WWD interviews Hayley
Hayley talked to WWD about her ‘Kiss Off’ video series and how she found make-up. You can read the interview below.
When it comes to makeup, Paramore’s Hayley Williams doesn’t care about boundaries.
Evident in her debut episode of Kiss-Off, a series of three- to five-minute Webisodes that incorporates music and beauty, Williams’ friend and makeup artist Brian J. O’Connor will replicate a punk rock, David Bowie-like look on her from the 1982 cult film “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains.”
“[The show] isn’t about what color looks good on your skin tone or how to make your lips look bigger or contour this or that,” she declared, adding the show will air Tuesday on Popular TV, a video-led media platform for Millennial girls created by Nylon cofounders Marvin Scott Jarrett and Jaclynn Jarrett. “It’s about what do you like and how can you express that and find out what your look is by trying new things.”
The 26-year-old lead singer of Paramore won’t just center the show around makeup, but also music and different cultural elements.
“It won’t be specific to Paramore,” Williams said. “That was something I was very adamant about from the get-go. I want to have other artists on the show, interview them about what inspires them and maybe how they found their look and what the process was for that.”
But Williams won’t be taking a break from music to film Kiss-Off. Paramore will begin touring in the next month and she will continue to shoot on the road. Also, she is planning to launch a line of hair dye this year. She wouldn’t divulge many details but noted, “It’s another way I’m trying to bring self expression to the mix for younger people who are coming into their own. It’s going to be a DIY experience.”
That DIY experience translates to how she came to find makeup, because before age 18 Williams wouldn’t even wear lip balm to a photo shoot.
“I never grew up thinking, ‘Oh, I’m beautiful.’ Maybe no one does, but I’ve never been someone who relied on my looks to do anything because that was never really something I thought I had to offer,” she said. “By the time I came around and found makeup, I think we [Paramore] were in Japan and I really loved the way some of the girls looked coming out to the shows. I took some home and I started playing with it. My first eyeliner and eye color was from Japan. I drew all over my eyes and did this weird cat thing on the inside corners and I realized I didn’t have to use makeup to fit in.”
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