NEDA: I am wearing Temptu Airbrush Make-up (base in #4 Sand, Champagne Shimmer eyeshadow and Guava mixed with Peony blush), which I airbrushed onto myself, NARS 'Schiap' lipstick, L'Oreal Voluminous Feline Nois mascara, false eyelashes, hazel contacts, and a lovely dress which was designed by Milwaukee Designer Kelvin Haydon. I was able to borrow this dress for this shoot in Frace with Kitty Cohen through my friend Bjorn Nasett, who runs Fashion Farmboy.
42 DUBONNET: What’s one secret you learned when you started wearing / doing makeup?
NEDA: The best secret I can tell you is to enhance your best features, instead of following every fad and trying to be someone else. Know what your best features are, and never forget about how your eyebrows make everything look better when they are shaped correctly. There are 3 looks which always work, and they work because of the proportions of make-up and the fact that not everything is emphasized at the same time. The 3 looks are: the natural look (just clean up blemishes and enhance your skin, eyes and lips as naturally as possible), the Old Hollywood look (bold red or crimson/raspberry lips and winged eyeliner and whiter eyeshadow with defined eyebrows), or the smokey eye/nude lip look.
42 DUBONNET: What’s one of your secrets for how you do your own makeup?
NEDA: I believe that good skin is the canvas for all make-up. Do everything you can to ensure the health and longevity of your beautiful skin! I haven't left the house without sunscreen since I was 16 and was able to afford it with my first job. I like micro needlers (avail. at Marshall's for $12) and various serums/oils for the skin as well. Some of my favorite serums come from Andalou Naturals, including the 1,000 Roses Serum. Korean skin care beauty regimens are also amazing! It is all about discipline, and hydration/nutrients. Your skin is a reflection of what's going on inside. You are fooling nobody by wearing excessive make-up to cover up breakouts and problems which could have been managed better with a bit more care! Also, flip over/change your pillow sheets regularly too to help provide your skin with a clean surface, and get 8 hours of restorative sleep a night when possible.
42 DUBONNET: What’s one of the juiciest secrets you’ve ever been told?
: I went to college and graduated with 2 degrees in Spanish Literature and Psychology. I have been working for myself for 2 decades. However, everything I needed to know about how the world really works wasn't found in my college books. They can be found in all of Robert Greene's books. The Art of Seduction
, The 48 Laws of Power
. These books provide detailed examples of what made the most powerful rulers like Napoleon and Cleopatra so effective. Start with The Art of Seduction.
Keep in mind that while it's a fascinating and amoral read, a big reason to read it is so that people don't manipulate you so easily. Be honest with yourself and learn what the chinks in your own armor are so that they aren't so ruthlessly exploited by others.
42 DUBONNET: I'm going to have to check those books out!
What’s one thing you’re curious about?
NEDA: Traveling is the most inspiring thing to me, and it provides me with inspiration and imagery for my future paintings/jewelry/make-up schematics. Part of it might even involve being more present on trips, and observing beautiful cloud formations and the colors of sunsets. I am curious about seeing more of the world, and would like to see: Tahiti, Bali, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and New Zealand.
42 DUBONNET: Bali is one of my favorite spots.
What’s the most forbidden thing you’ve ever done?
NEDA: Honestly, I'm not sure if I have anything super juicy to share here. But people tell me I have forged my own path and broken many rules on the way! We are all going to go in a box one day when we die. Until then, don't let anyone else put you in a box! You are your own barrier to what you want to achieve, especially in this country where we have so many opportunities we can take advantage of unlike other people globally.
42 DUBONNET: What’s your favorite look to create?
NEDA: For everyday looks, definitely the smokey eye and nude lip variation. It's the sexiest and most powerful look, because the eyes always have it. When someone is charismatic, it comes through in many ways...with the eyes being the first to magnetize others. However, I love to create the most avante-garde looks on photo shoots whenever possible! I love Special Effects make-up more than anything! I am a painter, after all, who has been creating paintings of this type of look since I can remember.
42 DUBONNET: What’s one secret for creating this look?
NEDA: To create this look on model Christie Gabriel, I first painted her face and body black with Kryolan water-based paints. I had to use water-based paints because we did this shoot for Diamond Nexus, and she had to step under a shower to wash these colors off (water cancels water, so it came off seamlessly). The idea was that she coming out of a dirty diamond mine, yet I made it pretty, and used lots of NAKED powder eyeshadows on her as well to replicate the different colors which diamonds reflect. I just sprinkled random colors of NAKED eyeshadows and blended them in by hand to create a metallic look. The iridescent ones looked the best against the jet black Kryolan body paint. For this video, we washed this all off under a shower to show how using "above ground" diamonds isn't as dirty as actual diamond mining (both ethically and physically).
Thank you Neda for interviewing with us! Before we go I'd like to share with our audience your beautiful jewelry collection The Shady Lady
. We love how multi-faceted you are in your career. You can also see her work and what inspires her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.