'I started my line after I had my son. That pregnancy was really tough—I underwent chemotherapy years before for a tumor, so the doctor didn't want me to carry the baby. We tried a surrogate, but that didn't work. Finally, I got pregnant naturally three years after we started trying. When my son was born, I was working as a stylist and wanted something to represent him...but 'mom jewelry' didn't really inspire me. All I wanted was a simple dog tag with his name on it hanging on a long chain. Very simple—so I made one. It was an instant conversation piece. People started asking me 'Will you make me one?' and 'Can you do this?' And at one point, my husband was like 'OK, this is a full business. You need to quit styling and do this.' It’s been nine years since I started designing jewelry—our 10-year anniversary is in September.
I design stuff that I want to wear and hope that other people want to wear, too. You never know. It’s so funny to see the things that hit and the things that don’t. I’m very stubborn—I’m a Taurus. I love making things that are large scale, like massive costume jewelry. But you have to do stuff that’s going to work for editorial, celebrity, and the real person who's going to be wearing the jewelry. So, in a way, I have to do three different lines. It’s fun though! Also a little crazy.
I run my Instagram, Twitter, and all that stuff. It’s stressful—like this morning, at 7:04am, my husband was like, 'Honey, do you want coffee?' I asked what time it was, and he said 7:04am. I was like, 'You know I have to be up at 7am to post!' There are specific times that work for our brand. I’m finding that it’s actually really helping business with my fans seeing a personal side to me and not just being all brand-based and jewelry-based. I’m a mom, I’ve got two kids, I’m a real person.
I’m obsessed with beauty products. It’s a problem. We're a very beauty-friendly office, and I'll just walk around with an SK-II mask on my face. The girls are used to it by now. People send over a lot of stuff for us to try, which is nice.
When I was a kid, I had really bad skin. I went on Accutane twice. I’m lucky I didn’t get scarred, but my mom always made sure that I took care of my skin. I’m now starting to teach my kids to wash their faces. My son plays a lot of sports, and he’s starting to get a few marks—like a blackhead here and there—so I’m teaching him the values of cleansing your face and moisturizing afterward. I actually carry around the Glossier Soothing Face Mist for when my kids get dry spots. They hate lotion, so it's easier to just spray them when we're out.
As a kid, my mom would take me to this amazing woman in Santa Barbara for facials once a week. Now I go to Joanna Vargas, and I swear by her. Joanna teaches me how to care for my skin, and she has amazing products. When I wake up in the morning, I use her Vitamin C Face Wash, but I also use Tatcha's Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder. I think skin gets lazy, so I like to switch between a few cleansers. I used to have a Clarisonic, but I've since switched to the Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System, and I like it a lot better. I never remember to exfoliate, so sometimes I use Nude Skincare's Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash. It looks very space-age, and the product itself has these little grains in it so you feel them, but it also makes you feel very bright after you use it.
After that, I’ll use a toner and a mixture of Caudalíe's Premier Cru The Elixir and the Chantecaille Rose de Mai Face Oil. If I need something heavier, I’ll use Tatcha's Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream. I always use a really good eye cream—that’s another thing that I think is important. My mom taught me about moisturizing your body and eyes. I wish I would have done more of my neck. Now, I'm starting on my neck and boobs with Caudalíe Premier Cru The Cream. I met the woman who owns the company at a party, and they actually gave out this product, but it’s amazing.
This Urgo Filmogel Pimples stick is really good. I got it in a pharmacy in France. I’m getting a zit on my chin right now, so I'll just spot treat it with this. It's great.
And I’m not going to lie, I have cosmetic dermatology—I get 'done.' I go to Pat Wexler for Botox. I started young, and I think that’s really helpful, but I’m not trying to push people to do it. Someone suggested it, and it really helped with the wrinkles. I really believe that. We’ll see what happens in the next few years.
You know what I think always makes you look really good? A steam shower. I have one, and it just works. Then I like to use Mio products for my body that I found during my pregnancy. I still use the Mio Shrink To Fit Cellulite Smoother. For the various scars I have on my body, I have this Vitamin E Ointment from Webber—I got it in Canada, and it’s really nice stuff to put on your lips, too.
Twice a week, I have a nurse come to me, and I get a vitamin B-12 complex through an IV. It hydrates you if you’ve been drinking a lot. Along with that, I do a lot of green juices, especially from Liquiteria. Over the last year, I stopped eating dairy and gluten, and it's made my skin so much better. I really feel that whole inside-out beauty philosophy. I don't even work out anymore—I just eat better, and that's easier for me. I do love lemon water, too. My dad sends me fresh produce from California. He has lemon and avocado trees, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce...and he ships it all here. We got a hundred lemons here a couple of weeks ago.
I try not to wear a lot of makeup on my face because I think it can make you look older. Every day I use the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15, and that's the only base I use. Olivia Chantecaille is a genius when it comes to stuff like that. Sometimes I'll play with Clarins' Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum. It sucks in all your puffiness. I’ve never used anything like that in my life. I'll mix it with Glossier's Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium if I'm looking for lighter coverage.
I’m obsessed with Chanel. We call it 'the shiz.' They have a bronzer that my makeup artist, Imane Fiocchi, uses. She saved me by introducing me to a lot of this stuff. They have this great blush that I use— Chanel's Joues Contraste in 68 Rose Ecrin. She introduced me to Charlotte Tilbury, too, whose products I’m obsessed with. Her Filmstar Bronze & Glow is so good! Imane also introduced me to SK-II Facial Treatment Masks. I use the SK-II Signs Eye Masks every morning now.
I don’t wear any lip color. Ever. I’m weird. One of my good friends, Athena, wears a red lip every day, and it looks amazing on her—but her skin tone is also perfectly pale, and she has black hair. I just look like an old lady when I do it. I’ve tried Nars Lipstick in Red Lizard…I think less is more for me. Maybe it’s the California in me. If I'm going for nude, Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in Modern is good—it's a good way to take the red out of my lips. The Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Total Lip Treatment is good to use before it, though. It plumps the lips.
Imane taught me how to contour myself, so I'll do that. I just use a Sephora brush that makes a really nice line with my bronzer. Marc Jacobs' The Conceal Full Cover Correcting Brush is my favorite brush, though. I use it with the Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Ocher and Almond over dark circles and for any other concealing needs.
I do eyelash extensions as well. I get them done at JJ Eyelashes, and I love them. You get a manicure, pedicure, and foot massage while you get your eyelashes done—it’s great. I don’t really wear liner. Imane tries to push me to wear liner sometimes. I went to the Grammys last year, and I got my makeup done by someone else—she did a great job, but I just look at the pictures of me, and I think I like it more natural. On my brows, I wear the Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil or Maybelline's ExpertWear Twin Brow & Eye Pencils—the cheap ones that get you two pencils for $5. My mom uses that, and she taught me. I still think it’s a good one. I get my brows done at Robert Sweet William Halke at Barneys New York. He changes your face. He’s down in the basement, and he's a fixture there. He’s always wearing a three-piece suit and is always very serious, but he is amazing.
—as told to ITG
Jennifer Fisher photographed by Tom Newton on February 12, 2015.