Get to Know Elissa

Elissa Cleland – 2021

How did you achieve this look?

I used passion as my inspiration. I mostly associate red with intense love so I centered my look around that. I used the Juvia’s Palace Magic Mini palate on my eyes, Anastasia Beverly Hills pomade in the shade Blonde, Nars Natural Radiant foundation in the shade Mont Blanc, Nars bronzer in the shade Laguna, Tarte Shape Tape concealer in the shade Fair, Ardell eyelash wispies, Tarte Maneater liquid eyeliner, Too-Faced Better Than Sex mascara, and Kylie metallic mini lipstick from the 2018 Holiday lip set as well as Kylie blush and highlighter from her 20th birthday collection.

What’s your go-to beauty look?

My go-to look is a bold brow, winged eyeliner, bronzer, and a nude pink gloss.

What got you into makeup?

When I was little, I had a plastic makeup set with fake lipsticks and eyeshadows. Eventually I graduated to a children’s play makeup with an atrocious bright blue that I would rub all over my eyelids. When I reached middle school, I asked my mom to buy me big girl makeup. Even though she didn’t wear any makeup, she helped me buy my first pencil eyeliner and mascara. I would practice applying it in different ways in the mirror. When I was finally allowed to buy my first palette in seventh grade, my love for makeup took on a life of its own.

What’s your favorite little-known makeup hack?

I found that putting concealer on my eyes then putting a white or nude eyeshadow over top in order to set it makes bright eyeshadows look even brighter and keeps my eyeshadow from creasing as the day goes on! 

What’s your holy grail product?

My buxom lip gloss in the shade Dolly. It goes with everything and it has this lip-plumping effect that does wonders.

What was your favorite ROCKET shoot?

I loved the “Women” photoshoot from the Fall/Winter 2018 issue!

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