Paul Mitchell Insider Jane Kim is the brain and artist behind The Glamourist╌an all-encompassing site that serves as a portfolio of her work as a hairstylist and makeup artist and a window into her life in San Francisco. With an impeccable eye for aesthetics and expert status within the beauty industry, we asked Jane to give us a sneek peek into her life as a beauty buff.
PM: How did you get your start as a hairstylist and makeup artist?
JK: I worked behind a makeup counter at a department store and I’d play makeover on everyone╌I spent more time doing their makeup than selling products! I was even in trouble a few times because of it. Nonetheless, that’s when my love for the art grew. As time went on, clients asked me if I was also a hairstylist, so one day I gave it a go. I started simply, just curling hair but it soon progressed into creating up-dos and more.
PM: What do you love most about working in the beauty industry?
JK: I love that this industry is creative and fun. I find it quite rewarding that what I do can make someone look and feel their best. Giving them the opportunity to see themselves in a completely different light is so gratifying. I love transforming a bookworm in to a sexy siren or teaching someone to wear less make up and how to naturally enhance their beauty.
PM: Where do you draw inspiration?
JK: My work is so visual that inspiration comes from all sorts of visual places like print, photos, TV, film and video. I’ve worked with so many people who are immensely talented in their craft and in turn they’ve become my inspiration. Honestly, inspiration is all around╌even Instagram is a huge source of inspiration! Not just for work but for things to see, do and just be.
PM: How do you define your personal style?
JK: I like simple, clean and effortless style. Nothing too fussy╌just easy and relaxed styles occasionally paired with something structured like a tailored jacket. I always err on the casual side. Same goes for hairstyles. I don’t like to look like I’m trying too hard. I don’t think you’ll ever see me in an up-do! My go-to look is loose waves.
PM: What does a typical day in the life of Jane look like?
JK: I’ve been told by some of my followers that I love coffee and eat at all of the most fabulous places. While my daily life can include moments like these, it’s not always that glamorous. If I’m not meeting with clients, I’m usually doing back end stuff for the business like prepping, answering emails, looking over contracts or creating timelines. I’ve also been working on an online store specializing in Korean beauty products, so that’s been taking up a lot of my time as of late.
PM: What is your go-to hair and makeup look?
JK: It depends on how much time I have to get ready and where I need to be. My most basic look is just wearing my hair in loose waves. For makeup, I use this amazing Sulwhasooo cushion compact. It’s great for evening out skin tone and provides awesome coverage. I usually pair it with a bright pink or orangey-red lipstick. If I have a little bit more time, I’ll add some lashes, highlighter, eyeliner and blush. I don’t know when it happened but my makeup routine went from being 45 minutes to 5 minutes!
PM: What hair looks do you love for summer 2015? Any tips for getting these styles?
JK: I’ve been obsessed with the messy pony. For the best and easy way to achieve the look I start by dousing the roots with a plenty of dry shampoo. This helps build and create texture, and adds lots of volume to the roots. I then curl random sections of hair using a 1" curling iron, mainly concentrating on the areas framing the face. I’ll run my fingers through the hair to loosen the curls and lightly pull it back into a pony. Then I tug apart the pony a bit to make it tighter and move the base closer to the scalp. To add more texture, I’ll pull up a bit at the roots just in case some pieces were pulled back too tightly when creating the ponytail. If the poinytail looks too straight, I’ll add a few more waves in with the curling iron or if it looks too flat, I’ll tease underneath the tail for added volume.
PM: What are your favorite Paul Mitchell products? Must-have tools?
JK: I’ve been obsessed with the Express Ion Smooth®+ (I have the limited edition rose gold one!). And, the Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Moisturizing Lather Shampoo® and Keratin Cream Rinse® have been amazing on my damaged hair. They really help hydrate my hair.
PM: What is your biggest accomplishment in your career thus far?
JK: I value a series of small accomplishments over one big one. I think the smaller accomplishments lead to bigger ones. Being able to partner and collaborate with companies and brands I’ve loved and admired for a long time is an accomplishment in itself.
Angela Hauk is Paul Mitchell's Brand Advocate Manager. When she's not conversing with the Insiders or sending them swag, she enjoys painting, writing, and exploring new places. Someday she'll own a card shop where her obsession with quotes will be put to good use!