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The makeup artist behind Kate Bosworth’s red carpet looks opens up to VIOLET GREY about getting her start, cutting her own hair, and the seductive powers of L.A.
Written By Jess Basser Sanders
Artist Profile: Lisa Storey | @violetgrey | The Industry's Beauty Edit

— MAKEUP ARTIST LISA STOREY / PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBIN BLACK

For Lisa Storey, makeup has always been an inclusive pursuit. “Coming up in South London,” she tells VIOLET GREY, “it was just something that we did. It was such a fashion to create extreme looks and put makeup on your guy friends as well as your girlfriends.”
Thus hooked, Storey cut her teeth on the ultra-collaborative London scene of the late 1980s. “I was doing shoots for The Face magazine pretty early on. I didn’t really assist anybody; I was introduced to that world by people I knew. It was just lots of creative people working together. It didn’t feel like a job because I was having fun.” 

 After a couple of stints back and forth between New York and London in the early ‘90s, Storey came out to Los Angeles to work on music videos, commercials, and fashion shoots. “I got seduced by L.A. really slowly. The fact that I could do a lot of fashion because all the photographers came here to shoot locations, for the sunlight, the extremes...”

The city’s magnetism eventually won out, luring the Brit west for good. And fortunately for the loyal celebrity clients who’ve come to rely on her for their red-carpet turns—including Taylor Schilling, Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth, and Winona Ryder—she’s now very much at home.

In addition to her red-carpet work, Storey divides her time between fashion editorial and commercial work. The common denominator? A warm, flawless glow, perfected during her early pre-retouching career. “I used to like to do looks that were more extreme, like push it with editorials and everything, but I Iove the subtleties too,” she says. “It’s about the woman underneath.”

violet
inquires

Lisa Storey opens up about her muses, her best night ever and the importance of feeling good.
Artist Profile: Lisa Storey | @violetgrey | The Industry's Beauty Edit
  • MIRANDA KERR AT THE MET BALL
  • MAKEUP BY STOREY
  • DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS / COLLECTION / GETTY IMAGES
MUSE
I’m inspired and intrigued by so many women I work with, like Miranda Kerr and Kate Bosworth, and ones I’d love to work with. Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, and Marion Cotillard are all modern classic beauties that have such personal style and a strong sense of their own beauty, but they know when and how to push boundaries.
NECESSARY INDULGENCE
Varies with my mood! From good French wine to Belgian chocolate, perfume to a spa visit. Plus a little Cartier and Hermès!
DRUGSTORE DISCOVERY
L’Oréal Glossy Balm—all the colors are amazing!
Artist Profile: Lisa Storey | @violetgrey | The Industry's Beauty Edit
  • KATE BOSWORTH AT THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 LAUNCH
  • MAKEUP BY STOREY
  • AMANDA EDWARDS / COLLECTION / GETTY IMAGES
STYLIST
Maranda Widlund cuts my hair—well, sorts it out after I’ve been chopping at it myself.
FACIALIST
Kate Somerville, Melrose Place.
ANTI-AGING STRATEGY
I believe anti-aging starts with one’s health. I have done yoga for 25 years, I eat organic, and I don’t get too complicated with my own beauty regimen. It’s important to feel good—then you look good.
DREAM APPOINTMENT
The three beauties I mentioned before—Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron and Marion Cotillard. Every makeup artist has their own unique touch and way of bringing out beauty, I would just enjoy the process.
BEST NIGHT EVER
New Year’s Eve, Jaipur, India, 2007. Stephen Jones invited me to a party in an old fort, hosted by Marie-Hélène de Taillac. It was a fabulous fashion affair, dancing and decadence, then rides on painted elephants the following day. All my New Year’s wishes came true that year—I met my husband and was whisked off to the South of France.
BEAUTY IS...
Accepting yourself as you are, then learning to make the best of what you have.
MANTRA
Gratitude.
MENTOR
I love to watch the careers of Pat McGrath, Patty Dubroff, Val Garland, Charlotte Tilbury, to name a few.
FIRST THING YOU NOTICE WHEN MEETING SOMEONE
Eyes, then their skin.

The Golden
Eye

Three ways to wear a golden eye, as demonstrated by Lisa Storey.