When it comes to our beauty choices, it's all too easy to resort to what we're comfortable with — the same makeup looks day after day, the same go-to haircut, even the same tired old lip gloss. While there's something to be said for the classics — and knowing what works for you — the idea of going out on a limb and taking a chance is oh-so-exciting. Since we're not quite ready to try out a brand new haircolor just for the sake of a story (we're getting there, promise!), we looked to one of our favorite NYC rockers to give us a taste of the wild (beauty) side.
Andrea Estella, better known for her role in the Brooklyn band Twin Sister, is the ultimate beauty-queen-meets-edgy-cool-girl. Since gaining fame for her pipes, she's managed to completely overhaul her look — and boy does she own it. We took a look back at her au naturel appearance, as well as her new out-of-this-world exterior. Click through to get inspired, and start thinking a little harder about that blue streak you've been considering.
Photographed by Jen Dessinger
What is one beauty product that you can't live without, and one you think you should give up?
"I can't live without my Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette. I don't want to give up anything, I'm a hoarder — you never know when you need something unusual for a costume."
How does your makeup routine differ when you are performing, as opposed to just a normal day?
"Performance makeup is a bit heavier and more theatrical. I look scary up close, it's too caked and funky looking for everyday wear. I use a lot less of everything on a normal day."
What's the best beauty advice you've received?
"My father, who is a chemist that mainly works with dermatologists, told me: 'Don't worry about using wrinkle creams, they can't really help much with wrinkles or damaged skin. Use sunscreen to prevent the wrinkles and damage.'"
What made you decide to color your hair?
"I'm not too sure — I've been coloring my hair on and off since middle school. I think my love for anime characters, mostly magical girls, started it. I usually do an unnatural color, then get jealous of girls with virgin hair. So, I go through stages of letting it grow out to its natural honey brown, then I get real and switch back."
Vintage T-shirt and skirt, YRU Qozmo platforms.
Where do you look to for beauty inspiration, especially when it comes to your hair color?
"'80s and '90s anime, Japanese street fashion, Zipper Magazine, ViVi Magazine, Fruits Magazine, Palma Wright, Drag Queens, dolls, butterflies...anything really."
How do you maintain your hair's vibrant purple color?
"I use Pravana violet hair dye mixed in a white conditioner once every two weeks."
How do you switch up your makeup from day to night?
"That's usually when my eyebrows come out. I do simple mascara, blush, and lip balm during the day. At night I use vibrant lipsticks (maybe gold lips), glitter, at times fake lashes, and drawn-on eyebrows."
What does your nighttime beauty routine consist of?
"Removing my makeup and washing my face with L'Oreal Go 360 Clean Deep Facial Cleanser. I rub a lemon wedge on my lips to remove dead skin and even skin tone, and then I use my Kiehl's Lip Balm #1. Next I use a CVS brand vitamin E oil all over my face, neck, and around the eyes. I moisturize the rest of my body with Kiehl's hand and body lotion in grapefruit. Finally, I put my hair in two braids and rub lavender essential oil on my wrists and neck."
What do you consider your signature makeup look?
"My eyebrows, or lack thereof. Sometimes it's all about nude, gold, hot pink, drag queen, or green glitter drawn-on eyebrows."
Do you have any constant go-to beauty brands?
"MAC, Kiehl's, Make Up For Ever, Dior, Urban Decay, NYX, and Illamasqua."
How do you take your wardrobe into consideration when you're applying makeup?
"I usually put my clothes on before I apply makeup and take it from there. I don't think too much about it."
What is one beauty product that you'll always splurge on, and why?
"Illamasqua foundation — it's excellent quality and comes in beautiful colors."