Elizabeth Windust is a freelance makeup artist based in Los Angeles.
Elizabeth’s love for makeup and beauty started at a young age. This carried into her teen years when she would practice on her high school classmates and perfected her cat eye and false lash application for musical theatre performances.
After getting her bachelor’s degree, she started her career as a photo producer for Gap in San Francisco. It was then that she was introduced to a wide network of professionals in the fashion and photography world in New York and LA, and soon found herself gravitating to the makeup artists on set and watching them work. This reignited her passion for beauty, so she began building her book before leaving production behind and moving to Los Angeles in 2017 to pursue a full time career as a makeup artist. Since then she has had the opportunity to assist in both fashion (Art Partner, Lowe & Co, Streeters) and celebrity (Starworks, Wall Group, Forward Artists) while creating relationships and building her own clientele.
I have worked on set with Elizabeth for two Sigil campaigns now. She always brings an easy calm that puts the talent and crew at ease. What it boils down to is this: she understands Sigil’s aesthetic and my tastes better than anyone else in her field.
Look forward to seeing more of Elizabeth’s work with Sigil in our upcoming holiday campaign—very soon. Meanwhile, join us for a chat on all things beauty and scent. Thank you so much for your time, Elizabeth. And for bringing and being, always, you.
What are your pronouns?
Where do you draw inspiration for your creative practice?
I've always been inspired by the tactile, tangibility of makeup—the packaging and the weight of it in your hand, and the product itself. The way it looks, feels, smells.
But above all, I love faces. And skin. Although makeup has the power to transform the face, that's not necessarily what I aim to do. I really prefer to bring out the best qualities in a person’s features.
What does scent mean to you?
Scent is a feeling. It shapes what happens to you when you walk into a room and experience it. It's something that makes you feel so present, and nostalgic all at once.
Tell us about your favorite Sigil perfume.
I am Anima Mundi. At first it's undeniably intense and spicy. I love how, as it wears, it becomes more floral, sweet, and smoky. I connect with the nuances. Those top notes remind me of my Aries tendencies. ;)
I wear it when I want to feel my most elegant, usually in the evening. I spray it on the insides of my elbows and behind my ears. Little hidden spots.
What sound does it evoke?
The sound of heels walking on concrete. The ultimate sexy sound.
What are you most excited about for the rest of this year?
I'm excited for the weather to change. I love LA in the fall and winter—what happens to the light and the overall mood of the city. It's less overtly vibrant but not any less dazzling.