I first met Kim Meyer a few years ago when she was working in the PR department at Chanel Beauty (a highly coveted beauty job, indeed). It was a professional relationship filled with press releases and product testing and interviews with Chanel’s esteemed makeup artists. When news spread that Kim was leaving her post at Chanel for a job as Director of Public Relations for The Wall Group (a well-known and well respected agency that reps beauty pros from makeup artists to manicurists) in LA, my first thought was, “who leaves Chanel?” But since Kim’s move to The Wall Group (and Los Angeles), I’ve actually gotten to know her more on a personal and professional level, and witness first hand, her complete adoration and admiration for the artists whom she works with. And The Wall Group represents some of the greats – from celebrity makeup artists like Fiona Stiles and Pati Dubroff to hair stylists like Thomas Dunkin and David Mallett – and a host of other extremely talented beauty and fashion experts (Amanda Ross, Rachel Zoe, Christophe Robin, to name a few). A job filled with this much daily talent and creativity? I’m envious (almost). I have had the privilege of interviewing so many of these wonderful beauty experts since Kim’s arrival at the Wall Group – and I, a self-proclaimed beauty expert, have learned so much from these wonderfully special men and women.
So, when it came to doing a Bathing Beauty piece on Kim Meyer, it was a no-brainer, really. She’s one of the most knowledgable women working in beauty today. While you may not see her name in glossy magazines and while she may not be the one responsible for the red carpet hair and makeup you are currently obsessing over, she is most certainly the woman behind-the-scenes making it all happen. When it comes to insider tips and industry secrets, Kim is chock-full of them. Here are a few of her favorite products:
What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1.Mascara – I am naturally blonde and fair, so without mascara my eyelashes are practically invisible! I won’t even check the mail without mascara. My favorites are CHANEL Inimitable Mascara, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara.
2. Body lotion – I am obsessed with moisturizing after the shower! My favorite is Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer.
3. Clarisonic Brush – this has changed the way my skin looks. I try to wash my face using it at least once a day.
4. Red nail polish – I used to be a little adventurous with my nail color… But I’ve realized I am most happy with some variety of red. From an orangey red like OPI’s Monsooner or Later, to a true red like Essie’s Bordeaux, to a deep purple-y red like CHANEL’s Vamp. I always have short, clean red nails.
5. Tom Ford Santal Blush Eau de Parfum– I have always been super sensitive to fragrance, and it’s been difficult for me to find one I can’t live without. My good friend Alex Nourafshan gave me Santal Blush for my birthday, and I fell in love with it at first sniff! Not only does it smell amazing, but the packaging is beautiful too.
What is your all-time favorite product?
CHANEL Hydramax + Active Cream. My friends nicknamed this product “dream cream.” It’s super hydrating, light weight, and smells delicious. I’ve been using it daily since it launched, and have turned all my friends and family onto it too.
What product do you buy in bulk?
Aquaphor. I have little tubes in every one of my bags, and I keep a big one in my bedside drawer. I am obsessed with hydrated, healthy lips! It’s also great for really dry rough areas in the winter months – hands, elbows, knees.
Favorite hair product?
Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m slightly obsessed with my hair. I don’t color my hair, but my friend and hair stylist Jen Atkin turned me on to Fekkai Salon Technician Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s gentle, doesn’t leave behind any product residue, and smells nice. And of course, I love L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray. I used to stock up on it when I traveled to Paris – I’m so happy I can find it at Target now!
You moisturize your face with…
CHANEL Hydramax + Active Cream at night, Clarins Extra-Firming Day Lotion & Sunscreen SPF 15 in the morning. Also, my friend Jeanne Yang recently turned me on to Sunday Riley Juno Tranformative Lipid Serum. I was skeptical of a face oil at first, but after using this product for a week, my skin felt amazing and had a visible glow to it!
Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
I’ve been so fortunate to work with some of the beauty industry’s top talent over the past decade. The one tip I’ve taken away from every single one of them is that sleep and hydration is KEY to keeping your skin looking healthy and young. I just wish I’d paid more attention in my early 20s.
Beauty icon you admire?
Patti Hansen. I think she embodies everything that is chic, beautiful, and eternally cool.