Siddhartha Bekers, Makeup Artist


Meet Sid. I first spotted Sid backstage at Proenza Schouler last season. She was applying makeup to fellow Dutchwoman (Siddhartha? “My father was a hippie”) Bette Franke, at the station beside her mentor, lead artist Diane Kendal. If ever there was a girl who made a case for matching lips and nails, I thought, this is she. Both were a rich, perfectly executed blood red. Then there was the hair: hers was remarkably similar to the mussed tangle-braid being created on each of the models going down the runway. Happy coincidence or…inspiration? Who is this girl? In the pre-show scramble, all I managed to do was hand her my card and try to explain in an un-stalker-ish way that I had to shoot her for ITG. Fast-forward eight months, another Proenza encounter, and many emails later and there she was on the Pont Alexander III bridge in Paris, showing me that mustard/khaki nail polish (American Apparel "Trenchcoat”) is possibly the coolest color around.

“I always knew that I wanted to be a makeup artist, from a very young age, but I’m from a very small town in the countryside of Holland and I didn’t know it was an actual job that you could earn money from. [Laughs] Now I travel all around the world—I love my job. I don’t always wear makeup; it’s just a feeling—like, ‘Today I feel like wearing lipstick.’ Sometimes when I go to the supermarket I wear lipstick. The one I’m wearing now is this really beautiful color from NARS, Pure Matte in Terre De Feu. I actually got it at a Thakoon show, in a goodie bag. It lasts very well. And I have on Pink Coral Shimmer Blush from Bobbi Brown, just on the apples of the cheeks, to keep the look very fresh and young and healthy looking. I curl my eyelashes, because they’re quite straight, and that’s it—no mascara, because it’s nice to have a natural feeling in the eye when you have the dark lip and the blush. And I always brush my eyebrows up—if you comb them every day, they will start growing more in that shape.

I’m using very natural products for my skincare, ever since I visited C. Cosmetics and Care in Amsterdam. I think the more ingredients that are written on a flacon, the more damage it will do to your skin. I like Sophyto products: the Foaming Cleanser, and then the pH Optimizing Restorative Toner—because when you clean your face the soap can strip your skin and you need to rebalance it. And then I put on their Omega Daily Moisturizer, or else something else really really natural like a Vitamin E cream. Once or twice a week I use an exfoliating treatment, and once a month I get a facial. My skin is very important to me. And especially because I'm getting towards my thirties—I’m twenty-seven—it isn’t as young and fresh as when it was in my early twenties. It needs more attention.

My hair is really important to me as well, and I try to take care of it as much as I can because the longer it's gets, the dryer it gets too! I use Redken’s All Soft line. And my Moroccan Oil I always use is the best product ever! It hydrates my hair, and gives it a glow, but the texture stays beach-y and wavy. I never go for a blow-dry—I think my hair looks the best when I wash it, put the oil in it and let it dry naturally because then I get a wavy texture. In fact, the hair at Proenza last season—for fall—was partly inspired by mine! I have so much of it, and I had it kind of pulled back but coming undone at the hair and makeup test when Paul [Hanlon] saw it and said, '...kind of like that!' I don't like to have glamorous hair—I think it's nice to have some sort of an edge. That’s why I love my tattoo and piercings…but they’re never overdone: always with a sense of minimalism and style.”

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  • Beauty, naturally.

    Her fresh complexion and that lipstick, wow!

  • amarie

    I have a no buy policy when it comes to American Apparel but that nail polish is calling my name.

    • Julie Fischer


    • Greta

      Same here. I cannot bring myself to support a corporation whose values I detest, yet.... that nail polish? Sigh.

    • PhotoGirl

      Agreed. American Apparel will never get a dime from me.
      China Glaze makes a similar color. It's called "Trendsetter." You might also like "Catwalk Queen" from Finger Paints.

      • Alexis

        awesome - I'll have to check this out. Thanks for the dupe and yes, I really try not to support American Apparel.

        Sometimes I fail, please don't hate me!

  • Laura

    I love her key earring! and that lipstick... definitely a shade I want to look into purchasing

  • marcela

    I like the lipstick.
    Love the post.

  • Aya

    I totally feel her--I'm 27 too and suddenly realizing my skin isn't what it used to be. Sunspots!? I'm trying to step up my skin care so I can age gracefully and not feel the need to cover up too much.

    Emily--I recently bought a Clarisonic (Mia)--what cleanser to you use with yours?
    Also, is La Mer worth the hype?

    • Fiona

      I'm not Emily, but - La Mer is totally not worth it, unless you need to use it as a barrier cream (ie if you need something to stop your skin from falling apart in the snow and wind, or something). It's basically Nivea + seaweed + $$$. Clinique actually do good moisturisers (the ones in tubes).

