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Chatting With Nasty Gal’s Beauty Guru And Stylist

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Stacey Nishimoto is one of L.A.’s most treasured trendsetters. In addition to reviving the backcoming hair trend, she also does a killer cat-eye and isn’t afraid to rock a bold lip. As a stylist and makeup artist for Nasty Gal, Nishimoto is responsible for glamming gorgeous gals for the cool-kid e-tailer’s lookbooks and online shop. Did I mention that she’s also a new mom?

I sat down with Nishimoto to hear more about her makeup memories, go-to products, and the one celeb she’d love to make over.

When did you start working for Nasty Gal?
I started in 2009 and was working only two days a week. I styled the site and did makeup. At the time, it was only Sophia Amoruso (owner), Christina Ferrucci (who handled everything from shipping to buying), Paul Trappani (photographer), and Nick (an intern). We’ve grown so much!

What is your earliest makeup memory?
I used to love wearing hot pink lipstick by Wet ‘N’ Wild because I thought it made my eyes look greener and my skin look brighter! It made me feel magical. Actually, fuchsia does have that effect on most complexions.

What five products are always in your beauty arsenal?
Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen, Caudalie Eau Grape Water Moisturizing Spray, YSL Gloss Stain in #19, NARS Blush in Torrid, and Givenchy Parad’Eyes Fluid Eyeliner in Blue Lagoon.

What beauty trend are you so over?
I’m not sure if this is even a trend, but I really don’t like lip liner. It should be the reverse: rich color starting at the center of your lips and getting lighter as you work your way out.

Wise words. What beauty trend do you wish would make a comeback?
I love an early ’80s nude lip, which is the color of a paper brown bag. I’d pair it with a baby pink cheek and black greasy kohl-rimmed eyes.

If you could make over one celebrity, who would it be?
Christina Aguilera. That girl needs help.

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