Harley Viera-Newton, DJ


“I'm not going to pretend I'm low maintenance because I'm not low maintenance! I have a pretty natural look for day, but I mix things up at night—I always tend to do a cat-eye situation. I love the MAC liquid eyeliner because it’s easy to apply. I’m not very good at makeup so I stick to eyeliner and a lip. Dior does great reds—#752 is my go-to. It’s really bright…I don’t go too dark on the lips; it doesn’t look good with my skin tone. And I love the Tom Ford lipsticks. The color range is amazing—I need them all. I only have two so far but my collection is growing. Ginger Fawn is my favorite. I’ve been really into orange lipsticks lately as opposed to red, and I like matte formulas—I’m not a big fan of gloss or glitter. That being said, I love Dior’s Shimmer Powder in the tan color. It’s not too bronze-y and not too blush-y. Everyone who comes over and uses it winds up buying it.

I don’t really wear foundation; I use concealer. Guinot made the best spot concealer in the entire world—it’s my sacred bottle, they discontinued it. All my friends know about my little tube of concealer and how it’s off limits to them. When it finishes my life will be over. I also have dark circles so I’m always trying to find the best thing to fight them. I love the Garnier Eye Roller—it has caffeine and minerals in it plus coverage—it’s just a drugstore thing. I put it under my eyes before Laura Mercier Secret Concealer. I actually use a lot of drugstore products—I love the Revlon Just Bitten lip stains—I have every single color. I’m a big fan of lip stains as opposed to lipsticks for the daytime, just because I feel like it’s a little more natural and easier to maintain. For mascara, I’m all about Diorshow Blackout. And an eyelash curler is my best friend—the Shu Uemura. If I could take one beauty product to a desert island, it’d be that. I feel like it just changes everything. I have pretty long lashes so sometimes I’ll just curl them and skip mascara and that’s enough.

I wash my face with a basic Neutrogena cleanser or a Dior exfoliator, then I do a spritz of the Evian mineral water spray which I’ve used for many years. The Bliss masks save my life all the time…there’s one called Steep Clean, I do it once a month and it just cleans out all your pores and prevents breakouts. And the other one I love is the Oxygen Mask which is great for when I’m exhausted, it’s a pick-me-up. I also love Embryolisse cream, it’s a staple for when my skin is very dry. I designed a limited-edition blotting paper for Dior—I don’t like powder because it’s cakey but I have a problem with oil and shine, so blotting paper is the best solution for me. And have you tried Dior’s Crystal Nude compact? It’s incredible—it’s a mattifying gel that has the same effect as powder. It looks like a balm. So it’s perfect for when you don’t want to look blotchy or cakey.

For my hair, I use any shampoo—right now I’m using Herbal Essences. I really like the Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious shampoo and conditioner too, and the Kérastase hair masks for when my hair is super tangled and dry in the summer. But to be honest I’ve just been using the Herbal Essences and letting it air dry wavy. Sometimes, if it’s looking really dead, I’ll use the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. I get highlights once a year and let them grow out; I like it super blond at the bottom. I go to Johnny Ramirez at Neil George Salon in LA. My very favorite thing is getting them done in the summer and then going in the ocean and sun so the tips get bleach bleach blond.

I have an unhealthy obsession with nail art. It started when I went to C T nails in LA. It was the first nail art experience I’ve had and my life hasn’t been the same since. And then I found Sakura in New York, where they do CalGel, so not only do you get a crazy design, it also lasts for three weeks or more. My nails always peel or break and the CalGel helps them grow out longer. There’s another place, in SoHo, called Marie Nails which is also amazing. That’s where I go now, but they were all booked this time so I went to Sakura and got this whole tropical situation for a trip to Brazil. I’ve done pretty much everything: full rhinestones on every single nail; I did a rainbow French which has actually been my favorite so far. I’ve done a Christmas theme, a Halloween theme, you name it. It’s fun coming up with things to do. For example, I knew this time I wanted fruit, and they happened to have little stickers, so I got lucky, but most of the time I have a really exact idea.

I just recently started doing the Power-Plate work out. You do a whole routine while standing on a vibrating platform. It’s obviously a fad that I’ve fallen for, but I’m fully into it. Every 1 crunch equals 2 crunches when you’re on the plate, type of thing. So after 30 minutes of it you leave and you’re in such pain, that it must work?”

—as told to ITG

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  • mdj

    Em, you are getting crazy good at photography.Its really unbelievable that you do all this on your own- interviews, reviews, photography, makeup artist etc! crazy!
    this post is awesome and your blog has made me love beauty products- now I'm also obsessed with nails and nail art too. keep up the good work xx

  • smartsx

    i saw your blog on another site and i'm glad i clicked the link :) Bookmarking.


  • march

    Ahh fucking love this girl!

  • Kat

    Another rad post! These are the absolute best kind!

  • LuckyD

    I'm addicted to Top Shelf. Help.

  • http://www.madamemlamode.com Madame M

    I discovered your blog today! The posts, photos and subjects are so interesting and glamourous. I love your work.

  • http://www.girlmeetsglam.blogspot.com Emily R

    love this post!! she is such a cool girl. i like how she changes up her look from day to night. and i'm definitely checking out the products she recommends!

    also--fabulous photography!

