C California Style

Kate Lee, makeup artist. PHOTO: Courtesy of Starworks Artist.
A glowing look backstage at VALENTINO’s Fall/Winter 2016 show.
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY with makeup by KATE LEE. PHOTO: Jeffrey Baum.

Face Value

by C California Style

KATE LEE, Makeup Artist.

“There is nothing more beautiful than a person who doesn’t doubt their beauty, whatever their aesthetic,” says Kate Lee, a top makeup artist behind countless glossy editorials who also holds the prestigious title of Chanel celebrity makeup artist. Here, the British-born Angeleno reveals what’s on her palette this season.

Tip for transitioning one’s look for fall? Less pink and more toffee, muted naturals. Bitten lips and natural lashes and brows. Less blocking and defining. I’m thinking a little more soft focus for fall. Favorite trend from the Fall/Winter 2016 runways? I loved so many of the shows, particularly Chanel, Gucci and Valentino. I really enjoyed the simple aesthetic of embracing each girl as an individual. Beauty muses? Keira Knightley, Rooney Mara and Anne Hathaway. They are my regular clients and I consider myself very fortunate to be trusted with these extraordinary faces. Fresh face? I recently started working with Katherine Waterston; she has a fantastic Joan of Arc-style cropped haircut and I am loving her unique look. What mask are you loving the most right now? EmerginC Scientific Organics Phytocell Detox Mask, containing French green clay, kombucha and grape stem cells—there is a visible difference in the texture of your skin in just 15 minutes. Best facial in California? I am a longtime client of Biba West Hollywood. Biba is very passionate about skin and does a custom massage that literally makes you look and feel more youthful. Favorite all-natural product? I love Egyptian Magic. It is very soothing for dry lips, or anywhere you need a little TLC. Trick you just discovered? Using a dampened BeautyBlender sponge instead of a powder puff. It diffuses the light and disguises pores beautifully. I really like the Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector for this; it works like a dream. Brow philosophy? They should be treated as sisters and not twins! Anastasia’s Tinted Brow Gel defines each and every brow, making them fuller and more pronounced. Top product for hydration? Chanel Hydra Beauty Sérum: It is great as a primer before foundation.