Linda Hay is one of those women who has impeccable editing skills. You’ll see in the below images that her style and her home in the Hamptons blend together to create a serene space that she uses when she needs to take a breather from her jet-set lifestyle of being a make-up artist to a stellar roster of clients including Heidi Klum.
She also happens to be a gem of a human who opened up our her house with the biggest of smiles and hugs despite having just stepped off a red-eye the night prior. Hanging out with Joey, her fur-baby, was just the cherry on top!
Describe your style in 3 words.
Minimal, Effortless, Eclectic
What’s most important when it comes to style: comfort, beauty, or innovation?
Mostly comfort — with an eye on innovation and beauty. I work long hours and need to be prepared for anything and everything! (Studios, trains, planes and automobiles.) By “comfort,” I don’t mean dressing down, I just like to keep it chic and easy.
Most valued thing in your closet?
I don’t have a lot and I’m not really attached to any of it. However, a small gold-ish bangle, given to me by my children and a string of black Rudraksha Mala, I bought in Varanasi, India go with me everywhere. And I guess there’s that Greenpeace T-shirt I’ve had since 1985 (33yrs!). I can’t let it go…
Do you have a fashion muse?
Tough to pin it down to one… perhaps Jane Birkin, eternally chic.
Are there things you don’t wear?
Ruffles and white fringed boots…yikes!
You’ve been in the beauty industry for quite some time now, what is the best advice you could give in regards to pairing make-up with an outfit.
Place and time, is usually something I factor in pairing makeup to the outfit. Where are you going? Who do you want to be? What is the lighting? Will it be boiling hot or air conditioned? Personally, I prefer to choose one feature to accentuate, either eyes or lips. The skin should always be freshly polished. If you know the light will be reliable, your silhouette is simple, why not commit to a strong eye and lips if you’re in the mood?
I adore how refined your style is. Was this always the case or have you simplified and edited your wardrobe over the years?
I’ve always been drawn to minimalism and simplicity. And I’ve been traveling my entire life, so perhaps that’s plays a factor in the way I choose to dress. I like to travel light and my clothes need to multitask. One outfit may need to go from the studio, to the airport, to another city, or country and perhaps another studio, all in one day. So a simple silhouette usually translates and remains comfortable in most situations. It gives me the freedom to go anywhere, anytime.
Are there differences in your personal style when compared to what you do for work and the make-up looks you create? If so, what are they and why do you separate the two?
Unlike the makeup looks I create for my clients, I prefer to keep things super easy for myself. I don’t really wear a lot of makeup, a touch of concealer, groomed brows, maybe a highlighter, a little blush and always, ALWAYS, Mascara. I prefer to remain fresh, it’s easier and a fresh polished face looks good with everything. It’s timeless and can go anywhere, anytime. Occasionally I’ll throw on a red lip but I have to be in the mood and know I have the time and freedom to maintain it.