We've all had those nights. The ones spent partying 'til the wee hours, like dawn will never come. And, when it inevitably does, you're rummaging through the cupboards for rejuvenating masks, major concealers — even some healers! Well, imagine keeping a constant nocturnal clock like L.A.'s resident badass behind the turntables, DJ Rashida. Somehow, Prince's princess manages to radiate like a glow stick even without the help of club lights.
Since we were totally
jealous mystified by this music maven's superhuman abilities, we invited ourselves over to her quiet (we were surprised, too!) nook in the Hills. We uncovered the the ins and outs of her beauty routine: As predicted, there's way more than a regular ol' cosmetic-bag rigamarole going on! Click through to score some of the sneakiest tricks of the trade we've seen — and watch them in action as Rashida gives great face for our lens.
Photographed by Molly Cranna
What prompted you to start DJing?
"Since I was always into club culture and loved music, learning to mix was only natural. So, I bought decks and started collecting records. I was a bedroom DJ for the first three years, and my friends forced me to start playing at their parties. After that, I fell in love with playing live."
Early in your career you landed a residency at the House of Blues, how did you make that happen?
"I had a residency at this amazing live-music venue in Santa Monica called Temple Bar
, and some people from HOB stopped by and asked me to audition for the weekend slot."
It seems like everybody wants to DJ now. How do you feel about that?
"Obviously, it's something I've loved for a long time, so I'm glad to see it getting all of this attention. New technology makes it accessible, and I get that it looks fun. I mean, what's not to love? Music, dancing, frequency — it's certainly one of the best jobs in the world. That said, I would ask that the overnight DJs actually practice before they play, so they're not torturing their audiences. I find that happening more and more often these days!"
What's your advice to people just starting out?
"Practice, collect real records, get into the music, and understand the technical aspect of it."
Any crazy stories from touring-slash-collaborating with Prince? How did you meet him?
"I met Prince while spinning at HOB back in '04. It's always a good time with him — too many good stories!"
You've spun for an impressive list of clients. Ever have a freak-out fan moment when meeting someone?
"It's always exciting to meet my heroes. I've never freaked out, but I was very excited to meet Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder."
Your job requires you to keep a late-night routine. Any beauty or stamina tricks of the trade? How do you still remain fresh-faced?
"I try not to fall asleep with makeup on, which I think every girl is guilty of on occasion."
You mentioned having a holistic approach to your beauty regimen. How was this introduced into your life?
"My mom's a hippie, so she's always been into the holistic lifestyle. I love it."
What are you dietary go-tos for great beauty?
"I really like Omega-3 oils, flax seeds, coconut oil, fresh ginger, and herbal teas — they're all really good for your skin and hair."
What's your sneakiest beauty trick?
"I love coconut oil and almond oils. I keep both in my fridge because they're so good for the body, hair, and face. I notice that they're especially beneficial to my skin."
What do you use in your hair to maintain those perfect, soft curls?
"I use a sulfate-free shampoo with a good conditioner. I tend to switch both my shampoo and conditioner often, as my hair will grow accustomed to the same formulas. I've tried many products in the past, but I find that my hair's better on its own. It's pretty wild, so it changes day-to-day, regardless of what I use!"
You love a good headpiece. Any bobby-pin or hairspray tricks to keeping it all in place when you're bopping to your beats?
"Just make sure you have lots — and I mean lots — of bobby pins around!"
Who are your beauty icons?
"Josephine Baker, Frida Kahlo, Lourdes de Oliveira, Sophia Loren, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Pam Grier, and my mom."
Tell us about the best beauty product you've discovered during your travels.
"I do a lot of my makeup shopping at duty-free shops, and I discovered this delicious pink shade of lipstick at a random airport — I became obsessed with it. At the time, I couldn't find a really bright, opaque pink, so it was perfection. After that, I couldn't find it anywhere — such a sad story."
So, what's your ideal lippie now, and how did you come by it?
"Anything from Black Up
, a brand I discovered in Paris."
You've been all over the world. Where do you enjoy performing the most?
"Wherever there's sun, water, and islands — although I have a blast in places like Norway, Belgium, and Denmark. Playing in Australia is fun, too — they know how to party!"
How you do like to dress for travel?
"I call it, 'bum-chic': comfy clothing, shoes that are easy to remove, and anything with a hood."
What items in your closet get the biggest workout?
"In the winter, it's a pair of thigh-high, suede Chanel boots. But, in the summer, it's all about my moccasins."
What's been your biggest fashion splurge?
"A Pucci gown."
What are some of your favorite oil-based scents?
"I like any sort of plumeria or tuberose scent — I love cocoa and vanilla, too."
What's your best style advice?
"Wear what you like and what suits you
What shops in L.A. do you hit for your avant-garde (and frequently vintage!) wares?
"I'm obsessed with The Way We Wore
Admit it, has anyone stopped you on the street and lost it a bit?
"I don't know about losing it, per se, but people do approach me. It always catches me off guard, but it's nice to know that there are people out there who appreciate what I do."
Who are your favorite artists of all-time?
"Jimi Hendrix, Björk, Prince, 2Pac, Morrissey, Minnie Riperton, and Marvin Gaye."
What's your go-to outfit while you're performing?
"It always changes depending on what I'm performing and where I'm at."
When you're not in the club, where can we find you in L.A.?
"Local restaurants, zen spots, and inspirational places like the beach."
What or who has influenced your personal style?
"Anything or anyone that speaks to me."
What can we expect from you in the near future?
"I'm making more music and art, and I'll be traveling a lot more!"