to a really nice white. It does the same to brighten my blonde.” (The Rio Vista web site has vanished, but we’ve seen reports of blonde, gray, and white-haired women diluting another horse shampoo, Exhibitor Laboratories Quic Silver, before use to brighten their color. Although, try at your own risk!)
“It’s easy to go wrong trying a new look when you’re just copying a beauty vlogger off a YouTube tutorial. I’m in a few social media groups devoted to sharing retro hair and makeup looks. We comment on them and give advice. You can connect with people who have similar features, like blue eyes or curly hair, and get a better idea whether something will really work for you. When you work with each other, you work better.”