  • http://www.styleserendipity.blogspot.com Jill Beretta

    This is why I read ITG.

  • claire

    nice photos! harley and i have much more in common in the products we use than i woulda thought and love those nails!

  • http://www.ParisandDawn.blogspot.com Dawn

    love this post! she seems so down to earth and straightforward based on the tone.
    amazing photos, especially the first one! so in the moment.
    her makeup and hair look so natural and care-free-- my kind of style.
    I don't like the nails though lol, not on me, they look cute on her, she's really pretty so she can pull off any style of nail.
    I must try the garnier eye roller! heard about it but after reading this I want it. caffeine for my eyes, yes please! I also want to try revlon lipstain as well.
    I want to try the laura mercier concealer too, i love their tinted moisturizer and foundation but have not try their concealer. my next concealer, kat von d or lc.. hmm.
    ahh i love her shoes the most!

  • linda

    nice post! I really need to know the name of the perfume with the flower cart on it! need that for my dresser, but can't make out the name...

  • eastvillagesiren

    Love your blog, beautifully designed and enjoyable content. My only quibble with the interview with Ms. Viera-Newton is that I think she's an "ambassador" or spokesperson of some type for Dior. She may truly enjoy Dior products (the makeup is fabulous) but her professional connection with the brand is relevant. Keep up the great work! Cheers.

  • Bear

    AMAZING web site. Beautiful, interesting, and COOL as hell.
    Harley is beautiful and seems very down to earth, great recommendations.

  • Elena

    another amazing post. Thanks!

  • aubrey

    such great nails for a DJ! She's looking at her hands so much that it must be fun to have something great to look at. So lucky to be free from corporate constraints on 'professional' nails (although rainbow french mani might be possible..;)
    Great post!!

  • aubrey

    also-- those lipstains really are fantastic. Revlon is officially king of the lipstain, signed and sealed (with a kiss).

  • http://justfad.blogspot.com i.d.

    “I’m not going to pretend I’m low maintenance because I’m not" - I love this quote! So refreshing. x

  • Jasmin

    her nails are ridiculously cute! Great post yet again!


  • http://ellaetcetera.blogspot.com/ Ella Viscardi

    Her nails are beautiful! I don't really understand the whole Evian spray thing, isn't it just water in a can? It slightly confuses me...

  • http://www.prettydaffodils.blogspot.com yv

    ye s this is such a gr8 blog!

  • http://fashionfawn.blogspot.com Charlotte

    You can not comprehend my excitement when I saw you had managed to sneak into HVN's beauty cabinet! Not only does she have great style, but it seems as though her 'Top Shelf' is just as incredible.

    P.S. When are you going to do a Top Shelf on yourself??

  • http://www.chicityfashion.com chicityfashion

    I kind of want to be friends with Harley Viera Newton. I first discovered her photography on No Retrospective and I've been intriguied by her ever since. She has great style and just seems really cool and down-to-earth. And as a nail polish addict myself, I definitely appreciate her fondness of nail art :)

  • http://larkjoanna.blogspot.com Joanna

    Linda, the perfume is White Patchouli by Tom Ford.

  • http://junkbake.blogspot.com/ annie

    awesome style. Am also a huge fan of a number of things she mentioned and i saw in her photos (klorane dry shampoo namely)

  • Jean

    @ Joanna - no, Linda means the bottle with the picture of the flower cart on it - the clear bottle with the gold cap. It's the bottle in front of the Tom Ford.

    Can anyone identify it ?

    • serenab

      Yeah I've been wondering about that perfume too! Can anyone ID it?

      • Nina

        It's called something like "eau de Ranee" and it's from some obscure shop in NY. I don't think it's that expensive, but I recognize the picture from some old spread in Town & Country magazine.

  • Anna

    I love your blog, do you only do "top shelf" etc once a month ?

  • Janel

    I just stumbled upon this looking at past Top Shelf postings. I think HVN and I are lip twins! I love Just Bitten under Nivea Cherry most of the time, and if I want it a little brighter, my one and only lipstick is Dior #752. I'm dedicated to that shade, so beautiful.

  • http://beverlyhillssalon.net/ Christiancarere

    Love the nails! My gf gets hers done every week since she sells spa packages and I'm wondering if those designs are the gel or just glued on. I think the gel ruins your nails...

    I see you've been to Neil George. One of the benefits of having a gf who sells spa packages is getting to go to all the top salons around LA. If you ever have the time you should see Michelle at The Salon Off third.


    Best of Luck!


MAC Liquid Liner
Tom Ford
Tom Ford Private Blend Lipstick
Dior 'Diorskin' Ultra Shimmering Allover Face Powder
Guinot Correcteur Traitant Fast Matifying Concealer
Garnier Nutritioniste
Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller
Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier Undercover Pot
Dior Diorshow – Black Out Mascara
Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser
Evian Facial Water Spray
Bliss Steep Clean(R) Mask
Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè
Dior 'Diorskin Nude' Compact
Bumble and bumble
Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Smoothing Shampoo
Bumble and bumble
Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Smoothing Conditioner