Imagine you've just scored a ticket to a party in Downtown Los Angeles: a two-day-long blowout held in a 25,000-square-foot Art Deco ballroom with 40-foot Italian ceilings, arched windows, and columns sculpted from marble. Now imagine that the party will be filled with free beauty products—samples from brands like Becca, Gucci, GlamGlow, Dior, Fenty, Charlotte Tilbury, Milk Makeup, Stila, La Mer, and more. Imagine that all weekend, beauty bigwigs like Jen Atkin and Mario Dedivanovic will be giving masterclasses that you can book a space to go see. Imagine that some of the beauty industry's most influential figures will be in attendance, like Kandee Johnson and Chrissy Teigen. Imagine that there are cocktails and food and dancing. Seem too good to be true? It isn't. The party in question is Sephoria, an extravagant beauty event that the eponymous massive beauty retailer hosted last weekend in L.A. to which team Byrdie snagged an exclusive invite.
If you happened to miss this year's Sephoria, no big deal—because we're about to share the best part. In the middle of this mammoth beauty spectacle, we were granted access to a secret room where we got to hang out with possibly the coolest person there: Chrissy Teigen. Thanks to the model's makeup partnership with Becca Cosmetics, she's become a bit of a beauty industry icon, but she's still Chrissy Teigen, after all, which means there's never a dull or inauthentic moment of conversation. We got to interview Teigen about everything from her least favorite makeup trends to her guiltiest beauty splurge to her most unfiltered thoughts on the FaceTune epidemic. Keep scrolling to read our conversation!
If you had only $20 to spend at Sephora, what would you buy?
So… I could buy… one thing? Hmm. I would do Becca's powder highlighter. Definitely. It's just so beautiful.
What about $50?
Oh, $50. I would do my Glow Kitchen Kit ($44). That's in the 40s! It has a highlighter, an eye, and one matte liquid lip—this beautiful red velvet. Or the Lip Icing Kit ($29), which has four glosses. Actually yeah, I'm gonna do that. I'm gonna pick the gloss kit.
What is your number one guilty pleasure beauty splurge?
Probably La Mer. I mean, I remember walking through airports and just begging for samples of it. Like, please, can I get a little? The Crème de la Mer ($175) is so beautiful. That's the one where I'm like, ugh, I can't believe I'm doing this. But yeah, it's my guilty thing. Because truly everything else I buy is very drugstore. Aquaphor, Great Lash ($6). I'm really very simple, but when it comes to skincare, I'm a big La Mer girl. I was like rubbing it on my belly during pregnancy. Usually, I don't feel guilty about things but with that one, I'm like, oh man. I can't believe I do that.
Girl, that's worth it.
I know! They're here at Sephoria, too. I should try to hit them up for samples. If I get 200 samples, it'll equal a bottle.
Are there any beauty trends you wish would go away?
It's hard because with makeup, I really like for people to have fun. Fashion is easier. Can I do fashion? Tiny sunglasses are killing me. Those horrible sneakers are killing me.
Like scumbro vibes?
I have no idea what that means, but it sounds right. The tiny sunglasses that sit at the bottom of your eye—those are just killing me. And high-fashion orthopedic sneakers. But maybe I'm just personally offended because I look so stupid in them. I walk differently. I've tried to wear them, and everyone's just like, can't you walk normally? Even with normal sneakers. Just regular old Common Projects. I don't know how to walk. I'm like, duck-footed.
Isn't that funny that we just hate trends we look bad in?
Absolutely. Like boyfriend jeans. But I love them on other people! That's the thing with trends. Except for the little sunglasses.
What about makeup trends? There's a lot of weird stuff going on right now. Like gooey, glossy eyelids, for example. Thoughts?
Yeah, I don't like that stuff for myself, but I appreciate it for what it is. I'm okay with other people experimenting and having fun. I'm mainly just not into the beauty trends that are like "a different way to use this wine glass!"
Like gimmicks. Or dumb hacks.
Yeah. Those are silly. Oh, and over-FaceTuning. Everyone looking bonkers and just becoming this cherub baby face.
I have a friend who just had a baby…
Does she photoshop the baby?
No, but she FaceTunes herself and not the baby, so it's so obvious!
Yeah, that's shady, like when people only FaceTune themselves and you can totally tell. I'm just over not seeing an under-eye. Like, I know you have an under-eye. It's ridiculous.
Yeah, it's like, if no one FaceTunes, then none of us have to.
Exactly! But right now, if you don't do it, you look like the crazy one. And I don't like that. Because I don't want to be the normie! That sucks. But if you don't do it, then you look like you did a shitty job.
So what beauty trends do you want to see more of in 2019?
I think I want to see more people embrace their ethnicity. Like, I love contour. I love a nose contour. I love a cheek contour. But I really want people to embrace their round face and their unique shapes. I feel like beauty has been going to the place where everyone's trying to morph into the same person, and I miss the uniqueness. I miss people embracing their little flaws, like a crooked smile or a little squinty eye. I don't want those to be seen as a negative thing. They're quirky and cute. We shouldn't try to hide those things.
Do you have any favorite beauty Instagrams to follow?
I mean, I love following Jen Atkin, obviously. She's one of my best friends and is just full of content. All the time. You gotta like set 40 minutes aside to watch her stories. But it's always worth it. She's so funny and so good at it. She's like a producer. I always tell her, "You've gotta work at SNL or something." We work together all the time and brands are always asking, "What should we do for social?" And Jen never wants to do the regular boring thing. She thinks of funny ideas so quickly. I've never actually seen someone so off-the-cuff funny as Jen Atkin. Like, we are very, very good friends, and even still, when I score Jen Atkin on something, I'm like, that's pretty cool. I'm like, "Thanks for making time for me, Jennifer, godmother of my children."
That's actually the cutest thing I've ever heard. So last thing: Do you have any big beauty dreams or goals for the future?
I would like to age gracefully?
Or, beauty business goals, I mean (hehe).
Oh. Well, oh God, I don't know. Because just working with Becca and partnering with Becca has been so intriguing because the idea from the start was for it to be so very me. It was never a thing where I was gonna push things that I didn't genuinely love. And I love working with them because of that. They do colors that are natural to me and take in every single detail that I think about every product. They want it to be authentic and cool, and I don't know if any other brands would do that. I swear to you I'm just happy to be here right now because I never thought I'd get involved in beauty. I always thought I'd have a cookbook, but I never thought those worlds could collide and that I'd have a collection that would showcase the cookbook, like these Lip Icings. It's so cool and fun, and I'm not sure I'd want to do anything without them.
That's literally also so cute.
I'm just not gonna go out and pretend I know what I'm doing more than I do. I'm a very simple person when it comes to makeup, and Becca embraces that and appreciates it.
Maybe one day La Mer will ask you to do something with them.
Oh my God, that can be a beauty goal! I could bring a realistic, everyday drugstore La Mer to the market.
Honestly! Le First Day of the Month.
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