Kendra Smoot is a beloved prop stylist for Cole Haan, Lucky Magazine, Kate Spade and more. What's a prop stylist you ask? Well a prop stylist assembles a photo shoot - laying out the furniture, accessories, background, fashion and more so that both photographer and model look amazing in a photo shoot! She was recently highlighted on A Cup of Jo (if you're not reading this blog, you should be) in a section called My Beauty Uniform. In it, she talks about her favorite beauty products and routines to make sure she's looking and feeling fresh from day to night.
Here are a few of our favorite snippets, direct from A Cup of Joe:
Have you developed any travel beauty routines?
Whenever I fly, I drink big bottles of water and remember to use a face mist. And if I'll be in the air for more than four hours, I swear by compression socks! I discovered them when I had to fly to my brother’s wedding late into my second pregnancy—I didn't wear them, and by the time I got to my destination, my legs had swelled to twice their normal size! It was so uncomfortable. My doctor suggested I pick up a pair of compression socks and wear them on the red-eye flight home, and I could not believe what a difference it made. I had zero swelling but also tons of energy! I didn't even feel like I needed a nap after flying all night.
As a stylist, you're obviously talented at creating beautiful moments. So I'm curious, do you have an overall beauty philosophy?
Yes! I hadn't really thought about it until you asked. I think beauty is about contrast—that things shouldn't be too perfect. I'm "allergic" to things being too done-up, whether that be a room or a garden or my personal look.