      • Nina

        @Fiona - I'm sorry but I have to disagree. The original Creme de La Mer is not a dupe of Nivea creme. It is much less fragranced and is even recommended for acne-prone skin. I do agree that it is wonderful in the winter. Nivea is very highly fragranced and really should not be used on your face. Depending upon where in the world you live, Nivea is manufactured at different locations and the ingredients are not the same. There is a difference between luxury and drugstore brands, especially in the U.S. (not so much in France!). But, there is also a vast price range of quality products that exist between Nivea and LaMer, such as products by Bobbi Brown.

        • kate

          A quick ingredient comparison ( shows they are almost identical, and confirms that I would never put either on my face.

          Some of the frightening ingredients they both share: Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Isohexadecane, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Paraffin, Panthenol, Magnesium Sulfate, Decyl Oleate, Octyldodecanol, Fragrance, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone,

          I mean WHO would put mineral oil and petrolatum (aka petroleum jelly aka Vaseline) on their FACE?! And Lanolin aka wax from sheep coats. I won't even delve into the hazard of the other stuff.

          As for Siddhartha - this chick is adorable! She is so effortlessly pretty...the lipstick, the hair, creamy complexion. What a doll. And that AA color is amazing on so many skin tones.

        • Fiona

          Aw, don't harsh on American drugstore products, they are great! You don't know how good you've got it! Trust me: you guys might stock up on Embyolisse and Bioderma when you come to France, but Europeans love stocking up on Neutrogena and Jason Natural while in the States :D

          • Aya

            Thanks everyone for the feedback. It seems like La Mer is probably quite good but that I could get a good, natural moisturizer instead.

    • TheBeautyPhilosopher

      I'm not Emily but pretty much any cleanser works with a Clarisonic except for self/instant foaming cleansers which do not seem to work as well on the brush and you have to be careful which granular exfoliants you use with it. It works perfectly with gel, cream and milk cleansers.

      • Aya

        Thank you TheBeautyPhilosopher! Think I might go with a milk cleanser.

        • TheBeautyPhilosopher

          No worries :)

  • Dani

    Love her lipstick! I also use the clarasonic Mia ,Aya. Isn't it great!

    • Aya

      After hemming, hawing and researching I finally bought it. Now I'm waiting for it to charge. I can't wait to get home and give it a go!
      Dani, do you also have a cleanser you like to use with it? I generally use an exfoliating one (Kiehl's Photo Age one) but that won't do now. Do you have any suggestions?

      • Dani

        I use Nizoral dandruff shampoo and it cleared up my acne 2 years ago after suffering for 15 years!I live in Vancouver B.C so I'm not sure if it's sold in the states.

        • Aya

          Oh Dani--I am falling more in love with my Clarisonic with every use. I can see a difference in my skin already--smoother, more even tone, my nose pores already look smaller and cleaner. I can't wait to see my skin in a few weeks. Yay! (Thanks Emily for the mention. It sparked my interest and got me researching. I'm so happy).

  • chic noir

    I love her earings, esp the key earring.

    hey Emily, I've seen you in the Saks makeup catalog and in season's guide edition of Harpers Bazar. It's so cool to see you going far and doing well :)

  • David

    That lip color is gorgeous! :D

    Have a Good Day!


  • Alison

    Where can I buy a key ear ring like this? I'm really, and I mean, REALLY need this ... like now!

    xox Alison

  • EGB

    I love her earrings-any idea where she found them?

  • Joy

    She looks amazing. I am hunting down for the perfect berry lipstick as well.

  • Fiona

    Gorgeous girl, gorgeous lipstick!

  • amelia

    she is gorgeous, and i ADORE her piercings, thankyou for profiling someone involved in fashion week, the hair and makeup artists involved always do SUCH a beautiful job

  • Hanne

    Very simple, yet so beautiful! I have to get that lipstick, such a nice red colour!!

  • amarie

    The key earring. I need to know! (like everyone else)

    • Emily

      To all the key earring admirers, from Sid:

      "Sorry for the late reply, I'm on a job trip to Naples...sooo beautiful here! The thing is that I make or remake jewelry. It's my hobby...I bought the little key at an antique market. And I bought a little gold earring, and just hung the little key in it!"

      Time to get crafty, people!!!


  • Samantha

    So glad others are curious about her key earring. Would love to know who makes it!

    • Emily

      I'm working on it, stand by! XE

  • elise

    Has anyone tried these Sophyto products?

  • j. colby smith

    loving her piercings.

  • Kate

    Rushing off to order that lipstick RIGHT NOW!

  • claire

    HOLY SHIZA best name ever. already love gautama, i'm now thinking of naming my future kid siddartha

  • TheBeautyPhilosopher

    I love that lippie. In the tube it looks more a berry red but on her it is more a really dark, rich berry pink.

  • Laura

    Lovely post, she has great style. Nice that she uses natural skincare, but I would love to see someone featured who uses natural make up too, not just Mac etc....

  • dillie

    beautiful post. i love her vibe. what eye make up is she wearing by the way? it looks like a liner and shadow? its really pretty.

  • Alexis

    I love this look. Every time I try to replicate it - I always feel like I'm missing eye liner or my co-workers ask me if I'm not feeling well.

    She does make a great case that I should try this look out at least one more time before throwing in the towel.