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If you've seen impeccably applied graphic eyeliner, perfectly brushed up brows, and flawless, radiant skin on Instagram, the chances that it was the work of Nikki Wolff is highly likely. For her 1.7 million Instagram followers, the London-based makeup artist regularly posts soothing Sunday makeup tutorials, backstage access during her various creative photo shoots, and the looks of her many A-list celebrity clientele.
Now, to add to her already-impressive portfolio, Wolff is stepping into the role of KVD Beauty's global creative lead. In her new role, Wolff will help to create brand content, work on upcoming campaigns, and have a hand in product development. To celebrate the exciting partnership, POPSUGAR spoke with Wolff about what this new adventure has in store.
POPSUGAR: Firstly, congrats on your new role as KVD Beauty's global creative lead. Could you tell us why you were excited to partner with the brand?
Nikki Wolff: I've always been a big fan of the brand. I love the fact that they create products that are high-pigment, high performance, and makeup-inspired — it really rings true to how I do things. There's a lot of artistry inspiration behind the KVD Beauty products. Also, love the fact that it's vegan and cruelty-free and really cares about the planet on so many different levels. So it just felt like a really good match for my own values.
"This is such a dream role for me to be able to get involved in that side of it and live my childhood fantasy," Nikki Wolff.
PS: What are you looking forward to the most about for your new role with the brand?
NW: Gosh, there's so many things I'm excited about. Really looking forward to creating some strong campaigns for the brand and some beautiful content. I'm super excited to help with new product development and creation of new things that are going to be coming out. Having my little say and opinion on those things is really amazing because I've been lucky enough to be able to test and try so many different products from across so many different brands, that I really have a strong idea of exactly how a product should be and exactly what I like. I'm super excited about being involved in product development, as well as obviously just creating some iconic looks for KVD Beauty.
PS: That's so exciting, what a dream come true to sit in the lab and dream up your perfect products.
NW: Do you know what? My mum always tells me the story of when I was a little girl, literally five years old, I used to sit and mix things together, which would be paint, lip balm, and yogurt, or whatever I could get my hands on. I used to try and make different kinds of makeup as a child. So this is such a dream role for me to be able to get involved in that side of it and live my childhood fantasy.
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PS: What was your first memory of using KVD Beauty or the first product that you remember adoring?
NW: It's hard to say, because I've got a few things in my kit that I've had from KVD for so many years, but one in particular is the Tattoo Liners. I'm such a big liquid-liner fan, and I use it pretty much on almost all the looks that I do in lots of different ways to create all sorts of shapes. I remember trying the Tattoo Liner for the first time and just being blown away by the performance and the durability with the finish being so opaque and black. It was everything I'd looked for in a liquid liner. I've always had and been impressed by the Cream Contour Kit [editor's note: which sadly isn't available in the UK], it's been a staple that I've used for years in my kit.
"You shouldn't have to compromise on that performance and product delivery," said Wolff.
PS: If there was one thing that you would love people to know about KVD Beauty that maybe they don't, what would it be?
NW: I'm not sure how much people know about KVD Beauty, but I think it's really important that people know that not only are the products high performance (there are plenty of award-winning products) and have high-pigment, but the brand is also cruelty-free, vegan, cares about the planet, and is sustainable. All of those things that really are necessary; they shouldn't just be a bonus in cosmetics today. I really feel like they should be necessary for all brands. You shouldn't have to compromise on that performance and product delivery.
PS: Could you tell us a bit about the new KVD Beauty ModCon Blush formula?
NW: Oh, my gosh! You're going to love it. It literally embodies that modern dewy, jelly-looking skin. It's super hydrating and gleaming; it looks like a natural flush on well-moisturised, plumped skin. It also feels like a second skin when it's actually on because it's so hydrating at the same time.
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PS: What's your favourite way to apply the ModCon Blush? Especially for people who are a little scared of blush
NW: I love using a brush to apply everything; that's just my go-to. I feel that I have a little bit more control when I'm using brushes to buff, blend, and press product into the skin. I think if you're not a blush fan but you want to dabble, then you can use it with your fingers. Just press a little onto the skin and then blend out with a couple of fingers. It's so so easy to use and it gives you a really seamless finish, whatever your application. I would just say whatever you feel comfortable using, whether it be a brush, sponge, or your fingers — you can apply it using them all.
PS: Yeah, we're definitely more in the "whack it on with our fingers" camp, if we're honest.
NW: Do you know what? Fingers are just quick and easy. How I do my own makeup is quite different to how I do makeup on other people. Often when it's myself, fingers get involved, and it's just, how quick they can I get it on my face before my little boy throws toys and it and starts to scowl? It's a very different experience to actually sit in my makeup chair.
PS: Dewy skin is something you've totally mastered. What are your go-to products and application techniques for getting that really hydrated, glossy base for all of your looks?
NW: Prepping the skin is really important using primers, etc. But also, it needs to carry through into the foundation because you can undo all of that good work that you've put into getting this beautiful dewy base if you're applying the wrong foundation on top, which is why I'm such a huge fan of the new Good Apple Foundation — that one that was a sensation on TikTok. It has a super-unique texture. There aren't many things like it on the market; it's super full-coverage but really natural-looking, and it doesn't go cakey at all. It's glossy on the skin, so you can wear it as like a satin finish if you use powder on top, or you can have it as a dewy finish. It's my go-to at the moment for everyone's skin.
PS: Do you have any unconventional uses for some of the KVD Beauty products?
NW: When I first received the Super Pomade Vegan Eyeliner, Shadow & Brow Pigment, I remember thinking that it was like a brow pomade designed for if you wanted to create colourful brows. But actually, I use the product as an eyeshadow base and to create super-creative, colourful looks. It's an incredible high-pigment, waterproof formula that's really long-lasting. It blends seamlessly on the skin. That's become one of my go-to staple products when I'm creating colourful looks because you can literally just use them as a wash of colour on the lids, as a primer on the lids, or you can use them to create really strong editorial looks. It can also be used like as blush, or you can put them through your brows. It's so versatile, which I love.