Jamie Genevieve has launched her own make-up brand, VIEVE. Here, she talks to Stylist.co.uk about her favourite product in the collection, the development process and her top make-up tip when using the range.
If you don’t follow Jamie Genevieve on social media, you need to join the 1.4 million people that do. In just six short years, Genevieve has built a large and loyal fan base who love watching her easy-to-follow and tip-filled make-up tutorials. Add to that, her warm personality (it’s like you’re watching a friend) and it’s easy to see how her online following blew up.
Genevieve started her career in beauty training as a make-up artist on department store counters, an experience she says helped shape her path. “My true love for make-up and its confidence-boosting abilities started when I worked as a make-up artist on counter,” Genevieve tells stylist.co.uk. “I saw first-hand the difference it can make in people’s confidence and self-esteem, it was then that I realised that it meant more to people than ‘just make-up’.”
Since then, Genevieve has come full circle and taken her years of knowledge and the needs of her online followers to create her very own make-up brand: VIEVE. “I’m so lucky to have a community of beauty enthusiasts on my social channels and through our conversations I realised that what I wanted to create was a brand with warmth, community and feeling,” she explains. “A brand that others can feel confident in coming to when in need of advice, guidance and somewhere to share their love of beauty.”
But when you’ve possibly tried every product under the sun, how do you go about creating your own? “I knew I wanted to launch with products that make me feel my absolute best when I use them, we all joke about them being my ‘selfish essentials’,” says Genevieve. “It was also important to me to create a range of shades in each product so that everyone can enjoy VIEVE.”
“For the last two years, I’ve been working on the brand full-time alongside being a digital creator which has been hard, but the hardest part was keeping the secret. The process took a long time because I had a strong vision of how I wanted the products to perform, look and feel.”
But what’s Genevieve’s favourite product out of the bunch? “Oh, this is so hard!” she says, when we ask.
“It really does change every day depending on my mood and how I want to feel that day. Today my favourite is the Modern Lip Definer in Brat, £15. I have very minimal make-up on and I used Brat to enhance my natural lip line, then blended it with a touch of lip balm. It’s my go-to ‘no make-up, make-up’ lip look.”
Genevieve tells us that it was The Essential Palette, a collection of 10 eyeshadows that took the longest time to develop. “Having worked with so many different eyeshadows, I learned that there’s such a fine balance of pigment, blend-ability, build-ability and quality ingredients to make a beautiful formula,” she explains. “It took a while to get it right and countless submissions, but we got there.”
The hard work was worth it. VIEVE launched in November 2020 with nude lipsticks, lipliners, highlighters and an eyeshadow palette. Fans rushed to get their hands on products, leading to instant sell-outs and sign-up lists to be notified of restocks.
It’s fair to say, the launch was a huge success.
Thankfully, the team has been hard at work creating new products to add to the roster. The latest to join the collection is a range of satin blushers, all of which deliver a natural-looking flush.
Sweeping on some blusher is an easy way to achieve a healthier-looking complexion.
VIEVE’s Sunset Blush, the latest to join the brand’s line-up, contains finely-milled pigments for a high colour pay-off. But don’t worry about going overboard – the formula has been designed with a subtle, buildable sheen to help the heavy-handed among us.
Sunset Blush is available in five shades, all of which are inspired by the colour of Mediterranean sunsets. You’ll find Pesca, a soft peach; Cherub, a warm pink; Sorbet, a bright coral; Piazza, an antique rose and Malbec, a deep berry burgundy.
The Essential Palette
In this chic black palette, you’ll find seven pigmented matte shadows and three multidimensional shimmers.
Nova Glow Highlighters
If you’re a fan of Genevieve’s glowy make-up looks, this highlighter is worth looking into. Available in three shades – champagne, peachy gold and golden caramel – these powder highlighters are finely-milled and deliver a radiant (but not glittery) finish.
Modern Lip Definers
Lip liners always feature in Genevieve’s make-up tutorials and had to make up part of her first launch. There are five shades, all of which have been developed to suit all skin tones. As the formula is so pigmented, they can be worn alone or paired with lipstick.
Shop VIEVE Modern Lip Definer at VIEVE, £15 each
Modern Matte Lipsticks
To ensure that her nude lipsticks cater to all skin tones, Genevieve has launched five different shades, from a soft beige and cool-toned brown to a deep peach and burnt orange.
Shop Modern Matte Lipstick at VIEVE, £19 each
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