Reminiscing With…Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles
Beauty Nostalgia is a column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The pro: Fiona Stiles, celebrity makeup artist
The product: “Before I even knew that being a makeup artist was a job, I was passionate about products. I grew up just north of San Francisco in a town called San Rafael. Macy’s was the only game in town, and I would stalk its makeup counters. In high school, I discovered Princess Marcella Borghese powder lipstick. This lipstick had a powder texture and came in a compact, like a single eye shadow. It had a sponge-tip applicator and everything. This formula was genius! It had a soft metallic sheen but was totally matte. I loved the deep red color; it looked like red velvet. Another favorite was Ultima II The Nakeds lipstick in #50, which was a staple in my makeup bag when I went off to college in Providence, Rhode Island. I used to dye my hair bright red, and I loved the way this matte orange lipstick looked. The line was amazing—Kevyn Aucoin designed it—and [the company] could have a major comeback if they rereleased it.”