In our effort to bring top-notch content to our readers, we’ve been reaching out to some of our favorite experts, influencers and leaders in beauty and fashion to bring you exclusive interviews. We are so thrilled to launch this Expert Series with one of our very favorite hair and makeup artists, Jane Kim of The Glamourist. Jane is a world traveler, award-winning hair and makeup artist extraordinaire, new mom, fur baby mom, wife, and all-around awesome person. Her personal mission is to empower women through beauty, and she lives her mission every day. Known for her jaw-dropping before and after hair and makeup transformations, Jane has quickly risen in the ranks to become one of the most in-demand hair and makeup artists in California. As she says on her website, to know her is to love her – so let’s get to know Jane and some Glamourist tips for looking your best when it comes to hair, makeup and prom. JOVANI: Tell us a little bit about your story of how you got into hair and makeup. JANE: When I was 22, I got a job at a makeup counter in Nordstroms. I never really thought I had a knack for it but I enjoyed myself and learned by watching. I would pull people to get makeovers or have my friends sit in the chair when they stopped in. After some time, I had some regulars frequenting my counter to be made over. I’d often get in trouble for “playing around” rather than selling. Fast forward many years, and dabbling in a few different industries, I found myself wanting to do something that made me happy instead of a day job I dreaded going into by 8 or 9. I took a leap of faith, started The Glamourist, and the rest is history. JOVANI: What are some of the hair and makeup trends you are seeing for this coming year? JANE: I think natural is always hot. I love flawless skin, flushed cheek and stained lips. I wouldn’t say it’s a “trend” since it will always remain timeless. For hair, effortless updos like a textured ponytail and or a messy bun have been popular on the runways which I’m a big fan of. Instead of trying to be made up, it’s more like, ‘hey – I’m a cool, effortless gal.’ JOVANI: What are the most requested hairstyles? JANE: For my clients, hair down in loose waves has been extremely popular since its youthful and always flattering. Old Hollywood glam is requested quite often and updos that are loose and textured. Not too much volume or too sleek. JOVANI: What are the most requested makeup looks? JANE: “Natural’’ is the most requested look but everyone has their own definition of natural. Natural either means they want to look like themselves but ever so slightly made up, and others think smokey eyes with flawless skin is natural. Bottom line, everyone wants their skin to look flawless and their eyes to look bigger and brighter. JOVANI: We’re trying to create a great resource for girls who are planning their prom hair and makeup looks right now. What are three of the best looks you suggest for prom? JANE: Well it always starts with the dress. Knowing what kind of neckline you’re working with is always important. For a high neckline, a simple pulled pack textured pony is always flattering and prevents the look from looking heavy with the hair in the face and too much fabric from the high neckline. For capped sleeves, I love a textured bun to make sure the hair is a not covering the details of the sleeve. For a plunging neckline, a half up style gives the illusion of a down do but keeps it out of the front where the V is the focal point. And for strapless dresses, I love when the hair is down. I love juxtaposing a dressy style with casual hair so that it doesn’t look too overdone. For makeup, enhancing one’s natural features is key instead of going for trending looks. If you have great skin, show it off. Keep the look minimal with a pop of color on the lips and fake eyelashes. For those with big beautiful doe eyes or almond eyes, don’t go too heavy on the shadow. Add a great liner to enhance and elongate the shape and pop in a few lashes for added definition. Always pick a focal point on your face, and then enhance. JOVANI: What are some looks to stay away from on prom? JANE: There is everyday makeup, high fashion makeup, and Instagram makeup. If you don’t know what Instagram makeup is, it’s the heavily contoured, highlighted, cakey foundation, too many lashes, and overly winged eyeliner. It’s great for an Instagram post and under bright light but in person, it’s very drag queen. So stay away from the Instagram-inspired looks because they can come across as really heavy and fake in person. There is a delicate balance in applying makeup. JOVANI: What are some of the biggest hair and makeup mistakes someone can make? JANE: Applying too much makeup, or overdoing a hairstyle. More is not necessarily better. Everything in moderation is key. JOVANI: What are the benefits of working with a professional hair and makeup artist? JANE: The ease and being stress-free. Isn’t it always nice getting pampered? It’ll also help you get out of the same hair and makeup rut if you’ve been doing the same look for years. A pro hair and makeup artist can see you from a different light and really update your look – and the extra skill set is always nice. JOVANI: What’s the best way for someone to find a great hair and makeup artist in their budget? JANE: Asking around from friends who’ve gotten their makeup done is a great first step. Otherwise, Instagram has been a great resource for artists like us. I’ve had people find me through that channel and I’m sure people there are other people searching for their vendors there as well. JOVANI: If a girl can’t afford professional makeup, what should she do to ensure she can create a beautiful look without having a pro? JANE: Youtube is a great resource these days for the hair and makeup novice. Jessica Alba, Lauren Conrad, Kim Kardashian all have great glam and there are thousands of Youtube tutorials on getting their exact look. You may not get the same look on the first go, but practicing the look over and over will eventually get you there. If it’s still daunting, the local makeup counters should be helpful as long you’re ok buying a few products. JOVANI: Thank you so much, Jane! We’re so thrilled to have you be part of our Expert team and can’t wait to have you back with more sage hair and makeup advice for us. __________________ If you loved reading about The Glamourist’s hair and makeup tips, be sure to follower her on Instagram and check out her super-informative blog as well. Jane’s Instagram is chock-full of beautiful photos of hair, makeup, fashion, travel, and her family, and her blog has lots of info-packed posts and tutorials on how to achieve dewy skin and flawless eye makeup.