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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anything else you want to share?
If you can only invest in one thing, make it a top-notch foundation.