Julia Stone, Makeup Artist

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'My name is Julia Stone [@juliamks], I’m from Toronto, Canada, and I’m 25 years old. I have a few careers on the go right now—I work in marketing and as a makeup artist, I model sometimes, and I also write beauty tips for models on The Business Model. My girlfriend works in fashion as well and we’re planning to launch a company together in the near future.

For my kit I use a lot of utilitarian products in as many shades and finishes as I can squeeze into my Züca, but for my personal collection I’m a total sucker for packaging. There are a few crossover products but I tend to keep the high-end designer stuff for myself unless I’m working on someone I know would really appreciate it.

My skincare routine has changed a bit over the last few months thanks to some chronic forehead congestion, which I’m blaming on either late-onset puberty or early-onset menopause. I start off with Binchotan Facial Soap, which has activated charcoal on it. The charcoal sweeps in and attaches to any carbon-based debris, which is so science. I spray on some Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner with arnica that reduces any inflammation or irritation. With a damp face I take the time to massage in some La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra. I like my skin to look super moist and even a bit pink, as if I’ve been hanging in a sauna or going on that brisk morning run I’ve never been on.

At night I’ll double cleanse with Dermalogica PreCleanse followed by Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream, which you activate with a special cupping motion that I think is pretty damn innovative. After cleansing I use the gentlest physical exfoliator I can find, which at the moment is the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant with colloidal oatmeal. It’s like breakfast for dinner for your face. I then spray on some Avène Thermal Water and a thin layer of either Avène Cicalfate or a few drops of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. If I have any spots I’ll use Malin+Goetz Acne Treatment Nighttime and go to bed smelling like a sexy hard-boiled egg. Fresh lemon juice or tea tree oil work well on my blemishes but I know that’s a big no-no for a lot of people.

I’ve got three stand-by masks that I’ll do a few times a week or even consecutively just to be ostentatious. I think it makes sense to exfoliate, purify and then nourish so I start with the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, then go in with a Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, and end with the Dermalogica Multivitiamin Power Recovery Masque. What the difference between a mask and a masque is, I’m not sure.

I don’t actually wear makeup most days because the idea of needing it to feel presentable never worked for me. I’d much rather spend time luxuriating in getting ready with a glass of wine, some music, and two hours to kill. If I have a casting or something low-key to go to I love using tinted moisturizers. I’m really into modern formulas like Chanel Vitalumier Aqua. I like to amp up whatever glow I have going on with highlighters like RMS Living Luminizer or the Hourlglass Ambient Lighting Palette. Highlighting pens are also awesome and it wouldn’t be out of character for me to use all three Paul & Joe Illuminating Touch Pens at once.

I love working with creams and gels, so my everyday eyeshadows are two MAC Paint Pots—in Painterly and Groundwork—and for blush I start with Make Up For Ever HD, which I top off with a blush from the Nars Guy Bourdin One Night Stand P alette. My brows are on the sparse side so I’ll fill them in with Laura Mercier Fair Blonde Eyebrow Pencil. My holy-grail bronzer is Guerlaine Terracotta 4 Seasons, which has a hefty price but has lasted three years and I will definitely be buying it again. I’ve been around the block with mascaras and I always come back to any Maybelline tube with a fat brush.

If I’m glamming up a bit, I love doing a soft smoky eye with either my Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp Palette or YSL Pure Chromatic Eyeshadow Palette in No. 09. I used to think predesigned eye shadow palettes had a special place in hell beside those sponge tip applicators but, thanks to those two, I’m a convert. I rarely do much top liner because it closes up my eye shape, but I use this invisible liner trick where you push product into the base of your lashes from the underside, which really thickens up the lash line but doesn’t take up any precious lid space.

You’ll never catch me without at least eight lipsticks in my purse, even if I haven’t worn any for a week. I’m into dusty pink nudes like Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro—a total wonder product—in 500 or Tom Ford’s Indian Rose with MAC Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare as a base. With reds I love super matte and pigmented products like the Armani, but in 400, and of course Ruby Woo.

I wash my hair two or three nights a week and sleep on it while it’s still a bit damp in the hopes that one day I’ll wake up with the perfect model off-duty hair bend. So far I’ve just had to fake it with a 1-inch Hot Tools iron, but I’m optimistic. I use a lot of Oribe and Kevin Murphy styling products at the moment, but any kind of dry shampoo/beach spray/texurizing/volumizing product works for me. Batiste Dry Styling XXL Powder is hard to come by in Canada so I stockpile it whenever I find it at Winners.

My girlfriend and I share the same nose when it comes to fragrances. We’re really into cedary, sandalwoody, unisex scents. Diptyque’s Tam Dao is our ultimate and I also love the Comme Des Garcons X Monocle fragrance collaboration. All three scents are gorgeous but Laurel is my favorite. For nighttime, if I want something slightly more intense, I’ll use Chanel Sycamore, which is a bit spicier and sultry.

In the midst of all this, I’m always working on balance. I try to start each morning off with lemon water, a shot of chlorophyll and some HMF Probiotic Powder and then I don’t feel guilty if I want a grilled cheese for dinner.”

—as told to ITG

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