For our very first #WomanCrushWednesday, we’re celebrating a beauty influencer who epitomizes stardust.
Here, beauty YouTuber and influencer Nikki Apostolou of @recycledstardust shares with us her current favorite products, her makeup bag must-haves and the meaning behind her Instagram handle.
What moment in your career are you most proud of?
There is no one singular moment. I’m proud of my entire makeup journey— the wonderful connections I've made, having the opportunity to work with my favorite brands, attending events that I never thought I'd be a part of, seeing new releases before they are released; it's all so humbling.
What's your favorite product at the moment?
Hands down, L'Oréal Infallible Pro-glow Foundation and L'Oréal True Match Lumi in Golden. I love how natural and dewy the foundations make my skin look, and I love a soft glow. Even when I'm not full glam— if I'm doing just an everyday makeup look — I always reach for them.
Aside from a wallet and phone, what do you keep in your bag at all times?
A bottle water for sure! Hydration is super important for the skin. I also always have liner, lash glue, mascara, and lipstick. I like carrying liner because it can instantly transform any look from day to night — the L'Oréal Infallible Paints aremy top choice for the most crisp cat eye. I carry lash glue because you never know when a lash will lift up, and I always carry the Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara to amp up my lashes and makes them look so lush. And as for the lipstick, it’s a must-have because you never know when you'll want a change up or a quick reapply!
If you weren't doing makeup, what would you be doing and why?
I would be a science teacher. I've always loved teaching and inspiring others and discovering new things — I think that's why I enjoy filming tutorials and trying new products so much! It's always an experiment to see how a new product will apply and all the ways you can use it! I was even a biology major prior to creating content full time, and my Instagram name is a tribute to Carl Sagan's famous quote: "The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff." We are all recycled stardust, and I have always found that beautiful.
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