There are few A-list faces that celebrity makeup artist Joyce Bonelli has not painted. The dauntless, platinum-blond figure, known for her affinity for false lashes and red lips, got her start in the mid-2000s working on set at Pamela Anderson's Playboy shoot. From there, she became The Girls Next Door's go-to makeup artist, working with Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson, and Bridget Marquardt before being introduced to the next era of cohabitating female reality stars: the Kardashians. For the past 10 years, Bonelli has worked intimately with Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, and Kris, helping them shape and fine-tune the iconic sultry makeup aesthetics we see today.
She's also picked up a few other clients along the way, like Chrissy Teigen, Salma Hayek, and Cara Delevingne. We know, casual stuff. Oh, and did we mention she's also a mother of three?
Needless to say, when the opportunity came up to hop on the phone with Bonelli and pick her brain, approximately half a second elapsed before we said Mais oui. We knew Bonelli had to have some fascinating makeup tips to spill (as well as a little bit of celebrity beauty gossip—you know how we Byrdie editors like our tea!). Let's just say we weren't wrong. Keep scrolling to read our fascinating conversation with the legendary makeup artist Joyce Bonelli.