Southern California based artist Wesley Bird has gained a cult following for her cool illustrations, which have appeared on pillows, T-shirts, and other textiles everywhere from Urban Outfitters to Mate the Label to Daydreamer LA. She's also the insanely creative art director for Society6, an e-commerce site that gives artists a platform to sell their work. Today, she reveals the lip balm she can't get enough of and the simple trick she swears by for getting out of a creative rut.
What's your daily skin care regimen?
I wash my face daily with a Spin For Perfect Skin facial brush and Clearasil Ultra Salicylic Acid cleanser. I have had very sensitive problem skin since I was a kid and this is the combination that has totally worked for me. I then apply Clearasil Ultra Benzoyl Peroxide Cream and Glossier Priming Moisturizer. Every few days, I use Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel to exfoliate and follow it with a DERMAdoctor detoxifying clay mask.
What makeup do you usually wear?
I usually keep it simple with Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in light, Glossier Stretch Concealer in light, Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder, Benefit Coral Blush, Benefit They're Real Mascara in jet black and Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil in dark blonde.
Tell us, how do you get such amazing hair?
Well, first off, I have a colorist and stylist that are out of this world, which I think is super important, especially if you like to lighten your hair, like I do. I see Dell for color and Lindsay for my cut at Spoke & Weal salon in LA. They make sure that my hair doesn't just completely fry out and fall off. In between visits, I use Clairol's Shimmer Lights shampoo to keep my hair silvery blonde and a deep conditioner to keep it soft. I spritz on "It's a 10" leave in conditioner then brush it with a Wet brush after washing so my hair doesn't stretch or break and just let it air dry. Normally, I style it by creating really loose, messy, wavy, curls with my GHD straightener.
What's the last product you used until there was nothing left?
What's your go-to shade of nail polish?
Essie's Clambake. It's the perfect orangey-red color and looks good in any season. Also, I always use a top coat. A few years ago, I discovered INM's Out The Door Top Coat, and it's amazing! It dries in about a minute, lasts forever and gives your nails that still-wet look.
If you could only choose one: lip balm, lipstick or lipgloss?
Cherry ChapStick 100% forever. I regularly find sticks of it in my jacket and pant pockets, as well as in my purse, car, gym bag, suitcase, nightstand... I mean, really, they're everywhere. I'm normally gifted those economy packs of Cherry ChapStick at Christmas too... that's how much I love it. I wear it all the time, but it's most effective if you put it on right before you go to bed so your lips don't dry and crack throughout the night.
You're based in Southern California — would you describe yourself as a California girl?
I love where I live! I moved around a lot while growing up and just kind of always knew I wanted to end up back here when I was older. If being a "California Girl" means I feel totally at home here, then yeah, absolutely!
Does your locale influence your approach to beauty?
I definitely think so. Southern California has that effortless beauty vibe going on. I don't like to wear a ton of makeup, so it's nice that there is no real pressure to look full out made up 100% of the time, but we are in LA so people like to look put-together. I find that I want to do just enough to look fresh-faced and bright-eyed and nothing more.
How about your artistic style?
Yeah, absolutely. I don't like to take my art too seriously. A lot of times I'm just drawing what's around me, like palm trees and cacti, or poking fun at social media. I use a lot of colors in my work that remind me of LA sunsets. I can't tell you how many times I'll be driving somewhere with my husband and I'll interrupt him mid-sentence to say, "The sky is my favorite color right now!"
Was art a part of your childhood? What's your earliest art-related memory?
When I was super young, maybe 5 or 6, I entered a Reading Rainbow contest to write and illustrate a children's story. I didn't win, but I had so much fun and just kind of kept at it. My parents were always very supportive and took me to art museums, bought me drawing supplies and put me in classes.
What are you currently working on that you're really excited about?
Well, for Society6, I am right in the middle of curating and art directing our yearly Artist Calendar! This is my favorite project because I get to work with talented artists to create super cool and unique calendar spreads for the upcoming year.
For my personal work, I have recently launched a few products for sale on my website, including pins and patches! This is something I have wanted to do for a while now and I finally had a bit of time to get after it. More new products are coming soon, so be on the lookout!
How do you stay inspired?
Music, reading books and art magazines, trips to museums, traveling, working with other artists, listening to podcasts, taking time to work out... seriously everything helps. It is incredibly important for me to take time away from my computer and just get some fresh air. If I am in a creative slump, I'll start the inspiration process by just going outside and taking a walk. That helps more than anything.
What's one thing you do every day that makes you feel great?
Exercise in any form. Some days that might just mean a few laps around the block with my dog, other days it means circuit training or spin classes. Just time to dedicate to myself, without looking at a screen, and clear my head! The calories burned are just an added bonus.
Who do you look to for beauty inspiration?
When do you feel most comfortable in your own skin?
Honest answer, when I'm full-out naked... but am I allowed to say that here?!
Be sure to follow Wesley on Instagram (and Society6, too, while you're at it). Check back next week for the latest installment of 52 Faces, a weekly series that spotlights a real woman's beauty routine. Last week, eHow editor Kelly Dawson shared her tried-and-true tips, including a wildly affordable lip stain that looks more expensive than it is and a simple yet luxurious post-shower ritual everyone should try.