Interview: Jessy Lane

0 Posted by On October 12, 2013 In Interviews, Music

Jessy Lane

Well known as the former frontwoman of Subtonix, Magick Daggers and Jewels of the Nile, Jessy is currently making music with her husband Bobby (formerly of //TENSE//) as V O W S. The images conjured up by their mix of sinister synth and tropical beats can be seen reflected in Jessy’s signature Cleopatra-esque mix of deep gold eyeshadow and thick black eyeliner. The story behind the look, below.

What made you start wearing eyeliner?

ANNIE POTTS IN PRETTY IN PINK. As a teen I wanted Molly’s hair, but truth is I’m a natural blackie and Annie Potts was way more my speed with fashion and make-up. Also I was a tween in the early 80′s and Madonna was like my Virgin Mary of make -up!

Do you always wear the same style or do you experiment with different looks?

I’ve always worn black liquid top lid cat eyes. When I was younger I did the full eye, but then realized my eyes were always big and almond shaped so I didn’t need full blown all over — I wanted to leave room for red lips. MAC Ruby Woo has been my jam for so long, I never wanted to over power it. I deviate with a dual liner of metallic green, gold glitter or black liquid dots at the end of the standard cat eye and orange or gold pigments on bottom with red lids — but always mainly gold lids.

Who are your eyeliner icons?

Audrey Hepburn, the character Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks (Sherylin Fenn), Polly Maggoo, Pola Negri — because I adore using liquid eyeliner to create those brows too — Candy Darling, BOY GEORGE! I love his use of color, and Marc Almond — manliner never looked so good. Also I think in contemporaries my fave is Armen Ra — gorgeous!

What are your favorite products and what else completes your look?

I honestly use whatever liquid black liner in pen form that is black black black. I like the E.L.F. pens because they do the job, it stays, they are cheap and if I lose it, it’s not hard to find. For standard drug store fare pencil I always turn to Maybeline Expert Eyes because it doubles as a brow and you can always find it. As for liquid glitter liners, I search the Latina beauty stores because not only do they have crazy colors, but they are cheap cheap cheap. I always have a gold metallic liner too for inner eyes, and the upper lid over the cat eye. Right now that fave is Nabi in Gold E09 and a really nice French emerald green I get from Larchmont Beauty here in LA. I use an orange NYX pigment for my powder and several other baked eyeshawdows wet down with an eyeliner brush for lower gold accents.

Any tips for putting it on… or taking it off?

Putting it on is a challenge because sometimes it’s a matter of where I’m at. I’ve had to apply on airplanes, cars, vans, back rooms minutes before shows without lighting, but always index finger drawing out the corner and the colored liners on the inner lid fading into the black. Never black on the lower lid, it’s too predictable, it takes away from the lips.

For removal I use straight Vitamin E Oil because it doubles as a moisturizer — sticky and weird, but it’s double duty and cheap compared to a product just for eye make-up removal. When I have more money though Lancôme eye make up remover is probably the best — but it won’t also reduce lines and firm like Vitamin E. So over the years, Vitamin E is my favorite followed by a rose water glycerin I get at the Indian market for toning.

Let the EYES TALK and be WITCHY.

 

Do you have different day and night looks?

Well by day I typically work in a conservative office environment, so my gold, greens and oranges take a backseat and it’s just a straight cat eye, nude lipstick and a NARS blush. I feel like the eyes need to be the focus in that world and red lips tend to alienate normies because it indicates confidence — which this is where when wearing heels two inches higher than your co-workers is enough, let the eyes talk and be witchy. As soon as I get home though, suit is off, gold, black and orange are on as well as red lips. On stage though it’s always much more dramatic, three coats of everything, sometimes fake lashes to boot, cat eyes that can meet moon shaped brows in a perfect crescent.


V O W S – 101

 

Why do you wear eyeliner?

Ok here is the eyes are the windows to the soul bit: you should always wear your liner/eye makeup like you want someone to look directly into your eyes. This is where it is elemental and witchy, where are you, who are you looking at? In an office, I don’t want to alienate, on stage I want to seduce, with fashion I want it to be classic day to night, as Coco would have it. In photoshoots, I want to sometimes be as bold as Fela Kuti’s wives! I love their eye make up so much, but that would be an artistic inspiration and not so much my actual organic inclination. If anything I like classic, but for performance I love glammy crazy glittery things. If I wear sequins, I won’t go so crazy with eye make up, but if I wear all black, there will be reds, blues, golds and greens. I love jewel tones. I feel that they are unexpected when you just get one big bright jewel tone in your face.

 

Jessy Lane

 

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