Beauty insiders with Kristine Studden

 Beauty insiders is the format where we meet some of the world's most celebrated makeup artists who's frequently seen using Sweed. We are used to admire their work from distance. Beauty insiders will take you on an exclusive interview where we chat about favorite products, beauty mottos to how to stay sane during these days.

This week we had a chat with the marvelous Kristine Studden, the woman behind Chrissy Teigen, Inanna, Hailee Steinfeld and Bella Hadid's makeup to name a few. 

Welcome to the lashie world of Sweed and happy reading!

Name: Kristine Studden

Instagram: @krisstudden
City: Los Angeles, born and bred
Age: 36 

For how long have you been working in the industry?

I went to makeup school when I was 22 and it took me about 5 years after that to really break into the industry via assistant work. And then years after that to start really getting my own jobs.

How do you stay sane during those days?

Staying sane during the early years is all about staying focused on your hustle, just keeping a one track mind. And trusting that all the work you're putting in will come together and pay off some day.


What's your favorite Sweed product(s) and why?

My favorite Sweed product is ABSOLUTELY the Pro Lash Lift Mascara. It’s the BEST! I love the formula, it’s like a rich black shiny patent leather almost. It glides on so well and the brush makes it super easy to get the entire lash from the base to the tip. I’m such a fan. I also constantly use all the liners!

Kristines favorite products: Lash Lift Mascara & Eye Silk Kohl Pencils


What's your best beauty trick/hack?

I feel like my best beauty trick is truly listening to someone and what they want. It helps me enhance their beauty without going too overboard. I love the less is more approach. And at the end of the day I want my client to be happy and feel really good.

If you were a beauty product, what would you be?

If I were a beauty product I’d be a tinted moisturizer because it’s so versatile and gives a healthy, youthful glow while also providing sun protection and yummy ingredients. Who doesn’t want all of that wrapped up in a pretty package?? If I'm being honest it's a drug store favorite of mine that I use all the time. It's called BB Fresh by Maybelline and it's just my tried and true! So much bang for your buck! 

Kristine would be a tinted moisturizer from Maybelline if she was a beauty product

When was the last time you were nervous when you did makeup? (I mean you do so many celebrities and the whole vibe must be overwhelming with so many people watching your work.)

I still get nervous on big jobs because it’s so important to me to make everyone happy and a lot of the time is something that is going to live forever. Whether on film or in a magazine and you want desperately to be able to look back and feel proud of what you did. And for other people to as well!

Makeup by Kristine 


How long time does it take for you to create a red carpet look?

Red carpet looks are always super collaborative. You have the whole team kind of swapping ideas and giving input and so the glam process can take a bit because there’s a lot of moving parts. I’d say my part alone probably takes a full hour and half, but were all working at the same time, because I want it to be perfect. All the way from skin prep to the final touches on the highlights and lips and all the good stuff.

 Red carpet looks on Chrissy Teigen and Hailee Steinfeld by Kristine

What's your favourite foundation for red carpet?

My favorite foundation for Red Carpet is kind of dependent on the skin of the person I’m doing but a couple of my favs are: Armani’s Luminous silk, Chanel’s Vitalumier and Shishedo Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting. Also anything and everything by Clé de Peau.

A favorite foundation for red carpet

You are a beauty hero for so many. What's your beauty motto in life?

My motto in life is "never complain, never explain". Do YOU and try to be unafraid. Life is so short. I’m still working on it too!!