As a native Cali girl, Kayla Varley was one of the first photographers I had the pleasure of meeting when I first moved to LA, and her relaxed minimal approach to beauty is Cali through and through, I’m lucky enough to call Kayla a friend. We met up to chat about photography and a minimal approach to beauty.
The best thing about living in California would have to be the fact that you can drive 30 minutes to an hour and surround yourself in a different environment, whether that’s the ocean, the hills or the canyon, or you can even drive a little bit further and go to Angela’s Crest Forest and be completely surrounded by nature, and then come right back and be in the city again, so you get the best of both worlds i’d Say.
When I was 13 my dad gave me a tiny camera and he pushed me to take photos and to follow my creativity. it’s all him, he saw I was really drawn to taking photos of myself and my friends, and he just kept pushing me to explore it.
I’m so inspired by all the rad women that have popped into my life, all the people I’ve met, as well as all the tough times and the good. They have inspired me to be a better version of myself everyday, and I think with photography, well art in general, everything helps your art. Like you’re day to day life, the people you meet on the street, the interactions you have with people, it’s the little things. My fiancé inspires me to be better at my work because he’s really talented too, and I just want to be the best version of myself all of the time.
At 19 I had my first big job, and I realized then and there that my dream could come true and I could actually do this for a living.
When I look through a camera I can loose myself and not pay attention to what i’m Doing, or someone else’s doing, I can literally lose myself in a moment. When i’m on the opposite end and getting my photo taken, i’m so aware of my every move, I can feel when my lip starts to quiver, i’m so aware, and for some people that might be really cool because they’re able to lose themselves in that moment, but I can’t, I get so self conscious.
Beauty is just feeling your best, feeling good, so your little outward shell looks pleasing too.
I like mixing moisturizer and concealer together, that’s a basic staple I normally do if I am wearing makeup, plus keeping my hands really clean. And focusing on moisturizing the skin.
If I only have 5 minutes, after getting out the shower, I’ll put on moisturiser, i’ll brush my eyebrows so they look groomed, and then i’ll put on some lavender oil for my scent, and the hair product 10 gives my hair a silky texture.
For evening, If i’m not wearing makeup in the day, and I was going out later, I would definitely put on some concealer under my eyes, around my nose and mouth and then I would put on Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Cake and then just some lipbalm on top of that.
QUICK FIRE QUESTION ROUND
First camera you owned? Kodak Easy Share 3Mega Pixels
First Photo you ever took? With that camera, a photo of my Dad on Christmas Day
What do you prefer to photograph, People or Places? People
Product you can’t Live without? It’s not one I put on my skin, but I drink it everyday, it’s called Collegen Peptide, when my fiancé got sick we both started taking it to help with his joint pain, and apparently collagen isn’t absorbed as well through the skin because the molecules are too big, where as when you eat it, you can absorb it quicker, and your skin gets more plump, my nails grew fast and my hair grew faster, its amazing.
How Do you get the perfect selfie? Amazing front on light that’s super bright, and a white wall.
Eyes or Lips? Lips
Favourite song to get ready to? Anything by Interpol
Guilty Pleasure? Chocolate
Makeup trend you can get on board with? I like Glossier’s aesthetic Skin first, make up second.
Makeup trend you wish would die? Matte powders and matte lips.
High End beauty or drugstore? Drugstore
Who is the most beautiful person you know? Everybody’s beautiful.