Hillary Kerr & Katherine Power, Founders, Who What Wear

Hillary Kerr & Katherine Power

Katherine [right]: My yellow nails, I have to say, I bit off Jenni Kayne, who was wearing this great color the other day at a charity event at her store in LA. I said, “I love your nails, I’m going to copy you,” and I looked all over for the right color. This is some random brand—Bon, and it’s called Lemon Twist. I found it at my nail salon, Hands to Hold, in the Valley. I go there every Saturday after my Cardio Barre workout class that’s also in the Valley. When you work as much as we do, I think it’s important to be on a schedule in order to maintain balance of work and friends and errands.

Hillary: I just moved to West Hollywood and I have not found my nail spot yet. But I’m a Shellac girl at heart. I don’t know how this happens but half the time it looks like I’ve been digging in the dirt all day…if I get a regular manicure, it’s wrecked in no time—I ding it, I chip it—so Shellac just helps so much. The only problem is the lack of colors for it, though there are some really beautiful colors for fall—the darker colors that I like. I also have such a weakness for all of the beautiful Chanel metallic polishes, especially Peridot, and one that’s called Kaleidoscope that’s kind of like Peridot but has a little more silver in it. I have a love affair with metallics and I think Chanel does the best metallics in general. But we both go to Andy Lecompte salon; it’s the best salon in LA—Jen Atkin cuts both of our hair. She’s amazing. She has a ton of celebrity clients but she also does the shows in New York and Paris every season so she always knows the trends.

Katherine: I really appreciate that—that as a hairdresser she’s constantly trying to keep up with what’s going on, and learn. Because I think a lot of hairdressers get into their groove and do what they do really well for years, and people get sick of that after a while and want a change. She also has an amazing inspiration book and images of her iPad—everything from picture of Kate Moss to old pictures of Brigitte Bardot, which is great for when you can’t explain what you want—you can go through the pictures. We also share our facialist, Frankie [Francesca Paige]. She’s got the beauty game on lockdown here. Almost everyone I know goes to her.

Hillary: She’s amazing. I almost feel like it’s facial boot camp…it’s not fun…

Katherine: It’s not relaxing, no.

Hillary: She will really clean your skin out; she’ll zap little things if that’s what you need…she has all the LED light machines and that oxygen machine that I feel like everyone uses. She uses that and I wake up the next morning like, “Oh hello, fifteen-year-old self! I haven’t seen you in a while.” And it lasts a long time too. It’s like a Hyaluronic acid/Oxygen situation that she sprays on. And she has lots of great products.

Katherine: But not her own line, which I really like—she just sells the best products from all different lines. So it’s not like she’s pushing product on you, which is nice. And we both bought this special pillow she told us to get, called the Save My Face pillow. We coincidentally gave it to each other for Christimas—it prevents wrinkles and that smushed sleep face.

Hillary: I do not have great skin; I’ve battled my skin my whole life. And my parents say this is the best my skin has ever looked. If it’s left to its own devices it’s really like angry, thirteen-year-old skin. I have a Clarisonic and I think that’s been a huge help too. Especially whenever we wear makeup for on-camera things or events, I break out the next day, and this really helps you get everything off. I use it day and night; I have the gentle one. If I go a couple days without it, I see a difference. I’m obsessed with it. But I’m also an old-fashioned Cetaphil girl. When my skin was really bad a few years and I went to the dermatologist, he said I was using too many products, and just to lay off. So I switched over to Cetaphil and I love it. I use that moisturizer also, and then I have some La Prairie eye situation…it’s the caviar one, in the little blue jar. I use it under my eyes and on my forehead, because I feel like that’s where you show age.

Katherine: But your forehead never sees the sun.

Hillary: It’s my own completely untested theory. [Laughs] I also have a renegade brow—it’s like two armies that want to meet in the middle and take over my forehead. I see someone at Wax on Melrose; I get them done every four months or so. I use that little Benefit brow kit that has a light powder, a darker powder and a wax. I love it. I love a brow—my day to day is a brow, bright lipstick, and tons of mascara. I love mascara…I spend maybe ten minutes putting it on every morning. I use three every day: Chanel Inimitable in black, the new Lancôme Doll Lashes, and my favorite of all favorites, Clinique Bottom Lash mascara, on top and bottom. I think the lack of smearing is amazing. The formula is so genius—to have it waterproof without the stiffness.

