MTV interviewed Hayley about her upcoming ‘Kiss Off’ video series. She talked about the shooting, what to expect from the series and other things too. Read the whole interview below.
If you’re looking for braid tutorials or smoky eye how-tos, you can stick to YouTube, dudes. Hayley Williams’ new beauty-meet-music video series with Popular TV is all about celebrating looks that make you stand out. Her super personal DIY tutorials (shot in her actual home) will recreate iconic musicians’ makeup from the past and present. Hayley was awesome enough to tell us a little bit more about “Kiss Off,” and why the beauty world needs to empower ladies for being exactly who they are, flaws and all.
MTV: So, we gotta know how the “Kiss Off” series came about. Was it your idea?
Hayley Williams: I’ve known Marvin [Jarrett, Editor in Chief of PopularTV.com] for a while and had such a great experience working with him in the past. Last summer, I ran into him while grocery shopping in West Hollywood, and he told me he had this new project he wanted me to consider being a part of, and here we are!
MTV: What do you think is currently missing in the beauty landscape?
Williams: I want beauty, especially for younger people, to feel less like “make yourself socially acceptable” and more like “express yourself bravely and feel beautiful and cool being you.”
MTV: How is your beauty series different from all the other tutorials out there?
Williams: I see so many beauty blogs and sites tweeting headlines about contouring your nose to make it look smaller or how to line your lips to make them bigger. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes we do feel like we wanna fix something, but how much of that is because we keep getting signals that what we have isn’t good enough? Our show is a baby, and we are still learning as we go. I don’t think we have perfected the art of the how-to quite yet, but that’s not the point! We want people to look in unexpected places for inspiration and not be afraid to try things just for the hell of it. You’d be surprised at what makes you feel beautiful and how strong you feel when you break a few rules.
MTV: What kind of tutorials can we look forward to seeing?
Williams: The first episode we shot was inspired by a punk rock movie and the makeup reminded me of some of the looks I did when I first started getting into stage makeup. I didn’t know what I was doing and yeah, sometimes I got weird looks, but oh my stars, did I feel cool on stage like some sort of MySpace generation, yellow-skinny-jeans-wearing Ziggy Stardust. That feeling is what the show is about. We aren’t following every trend, and we aren’t worried about looking perfect. In fact, most of these shows start with me bare faced. I don’t mean “no-makeup makeup,” I mean “zero makeup.” I don’t look perfect. That took courage, and I’m proud of myself for doing it. It’s that kind of a show.
MTV: Where did you shoot the videos?
Williams: We shot the majority of these first few episodes at my place in LA—another testament to how personal we wanted the show to feel. My favorite part was shooting by the pool in front of my Hollywood sign and my two pet dinosaurs, Marie Antoinette and Steve Buscemi.
MTV: What’s your typical approach to makeup? Do you consider yourself an expert?
Williams: Even after this many years of stage makeup, appearances, and fashion-y stuff, I still believe the best approach is no approach. Go with how you feel. I’m definitely not an expert, but I think just being true to yourself is more important.
MTV: What would you change, if anything, about the beauty industry?
Williams: For the sake of an entire society of incredibly unique and beautiful people, I wish the beauty industry was less focused on flaws and more focused on the power of individuality.
MTV: What’s the biggest beauty lesson you’ve learned so far?
Williams: Beauty is a symptom of self-love. It’s not something you create. And even if you do create it in a look, it’s fleeting. You need to get to the bottom of what makes you feel powerful, smart, valued, pretty, blah blah blah. It really does come from the inside.
MTV: So, what’s been your biggest beauty mistake?
Williams: Shaving my hairline under my bangs so I could style my baby bangs just perfectly. It was so good for that one specific style but now I have little tiny tiny hairs that I’m trying to grow out under my regular length bangs. Ah, the baby bangs were so fun.
MTV: Speaking of your hair, it has changed so much throughout the years! How do you decide what color or cut you’re going to do next?
Williams: It usually hits me like a lightening bolt, but usually that bolt is some shade of red, orange or yellow. Those are my favorite hair colors. Although, with my new hair dye line in the works, I may just look like a damn rainbow before too long.
MTV: And finally, is there any beauty trend you’d never try?
