Katie Day, Artist


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"Hey! I'm Katie Day (@ktday). I live in Hoboken, New Jersey—I recently just moved here from Savannah—and I'm a multimedia artist working mainly with performance and time-based media projects. I also work for an art handling company called US Art, where I package, deliver, and install art for places like Sotheby's or Christie's. Just last week we were preparing a Stella to be shipped off to a collector's home. Very cool.

I'm really inspired by the work that I do. But for beauty references, Pinterest is probably one of the first places I go. I love putting boards together and having them on hand as reference. There's nothing like a good old-fashioned, giant, cut-and-pasted moodboard hanging on the wall though. I love watching a concept come to life that way—and I especially find myself always looking towards quintessential French girls like Jeanne Damas or Carla Bruni for inspiration. Youtube is another good place to get inspired—I've been loving Tamira Jarrel lately. I feel my best with that bedheaded, bare-faced look with an je m'en fous attitude.

I get most excited about body products, actually. After high school I lived with a family in Bordeaux for the summer as an au pair, and I became obsessed with Le Petit Marseillais shower products. My favorite scents are Vanille, Lait, Feuille de Menthe if you want to smell like a mojito, and Jasmin if you want to smell like a princess garden. Dop's Douceurs d'Enfance collection is also OK hand emoji. Madeleine, Caramel à l'Ancienne, and Quatre-Quatre au Citron are incredible. My other favorite body wash is Saforelle Soin Lavant Doux because it's gentle and pH-balanced, which is important. And, of course, one of the best scents in the universe is Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse. It's rich and nutty and makes you smell like a summer goddess, and you can use it in your hair, too. Another thing I picked up from the French is shampooing aux œufs. Because washing your hair with eggs just sounds cool—and it does not smell weird. I have a shampoo from Monoprix P'Tit Prix in my shower right now.

For my skin, I try to be very careful about the products I use. My face is sensitive as heck and has the tendency to freak out. I'll wash my face with organic raw honey and Aura Cacia Tea Tree Oil, followed by Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner to shrink swelling and soothe redness. I really like oils and serums and essences, too. My most recent purchase was Sanoflore's Essence Magnifica from Citypharma. It smells warm and clovey and feels extremely light. It's perfecting and purifying and contains nothing harsh or stripping.

I'm not a huge makeup-wearer, but I always do brows if nothing else. I really like Glossier Boy Brow's light, pomade-y texture. If I'm going out I like to sometimes do a red lip, and there is none other than Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Besos. My friend Lex let me use hers while we were in Paris two years ago and I haven't turned back since. It is The Most Perfect Red, and the formula and wear is out of this world. It dries matte and stays vibrant through shots of tequila, kissing, you name it. If I wear mascara, it's L'Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black and never waterproof. I feel like I've forever been on the hunt for the most perfect BB or CC type deal and I haven't found it yet. The closest I've come to perfect is RMS Un Cover-Up and Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation. In my dream world, these two products would have a baby and make something super sheer, natural, and organic. I want my skin to look naked, but flawless."

—as told to ITG