August 20 2014

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A Former Nasty Gal Shares Her Beauty Must-Haves and L.A. Hot Spots



Thanks in great part to the runaway success of Sophia Amoruso’s hashtag-worthy tome of inspirational workplace wisdom, Nasty Gal is having quite the banner year. And its camera-ready founder happens to be as savvy about spotting talent as she is about spotting trends. Case in point: Stacey Nishimoto. A onetime freelance makeup artist for Chanel, Nishimoto met and became fast friends (and mutual style muses) with a pre-NG Amoruso in her San Francisco hometown. And when Amoruso birthed the idea for a small, little Web shop called Nasty Gal, it was Nishimoto whom she tapped to style the photo shoots, a gig that would grow into a full-time position as the burgeoning brand’s stylist and makeup artist. She is unequivocal about crediting the site for schooling her in all things business and fashion-related. Nishimoto recently graduated from Nasty Gal to pursue a freelance career as a creative director. Here, the perennially stylish L.A.-based talent shares some of her own beauty go-tos.


“This fragrance is dark but not heavy. It is a sophisticated smoky vetiver with a fresh top note. It’s beyond gender, to me.”


THE ESSENTIAL MAKEUP ELEMENT: Givenchy Mister Light Instant Corrective Pen

“A truly beautiful formula, it is the best eye brightening pen on the market because it can be layered and still look very natural, while imparting a soft, magical radiance that dances around your eye all day long.”

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THE LASH TRANSFORMER: YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils in Fascinating Violet

“Only the French know how to make a true violet mascara. Lashes drenched in this hothouse orchid color make the whites of your eyes an optic white, and your eye color will begin to sparkle.”

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Bottega Louie patisserie and café

“The best espresso and Nutella beignets. The beignets are light as air and anchored with a dot of chocolate in the center. You step into this white marble cathedral, located in downtown L.A., and you feel like you could be on a fancy cosmetics floor at Bergdorf’s. Heaven.”

700 South Grand Avenue, L.A.;


“Owner Joey Grana is a magical creature with truly the most refined taste level in all of L.A. You’ll find everything from an eighties I. Magnin dress to a Comme des Garçons slipdress—a real forward-thinking cultivation of vintage.”

8021 Melrose Avenue, L.A.;


“It’s in Koreatown, and for people in the know in the City of Angels, it’s the only place to go.”

2700 Wilshire Boulevard, L.A.;

THE MASTERFUL CUTTER: Daniel Karvasales of David James salon

“Karvasales is the one hairdresser who washes every client’s head to get a good feel of their frontal, parietal, and occipital bones. He’ll also be in search of your whirls and cowlicks so you’ll end up with the most flattering cut you’ll ever experience in your lifetime. Your bone structure and hair texture will be glorified to the utmost degree.”

600 Fillmore Street, San Francisco; (415) 655-3973

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