Williams: Never say never. (But I will probably not be contouring my own face any time soon.)
Popular released a teaser from Hayley’s new beauty-focused video series called ‘Kiss Off’. You can watch the short teaser below. It was filmed in her home and other places in Los Angeles. First full episode of the series airs next Tuesday, March 31st.
You can read more about the series here.
Fans spotted Hayley in Cincinnati, OH yesterday. She was seen at a beauty shop and also at the New Found Glory show at local venue called Bogart’s. Go to our gallery to see new photos with fans.
Hayley talked to Adweek’s Emma Bazilian about TV, Twitter, why she doesn’t use Instagram and other things too. You can read the whole interview below.
What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
I read my emails and my texts first, and then depending on who walks the dog, I go out and that’s where I read Twitter. I’m a little addicted to Twitter, I have to say.
Who do you follow?
I follow so many things. Vice and BuzzFeed for news and entertainment, even Good Morning America, which sometimes has really silly stories. Most of all, I like to follow my friends, especially when I’m away from home and I want to know what they’re up to.
How about other artists or bands?
One band that does social media really, really well is a band on our label called Twenty One Pilots. They always have fresh videos, they always post things that are very relevant to the moment, and they always have real conversations with their fans. Another artist I love following, not just on Twitter but also on Tumblr, is Taylor Swift. She just does a great job of talking to fans and making them feel like they exist.
Are you on Instagram?
I used to be. On Instagram, I don’t like the way that you see all of your comments no matter what. There’s too many trolls and people that just want to put negative energy into your day. I was finally like, “You know, I don’t have to do this.”
Do you prefer to stream music or buy it?
I don’t use any streaming services. I never have. It’s not even a political statement; it’s just that I’m old-fashioned. I still like to go buy CDs.
What TV shows do you watch?
I watch everything. It’s kind of getting to the point that I’m getting embarrassed about it … But also I’m not embarrassed [laughs]. I like Shark Tank, and I watch every single episode of Law & Order: SVU and NCIS. I also like stupid TV. I can’t even express to you how sad but also satisfied I am by the fact that I indulged in The Bachelor this season.
Do you and your bandmates binge-watch shows when you’re on tour?
We went on a really long summer tour last year, and we were all into Game of Thrones—but only half of us had seen all of the episodes. So we just went to Best Buy and bought all the seasons—of course, on Blu-ray, because I was like, “I’m gonna take these home and keep ’em.” We watched every episode together after shows.
What’s your favorite app?
I love Afterlight. I take a lot of pictures throughout the day, especially now that I have a dog. I’ll pull out the camera, and he knows to pose now, poor thing. He’s like, “OK, get it over with.” I’m also now using Pinterest. I don’t have a real board or anything; it’s more like a private folder of pictures of home décor and recipes. It’s pretty much the worst Pinterest ever. If anyone ever found it, they’d be so disappointed.
Hayley wrote a new blog post on paramore.net. She talks about how it’s the end of the time with the Self-Titled Album, upcoming Writing The Future, her hair dye line and also her newest project: beauty-focused video series on ‘Popular’, new online magazine. You can read the post below.
LIFE IN GENERAL
What a year. And it’s only March.
I’m trying to understand how it could be that 3 years have gone by since we wrote and recorded the Self-Titled album. How is it that we are near the end of our time with this album? I remember at the beginning of 2006, some of our team started to ask what we were thinking about the next album and if we’d begun writing what would later become “RIOT!”. I’ll never forget that conversation and how sad it made me. Things had only begun to heat up for us with “AWKIF” and I was feeling like it still had a ton of life in it. We were on Warped Tour that summer and when the tickets for our first headlining tour went on sale, I could feel myself becoming more and more satisfied with the life that we gave our 1st album. We gave that album what it deserved, with a pretty-much sold out tour, after it gave us what would become the foundation for our entire career.
