When it comes to painting faces, Gucci Westman is the illuminator. Equal parts painter, magician and mathematician, she excels at blending the perfect measure of pigment and luminosity, so that you notice the woman, not her makeup. The New York-based makeup maven has been in-demand for two decades: backstage at fashion shows, behind the scenes at magazine shoots and as a creative adviser for several beauty brands. Jennifer Aniston, Anne Hathaway and Julianne Moore are all regular clients, and when Gwyneth Paltrow was married in 2018, she tapped Westman to do her makeup. That same year, Westman launched her own colour range and the beauty world raised a manicured brow.
Westman Atelier is a tightly edited collection available at MECCA. A modern take on no-makeup makeup, it offers plant-based formulas, second-skin finishes and skincare benefits. It marries natural ingredients, like hydrogenated coconut oil, with advanced actives that soothe reactive complexions. The packaging is notable too. Behold stick format foundations, blushes and a highlighter, enveloped in custom-made grey and pink tubes that recall vintage atomisers. Westman’s eye for detail is also on display at her majestic five-bedroom apartment on Central Park West, where she lives with her husband and business partner, David Neville and their three children. On a recent bone-chilling day in Manhattan, Westman invited The Memo into her home for a glimpse at her world.