I wish everybody could meet makeup artist Jenn Streicher. She's just lovely—maybe one of the loveliest. When we met nearly a year ago in LA, there was very little ceremony. A handshake, a hello—and then straight into the gossip. A wonderful friendship trajectory that I would wish on any of you. Instant kinship.
Jenn is, obviously, a part of the Streicher dynasty—she and her two sisters (Ashley and Kristie) own STRIIIKE, the Beverly Hills salon that services everyone from Mandy Moore to Emily Blunt for everything from facials to eyebrow microblading. Truly a one stop shop. Great matcha lattes, too. (They recommend Vital Proteins.) On a recent trip, Jenn blessed my face with her makeup application (evidence) and while she worked, I pried. Her work is accessible—gorgeous and professional of course, but also something that maybe if you really paid really close attention, you could do it at home. Like, maaaaybe I could look as good as Greta Gerwig at the Oscars if I set my mind to it. But first you'd need the right tools. Jenn's are very simple. The next five products couldn't cover you for a red carpet premiere, but they don't need to. All they need to do is work if you're a regular person who enjoys doing their own makeup. Exactly who you are, conveniently enough! Get started with...
A Primer That Works
"I always use a primer," Jenn says. But which primer?!??!! "I love the Glossier Priming Moisturizer—I use that a lot." I'm all for an unsolicited Glossier recommendation, but what about the heavy guns? "The Tatcha Silk Canvas Filter Finish Protective Primer is really amazing. They took the formula from what those Kabuki ladies put on first, so it almost builds like a barrier between your skin and what you put on top of it. It makes it have a really smooth surface. And I really love the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. You put it on and it moisturizes and almost plumps a little bit. I would use that on somebody who's drier because it is very moisturizing."
"The Caudalie Beauty Elixir—I don't even talk about it because I use it so much. It's a must-have for me," she almost forgets to mention. Everyone loves it, but I've never managed to figure out what sets it apart from any other spray. "I do love that it has a tiny bit of oil in it—and I love how it smells," she goes on. "I do use it to prep sometimes, but I use it on my Beautyblender, every single time. I feel like that tiny bit of essential oil gives you this flawless finish. You can make any foundation look good with a Beautyblender and this."
But it does help if you have a really luxe foundation to go with your blender and your spray. "I am in love with that Clé de Peau foundation," she says of the new "THE FOUNDATION" from Clé de Peau. (For what it's worth, she's the millionth makeup artist who's told me she is reluctantly in love with this product.) "It has everything not going for it, because it comes in that jar so I have to decant it. It's $250. But you put it on and it melts into your skin. It makes your skin look luminous. I think it's really great for an older skin. My skin loves it. It's hydrating and it gives you some coverage, but it doesn't make you look like you're wearing a lot of coverage. It's kind of like a step above Luminous Silk."
Wherever you want it. Jenn's a lip girl, but subtle sparkle near the eyes gives the look that red carpet quality. "Lidstar is going to be a game changer for sure," she says, prepping my eyes with a little bit of Moon as a base. "Do you remember those old Chanel liquid eyeshadows? They discontinued them years ago. It gives you that wash of color, and it's more about the finish than the actual texture. It almost looks like it's a little bit wet but it's not. It's not glittery. It just gives you shine. That's why I love these Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks. That rose gold color does the same thing."
And A Fat Lash
She likes a one-coater. Two brands of note: "Marc Jacobs Mascara. It makes your lashes look really big. Same with the Lancôme Monsieur Big." No need to make it more complicated than that.
Photos via Jenn Streicher on Instagram.