Makeup Artist & Co-founder, Nude & Noir Cosmetics
Ashley Humphreys is a makeup artist and the co-founder of Nude & Noir Cosmetics. Ashley is a makeup artist and has kept herself at the forefront of the industry for the past 15 years. She continuously works with celebrities and high fashion models on the red carpet, music videos, editorials, TV appearances and campaigns.
Nude & Noir is an eco-conscious makeup line made in Los Angeles. It infuses high-fashion artistry with nature. The product line was created to withstand the harsh conditions on photoshoots and the bright lights on the red carpet. This was done this while maintaining the mission of making the best product with the least negative impact on the environment. All products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They are infused with plant-based oils, waxes, butters and extracts. No ingredients on the extensive ‘naughty list’ are included. Parabens, phthalates, GMO’s and synthetic fragrances are just a few of those culprits. The compacts are recyclable and BPA-free. The carbon footprint is additionally reduced through environmental charities and purchasing renewable energy credits sourced from US wind power facilities.
Stay present in the moment and do one task at a time with full attention.
To remind myself that I never know what is going on in someone else’s life. If someone honks at me or cuts in line at the grocery store, etc…I try to take a deep breath and think something nice in my head. It’s sometimes hard, but that energy makes a world of difference.
I make a list of things I need to accomplish every day. Checking things off feels very accomplishing and keeps me on track and focused.
Do something for someone else. We get so wrapped up in our own lives. It can be super simple like smiling at a stranger or holding open a door. It can be big, like bringing care bags to homeless in need or volunteering. I’m not the only person on this planet and it’s important to remember that.
Be kind to yourself. You are your harshest critic. Work on your inner monologue and adjust the self-deprecating thoughts when they creep in.
Living near the ocean on the westside of Los Angeles, I love the amount of outdoor activities that I can do with friends and family year round.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I have a vegan protein smoothie every morning! I love it! I blend pea protein powder, cacao, goji powder, ashwagandha, almond butter and blueberries.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – I wake up at 5:15 for a coffee and am usually working out at 5:45. People think it’s strange that I never listen to music when working out. I love when it’s still a little dark and I’m outside in the quiet climbing stairs or running. It’s meditative and sets me in a good place.
10:00 AM – I’m either on-set at a photoshoot finishing a model’s makeup, or I’m on the computer responding to emails.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
If I’m at a photoshoot, it’s whatever vegetarian option is at production’s craft service. If I’m working from home, I cook. My favorite lunch spots around LA are Cafe Gratitude, Gracias Madre and Kreation. I also love the frozen desserts at Pressed.
7:00 PM – Watching a movie, reading or an evening stroll with my dog. I go to bed early (between 8:30 and 10), so I try to wind down around 7 if possible.
11:00 PM – Sleeping!!
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I have 1 cup of coffee every morning and I only drink water during the day.
In the evening I either have a glass of wine or a cup of Rooibos tea.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
My favorite Instagram account is @nudeandnoircosmetics
My favorite apps are CNN, BBC, Instagram and Pinterest.
What should everyone try at least once?
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
With my husband in a new city we’ve never been to and are trying to explore!