While still firmly believe that jewelry completes any look, we know that great hair and makeup are also important finishing touches.
Enter Alyssa Garcia, Kendra’s close friend and longtime Makeup Artist and Hairstylist. Alyssa has helped execute our campaign photoshoots since she began working with Kendra. She graciously stopped by our corporate offices to share her tips and tell us about the looks she created for our Winter Collection campaign.
First, tell us, how did you meet Kendra?
In October of 2012, I was booked on a photoshoot with Kendra Scott. Kendra and I hit it off immediately. We both are creative people and our styles are similar, so it was an instant and effortless collaboration.
We became great friends. Every time I work with Kendra it never feels like work. We both inspire each other! She has become such a role model in my life—like an older sister. She’s helped me become a stronger, more independent woman. Kendra is always about empowering women!
How did you get your start in the beauty industry?
I got started in the beauty industry straight out of high school. That summer I enrolled in cosmetology school, and I got my license. I trained under Mario Dedivanovic and Joyce Bonelli. They were both great teachers and helped me master my technique.
Where do you begin for each campaign photoshoot?
I first meet with Kendra. She tells me her story of where she traveled and how she got her inspiration for the collection. It is so fascinating to see the raw beginnings of each collection and the process of making the collection come to life.
Kendra Scott Winter 2016 is all about rich contrast. How did you bring that to life?
I didn’t want to overpower the jewelry. It’s about letting the jewelry shine with all the beautiful metallics. I went for clean looking skin for the shoot. I started with a very sheer foundation, adding a touch of bronzer and highlighter to contour and strobe.
How can a KS gal create this look at home?
Easy! Start with a sheer foundation. I also love using eye brighteners under the eyes. And make sure your skin is hydrated! During winter, people tend to get dryer skin; make sure to keep your skin hydrated.
How would you suggest taking it up a notch for special occasions?
Highlight! Bring a little shine to your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and the center of your forehead. You’ll notice a glow that will really put you in a party mood! And for the eyes, use individual lashes to help create fullness.
How do you recommend making sure your makeup complements your jewelry, and vice versa?
I like the makeup to complement the overall look and have a nice overall balance. For example, if you’re going to wear colored jewelry, I like using color theory to create a look that complements both the jewelry and the person’s eye and skin color. Or if you’re going to have a statement piece with sparkles or drusy, I like adding highlighter to the inner corner of the eyes and going a little heavier on highlighting the cheekbones.
What are your favorite pieces from this collection?
What is your go-to beauty product?
YSL Touche Éclat Highlighter. Brightening up under the eyes can really brighten your face and make you look more awake. Some people tend to go heavy with concealer, making it look cakey, but if you use a brightener, it does a beautiful job without looking overdone.
What feature should we pay more attention to when doing our makeup?
Eyebrows are the key to facial identity. Beautiful, full eyebrows that are groomed to perfection!
Can you leave us with one piece of beauty advice?
Blending! For me, blending is so important. Blend until you can’t blend anymore…you never want to see any lines. And invest in good brushes and a beauty blender.