Chiara Mottironi, Illustrator And Social Media Manager


"My name is Chiara Mottironi [@yayasleeps] and I'm 22 years old. I'm originally from Rome, but I currently live in Norwich, in the UK, where I just finished my degree in illustration. Now, I work for a womenswear store where I am the social media manager and a sales assistant. In my downtime, I'm collaborating with other artists, creating one-off pieces—I was just working with Eden Hagos on artwork for her Blooming mixtape. I'm also signed to the London-based modeling agency, Anti-Agency—they're big on supporting our careers in any way they can and not just modeling, which is great for me.

I remember first discovering the power of mascara with a tube of Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, which I loved—although looking back, it may have been due to its bubblegum pink packaging and lime green lid. But I was 14! I thought it was amazing how all of a sudden everyone was like, "Woah, you look different" but all I'd done was apply some black goop to my lashes.

I'm still all about my lashes. Now I use the Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara, which gives the most fluttery, fluffy lashes ever with super length but I also love the Benefit Badgal Lash Mascara and Max Factor False Lash Effect, too. And I don't know what I'd do without my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. It's the Beyoncé of the lash curling game. My curler is starting to look very weathered though and I know I need a new one soon.

Besides that, I don't do much in the way of makeup, unless I'm going to a special event. For every day, I'll wear some mascara and the Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose, which gives a pretty tint to my lips. I'm big on brows since they frame the face—so I get mine threaded once a month and just keep them neat with a spoolie and fill in sparse areas with the Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown. For nights out, I'll use the Charlotte Tilbury Air-Brush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder in Medium 2 down the center of my face. This stuff is the best I have ever used. Hands down. It still leaves the skin with a gorgeous glow, doesn't cake up, and stays put for hours. Then I'll do a cat eye using the Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black, paired with glossy lips.

I've been into skincare since I was a teenager, though. A big part of that is drinking tons of water, obviously. During the day, I carry around a two-liter bottle of water with me so that the only way my bag will stop hurting is if I drink the whole thing. Upping my water intake has made my skin look so much healthier and my breakouts don't last as long either.

My skin is combination and tends to get oily in the t-zone area by the end of the day, but I can still get slightly dry cheeks during the colder months so I have a variety of products which will get added into the mix to give extra love to certain areas. In the morning, I'll either use the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk or, if my skin has some blemishes, I'll go in with their Clarifying Clay Cleanser which helps to keep everything calm and soothed. After, I'll use the Pixi Glow Tonic to help cell turnover by removing dead skin cells. Then I spray everything with the Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Face Mist, which smells like oranges and is super refreshing. I follow all this up with a light moisturizer to help seal all the goodness in.

My evening routine is pretty much the same, although I'll use a cleansing balm or oil of some sort such as the RMS Raw Coconut Cream to dissolve any makeup and remove using a warm face flannel. I love using facial oils in the evening and recently I've been switching between the Clarins Lotus Facial Oil when my skin is being temperamental and the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil, which has been a Godsend in helping to shift any scars or pigmentation that comes from having olive skin. My ride-or-die rules are no mineral oil, parabens, or silicones. I've noticed my skin looks and feels a whole lot better without those ingredients so I'm always checking labels before even looking at the product benefits.

I always refer back to my mother when I'm thinking about skincare and makeup. She just always looked like an absolute knockout, whether she had smoky eyeliner on or was out there chilling with a bare face. There's something powerful about a woman who is confident and comfortable with both and I like that. I think makeup is something that should be fun and experimental but there's also something so freeing about letting your skin breathe and just not giving a damn."

—as told to ITG

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  • Haiku Jew

    I'm "big on brows" too
    letting "skin breathe" is vital
    it's brave to bare face.

  • Ria B

    Those last couple sentences; what a great outlook!

  • Cat

    Grazie molto Belissima! This was a wonderful read on a dreary Friday morning at work. An exfoliating toner, such as the Pixi one you mentioned, has been my staple for the NYC pollution, heat and stress this summer. Highly recommend Mandelic Toner by MUAC....

  • JY

    Are they press-on or acrylics? Because I've been looking for press-on nails like that.

    • yayasleeps

      Ah no, they are just gel extensions :)

  • Nina R.

    Different brands of eyelash curlers have different amounts of curve to the metal part that actually curls your lashes. The amount or degree of this curve determines how well a particular curler will fit your eye shape (lash line curve) and thus accommodate all of your lashes. I think the Shu Uemura is considered to have a high amount of curve, so it is good for smaller and maybe "rounder' eyes. Other popular designer curlers are Shiseido, Kevyn Aucoin and Suratt. I don't know that curler shape has to do with curl longevity, but I used a drugstore curler once, many years ago and it pinched and took out some lashes, so only the good ones for me now!

    • Sharareh

      Thanks for all the replies :) Now I understand it better. So it basically comes down to curve and padding. So far I have only used a cheaper one although it is from a German tradition brand and the pinching and lash pulling happens quite often.

  • kia

    damn girl your brows. Can I have them?

  • Guest

    Gorgeous nail shape! Are they acrylic/gel?

