9 Questions with Staz Lindes, the New Face of YSL Beauty

We caught up with Staz Lindes, the super cool LA-based musician who's the new face of YSL Beauty, to talk a little bit about herself and her signature makeup look.

By Gordon Ng
Thu, 05 Jan 2017
Staz Lindes for YSL Beauté by Clara by Balzary

Staz Lindes for YSL Beauté by Clara by Balzary

You’ll know by now that YSL Beauty has a new ambassadress in Staz Lindes. She’s young, she’s cool, she’s from Los Angeles, she’s a musician, and she’s also got a killer sense of style and a great philosophy about makeup. We caught up with her to find out a little bit more about the things she loves and is inspired by. Personally, we’re inspired to bust out the combination of white shirt worn open with a strong lip – cheers to 2017!

What is your idea of happiness when you’re not at work?

Staz Lindes: When I’m not working, I love to trawl through the thrift shops of L.A. looking for vintage military or leather jackets. When I’m feeling more outdoorsy, I go to the beach for a swim or hike in the hills. At night, I often have band practice or go to other gigs – there’s a huge music scene here.
As for photography, I picked up a camera when I was 13 and have carried one around with me ever since. I love to shoot nature or portraits in a really honest, candid way – nothing too staged!

What is your current state of mind?

Keeping happy, healthy and motivated. L.A. is famous for its healthy lifestyle, so I like to think of myself as a pretty clean eater. I avoid gluten, dairy and sugar and have been a pescatarian for ten years. You’ll always find fish, eggs and greens that I like to buy at my local farmer’s market in my fridge. I also drink a ton of water every day and take a whole range of supplements – including probiotics, Viviscal, vegetable collagen, fish oils and wellness tonics when I’m travelling. When it comes to working out, I like to follow YouTube videos or Pilates DVDs at home.

What quality do you you like most in a woman?

Expressing individuality. Even as a teenager, I was inspired by the natural style of the iconic French actresses and models of the ‘60s. I’d even go to the hairdresser and ask for the same cut! Women like Catherine Deneuve and Betty Catroux – these were the very actresses that Monsieur Saint Laurent dressed – so I’ve always felt a strong affinity with the brand’s aesthetic and muses.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve begun to appreciate the signature play on masculine and feminine style with the classic tuxedos and tailoring. For me, it’s a label that allows me to be who I want to be on any given day. Whether I want to look pared-down or dressed up, it allows me to express my individuality in a way that’s always chic and luxurious.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Music! I think I’ve probably loved music ever since I was in my mum’s stomach – apparently I was dancing to Jimi Hendrix as soon as I could walk!

When and where are you happiest?

When I’m performing. I love to experiment with super bold lip and eye colours. I often wear the Vernis À Lèvres Vinyl Cream Liquid Lipsticks as they deliver an intense colour stain that really lasts – even when I’m singing.

That ritual of putting my make-up on before going on stage really helps get me in the zone and makes me feel powerful. When I’m out there, I feel powerful, free – and strangely peaceful. Sometimes I get so lost in the moment that I’m surprised when I look up and see a crowd of people staring at me!

How do you feel about being named the new face of YSL Beauty?

It’s an incredible honour to be the new face of YSL Beauty – I’ve been working as a musician for years, but this feels like a real career high point. I have fond childhood memories of discovering the brand as a child, so it’s very close to my heart. I remember the first time I visited Paris with my mother – we spent hours trying on endless different perfumes in a department store. The one I finally chose was YSL Paris – a scent that to me, captures the very essence and allure of the city.

What is your favourite occupation?

Being a musician! Thanks to both my mum and dad, music has always been a big part of my life. I remember driving along in the car with my mum as a child and listening to her favourite songs from The Everly Brothers, The Cure and Elliot Smith.

What is your dream beauty look?

Simplicity. I love for my skin to look fresh, clean and natural – the perfect pared-down canvas for the bolder eye and lip looks I often wear. For me, great skin is about layering a serum beneath a moisturiser, then using makeup to accentuate your best features – rather than masking any perceived flaws.

That’s one of the reasons why I love the original Touche Éclat – a true beauty icon: It’s quick, easy, highlights your cheekbones, brows and Cupid’s bow – and is the perfect size to take everywhere in my bag.

What is your style motto?

There’s a really cool quote from Monsieur Saint Laurent that sums up how I feel about style:
“I love clothes, I don’t care about fashion”. That’s so me! I’ve always loved clothes and make-up – whether it be designer or vintage pieces from thrift shops, my cupboards are over-flowing and always speak to my own sense of style, rather than generic trends.

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