Joyce Bonelli is a celebrity in her own right, having gained over 1.5 million followers on Instagram by being one of the Kardashian and Jenner families' go-to makeup artists (and glam team member). We met her at a recent event for fake tan brand Cocoa Brown in London and she is hilarious. She could easily have her own show, but despite being raised in Hollywood, she says she's too shy to be in front of the camera. Keep scrolling to find out the makeup and tanning tips she shared with Byrdie UK.
So how did this self-confessed child tomboy become a makeup artist for the most womanly group of ladies? "Everyone in my family is an artist in different realms, it runs in our blood."
"I was never allowed to watch TV as a child. Mister Ed and the Munsters were the extent of it, but I knew I wanted to be part of that world, so I trained in animatronics and special effects makeup."
It was a visit to the set of Baywatch, a show that her step dad worked on, that opened her eyes to more traditional makeup artistry. "I saw Pamela Anderson and I was like this is it. She also made me realise that I'm a girl too!"
Incredibly candid, she won't endorse a product she and her clients don't love. She used the Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Body Oil (£10) on Khloé for a recent magazine cover. "It gives the skin that sporty glow," she explains. "A lot of highlighters are silver so they leave the skin looking ashy, but this is warmer."
Joyce recommends applying the oil onto the skin with a big brush. Use one with natural hair as this will absorb some of the oil leaving more of the shimmer on your skin.
When she isn't making up her famous clients, she uses La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation SPF 15 (£146) in Creme Peche on herself and applies it with her fingers. She jokes that they changed the bottle from silver to blue "and that really killed my mood." She also uses Anastasia Clear Brow Gel (£17), which she loves.
At the moment, she's working on her own line. "Let's be real, the market is so saturated, so I'm working on a capsule collection of the best of the best products so people will know it's authentic. The best mascara, best eyeliner, I'm not doing foundation because there are enough out there," she says. We can't wait for her curated line to launch, but in the meantime keep scrolling for Joyce's top fake tan tips.
Don't fake tan your face. It's easier and more natural to use an instant tanner to build up the colour. I use Cocoa Brown Instant Tan Bronzing Gel Matte (£7) as a foundation.
Use a brush to apply tan. If you do want to fake tan your face, always use a brush to apply; this will ensure it's evenly buffed in. Use a brush to apply instant tanner too, as you can wash it off straight away if it doesn't blend well.
Keep your skin in the best condition. Always use face masks in your beauty routine and moisturise every day. Never go to bed with makeup on!
Consider 3D tanning (my new obsession). I learnt this from Marissa (the founder of Cocoa Brown). First apply fake tan over your entire body. Next contour with Cocoa Brown Instant Tan Bronzing Gel Matte (£7) to sculpt the face and body, using a foundation brush apply it to where the sun would naturally hit the skin: top of the forehead, tip of the nose, sides of cheeks. This will give the face a very natural sun-kissed look. Deepen the tan on the décolleté and down both sides of the arms and legs—this creates an optical illusion, slimming the silhouette.
Last apply Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Body Oil (£10) on areas like cheekbones, temple, collarbone and down the middle of arms and legs to give skin luminosity and glow.
And, of course, take a selfie! I love taking selfies in my bathroom because the lighting is good in there. And always take the photo from high up—it's more flattering.
Want more tips from the Kardashian's glam squad? We called on Kim Kardashian's makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic to share all his contouring secrets.