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Ep 208 - Makeup Artist Violette Spills All of Her Beauty Secrets

Violette Serrat on the “French Girl” Cliché, everyday sophisticated makeup tricks & her exact getting un-ready skincare routine.

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Meet Wende Zomnir, co-founder of Urban Decay, the 90s makeup brand that’s as relevant today as it was in its graffiti-grunge heyday. Listen in as the Texas-born pageant girl, Mom and surfer recalls how frustration with the candy pink facade of the beauty industry drove her to start a rebellious cosmetics company that was years ahead of its time with out-of-the-crayon-box neon shadows, blue lipsticks and all-gendered, near-black nail polishes to mark its initial lineup.

Urban Decay’s Naked Palette Had a Funeral

You’ll hear the backstory on cosmetics hit after cosmetics hit, like, the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion that Jill relies on to hold her shadow in place every single day. Or, the All-Nighter Setting Spray that out-performs the rest. Not to mention the brand’s 12-shades-of-beige Naked Palette, with sales of over $1B since its launch in 2010. The vanity staple was so iconic, the company had to host a funeral went it went bye-bye in 2018 (Nicole Richie and several influencers were in attendance, sniff.)

Featuring behind-the-scenes moments on how Wende managed to get into major retailers and into the hands of New York beauty editors with zero beauty experience, this episode will trace Urban Decay’s epic rise right up to the Lizzo-fronted “Pretty Different” campaign that broke the inter webs earlier this year. Finally, find out how Wende is looking back on her near 25 year legacy, as the little indie brand that was arguably one of the first to go BOOM.

Products mentioned in this episode: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil; Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion; Urban Decay All-Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray; Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation; Urban Decay Naked Palette; Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette; Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Wet Force SPF 50+ Sunscreen; Skinceuticals Sheer Physical Defence SPF 50; Kerastase Elixir Ultime Original Hair Oil

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Girl Boss Founder Sophia Amoruso with Breaking Beauty’s Carlene Higgins

Sophia co-hosts Girl Boss Radio

We’ve officially joined #GirlBoss Nation. It’s what happens when you sit down with Girl Boss founder Sophia Amoruso, the poster woman for females killing it at work and in life. First there was the fashion label she started, Nasty Gal, then there was that Netflix show, and of course Girl Boss, her best-selling book and Girl Boss Radio. And don’t even get us started on her killer Instagram style! Which is why we had to sit down with the queen of entrepreneurs when she dropped into town with Shoppers Drug Mart’s Beauty Boutique event, Be Bold With Beauty.

Stay tuned for the full #glowdown on all the makeup currently on the fashion influencer’s #topshelf; why she ditched her hair extensions, and what his-and-her tattoos Sophia recently had inked with her boyfriend. Plus, we get the backstory on which of her famously fearless Instagram posts (The Shiggy Challenge, that Ivanka Trump manifesto…) are currently going viral.

Rolling out onto store shelves now, Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Serum, $106 CN ($84 US)/ 60 capsules

But before allll of that, Jill and Carlene laser in on the topic of retinol, revealing answers to your top five most pressing questions about the gold standard skincare ingredient. In partnership with our friends at Elizabeth Arden, we chat with Manhattan-based consulting dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman, to find out who’s best suited to retinol; how to work it into your routine; and what not to do if you want to avoid any dreaded peeling effect. In this breaking episode of The Damn Goods, we review Elizabeth Arden’s new Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum, a single-dose innovation that locks retinol’s potency inside a precious little pink pouch.

Products mentioned in this episode: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer; Dior Lip Glow Hydrating Colour Reviver Lip Balm; Shiseido Aura Dew Eyes, Lip, Face; Urban Decay Naked Palette; Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum

Every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts and/or guests. Products you purchase through our links may earn us a commission.