I want to introduce you to my lovely friend Anna Schilling, Fashion stylist extraordinaire. I’ve worked with Anna on numerous shoots, and I love her love of texture, colours and prints. Anna has styled for Magazines including The Atlas magazine, The Last Magazine, Factice, and Schon to name a few. I caught up with Anna to talk more about styling, living in New York and LA, and of course, I raided her makeup bag and talked in length about her beauty routine. Over to you Anna…..
I started working as a model 12 years ago moving to New York and beginning to travel the world. I had not really left America before or traveled much at all so in my first year of modeling I was really thrown into it visiting exotic locations and meeting tons of different people. Another thing I was totally enamored by at the beginning was seeing all of the incredible designer clothing which was an instant inspiration to me.
I always had admired fashion when I was younger, and throughout my career I had gone on to collect things, learning, and watching the stylists I was working with as a model, realizing that my passion was more on the other side of the camera, rather than modeling.
5 years ago I started assisting a fashion editor from London, who was working in New York a lot, who had this dreamy, really amazing view on fashion, so I think that was a good place for me to start. At the same time, I was working with creatives wherever I was going as I was still modelling, so if work would take me say to London, I would do whatever Job I was doing there and then also link up with other people in the creative field while I was there.
When I fully stopped modelling I realized this is what I needed to spend all of my energy on, and I had got everything I wanted out of that career (modelling) but it was time for me to really pursue my dreams and what I wanted to do.
On an average morning it takes me probably negative 5 minutes (laughs), to get ready. I take a fast shower, and rarely wash my hair, so that’s a bit of Batiste Dry Shampoo there, then some Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and then very little makeup. Tata Harper Moisturizer and some days if i’m feeling frisky i’ll do some eyeliner, but as fast as I can. The longest part is choosing what i’m going to wear.
I have lived in both LA and New York. New Yorkers are definitely a bit more dressed, I think it’s rare to see someone walking around the streets of NY in exercise clothes, but I think there’s just something about New York and the people are more inspired to get dressed a bit more, I’ve even felt it, you get inspired to put on a nice shoe. I would say LA is a bit more casual, to wear a heel out to dinner here is less common.
If i’m In a rush, I mix a little moisturiser with my Stila All Day 10 in 1 HD Beauty Balm, take my brush, mix it all on the back of my hand and put it all over my face in one swoop, then some quick mascara, a quick contour and i’ll use that on my eyes too. For a little more colour I’ll mix my blush into some chapstick and pop some of that on my lips so I get my blush and lip done in one step.
I would say really well hydrated looking skin is what makes me feel like the best version of myself, as my biggest skin issue is dryness, so I feel really good if its hydrated and then just a little bit of concealer to cover up a little bit of the redness. I love a little bit of contour with Nars Laguna Bronzer, and I’ve actually gone back to what i’m pretty sure was from the 80’s where I put a tiny bit of blush, just above the contour and on my eyebrow bone, also using the Nars Orgasm Blush. All with a tiny bit of mascara and a slightly filled in brow.
Being a mum has given me an interesting take on beauty in the sense that its less important almost. You can still look great but with less effort, there’s a broader picture now, things aren’t as important as you thought they were, such as getting dressed, doing your makeup etc, and all of that gets put into perspective when you’re shaping a life, it’s like I don’t need to be that fussy but I can still be fabulous, and I feel like a lot of women have that about them too.
Beauty is defined by someone who is very at peace with who they are, and isn’t afraid to show who they really are, say if you have a quirky thing about your style, as long as its original to you, and you’re wearing it with your best confidence, that’s beauty to me. As long as you believe what you’re selling, anyone else will believe it and they’ll buy it.
The best advice I could give anyone looking to get into the industry is to have a strong sense of what you have to offer, what are you going to bring to the table creatively, and work ethics wise. And then start searching for other creatives at the same level and start from there.
QUICK FIRE QUESTION ROUND
LA or NY? La (if i’m Keeping it in the present moment)
Eyes or lips? Lips
Drugstore or Highend Makeup: High End
Heels or Flats? Heels
Best Beauty Find? Maybelline Clear Mascara which I use on my brows
Best Tip or Product recommendation you’ve discovered on a shoot? Stila Eye Brow Pen
First fashion show you ever worked on as a stylist? Christian Siriano
Beauty Icon? Bianca Jagger
One thing You like about the fashion industry? I like when it shows it’s inclusive side and is approachable
One thing you don’t like about the fashion industry? On the flip side I hate the exclusivity that it sometimes feels it needs to display
Beauty Trend you wish would die? Overdrawing the lips with 90’s browns.
Who Inspires you creatively: Carine Roitfeld & people I get to work with
Style predictions? A lot of colour, sneakers and oversized garments
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