With half a million Instagram followers, a gig on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and now working as morphe‘s Global Director of artistry, Nicole Faulkner aka @lipsticknick, is living proof that a little hustle goes a long way.
Here, she chats to GLAMOUR about her career journey, favourite red lipsticks and future goals…
From budding artist to makeup maven
For Nicole, makeup was never about looking ‘beautiful’, it was the art of it.
“Growing up, I used to love art and drawing so I was always the one who would do crazy drawings as extra credit to makeup for the lack of actual information in the project”, she says.
“I was going to do tattoos originally; I looked up to Kat Von D. But then I just sort of fell into makeup.”
It’s for this reason that soft and natural makeup wasn’t really Nicole’s thing. “I liked creating shapes and being graphic with it. I always liked doing more bold, extreme makeup.”
After high school, Nicole went to Mud Make-up Designory for training and began working in TV and film. “Long story short, I realised film was not for me because I had so much creative energy and I was using it at the inappropriate times. One of my characters was a realter and I gave her the fiercest winged liner I’ve ever seen.”
Instead, Nicole started working on editorials and collaborating with photographers. “I filmed almost every day whilst doing freelance jobs and as I started circulating more around LA, I became the go-to for the crazy stuff. I started working with influencers and YouTubers too, so I was gaining their fanbase.”
And then came Instagram…
Instagram has been a mega beauty game-changer, and for Nicole, she instantly started posting all of her work and ‘Lipsticknick’ was officially born.
“I was working for MAC so I gained a MAC community online. I felt amazing as I was getting recognised by these high up trainers at MAC and I was only 19.”