Photographer: Paris Helena

Meet our July cover star, Rachelle Llanes! She opened up to us about how she finds makeup inspiration in Egyptian culture & her most requested look from clients! 

How did you get your start in the makeup world?

I was actually a tomboy growing up but started to dabble with makeup in middle school. My family would always tell me I wear too much makeup, but I didn't care because I loved my Wet 'n' Wild brown lip liner so much. I started working for MAC during college and never thought it was something I wanted to pursue as my career until later. I was working towards a Psychology degree and working with makeup allowed me to express myself artistically and work with individuals on a personal level.

"It's important to wake up every morning knowing your job is your passion and you have fun doing it."

What was your job before you got into makeup?

I wore many hats before I started makeup. My first job was McDonald's when I was 15 1/2, I mean.. I had to start somewhere haha. Then I helped manage my Mom's business, worked as a Receptionist at a dental office and an awesome sneaker store called Shoe Biz on Haight Street.

Featured Talent: Rachelle Llanes

What is your ride or die makeup product?

Currently, ABH Aurora Glow Kit.

What is your most requested makeup look from clients?

Brown smoky eye paired with a classic wing liner and bronzy complexion.

Featured Talent: Rachelle Llanes

What are your favorite types of makeup looks to create?

I'm definitely a beauty look kinda person. I love enhancing the natural beauty. But I absolutely love challenging myself to create editorial looks and use bright colors.

What is your favorite part of your makeup routine?

Complexion because I'm very self-conscious about my skin and I try very hard to take care of it with great skincare.

Featured Talent: Rachelle Llanes

Where do you find your inspiration?

My inspiration usually comes from things I go through in my daily life. I've described some of my looks, death-like or sick looking because there are some days where I'm just not feeling it so why not look it? I've always been fascinated with Egyptian culture, history, art & architecture which I draw a lot of inspiration from.

"When I worked for one of the most inspiring and hard working women."

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

I've always lived by this quote. 
"If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is."

Charles Bukowski

Featured Talent: Rachelle Llanes

What is your ultimate career goal?

I'm very passionate about empowering and making individuals feel good about themselves inside and out. So anything that involves that, I'm happy.

Where can someone who wants awesome makeup done find you? Do you take all kinds of clients?

You can contact me via email at or check out my website at Absolutely! I take any client for any occasion. 

"My favorite thing.. wedding makeup and making my brides feel beautiful on their special day."

Rapid Fire:

Favorite fragrance? My secret natural essential oil.

Coffee or tea? Both

Skin care or makeup? Makeup

Instagram Stories or Snapchat? IG Stories

Bun, ponytail, or down? Fun bun

One word to describe your daily life? Eventful

Go Behind the Scenes of Rachelle's cover shoot, below!

Rachelle's Favorite Things