Every makeup artist has a signature, and for Fiona Stiles, that trademark is an enviable glow that makes her celebrity clientele appear to radiate from the inside out. That incredible beam emanating from the faces of Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union, and Amber Valletta? Yep, that’s all Fiona.
But she’s not content with just having Hollywood’s stars looking luminous, seeing as her recently released makeup line seeks to bring that brightness into all of our lives and beauty cabinets through a range of prism palettes, bronzing veils, and luminizing concealer pens. We talked to the globally renowned makeup artist about the products she personally uses herself, the surprising way she fakes sun-kissed skin, and the trends she’s “allergic” to.
The first thing I do in the morning is:
Make a cup of English breakfast tea—I’ve tried many, many brands over the years, but I’ve concluded that Harney & Sons makes the most delicious English breakfast. The flavor is well rounded, and it never gets bitter or makes me feel jittery.
My everyday skin care routine includes:
HollyBeth Organics Rose Geranium Moisturizer, Mia Hoyto Multivitamin Oil, Goldfaden MD Sun Visor SPF, NuFACE, DHC Skincare Deep Cleansing Oil—all small miracle workers.
My go-to five-minute beauty routine includes:
Fiona Stiles Beauty Full Cover Perfect Finish Concealer & Peach Corrector, a liquid-based blush; Fiona Stiles Beauty Ultra Smooth Waterproof Eye Defining Pencil in Orchard; Fiona Stiles Beauty Ultimate Lash Icon Volumizing Mascara in Carbon; Fiona Stiles Beauty Brow Sculpting Wax; finishing powder; and Fiona Stiles Beauty Hydrashine Essential Lip Color in Louella. This is pretty much my always makeup, I keep it simple.
My favorite cocktail is:
Spicy margaritas—the spicier the better. Petty Cash Tacos in L.A. makes a mean one.
My favorite meal in the world is:
Thai food eaten in Thailand, specifically Jimmy’s Lighthouse in the harbor of Phuket. Mind-blowingly delicious.
My favorite way to work out is:
At the crack of dawn. It’s the only time I know I’ll be available, so I usually work out before sunrise.
I keep my hair healthy by:
I color and cut it only twice a year! But I don’t blow-dry it or use anything other than hairspray when I put it in a ponytail or bun.
My weirdest beauty secret is:
I use a bruise gel that I found in a theatrical makeup store in London as a bronzer for beach shoots. It’s a ruddy purple-brown that looks just like sun-kissed skin.
My favorite lip color is:
Fiona Stiles Beauty Hydrashine Essential Lip Color in Louella. It’s that perfect neutral pink that makes you look pulled together but not too overdone. On a red-lip day, it’s Fiona Stiles Beauty Color Impact Matte Lip Crayon in Stoddard. It’s super long wearing without getting dry.
My must-have beauty products are:
For my kit: Fiona Stiles Beauty Sheer Sculpting Palette for soft, believable contour; Fiona Stiles Beauty Light Illusion Prism Palette for a gentle glow; an eyelash curler; Fiona Stiles Beauty Radiant Aqua Eye Veils because they’re a modern way to wear eye color; Fiona Stiles Beauty Luminous and Matte Finish Foundation Concentrates; Fiona Stiles Beauty Artist Eyeshadow Quad Palettes; a Japanese cream luminizer—I love Japanese products—and the liquid Illuminator.
My favorite thing about my job is:
The best beauty tip I’ve ever received is:
Wear sunscreen. Seriously. I know it’s not sexy, and you have to wait decades to see the benefits, but I can’t emphasize the importance enough. It’s the best antiaging product in the market.
My favorite Instagram accounts to follow are:
@OdileGilbert_official is so beautifully curated! I love seeing makeup artists’ work and inspiration, plus they’re my friends and colleagues so I want to show my support. Then, @jessronagrooming because it’s good for brightening up your day, @cwpencilenterprise because I’m a pencil nerd, and @intothegloss for beauty news.
My favorite travel beauty tips are:
Pack everything into small containers, and carry masks and hydrating creams on the plane. Also, I won’t fly without Ponaris . It’s a nasal emollient that keeps your nasal passages from drying out on the flight, which helps prevent airborne viruses from invading. Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine on the flight—I know, it’s tough!—and just drink tons of water instead.
The beauty trend I’m dying to try is:
I’m not a big trend person; I lean more toward timeless beauty. That doesn’t mean it can’t be exciting, but I’ve always been a bit allergic to trends in general.