Not that she needs to prove her skills. The Paris-born artist’s alma mater is London College of Fashion (the school incubates top-tier talent from a variety of creative disciplines including Stella McCartney and Kate Lee), and she assisted artists like Val Garland, Charlotte Tilbury and Pat McGrath before hopping the pond to begin a successful editorial and celebrity career Stateside. And while her charmed start in makeup would suggest otherwise, she did not, in fact, have childhood aspirations or connections in the industry. Instead, her curiosity started in her early 20s, when she literally wandered into the university’s admissions office one night after work at a local bar. Enter a ravenous work ethic and fast-forward more than a decade, and Inglessis’s client roster is a who’s who of Hollywood: Olivia Wilde, Kate Hudson, Rosamund Pike and Cameron Diaz.
Of course, Inglessis still likes to go big, flexing her signature — “fresh, natural skin and a cool, rock ‘n’ roll smoky eye” — when the occasion calls for it. Her clients happily oblige her in whatever she feels is best, naturally. “I’m lucky enough to work with beautiful ladies who trust me and trust what I do,” she says.
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