    • yayasleeps

      They're gel extensions :)

  • Lily

    It depends on your eye shape, really. No matter how famous a curler is, if its degree of curve does not work with the curve of your eyelid, it's useless.

    The Shu Uemura curlers are popular because they are well-constructed (I was able to score one for under about $9 last month so it wasn't that pricey) and don't pinch the eyelid like I've experienced with some cheap curlers. And my lashes don't get bent at a 90 degree angle when I use mine, as can happen with curlers with the wrong kind of pad. But if it doesn't work for you, it just doesn't.

    • Sharareh

      Oh yes, the 90 degree bending I know what you mean and even worse when the lashes don't get bended up- or outwards but instead in the direction of your nose. Always looks creepy.

  • Kimberly

    Ditto to what Nina said! Love the Shu largely because of the shape. Not sure how that (or overall, the physical tool itself) plays into how long a curl lasts, but I find that the results are always beautiful (some just bend your lashes straight up, this requires little to no effort!) and last for most of the day even without mascara.

  • AnalisaM

    What are those under-eye pad things? I didn't see them referenced in the article.

    • BuffyAnneSummers97

      I'm pretty sure they're the DHC Revitalizing Moisture Strips. I know you can get them in London at a place called BeautyMART, they're on their website too

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    The Shu doesn't work for me. My eyes are too big for it.

    • Belinda

      Loads of people with big eyes love it. It just doesn't work for you, that's all.

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    She's making me want that Charlotte Tilbury powder! I wholly agree on the Ole Henriksen Truth line and pretty much everything Ren makes is great!

  • Eliza

    Ahh every time I see a TopShelfie I get happy/sad--happy for the new post but sad because mine was not picked haha. I do not have an exciting job though and I think they (rightfully!) want to spotlight people who add some non-beauty interest.

    I LOVE this one because we have similar "no's" for skincare (parabens/mineral oil), and some of these products sound great. I think other Top Shelves/#Shelfies have mentioned the Pixi Glow Tonic so I might have to try that!

    And what is the green Diptyque box!? Intrigued if it's not a candle haha--I've been looking into their little capsule skincare line.

    Also love her ink/nails! All-around great style.

    • ihavenobones

      The Diptyque is a candle -- specifically the holiday pine candle from 2013. ;)

      Their skincare line, though, is spectacular. Really, really spectacular.

      • Eliza

        Oooh thank you! And do tell!!! I've heard great things about the cleansing balm, but I also wanted to try the "Protective Moisturizing Lotion"--did you try that?

        I want them for vanity decoration alone but obviously only will buy them if they work haha.

  • s

    Oh well, that's more mineral oil, parabens and silicones for me!

  • Mary

    Love her! She's seems so cool... And once again, her outlook is pretty great.

  • Shirin

    I NEED her skin care haul. It's amazing!!

  • Cat Woods

    Sooo want to try the red tea mask! The instagram link didn't work though?

  • Georgie

    I never really drank that much water because it's a bit of a drag, but now there's an endless supply of fizzy water in my office and I drink about 3 litres/100 oz a day and my skin is sooo much better and my face is less puffy. You don't believe it until you try it haha. Love this whole interview.

  • Emma and Emily

    I am a big fan of the pixi glow tonic too. It is such a good toner to help your face glow more.
    I totally agree that you need to be confident with or without make up on. I have not been wearing too much make up this summer and I actually prefer my face without make up now!

  • Anonymous

    Both the Charlotte Tilbury product mentioned and the Nars radiant creamy concealer contain silicones.

  • BuffyAnneSummers97

    Don't sweat it! Different strokes for different folks. My face breaks out unless I slather it in chemicals so strong they bleach towels, and acids that mean I have to studiously avoid strong sunlight- with no regrets.

  • WhaleTeeth

    Your eyebrow/liner/lipstick/hair colour/everything combo is of my dreams, give me it.

    • Luna

      Oh I will be printing this comment out so I can look at it on my bad days. Thank you!

  • Dailypolish

    I love her skincare mottos, I am the same - no parabens, silicones or mineral oil. Also no SLS! Sometimes can make finding haircare products a PITA but worth it (SLS and silicones kill my natural curl). I've got tons of boxes full of sample sizes like this...I try to give them away to my friends because I never end up going through them all!


Kevyn Aucoin Beauty
Kevyn Aucoin 'The Essential' Mascara
Benefit Cosmetics
Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara
Max Factor
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
Shu Uemura
Shu Uemura New Generation Eyelash S Curler
Korres Lip Butter
Rimmel London
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil
Charlotte Tilbury
Charlotte Tilbury Air-Brush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro Powder in Medium
Charlotte Tilbury
Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'n' Kohl iconic liquid eye pencil in Bedroom black
REN 'Evercalm' Gentle Cleansing Milk
REN 'Clearcalm 3' Clarifying Clay Cleanser
Pixi Glow Tonic
Ole Henriksen
Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Face Mist
RMS Raw Coconut Cream
Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil
Ole Henriksen
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil