There are Batman and Robin, Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise, Barack and Joe—all iconic duos to be sure. But may we suggest you familiarize yourself with another iconic duo: Hillary Kerr and Joey Maalouf. Kerr is the co-founder of Clique Brands and Maalouf is a celebrity hairstylist, makeup artist, and co-founder of The Glam App, so being that they're both in the fashion and beauty space, it's only natural that their paths crossed, but fate undoubtedly brought them together.
"I honestly don't remember how Joey and I met, though I do know we had a mutual friend in Rachel Zoe," reminisces Kerr. "So I'm going to give her credit for our meet-cute. I do know that we were friendly, liked each other, and worked together for a few years before our friendship really took the plunge. Our friendship tipping point was Paris Fashion Week in September 2012. He was there with Rachel and her husband, Rodger, and I was there with Katherine [Ed. Note: Katherine Power, Clique Brands co-founder] and her husband, Justin. The logistics meant that Joey and I were often left to our devices, which resulted in the two of us drinking rosé champagne in the lobby of the Meurice together every day at 5 p.m. and quietly freaking out over the fact that Kate Moss was always at the next table doing the same thing. Hilarity ensued, and when we made it back to L.A., things were just ON."
The energy the pair radiate is palpable within seconds of being in their presence, so when the idea sparked of having the two film a makeup tutorial for Byrdie, we knew we'd be in for a treat. In the below video, Maalouf creates Kerr's signature bronze makeup, sharp cat-eye, and coral lip, and, as expected, hilarity ensues.
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"I find that concealers sometimes turn grey or too cakey, so I use something that has a little bit of a pink tone in it first, and then I apply the lighter one in between," Maalouf explains as he mixes two shades of this Chanel concealer. He then blends them in with a damp Beautyblender and dabs Kerr's lids with the excess to act as a base for her eye shadow.
Maalouf uses this La Mer powder on a small fluffy brush to set Kerr's concealer. "I literally am obsessed with this," he admits. The beauty is that it doesn't leave a matte cast—a "non-powder powder," as Kerr explains.
Maalouf dips the bottom of a Beautyblender into this cream blush to press onto the apples of the cheeks and buff into the bronzer. "You don't even need highlighter because you're using a cream blush," he explains as Kerr demonstrates an ultra-dewy look.
For the perfect cat eye, Maalouf creates a diagonal line first at each outer corner of the eye, and then creates a super-fine line along the lash line and connects it into the outer wing for a scary-good finished look.
"I really just like the wand on this. I like the formula. I think it's super black which is great because it just really makes your eyes stand out," Maalouf explains as he applies two coats of this mascara to Kerr's lashes.
Maalouf cut three-quarters of them off, from the inside of the eye to the middle, he explains as he applies them to the outer corners of Kerr's eyes. "This also amplifies the wing of the cat eye," he adds.
"I like this pencil because it's not too creamy and it doesn't apply too much product," Maalouf explains as he outlines Kerr's lips and uses his finger to dab the product in. And unless you're a lip liner pro, he suggests using the leftover concealer on your brush to clean up the corners of your lips.
"You can really get that gorgeous, juicy coral lip," Maalouf says as she brushes this liquid lipstick by Lancôme on. The formula goes on moist and then sets for a matte finish.
We love a good dual product, and clearly so does Maalouf. "This side is like a lip balm that makes your lips matte, and then the other side is a glassifier. I love options!" he emphasizes while glassifying Kerr's coral lips.
Up next, watch Kerr share her five favorite beauty products.