Today, I felt the sadness again. This time for our 4th album. I listened to some of the songs in the car while driving on the interstate… which is the best place to listen to your own album because you don’t have to stop at the red lights and feel like people can tell that you’re listening to yourself. I listened to some of the songs we haven’t played, some that we have… and I just felt like I wasn’t ready to let go. It’s really true that this album was our favorite yet. It’s really true that we became the band we always hoped we would be. I think I sorta knew it was in us all along but I’m one of those people who doesn’t always do a good job of putting those feelings into words. I’m better at putting those feelings into lyrics. You’d think lyrics and words are one in the same… nope! The fact that we get to do another run of shows for the S/T cycle is totally saving me right now… Keeping me from feeling a ton of regret. It’s keeping me excited. There’s still some life left in it and I’d feel that forever if we didn’t get a chance to let it out. I’m so ready for Writing The Future.
At one point during the drive, I must’ve accidentally hit “Shuffle” because “Whoa” came on, haha! It was the suckerpunch of nostalgia that I definitely didn’t need anymore of today. But it didn’t make me sad, it made me so proud and so happy. It reminded me that at one point, I thought I could never do better than that album… and then the guys and I went on to write 3 other ones that made me more and more proud with each one. That’s the feeling that keeps me hopeful and inspired. Even though it’s a little bit sad to have to leave some parts of your life behind you, it’s crucial. There’s more to do. You’re needed in the future, where a newer, stronger version of you is waiting. Ugh, I have no idea what is next for Paramore but I can’t wait to find out.
In other, less musical news, I’ve had enough free time since Monumentour to work on a couple of other projects. One being an entire business that I’m starting from the ground up. My own hair dye line. I really wanted it to already be a thing by now… but DAMN did I underestimate the workload. You may not believe me when I tell you this but I have been working towards my own hair dye company for the better part of 4 years. It started around the time that Jeremy, Taylor, and I went to visit Bamboozle that one year we didn’t play. I think it was 2011. Here we are at the beginning of 2015 and I can actually say that it’s becoming reality. As in, it’s being made. It’s happening! As soon as I know with 100% certainty that it’s okay to talk about publicly in detail, then you can bet I’ll be screaming it from the top of internet mountain. I cannot wait to bring people into this… I’m learning so much and I’m excited to hopefully share what I learn with people so that they can take the art of self-expression into their very own hands, with confidence! It’s gonna be fun.
The 2nd thing I’ve been working on was just announced last week, although it would’ve been easy to miss if you weren’t glued to the computer, or the Twitter, as I am pretty much daily. I’m going to be hosting an internet show about beauty looks and makeup and personal inspiration. The show is called Kiss-Off and it’s part of the new online zine/community called Popular that my friend Marvin Scott Jarrett, who co-founded Nylon Magazine (MAYBE YOU’VE HEARD OF IT), just launched. It’s a little bit unbelievable that I bumped into him while grocery shopping in LA last summer and not even a year later I get to be a part of his new project. I’m super excited about it. You’re really going to see how much of a nerd I am… and hopefully you’ll get to see how widespread my influences and inspirations are. The show is NOT a show about “how to get pretty” or “this is how you should look!”. It’s really about encouraging people, especially young people, that perfection is not what makes beauty. Getting to know yourself through your inspirations, painting your personality across your face, and enjoying the process of self-expression… that’s what is beautiful. The best part is, I get to bring Brian O’Connor (my best friend of about 10 years/the boy wonder who makes me look alive on the road & in videos) along for the ride. We shot a few episodes already and I’m sure we’ll shoot some more once we’re on the road. Hopefully, you won’t think we are complete losers. You probably will. Oh well.
Geez. Did I leave anything out? I didn’t talk much about wedding planning did I? Haha, when I say life is crazy at the moment… I mean, life is CUHHH-RAAAAZY. But it’s all the good kind of crazy. I’m pinching myself in between pulling my faded and frizzy orange hair out. It’s amazing. Okay. The longest blog of my life. I really owed some of you guys though. It’s always a long time between personal updates and I’m always getting asked to write these. I might’ve lost my touch. Teenage Hayley was insane on Xanga and LiveJournal… older me is all 140-characters lazy. Anyway, I did my best! Thanks for reading, caring, supporting.
Taylor, Jeremy, and I are forever grateful for this big crazy family we have found in all of you and we can’t wait to party in April & May. Happy Spring!
Paramore posted a new video where they talk about the upcoming Writing The Future tour, you can watch the video below.
Get your tickets to Paramore: Writing The Future – an intimate evening of music with Paramore and their long-time friends Copeland now at paramore.net!