Stephanie G-M is an L.A.-based green beauty makeup artist with a background in fine arts, which really shines through in her work. She's also the founder of the all-purpose, organic beauty balm Ouli's Ointment. Today, Stephanie talks about her path to becoming a makeup artist, her beauty routine and the inspiration behind Ouli's Ointment. Ahead, Stephanie shares the best beauty tip she's learned over the years, the hydrating serum she swears by and the green beauty brands she absolutely loves.
When did you become interested in beauty?
That's an interesting question for me. I started my adult life with a background in fine art, which is where I discovered beauty in another sense of the word, and I've applied it to my makeup career. But beauty products were never really the reason why I fell into makeup!
How did you end up becoming a makeup artist?
A friend at the time offered me a job as a production assistant on campaigns for the BBC in London, and as I was working on my art in a collective, it was the perfect opportunity to make some money! One of the campaigns, called BBC Blast, would set up workshops to teach children what creative careers were out there and one was makeup, so I was having a play and discovered my love for makeup. Although it was a special effects workshop (I don't do special effects), I realized that it was possible to apply my creativity to faces and have the opportunity to travel, work with new people, and do all the other things I love in life.
Who do you look to for beauty inspiration?
I don't particularly look at other makeup artists as inspiration for my work, I draw my inspiration from art mostly, textures, and nature most definitely, too. I find it hard not to be confined artistically when looking at other makeup work. After all, the face already has a nose, two eyes and a mouth you have to work around and make beautiful and aesthetically pleasing!
How would you describe your approach to beauty?
It's all about simplicity, skin and layers. I consider myself a lazy makeup artist, so I like things to last and not need touching up constantly. So, I like to create a flawless base that holds — and that involves meeting the needs of the skin before applying makeup.
What's the best beauty tip you've learned over the years?
Always apply your oil or moisturizer to wet skin! This helps trap in excess moisture.
You lived abroad in London for ten years! How was your beauty routine influenced by your time in London?
I actually grew up in Europe and lived in the U.K. for 16 years, so that is all I know! I started to transition my kit and life to non-toxic when I became pregnant, and I have learned most of my great beauty tips and discovered new products here! London has influenced everything about my art, but now I am inspired by the clean brands that exist and are starting to challenge conventional beauty brands. A few of the brands I love here I actually started using a long time ago in my kit, including RMS Beauty, Pai Skincare, Evolve Organic Beauty, S5 Skincare and Lily Lolo. London is an ever evolving city, and when I look back, I notice my styles were, too.
What's your morning skin care regimen?
Well... I have a little minion and he takes up a lot of attention and time, which cuts into my regimens. So, my quick morning regimen involves having a look at my skin (the most important part) and seeing what it needs that day, before splashing it clean with water. If it looks like it needs a cleaning, I will use May Lindstrom's Clean Dirt, and if it needs hydration I will apply The Petal Mask by Mahalo. I then go about making breakfast and follow with Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator and Ouli's Ointment all over. Ouli's is my go to over everything really.
What's your everyday makeup routine?
Suntegrity tinted moisturizer! A pop of Tata Harper Cheek Tint on my cheeks — the color depends on my mood!
What's the last product you used 'til there was nothing left?
Josh Rosebrook Active Infusion Serum, I love itttt!!!!! His products smell divine and are extremely effective.
You recently launched your own organic ointment, Ouli's Ointment. What inspired you to create your own product?
Lots of things really. Before my grandmother passed away, I wanted to create something that kept my families ties to the island in Greece we are from, Zakynthos. We've always had our own olive groves with our own olive oil and we all know how fantastic olive oil is for us, so with all that in mind (and my beauty background), I created a simple, go-to-for-everything product that has clean ingredients that I wanted and needed in my handbag, diaper bag, car and my kit. So, Ouli's was born.
It's a non-greasy, clean-smelling product (most olive oil products do not smell good!) that works for even the most sensitive skin types. I've been using it on my son since he was born — both he and the balm were born in November 2015. What better way to honor family! We aren't currently using our family olive oil, but rather an organic oil from Zakynthos and are working on turning our groves organic in hopes of using it in Ouli's Ointment soon!
What's one thing you do every day that makes you feel great inside and out?
Breathe, laugh, and kiss my son and husband.
What's your evening skin care routine?
Generally, all I want is bed at night! But, I do wash my face with Maya Chia The Great Cleanse Super Critical Cleansing Oil, followed by Josh Rosebrook Active Infusion Serum and Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème. If my skin is needing a boost, I'll mix in the appropriate Odacite serum either BI + C Black Cumin-Cajeput, or Mo + P Moringa-Pettigrain. I'll put Ouli's on my lips and Odacite Intensive Hand and Heel Therapy on in bed!
Be sure to follow Stephanie on Instagram (and check out Ouli's Ointment while you're at it!). Check back next week for the latest installment of 52 Faces, a weekly series that spotlights an inspiring woman's beauty routine. Last week, L.A.-based hand model Jenna Chong talked about her surprisingly low-maintenance hand care routine her favorite go-to shades of nail polish.
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Megan Beauchamp is a lifestyle editor at eHow. Her writing has appeared on Bustle, The Kind, Brit+Co., and BUST, among others.