We’re big fans of this week’s guest blogger, Natalie Higdon. Not only is she a Tennessee resident and a connoisseur of all things Memphis; she’s also a contributor to the Birchbox magazine! (Don’t miss her stellar article on 5 Surprising Facts About SPF). This week, she interviews a hot new singer, reveals her favorite two-in-one products, and schools us on how to trim our own bangs.
It’s a big year for Welsh singer-songwriter Marina And The Diamonds. The songstress has an amazing new album, Electra Heart, that debuted at No. 1 on the UK charts (her first ever, yay!). She also has a totally new retro-inspired look that I had to learn more about. Read on to find out what inspired Marina’s new look, plus the one beauty product she can’t live without!
How would you describe your look?
Hyper-feminine, 60s/70s, motel kitsch.
How did creating the music for your new album influence your hair and makeup choices?
Well, the visuals directed the music, which has never happened before. I would never have had this look or this album if I had not gone to California to make it. I was living in the kind of scuzzy end of Hollywood Boulevard, and I was surrounded by old American vintage stores. So it all began by buying this bubblegum pink PVC shift dress. I then started to research ’70s culture more—up until then, I had drawn a lot of the first album’s imagery from the glamour of the ’40s. But I wanted to move on, so I started watching films like Valley of the Dolls, and Paris, Texas, and reading a lot of American literature. I guess living in fiction really. Fiction is really, really important for me.
What are the beauty/skincare products you can’t live without?
What’s your beauty philosophy?
Sleep enough and drink enough water. Whatever you’re putting on the inside will show on the outside.
What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
Always take your make up off before you sleep. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t take it off in the past three years. Before that, I rarely took it off.
Natalie recently did a deep dive into sunscreen—read about the unexpected SPF facts that she unearthed here.