Katie Jane Hughes on Dewy Skin & the Bat-Winged Liner That Put Her on the Map

Katie Jane Hughes on Dewy Skin & the Bat-Winged Liner That Put Her on the Map

When I think of celebrity makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, I think of creativity, clear dewy skin, and the kind of killer winged liner that will change your life. The mere use of a product on one of Katie’s Instagram Lives can send it flying off the shelves. (Raise your hand if you’re also a devout KJH fan finding it harder and harder to purchase her much-lauded Surrat liquid liner or Make Up For Ever Endless Cacao pencil?)

With a roster of celebrity clients, KJH isn’t just an “influencer,” she’s the real deal and has been working as a professional makeup artist since 2008. I also worked for years as a makeup artist before I turned to beauty journalism. After a particularly intense five-year streak, I completely burned out on anything makeup-related. But my spark was rekindled when I discovered Katie.

 

 

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What I think I appreciate the most about Katie is her endless enthusiasm and creativity when it comes to makeup. She’s forever repurposing products in such fun, rule-breaking ways and blazing her own trail as she goes. Her effervescent personality is infectious, while her willingness to try anything is downright inspiring. Be sure to tune into her IG Lives for a chance to hear her randomly and very soulfully belt out a tune as she’s getting ready.

For me, KJH represents the perfect blend of the ultra-dewy skin looks I loved coming out of the East, and the hyper-colorful creative makeup coming from the West. And seriously, her tutorials for hooded eyes will change your entire life (spoiler alert: ANYONE can wear winged liner, no matter how hooded your eyes are).

KJH represents the perfect blend of the ultra-dewy skin looks I loved coming out of the East, and the hyper-colorful creative makeup coming from the West. And seriously, her tutorials for hooded eyes will change your entire life.

Katie was gracious enough to answer a few questions for me that I’d love to share with you.

 

Q. When did you first embrace the dewy look?

Katie Jane Hughes: I guess I’ve always loved the dewy look since I first started doing makeup. I definitely embraced it a lot more when I first came onto the scene on Instagram. I felt everything was very flat and matte and full coverage, so I just wanted to push hard that glowy skin and dewy skin is also beautiful.

 

 

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Q. I notice you put an emphasis on skin care, which is great! I love the way you marry skin care with makeup. Do you have a skin care philosophy?

KHJ: You know, I have a skin care philosophy, which is keep it simple and not use too many skin care products all at once. Introduce one new product at a time, two max.

I think that skin care can really benefit the way face makeup can look. So I think wearing bold colors on the lips, on the eyes, in my opinion, always looks super fresh and beautiful with a fresh, kind of light touch on the complexion front. Skin care really helps make that possible.

 

 

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Q. That philosophy is a big thing in Korea too. Were you at all inspired by the K-beauty wave?

KJH: I mean, I can’t say if I was directly inspired by K-beauty or not back then, but I definitely am inspired by it now. Back then I don’t know if I was actually seeing as much of it as we do now, but yeah, it’s amazing. I could never adopt that many steps into my skin care routine because I’m too lazy, but I think it’s awesome, and I think that if it works for you, that’s brilliant and it looks beautiful.

 

 

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Q. Your hooded eye looks, especially the winged liner tutorials, are nothing short of life-changing for those of us with hooded eyes. How did you come up with the winged liner for hooded eyes technique?

KJH: You know, I definitely started to develop it as my age was happening in front of my eyes. I was basically just changing, the shape of my eyes was changing. I don’t think it’s something I created, but it’s something that I have really helped to break down for people. I don’t think we knew that [bat-wing] shape was targeted for [hooded eyes], but once you get it you’re like “ohhhhh, I get it now!” It’s one of those things.

 

 

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If you haven’t followed Katie Jane Hughes on IG yet, I urge you to check her out at @katiejanehughes. And then get ready—you’re about to fall in love with makeup all over again.

 

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