Katherine: Waterproof but it comes off at the end of the day. I switch mascaras all the time but I do love that Bottom Lash. But I’m really into making skin look even. Like sometimes I’ll skip mascara but I’ll make sure there’s no redness or spots on my skin, and I’ll always have a little blush. I wish I could just wear no makeup. I use the tinted sunscreen from our dermatologist Dr. Kest, and Clé De Peau concealer on my little spots. Then I’ll take a little Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation and just put it over the red areas. For blush, I have this really old Stila compact and also I have this Smashbox pale pink cream blush that I really like. I’ve always been fair-skinned though, and I don’t really change color. I was recently reading Julianne Moore’s book—Freckleface Strawberry—to my best friend’s five-year-old, and she was like, “That looks just like you!” [Laughs]

Hillary: But Katherine changes her hair more often than anyone I know, aside from Eva Chen. Your’s was really long, and then you cut it short, and started experimenting with color. You’ve had a lot of different looks over the past couple years which I think is cool.

Katherine: Well I went darker for our second book…they wanted us to look different. [Laughs] Then I went back to red; I started putting Henna on my hair when I was twelve. I was a redhead until I was probably twenty. Now it’s unintentionally ombré’d…it just kind of grew out.

Hillary: You’re like Drew Barrymore—you can pull off almost any hair color. There are some girls who can carry different colors…I am not one of those girls. I’m good as a bright blonde—a super blonde.

—as told to ITG

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  • KT

    These girls have absolutely perfect hair!

  • http://hautenbas.tumblr.com/ kriss

    LOOVE THIS! love the girls and their side and i do love katherine`s hair style! she can really pull off the two tone look.

  • http://beautynaturalment.blogspot.com beautynaturalment

    I love hearing about facials - Oxygen and Hyaluronic really does give results that change your your outlook on life!

  • Sarah

    When they refer to Cetaphil, do they mean the Gentle Skin Cleanser, or the Daily Facial Cleanser?

    • Emily

      Hi Sarah--Gentle Skin Cleanser. xE

  • Laura

    I've always been on the fence about a Clarisonic-- I had one once and I think I did it incorrectly cause it just made my face go haywire, but I do like the feeling of completely clean skin. I also am obsessed with Armani's foundation so I'm glad that got a shout out- it always has a way of making your skin look so polished but never look too heavy. I loveee their blog so I was super excited to see them featured!

  • Victoria

    Appreciate hearing from someone with less-than-flawless skin

  • mlle p

    Love that dress on Hillary and also Katherine's ombre-grown out hair!

  • http://thekeypieces.blogspot.com Lou

    Love the interview, they seem so down to earth and lovely.



  • Farah

    So charming. I always so appreciate it when really pretty girls admit to all the effort it takes. And i so relate to the feeling of wishing you could skip make-up sometimes but need it to even out the skin. I think us fair skinned girls have a hard time going without some kind of cover-up as every slight discoloration really shows up! Even if you do take immaculate care of your skin. I also like that Hillary puts eye cream on her forehead too (although i would be scared it would make me breakout!) as i like to put it on my lips too---it really helps plump and moisturize your lips and then you can put balm on top at night.

  • http://kimchicsisters.blogspot.com Jackie
  • kate

    katherine's hair is beautiful - but unintentional ombre? come on that is so clearly salon (well) done.

  • http://stylesouk.wordpress.com Style Souk

    From furry mono-brows to space age facials, this was a witty and wonderful interview.

    I agree with Hillary that Clinique's new Bottom Lash mascara is genius. I can't believe that it wasn't 'invented' sooner!

    Sarah x

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

    I have the bottom lash from Clinique, I got way back in March. I think I'm afraid to use it because I don't want spider eyes. I have naturally long lashes and the bottom lash mascara may make my bottom lashes look a bit old school drag queenish.

    I've been debating with myself whether or not I would start going for facials. It’s a bit of a splurge.

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

    I've tried Chanel nail polish but the brush isn't good. Am I the only whose had problems with the brush? I think Rimmel followed by OPI and Essie have the best nail polish brushes.

    • kate

      i agree. chanel and deborah lippman have some of the most amazing colors and the WORST formulas! the lippman brush is ok, but the polishes are either streaky, splotchy or chip so fast. chanel's khaki collection have all turned goopy.

