Lion Babe's Jillian Hervey Shares Her Getting Ready Routine
Find out how she achieves that perfect cat-eye and maintains those legendary curls.
If you haven’t heard of Jillian Hervey, you’re missing out. One half of NYC-based soul duo Lion Babe, Hervey is a creative powerhouse known for her powerful vocals and charismatic performances. The songstress is a force to be reckoned with, with an immensely well-received debut album (Begin) released earlier this year and a MAC makeup collaboration launching later in April. And of course, there’s that little tidbit of information that she happens to be the daughter of Vanessa Williams, actress and former Miss America. Drawing beauty inspiration from the likes of cultural icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Naomi Campbell and Veruschka, Hervey has established an identity for herself that stands out all on its own. Recently sitting down for a chat with The Coveteur, Hervey walks us through her getting ready routine that includes her hallmark gold glitter-tinted cat-eye, beauty advice passed on from Mom, how to achieve flawless curls, and more. You can read an excerpt from the feature below and can head over to The Coveteur for the full story.
Her step-by-step morning routine
“On a regular day, I’m not a huge makeup wearer just because I’m always wearing makeup for events. So I like to keep my skin as clean as possible without that. Rosewater is one of my favorite go-tos that I always have in my bag—it’s always refreshing, it smells good and it makes my skin feel really nice and relaxed.”
The best skin-saving treatments
“I always have makeup remover wipes. I’d rather start over because I don’t like to put more makeup on. Natura Bissé has two masks that I use twice a month—an Oxygen Finishing Mask and Shock Mask, which is really good if you have any breakouts or if your skin just needs a reboot. I put it on before I go into the shower, and it’s a lifesaver if I’ve done a bunch of shows or am just coming back from being on the road and know my skin needs to be top-notch.”
The beauty advice her mom passed on
“Definitely lotion, in general. She always told me, ‘When you get out of the shower, put lotion on because your skin can get dry and you want to make sure it’s not.’ And obviously, like any issues, if you don’t do it for a while, then eventually if it gets dry, it can get discolored. You want to make sure your kneecaps and elbows and everything are all good. She definitely always said to make sure your face is washed before you go to sleep, even if you’re super-tired, because that’s the thing that can cause spots or infections and pimples. That’s really number one. She taught me how to comb my hair in sections and blowdry. I feel like in the movies, they just blowdry their hair for two seconds and it’s done. Does that happen to me? No! Those are probably the main things that I’ve taken from her.”
Everything she does to get *that* hair
“For show days, I like to add volume. My hair’s naturally curly, so the base of what I do is just embellish that. Everything has to be set in high curls, or I use a curling wand and wrap the hair—each individual strand—into a really small little ringlet, like Shirley Temple’s. It gets super-small and tight, and then from there you have the option of playing it up: teasing it out with a big comb, back-combing it so it adds more of a frizz and volume, or manually taking each curl and separating it, which gives it that kind of snake-y texture, which I love. I like how it looks all intricate and cool when it’s wrapped around each other. It really depends on what the look is. I definitely like all different ways of doing big hair. I like when it’s super-frizzed-out—I’ve done stuff that’s kind of Jerry Hall-inspired, where I’ll start with a really big loose wave and then add some more hairspray—I use Pantene or Chi—so it’s a little bit bigger and more crazy.”
- Jake Rosenberg