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A few years ago, Revlon went through a makeover thanks to Gucci Westman, the makeup artist who updated the brand image and introduced new, covetable products. She left the post in 2015, after 7 years helping creating campaigns with the likes of Emma Stone, Olivia Wilde and Halle Berry. It wasn’t her first time as an artistic director, previously she occupied the same role at Lancôme (now it belongs to Lisa Eldridge). Not bad for someone who was forbidden to wear any make-up during her childhood and early teens!
Chelsea Westman (Gucci is a nickname for Gurucharan, name shed adopted after a period in a Californian ashram) was introduced in the world of makeup whilst working as a nanny for a family in Switzerland. Her boss was a fashion editor, who got lots of lipstick, mascaras and foundations from Chanel, Dior etc, and motivated Gucci to move to Paris and start makeup school.
Back to Los Angeles, her first big break was a Vanity Fair cover photographed by Annie Leibovitz, featuring athletes from the Olympic team. Right after that, she met Grace Coddington and had the Vogue doors opened. By then, Gucci was making faces in both Hollywood and Paris, working with the biggest celebrities and brands. Ironically, she turned Cameron Diaz, one of her best friends, into an ugly woman in “Being John Malkovich”. Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore are also part of the A-list squad.
Gucci still splits time between celebrities and editorials, shows and campaigns, especially for Rag & Bone, as she is married to one of the founders, David Neville, father of her 2 children. Recently, she closed a partnership with skincare brand SK-II. Besides all that, she keeps the same makeup mantra: making women feel beautiful but also comforting. Who doesn’t like it?