      OPI brushes are good, Essie I like but there seems to be too much variation in the formulas (even among the same color)

      • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

        thanks for giving the heads up on Lippman nailpolish I came very close to buying a bottle of thick glitter polish.

        Essie I like but there seems to be too much variation in the formulas (even among the same color)

        I thought it was just me, I've noticed this with Essie color "limosine"( a pinkish white )which is one of my favorites that I've been wearing for a few years.

    • http://www.rougebird.com Yulia

      I totally agree. Chanel has the best reds and no one has yet made a true red like "Fire" but the quality of the polish is disappointing. It's my nail polish to go almost every week but in a few months it just goes so thick..

      • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

        Yulia, this is unfortunate with Chanel polish being so expensive. I remember saving my allowance as a kid to buy Chanel's "Vamp" nail polish. I remember being very disappointed that it chipped to fast, not much better than the wet and wild stuff I got from the drug store.

  • http://stripesandsequins.com Grace – Stripes & Sequins

    This is fabulous! Love Katherine & Hillary!

  • Gemma

    These two are so charming and down to earth. Love all the nitty gritty details!

  • C

    What moisturizer does Hilary use? There are so many Cetaphil one! Please let us know!

  • http://mrschatelaine.wordpress.com Mrs. Châtelaine

    Couldn't agree more -- love Chanel metallics!!


  • http://ofstrangersensibilities.blogspot.com Joy

    Another great interview. Super read.

  • Avery

    Finally! I love these girls, they are so charming! And I'll go ahead and echo what everyone else is saying, that it's great to hear girls admit to how difficult it can be to maintain yourself! While I'm all for doing what makes you comfortable, the polish and glamour of the every day maintenance is what makes me comfortable and its nice to here others revel in all the little (and big) things we do as women to keep us feeling pretty! Thanks so much for sharing this interview!

  • http://mellowafternoondiary.blogspot.com/ Mariela

    Their hair look absolutely spendid! so healthy looking...to bad they didn't mention any of the hair products they use.

  • Laura

    Wonder if there's any correlation between Hillary&Katherine being featured on here and the next day you're featured on Who What Wear? Haha it was kind of funny when I saw that today-- love the studded clutch

    • Emily

      Hi Laura--total coincidence! How great is the $25 clutch? I've been carrying it everywhere for a month, no joke. xE

  • http://bit.ly/nJbeGW Kate

    I heart yellow nails and I must say I would love to try on their facial person, but I bet she's pricey the good ones always are and in LA it's like you automatically get to add 10% to everything just because it's LA.

  • Tracy

    I, too, own a Clarisonic and it is amazing! I agree that using it daily makes a huge difference. I have had the pleasure of meeting with Frankie (Francesca Paige Skin) and love, love, love my time with her. Though I enjoy the Ayur Medic product line, does anyone know when Frankie will come out with her own line of skincare?

  • http://www.jamieofalltrades.typepad.com jamieofalltrades

    i love these girls. i follow them and their site religiously! they seem so down to earth.

  • Vicki

    Kate, I'm so glad to hear you say that about Essie polishes! I'm a big fan but have noticed inconsistencies in the colors, my favorite it Madomiselle, the bottle I have at home is a nice creamy nude, the one I used at the salon was practically clear, and it was a brand new bottle! This article made me laigh, Hillary and Katherine seem like they'd be a lot of fun to hang out with! And I too have days where I wish I could just skip the make up...but that would frighten my coworkers! :)

  • http://lesaltlake.blogspot.com Julia

    They seem simply wonderful! Love the interview.

  • http://www.ParisandDawn.com Dawn

    they are so adorable and easy going! jen atkin did a great job with their hair! you know what i once had wished that i could wear no makeup, but for some reason i started to embrace and love the process of putting on makeup. i obviously look better with makeup but sometimes i do like to go out without makeup because i just feel lighter and purer.

  • http://www.salebite.com/ Tina

    I'm going to copy that nail color as well. I'm not quite ready for darker fall shades!

  • Laura

    Wow their maintenance seems so extensive. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://rubypr.com/blog/ Ruby Press

    Love, love, love Hillary and Katherine. They are both so stylish in their own ways and share amazing beauty tips in this interview. Thank you! Always a pleasure reading your site.