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Katie Gallagher, Designer

Katie Gallagher
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“I’ve been doing my makeup like this since high school. Just either lines or dots—it’s kind of different every day. Everybody asks what they mean, but they don’t mean anything. I think it started when I was fourteen and I found my older sister’s white L’Oreal liquid liner, and I just started doing different things on my face. I guess back then I didn’t want to be blond and pretty, I wanted to be something different. I just really didn’t like being blond and seen in that kind of way. Now I use black liner, but I started with white. And I’ve been dying my hair white since high school; I started just doing the tips and my bangs completely white. I’m naturally pretty light blonde so it was just a little change. And then I decided to do my whole head sometime in college. I used to do it myself but now Cesar from Dop Dop does it and he’s really good, he gets it the blue-grey. So I guess I was kind of that girl who took beauty risks. I lived in the middle of nowhere, and I was a cross-country runner and an art kid at the same time, so it was a little bit of a contrast. I did both, I knew everybody! [Laughs]

I have two tattoos, and they’re more recent. I have a Jack-o'-lantern, and I have this candy corn—it was my twenty-first birthday gift from my boyfriend, Nikolay. He has one too. I was going to get a black cat but I couldn’t draw it the way I wanted, so we got candy corn. [Laughs] Halloween is my favorite holiday. My friend was here visiting for my show and she got me this candy corn-flavored hand sanitizer and lip gloss from Bath & Body Works. Then we went out to visit her in LA and she had this Philosophy body wash and lip gloss that smells like candy corn, so I need to get that.

I don’t use a lot of specific products, and I have a lot of cheap junk. I think it works the same way. I don’t really have a favorite eyeliner…right now I am using this MAC liquid one. I like Boi-ing concealer by Benefit and usually just use a black eye pencil to line my eye. I use Maybelline mascara. I like Bobbi Brown powder; the shade's called 01 white. I don’t really wear foundation, I just use concealer around my eyes and then the powder. In college I never used to take off my makeup, but now I know it’s better for my skin to at least take off my mascara, so I use water and baby wipes. Sometimes wipes from Chinese shops, although you never really know what you’re getting. But it usually comes off with water. Cesar tells me to go every six weeks to touch up my hair, but I haven’t been in eight weeks because the show got a little hectic. If I go on time it’s just a root touch up, which is better than doing the whole thing. I really rarely wash it. I have probably washed it twice in six weeks. I never wash my hair. But I use baby powder and Cesar gave me some Kérastase serum that I put on the ends just to stop it getting dry. And I use a dry shampoo called Pssssst!—it’s the cheapest one from the drugstore.”

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