I remember the first time I became really aware of Lucia Pica’s work, already well into her career, in 2012, when Vogue Paris profiled her alongside Yadim in their “Outsiders” story, as one of the industry’s most influential new-school makeup artists. The almost tribal, bold, red look she created for Malgosia Bela packed a real punch, and managed to be simultaneously outrageous and elegant. No mean feat, but seemingly a fitting description, she describes her women as “Where strong meets sophisticated, with a feminine feel… Women who are not afraid of strong eyeliner or real lipstick that pops.” I’ve followed Lucia’s work with fascination ever since, always excited to see what she comes up with next.
Arriving in London from Italy 15 years ago, after becoming an amumni of the famous Greasepaint school of makeup, and going on to assist the legendary Charlotte Tilbury, Lucia launched into her own career. Her work has graced the pages of titles from Vogue to ID, she’s a regular fixture at Fashion Weeks across the globe for shows such as Givenchy and House of Holland, and just recently, became new global creative make-up and colour designer for Chanel. She may be Italian born and bred, but to me, Lucia Pica’s style epitomises that effortless London cool; modern, and bold, but never try-hard.
“With women, I am attracted to style and character,” she says” It doesn’t matter if a woman looks perfect. If something is kind of awkward, or unusual, I find that much more interesting… The way a woman puts herself together, the way she carries herself and moves, that’s more what I’m into, her vibes.” A woman after my own heart, and we’re into your vibes Lucia!
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