Get Khadijah and Malika’s Modern Glam
Get Khadijah and Malika’s Modern Glam

Get Khadijah and Malika’s Modern Glam

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She’s the go-to makeup maven for Good Squad girls like Khadija and Malika and Nazanin Mandi calls our very own Emma Grede a top client, and has been spotted working behind-the-scenes on some our most epic campaigns—Christiana Cassell is easily family here at GOOD AMERICAN.

The beauty guru got her start at the early age of sixteen with cosmetology school, and then attended LIM College in NYC where she majored Fashion Merchandising. The two worlds would collide as she pursued her passion “for making people feel and look their best by enhancing their natural beauty”—her cosmetology degree finessed her skills when it came to doing makeup and hair, while her university degree gave her a unique and well-rounded understanding of the industry in which she hoped to work in.

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After graduating, it was off to Los Angeles for ChrisC. “I knew it was my calling to make an impactful and profound mark within the beauty industry-incorporating both hair and makeup in my everyday work,” she explains, and with the right amount of networking, hard work, and talent, she did just that. While working at MAC, ChrisC was introduced to Malika and Khadijah, who she instantly clicked both professionally and personally. “I call them my Pisces sisters,” she says of the girls.

From there, she began working with GOOD AMERICAN co-founder Emma Grede, who she “loves creating sophisticated yet refined looks” for, and musicians Chloe x Halle, who she says “are not afraid of taking risks and trying new trends.” Whoever ChrisC is working with, her approach is grounded in careful thought and consideration to the individual—the overall look her client is trying to achieve, the things that make her individuality standout, and so forth. “I try to create looks that I know fit their personalities,” she says. “It’s also very important to incorporate their own vision because it allows them to express themselves and feel confident. Beauty starts within!”

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Such was the case when she came up with one of her favorite looks, created for her favorite Pisces sisters. “Malika and Khadijah did an amazing shoot with photographer Roxy Rodriguez who wanted to capture moments of the girls that really spoke to their personalities and style,” ChrisC recalls. “I didn’t want to turn them into someone else,” she continues. “I wanted their makeup to show the similarities of being twins but speaking to their individual personalities with subtle differences in the lip color, lashes, and eyeliner.”

Here's how to get their looks!

1. Prime skin with Glossier Priming Moisture all over face.

2. Add extra hydration under the eyes using La Mer Eye Concentrate.

3. Apply Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Liquid Highlighter in 'Topaz' to high points of face.

4. Use MAC Cosmetics Veluxe Brow Pencil in ‘Velvetone’ to define and fill in brows.

5. Apply NARS Natural Radiant Long Wear Foundation on skin (shades used on the girls: Macao + Syracuse).

6. Color-correct undereyes using MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Palette (shade used on the girls: Medium Deep-Burnt Orange).

7. Conceal and brighten undereyes using MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (shades used on the girls: NC45 + NC42).

8. Lightly set concealer with Ben Nye Banana Powder.

9. Set the perimeter of the face with MAC Mineralize Loose Powder (shade used on the girls: Dark Deepest).

10. Apply Becca Cosmetics 'Ombre Rouge' Palette to eyelids. 

11. Contour face with Elcie Cosmetics Bronzer (shade used on the sisters: Dark).

12. Highlight high points of face using Becca Cosmetics Gradient Glow.

13. For Malika's look, apply MAC Fascinating Eye Liner to waterline. For Khadija's look, line waterline with Chanel Stylo Yeux Noir Waterproof Eyeliner.

14. For Malika's look, finish with Tom Ford lipstick in ‘Pussycat.' For Khadija's look, finish with Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in 'Chai.'

For more beauty inspiration from Christiana, follow her on Instagram!