Jaqueline Diedam, Illustrator

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'My name is Jaqueline Diedam, but I like to go by Jackie [@jackieillustrated]. I'm Brazilian, but have been living in Cologne, Germany, for the last four years. I keep pretty busy, but whenever I get back home, I go directly to my desk and start painting. Watercolors calm me down, which I guess is a good thing because I'm a freelance illustrator.

I remember going through an identity crisis when I was about 13. I tried to copy Avril Lavigne and Christina Aguilera, which turned out to be my worst idea ever. I had no clue about makeup, and I sincerely believed Avril had nothing but the black kohl around her eyes and that Christina only had lip gloss on. That was a total disaster, but I must say, I think I got better from then on. Today, I try my best to go for a J.Crew look—something fresh, dewy, and soft with bold lips. For that, I have to treat my skin well, so I always wash my face before sleeping with Nivea Aqua Effect Soothing Cleaning Mousse and take the rest of my makeup off with Maybelline Clean Express Makeup Remover Facial Towelettes. Once a week, usually on Sundays, I'll gently scrub my face with Dark Angels Cleanser from Lush and moisturize with Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Cream. Then, I put some Sanoflore Essence Merveilleuse, so I wake up on Mondays feeling like the world is on my side.

If my skin is particularly sensitive, I use the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Riche Soothing Protective Facial Cream or their Cicaplast. For sunscreen, I’ve been using the same for seven years, and it's Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen. After that, I go directly for a liquid foundation like Urban Decay's Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in 3 or Maybelline Fit Me Foundation , but when I need more coverage I go for MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW20 mixed in with some L’Oréal Lumi Magique to have more glow. For some long lasting eyeshadow, I dab MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Rubenesque or Channel Illusion d’Ombre in Émerveillé during the day. At night if I'm going out, I pair Diorshow Black Out Mascara and Diorshow New Look Mascara for more drama. I cover up my dark eye circles and any small spots with Benefit Erase Paste Concealer. For a subtle contour, I go for my dearest NYX Cosmetics Mosaic Powder Blush in Truth, which I apply with a MAC 168 Brush.

I still remember the first day I managed to do this whole contouring and highlighting technique. I was so impressed and thought, 'This is magic!' Now I own a collection of highlighters, but only two are always back on my stock— Girl Meets Pearl from Benefit and, of course, the RMS Living Luminizer. I recently got the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond that also works wonders. I apply highlighter on the top of my cheekbones, brow bone, and Cupid's bow. If I’m looking for a super-fresh look, I dab a tiny bit on the center of my eyelids. The bold lip color is slowly becoming my go-to. I love to wear orangey-red shades like Topshop Lips in Rio Rio, MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in What a Blast, and Maybelline Superstay Bold Matte Lip in Fire Coral. If I’m on the go and need something fast, I go for the Clinique Chubby Sticks in Mega Melon or Heftiest Hibiscus.

I used to have super thin and lifeless hair when I was living in Brazil, and I would use a ton of products only to have some curls, for like 15 minutes. When I moved here to Germany, a Swedish friend was lecturing me about how I was killing my hair. I used to wash it every day with shampoo, conditioner, and then use my hair drier. Now, I only wash it three times a week, changing the shampoos every time, but I always use the same conditioner— Aussie's 3-Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner. In-between washes, I use Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume, and now I finally have texture and volume. For body care, I love to use Johnson’s Baby Oil during a shower or a products from Granado—they make the best body scrub I've ever found.

I Pinterest a lot and I always find myself to pin the same things on my beauty board—bold lips, dewy skin, Emma Watson, and Linda Rodin. I can truly say that I want to look like her when I’m her age. Two things have changed since I started wearing makeup. Today, I barely touch my eyebrows—I let them grow and only pluck the hairs far from the brow. And for all my talk on the bold lip, I remember hating red lips before, but today I feel it looks chic. My mom used to tell me that red lips were only for grown women, and maybe she was right.”

—as told to ITG

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