"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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