Kelly Thompson is a fashion photographer and illustrator who has rapidly developed a cult following. Kelly’s illustrations have caught the attention of the international art, fashion and beauty community. Her work has featured in publications such as Pulp, Karen, Yen, Lucire, The London Sunday Times as well as being published in six of the seven Curvy books, This is Fashion Illustration and the Wooden Toy Quarterly. She has also worked with the likes of Covergirl, Saatchi & Saatchi and Mimco.
How would you describe your personal style, fashion and beauty wise?
Both my fashion and beauty style are very feminine. I love colour and enjoy experimenting with my makeup and grooming just as much as I do my outfit. I’m not much in to frills or anything too fussy or messy preferring cleaner lines and patterns or interesting fabrics.
What do you love most about your job?
The variety of clients I get, some of them I would never expect! I also love that my job is something I am interested in and enjoy, it’s not only about paying the bills.
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring illustrators out there?
Find your own style and own it, don’t try and be like everybody else you will just end up ordinary.
What five products can’t you live without?
Rationale moisturiser for my face, MAC Russian Red lipstick, Sans body oil by Lucy Marr, MAC moisturecover concealer and mascara, lots of mascara!
What does your skincare routine consist of?
On my face I use products by an Australian brand called Rationale. I have always had a lot of trouble with breakouts and started using their products about a year ago, they have completely changed my skin! I previously would get so annoyed at skincare brands promising so much and never delivering, and Rationale is the only brand that has actually made a noticeable change. Their products are all about gently calming, feeding and protecting your skin and are often used for people with scar tissue needing to heal. I just use their basic morning and night steps which largely consist of dry oils, they are so good and last for ages! On my body I am a bit lazy, but recently started using Sans Body Oil at night time, my skin has dramatically changed and I am now much more motivated to care for the skin on my body as much as my face
Best trick to brighten up a morning after face?
A light eyeshadow to highlight under the brow and in the centre of the eye by the tear duct. That and a whole lot of under eye concealer!
How do you stay healthy?
Unless I am travelling I never really eat anything with preservatives in it or any ingredients I don’t recognise. When I shop I shop the fresh aisles, I rarely buy biscuits or premade sauces or anything like that and always make food from scratch. Nothing crazy and hippy unachievable, just good wholesome flavoursome food without any crap in it. I am a bit useless with exercise – I’m working on that and getting some life balance back, but I do take the dog for a walk every morning before work so that counts for something!
Who is your beauty icon and why?
Hmmm, ooh hard one! I really admire Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansen and Charlize Theron, they play with their look, but always look refined and stunning.
What has been your biggest beauty disaster?
Dying my hair black and getting hideous short layers, I just looked like a bogan and wore a beanie for ages until it grew out long enough for a ponytail.
What is the best beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
Get eye cream early!
How do you treat yourself?
Having a day off is treat enough for me, but otherwise I love getting gentle facial peels, they dry your skin for about a week, but after that your skin is radiant and amazing!
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