Interview With Olivia Culpo: Beauty Secrets, Career Advice and Halloween Fashion Tips

Breaking into the beauty industry is no easy task; it can be hard to get noticed in a sea of beauty sites and bloggers. Fashion & Style spoke to the beauty queen herself, Olivia Culpo, who dished about beauty advice, Halloween fashion tips and how to break into the beauty industry.

Fashion & Style: You went from Miss Universe 2012 to a known beauty queen and contributing editor at Byrdie. How did your career in beauty come to fruition?

Olivia Culpo: To be honest it happened pretty organically. I've always been a beauty product junkie, I've always loved making over people or just finding new products. I remember while growing up my favorite thing to do on a Friday night was to stay in and go through the medicine cabinet and find my mom's makeup with my friends and do everyone's hair and makeup. So luckily for me I get to do what I love and share my tips with other people. A career in the beauty industry just came natural to me. I've always loved and enjoyed anything beauty related.

F&S: What are your beauty don'ts?

OC: A huge beauty don't for me is overdoing it; I think less is more. In terms of products, it's not about how much you apply, it's more about how using the product makes you feel. You don't have to use too much, a little bit can go a long way and give you the confidence needed to feel beautiful.

F&S: What's the best beauty advice you've ever received and from who?

OC: This goes back to what I was saying before -- less is more. That's something my mom actually told me growing up all the time. My mom is a natural beauty, doesn't have any beauty products at all.

When I became really invested in doing other people's makeup and my own makeup and competing in all these pageants for her, it was very shocking. She didn't really like it and thought a lot of it was vain. So she started to tell me "less is more," and I agree. Products will help and could be fun to apply, it's a way to express yourself. It's important for people to feel beautiful, but it's more about what's on the inside.

F&S: Is there a piece of makeup you don't leave home without?

OC: I wouldn't leave home without a hydrating lip color, balm or chapstick. My lips and lashes are the focal point for me. I love my eyelash curler, but I wouldn't necessarily take it out the house with me. Your lips can get dry throughout the day, so I'd definitely say a hydrating lip color is important.

F&S: In addition to beauty, you're also known for your fashion sense. Is there someone you would consider your style inspiration?

OC: I like to take a little from everyone, really. Today it's easy to see what everyone is wearing easily on social media. You can get a sense of everyone's personal style. Some of the people I really admire would be Victoria Beckham (and I love her new line as well) and Olivia Palermo has a very interesting style. Audrey Hepburn is a huge role model for me, her style was so classic and timeless that it still applies today; she's also a great example of simplicity and the whole idea of less being more.

F&S: Halloween is right around the corner. Do you have any Halloween beauty tips?

OC: My biggest advice for Halloween is to make sure you have enough clothing on. For some reason Halloween in America has become this day where everybody decides not to wear that much clothing. Be comfortable; I think a lot of people try to "sex it up" a little bit in a way, and they will be uncomfortable with shoes that don't fit or are too high. So that's my biggest advice for Halloween.

F&S: With all the beauty bloggers and influx in entrepreneurs what is the most challenging aspect of breaking into the beauty industry?

OC: I think that it could be hard for people to maintain their individuality. I'm about keeping individuality and seeking advice and inspiration from other people. Today, information comes so easily to us, so we can see what other people are doing and just kind of piggyback that. If you really look at the people who have nailed it and become successful in the industry, it was because they were innovative, creative and were really thinking outside the box. So, as much as you want to take away from other people for inspiration, also keep your own spin on it and be an individual. I struggle with that too. You want to make sure to keep your own edge to it and your own stamp on it.

F&S: Is there anything your fans don't know about you?

OC: I think it would be that I played the Cello, music education is very important to me. When I was younger I guess, I was considered a band geek. I spent my summers at band camp, and I used to lug around this giant Cello after school. It was interesting being a little bit of an outlier. That's something a lot of people don't know about me.

F&S: If you weren't in the beauty industry, what type of career what would you be doing?

OC: I would absolutely be doing something in business. I would probably be in the restaurant or hotel business, something in hospitality. My parents are actually restaurant owners, so I would probably be working with my family.

F&S: Do you have any projects in the pipeline that we should know about?

OC: I do have some upcoming projects, but nothing I can talk about right now. There's a lot going on in the fashion and beauty space. There's always modeling, scripted and non-scripted projects that will be coming up too.

Culpo admitted that she has yet to decide what she is dressing up as for Halloween, but you can stay up to date with her latest fashion choices via Instagram. Also, keep a look out for Olivia Culpo at the Simply Stylist 2015event on Oct. 25, in New York City. 

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