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Historically, the media has favored the “Snow Whites” of the world over the “Maleficents.” But if being the “villain” equates to a makeup collection with Ciaté London — as in the case of Christine Quinn, the real estate agent-turned-reality television star of Netflix’s “Selling Sunset” — then the “dark side” may not be such a bad place, after all. The Ciaté London x Christine Quinn collection launched on Tuesday on ciatelondon.com, and consists of four products: a heat-transforming lip cream, a lip plumper, an eyeshadow palette and a universal complexion brightener.
Between shooting Season 5 of “Selling Sunset” and working on her biography, “How to Be a Boss B*tch,” Quinn chatted with Glossy about working with Ciaté on her makeup collection, reclaiming the word “bitch” and preparing for the upcoming season of the show.
How did your collaboration with Ciaté London come to fruition?
“Charlotte [Knight] from Ciaté reached out to me after seeing the show, as she was a big fan. She said, ‘I don’t know why, [but] you empower me. And I feel like there are two sides to [you].’ She said, ‘I love that you’re this boss bitch, but also I love [that] there’s this sweet side to you.’ She wanted to capitalize on the two sides of that. They have this cool patented technology, which was called the ‘flip lip cream’, which goes from hot to cold, and it changes colors. That’s where we got the idea [for the collection], and [it] snowballed from there. [We] did the vixen side, mixed with the sweet side.”
What’s your signature makeup look?
“[A red lip] is definitely one of my signature makeup looks. I try to change it up, but I always find myself going to that and being drawn to that. And overall, I would say: Hollywood waves, a good black cat-eye, and [a] red lip is my signature [look].”
Has your makeup routine changed over time, as you’ve come into your full “boss bitch” self?
“I’ve gotten to the point where I’m a little more comfortable with less makeup, and I never felt that way. And it came from a place of [saying], ‘I don’t need all this. I like it, but I don’t need it.’ I learned to evolve out of a lot of [makeup] steps that I was taking before. I’ve simplified things a little bit on my own, but in a fun way.”
How do the products represent your persona, which has been called “sassy,” “straight-talking” and “seriously extra”?
“We had a fun time working with these colors. There’s the light side of the palette, which are the pinks and the light browns and the vanilla colors. And then the other side of it is the darker colors, the intense colors, and the red lip. So if you want to do a daytime look and be sweet, or if you want something amped up — this collection has it all.”
Tell me more about the heat-transforming lip cream.
“When we were playing with it on set, we were doing things to make it change colors, like [eating] popsicles and then drinking hot tea. And it was crazy, because I didn’t expect it to be that dramatic, but it did change colors.”
The Pump Plump (lip plumper) is named “Villain”. How else have you reclaimed the villain archetype cast upon you on “Selling Sunset”?
“There was always such a negative connotation around the word ‘bitch.’ And I said, ‘Why is that? Why? Why?’ If anything, it means I’m doing something right. People are talking about me. So it was the same with the word ‘villain,’ and I loved it. And I said, ‘No, a villain is a superhero.’ I love that word, and I wanted to throw it in the collection.”
What can you tell us about Season 4 of Selling Sunset?
“You’re going to see new cast members that definitely spice up the mix. You’re going to see new alliances form. The people that were in groups before are going to be in different groups, and you’re going to see a change in a lot of people. You’re going to say, ‘Wait a minute, that person from Season 1 is not the same person in Season 4.’ It’s going to be a fun thing, because all the characters have evolved — some are better, and some are worse, in my opinion. But that’s what makes the show interesting.”