Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Kayleen McAdams found her calling when visiting aÂ movie set and never looked back. Now a popular go-to among the Hollywood crowd,Â glamorous makeup is her calling card. The La Mer Global Makeup Ambassador Â and sister of actress Rachel McAdams shares her beauty secrets with us.
How did you get your start as a makeup artist?
I had been encouraged to pick a practical career, so I majored in psychology. My sisterÂ Rachel was just getting started as an actress and I flew down during winter break to visitÂ her on the set. There, I fell in love with everything makeup and realised I could turn it intoÂ a career. I went home and finished my degree, but then immediately enrolled in makeupÂ school.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Every look I create inspires me in a new way. For example, red carpet make up is a veryÂ collaborative process and I sometimes see an Oscars dress as far as a week inÂ advance. We often think of iconic movie stars or moments, and draw from there. I shareÂ my thoughts with the actress and her team, and we all brainstorm together.
What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty takes on a whole new meaning now that itâ€™s my job. Iâ€™m so lucky that I get to goÂ to work with such incredible women and make them feel confident about themselves. IÂ always want the woman to shine through and never want to make it look like Iâ€™mÂ applying a mask of makeup thatâ€™s hiding her. When you feel amazing, it affectsÂ everything â€“ from your career to personal relationships.
How important is skincare in your beauty routine?
Skincare is the most important step of the entire makeup process. If your skin doesnâ€™tÂ look good, you have to work twice as hard and use a lot more product â€“ and formulasÂ donâ€™t lay down as well. Itâ€™s not about having perfect skin. Itâ€™s about taking care of the skinÂ you do have, and keeping it feeling and looking healthyâ€”thatâ€™s why I love La Mer!
What about La Mer is special to you?
To me, itâ€™s more than just a very aspirational and luxurious brand. Itâ€™s a brand thatÂ performs. La Mer never compromises, and they put all their time and energy into makingÂ amazing products that truly make a difference.
What is your go to La Mer Product?
I love the glow that The Perfecting Treatment gives to the skin. It is especially perfect forÂ wearing underneath La Merâ€™s Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation. It buffs out any linesÂ and imperfections and helps foundation last all day.
What is yourÂ favouriteÂ place to travel to?
Tokyo has always been on my bucket list, and I was finally able to visit this year. It wasÂ so gorgeous and the rituals, like receiving a warm towel everywhere you go, were soÂ wonderful. Thereâ€™s a strong belief in investing the time and money into finding beautyÂ products and a style that really works for you.
What can you never leave the house without?
Mascara â€“ it just makes your eyes pop.