I’m Carisa Janes of Hourglass Cosmetics, and This Is My Makeup Life

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Carisa Janes, CEO and Founder of Hourglass Cosmetics

The My Makeup Life series asks beauty biz insiders, bloggers, makeup mavens and artists to share their holy grail products, tricks, tips and favorite beauty tools. Is there anyone you would like to see featured in My Makeup Life or questions you think I should ask? Let me know here.

Name: Carisa Janes
Location: Venice, CA
Day job/current gig: CEO and Founder of Hourglass Cosmetics
Hangouts online: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and hourglasscosmetics.com
Current favorite Product: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
Beauty inspirations: Creativity in any form, art, architecture, photography, technology, film & design. I’m also inspired by different locations — Venice (CA), Tokyo, Stockholm.
One word that best describes your outlook on beauty: Insatiable


What makeup/beauty products can’t you live without?

Veil Mineral Primer — I forget how important it is until I neglect to use it. Veil Fluid Makeup has been my go-to foundation for many years, and Ambient Lighting Powder is hard to resist. Over the course of a day, I use Dim Light, Radiant Light and Luminous Light, in that order. It’s my personal lighting technician.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58), a limited edition item from holiday 2013

When did you start getting into makeup?

All the women in my family, including my grandmother, my mother and my step-mother, were beauty enthusiasts. As a teenager I’ll never forget my mother taking me to the Chanel counter of a department store in California. The fact you could express yourself with makeup has long inspired me. It still does.

Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in Lush (bottom) and Origami (top)

Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in Lush (bottom) and Origami (top), $28 each

What’s your best beauty time-saving trick?

I always wear a primer, so that my makeup has longevity. I use multitasking products, such as a foundation with anti-aging ingredients and SPF. And, like most women, I can apply mascara in my car while stopped at a red light.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Radiant Magenta (left) and Diffused Heat (right)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Radiant Magenta (left) and Diffused Heat (right), $35 each US and $41 CDN

What’s your favorite beauty tool?

I have three essential tools: a curling iron by Hot Tools, tweezers and my Double-Ended Complexion Brush. I use it to apply foundation, blush and concealer. The fact it’s retractable means it’s travel-friendly.

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos, $30 each

What’s the best beauty advice you ever received?

Let’s see. There’s drink water, sleep well, work out, exfoliate, and use sunscreen every day. Wear makeup — that’s also a good one.

Hourglass No 28 Lip Treatment Oil

Hourglass No 28 Lip Treatment Oil, $42

What’s your skincare routine?

Two things I feel strongly about are exfoliating regularly and using an SPF product every day. I use RéVive Cleanser Exfoliante, and wear Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42. I cleanse with Tatcha’s One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, and currently use Prevage MD as my anti-aging serum.


What’s the weirdest thing you’ve tried in the name of beauty?

It’s not especially wacky but there was a period when I was partial to wearing colored contact lenses. They were a hazel green shade.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15, $52

Do you have a trademark look (hair/styling/makeup)?

I like natural-looking makeup on myself, and natural beach hair. When it comes to fashion, I’m drawn to architectural pieces, bold jewelry and statement shoes. I like to mix in vintage pieces and accessories.

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush

A closeup of Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush

Are there any beauty decisions you’ve made that you look back on and ask yourself “why?!”

In my early 20s I went through a stage of dying my hair, naturally a chestnut shade, black and then bright red. I wonder about that decision sometimes.

Hourglass Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush closeup

A closeup of Diffused Heat Ambient Lighting Blush

Where are your favorite places to shop?

The most amazing shopping destination I’ve come across lately would be Stockholm. Scandinavian designers are remarkably talented. The department store NK Stockholm is a repository of cool brands and a great place to explore.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush compact

The sleek Ambient Lighting Blush compacts

Anything else you want to share?

If you can only invest in one thing, make it a top-notch foundation.

Hourglass cosmetics makeup

The Hourglass makeup line


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So far, 17 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. Irena says:

    How nice!!! It’s always great to be able to read about others 🙂 I have actually just posted about Hourglass Cosmetics few days ago on my blog 🙂

  2. Agata says:

    That’s so awesome that you got to interview her. She is sooo beautiful and her her is gorgeous!

  3. CrystalCandy says:

    ‘Wear makeup’, now that’s a good trick! haha 😉
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  4. Erin says:

    These interviews are so fun. I’ve actually had the chance to visit NK Stockholm and now I’m feeling kind of fancy! 🙂
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  5. This is the most amazing post, she’s is so beautiful and interesting and has such amazing tips!! Incredible x


  6. Sunny says:

    Oh wow, it’s so nice to read an interview about the founder of one of my favorite brands here! Thanks, Karen! Carisa does have an amazing insight of beauty 🙂
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  7. Vanessa says:

    Great to hear who is behind the brand.

  8. sarahc says:

    She sounds so down to earth. Ack, the double ended brush she uses is out of stock!

  9. Liz says:

    I really enjoyed reading this. Unfortunately, Hourglass is not a brand I have tried. It’s prices lean towards what I call luxury brands (like Chanel). So it’s not a brand that I consider in my price range.

  10. Fancie says:

    I love when you do these posts! They’re so fun and inspirational. Carisa is a mastermind for coming up with Hourglass and all these amazing products! She has an awesome eye for beauty!
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  11. hanna says:

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  12. Sylirael says:

    It’s always so interesting when you get to ‘meet’ the people behind makeup brands, and they’re so genuine! Love these posts, Karen 🙂
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  13. Petra says:

    Love it when my hometown of Stockholm gets a shout out on an international blog <3

    If we now just could get an hourglass counter here….

  14. Erin says:

    I love these posts! She’s such a gem and a natural beauty! I love she uses her own products (which are fab of course) but I also likes that she uses a mix of other products, from the more natural to the heavy hitting scientific. I wish their foundations came in lighter shades!
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  15. Chelsea says:

    I don’t own any Hourglass, but this is a great interview! Those blushes look so amazing. I wish the nude lip pencils worked for me, but nude lips just are not meant for me.

  16. Yay for Hourglass!
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  17. I adore Hourglass cosmetics although I don’t personally own any items. I planned on picking up the Ambient Lighting Palette but it sold out quickly on Sephora’s website. I really regret not grabbing it when I had the chance!

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