In case you missed the memo, electronic music is totally hot right now (kidding, no one’s missed the memo). Perhaps the most admirable thing about DJs—other than their ability to make us like Justin Bieber again—is their stamina. If you’ve ever been to an EDM show, you’ll know that most headliners grace the stage for at least two hours, and usually more if it’s 2 a.m. on a Friday in Europe. In other words: Who better to ask about melt-proof makeup tips? (Yeah, we’re beauty-obsessed…#notsorry).
Ever the inquisitive beauty hounds, we tracked down four of our favorite female DJs and picked their brain on everything from their favorite makeup-setting products to the lipsticks they swear by. All of these girls spin sick beats, and manage to look flawless doing it (just look at their photos for proof), so we’ll be taking their word as gospel. Keep scrolling to find out beauty secrets from Harley Viera-Newton, Hannah Bronfman, and more!
“My everyday beauty routine is minimal, with a focus on glowing skin. I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel ($26) and Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Lotion ($47) to hydrate and brighten my complexion. Then, I’ll sweep on a bit of blush by Tom Ford and brush out my brows with Anastasia of Beverly Hills’ Clear Brow Gel ($18).
“I love to have a bold eye on while DJing. My go-to these days is a dramatic cat-eye using Stila’s Stay-All-Day Liquid Eyeliner ($20) with a metallic smoky lid using NARS’ Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29) in Lysithea and Sycorax.
Melt-proof makeup tip:
“To keep everything in place, I swear by Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray ($30)!”
Favorite way to unwind:
“Epsom salt baths are actually my savior for de-puffing the skin and muscle relaxation! I try to take one once a week.”
Who: Harley Viera-Newton, DJ
“During the day, I like to keep my makeup really light and my skin fresh. I'll use Cle de Peau’s Concealer ($70) under my eyes and on blemishes; then, after curling my lashes with UBU’s Lasharazzi Curler, I apply mascara. I like Dior’s Blackout ($28) and the new Charlotte Tilbury one. I'll opt for a light lip tint or a tinted balm—I love the ones from Fresh.
At night, I like to amp it up a bit, especially when I DJ. My go-to is a cat-eye with Stila’s Liquid Liner ($20), and a matte red lip with MAC’s Ruby Woo ($16). I rarely use foundation unless I'm getting my makeup done, but when I do, I use Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk ($62).”
Favorite smudge-proof lipsticks:
“I love a red lip because it instantly makes you look put-together, and Ruby Woo is the most amazing blue-based red—it goes with everything. It also really stays put all night, no matter how long I work. I use MAC’s Cherry Lip Liner ($16) to keep it in place, and then I apply three layers to make sure it doesn't budge. I keep blotting papers with me for shine, as well as a good translucent powder. If I want to switch up my lip color, NARS does the most amazing range of lip pencils.”
One last tip:
“You can dust your lips with powder in between layers of lipstick to make it really last.”
Who: Mia Moretti, DJ
“I like to keep my makeup pretty clean and simple. I love cream blush because you can apply it without an applicator, and it can be used on your lips and cheeks. I designed two shades for my MAC x Mia Moretti line that are great for summer—one is a very girly pink hue, called PS I Like You ($22), and the other has more peach tones, called Puttin’ on the Spritz ($22). When I’m DJing, I usually throw on a red lip. You can still keep the rest of your face clean, and a bold red lip will pop to make any look instantly more glamorous.”
“For a red lip, I designed a color for my MAC line named after my grandmother, Maria Moretti. She was so effortlessly glamorous. She really couldn’t be bothered at all with getting done up or fussing about with multiple products; however, she did come from the old-world school of beauty, where you never left the home without a lipstick.”
Melt-proof makeup tip:
“Instead of adding on, I always subtract. If ever I feel myself sweating, I’ll take a wipe and gently remove a layer of makeup, then dab on a fresh face. I don’t like anything looking heavy or cake-y.”
Trick of the trade:
“My face is actually more oval than round, so instead of contouring the usual way, like you learn at a makeup counter when your 16, my makeup artist, Andrew Colvin, actually does the opposite shading, so my face photographs round instead of long. We call it reverse contour!”
Who: DJ Kiss
“My everyday beauty style is glowing skin with a sheer wash of color on my lips. I keep my foundation light and dewy using Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation ($62) in shade #10, with a little Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($12) and Ink for Eyes Eyeliner ($20), and a sheer lipstick, like MAC's Lipstick ($16) in Lustering, Urban Decay's Sheer Revolution ($22) in Slowburn, or Bobbi Brown's High Shimmer Lip Gloss ($20) in Naked Plum.
For DJing jobs in the evening or at night, I do a more intense makeup look, because I'm photographed frequently. I do a full face of foundation and contouring with MAC’s Studio Fix Foundation ($27) in NC45 and NC50. I also give my eyes definition by using one of my favorite Urban Decay Eye Shadows ($18), like Chopper, Smog, or Stray Dog as a highlight for my eyes. Then, I finish with an opaque, bright lip.”
“My favorite makeup look is a bright eye and strong pop of color on the lip. Some of my go-to lipsticks include MAC's Lickable ($16) or Ruby Woo ($16), AJ Crimson's Crimson Rose ($15), or NARS’ Lipstick ($27) in Funny Face.”
“I use a great Vitamin E Face Moisturizer ($46) by Malin + Goetz that doubles as a primer and helps hold my makeup in place! I also swear by Make Up For Ever's Super Matte Loose Powder ($28) in 0, which sets my foundation and keeps me matte all night.”
“A few years back, a lot of African American beauty looks that I loved featured a really light brow, so I asked a makeup artist friend about the look. She shared with me that the models had bleached their eyebrows to achieve the look. I promptly went to the nearest drugstore and bought a bottle of Jolen Crème Bleach and started bleaching mine! Let's just say it was not my finest beauty hour. It worked at the time, but I look back on photos during that era and cringe!”
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