Summer Beauty by Makeup.com's Melissa Landestoy

Beauty art director of makeup.com and skincare.com talks summer beauty, despite being indoors, with Cherie.
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Jul. 30, 2020
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!When I think about summer beauty, I think of someone being sunkissed and carefree. I think of light colors that emulate summer favorites; like watermelon, lilacs, and sunsets. With summer 2020 being nothing like any of the summers of our past, I wanted to share how summer beauty has always been about being bright and creative, through the words, and lens, of makeup.com and skincare.com's art director, Melissa Landestoy. Read on as she shares a bit about her life, and how she plans to emulate summer beauty despite being indoors. Tell us a little about what your work in beauty is like!"Currently, I’m the art director at makeup.com and skincare.com where I get to oversee the casting, photography, design, and branding for both sites. One day, I’m designing a wireframe for new functionality on our site and another day, I’m on set directing photography, collaborating with hair and makeup artists and pitching in to help steam clothes. No two days are the same! A day in the life these days looks so different from a couple months back, too. Lately, I’ve also been testing my own photography skills by shooting beauty content in my home—never NOT creating! On and off the clock, I’d consider myself and my work very colorful. I care deeply about every form of art that I touch—be it a moodboard I’m putting together for a client or the lipstick I choose to wear for the day. I see a form of art in everything that I do."What are some of your guiding beauty principles?"I start each day with the idea that I have to take care of myself in order to take care of others. I’ve learned so much about myself and my beauty routine over the years. I feel my best when I’m 'put together' and I alone define what that means on a daily basis. Sometimes, it’s putting on neon blue winged liner and sometimes it’s slicking my hair back in a high ponytail after having finished my skincare routine. I give myself permission to change it up and change it often! In that same breath, I’m extremely practical and live for balance. You will NEVER find me with a full face of makeup and contoured cheekbones at a 9am Zoom call. It’s just not happening!"What does beauty mean to you?"To me, beauty is defined by any one person’s collective experience and therefore, subjective. Beauty is inclusive and empowering, both overwhelming and just enough, it’s the reflection that we see within ourselves and in others. I believe there is tenderness and beauty in the untold stories, the ones we’ve yet to uncover. Beauty to me is two people watching the same sunset and having parallel experiences–having never met, not knowing of one another, but somehow connected at the same time."What's your aesthetic for this shelter-in-place summer?"Pastels and neons. Sipping Cafe Bustelo iced coffee and vintage fashion magazines spread out on the floor. Pink sunsets and my “Are and Be” Spotify playlist playing loudly in the background. A square neck bodysuit and my lilac Champion sweatpants. Hour-long FaceTime chats with your best friend and mascara running down your face. Spending hours mixing paint and stocking up on color palettes for future makeup looks. As a textbook, gotta-do-it-all Capricorn, it’s been hard to really, REALLY slow down. Shelter-in-place has been a major moment of growth for my solitude, my marriage, and for finding new ways to stay connected while social distancing. I allow myself to cry often, take it easy, and push myself to find happiness in the little things again."What are some of your makeup must-haves this summer?"YSL Water Stain Lip Stains are the new, new loves in my life. Equal parts pigmented stain and lucious oils… UGH, I STAN SO HARD! I also have been giving my face the breathing room it deserves while indoors. On the weekends, I’ve been reaching for the Kosas Tinted Face Oil (for the daytime) and Pat Mcgrath’s Skin Fetish Foundation for when I need a lil’ luxe coverage. ;)"Share your fave summer look and what inspired you!"If you follow me on IG (@lolmel), you know I’m a little color-crazed with my makeup looks. Color theory is kinda my thing and I’m instantly inspired to do a new makeup look if it means I get to try new makeup color combinations. I’m so into graphic liner this season because it’s turned into another form of art for me. IG makeup artists (like @rowisingh, @pradaolic, and @jonetwmakeup) keep me on my toes and inspired with their colorful makeup looks, too! I recently did a rainbow dotted liner look and I was so impressed by my ever-evolving makeup skills that I made it my LinkedIn photo. These job recruiters need to know that my talents go beyond art directing! LOL."
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