Bramble Trionfo's East Village apartment is, as the saying goes, where the magic happens. There are book stacks, wild flowers, rare ashtrays, art everywhere. There's a Sphynx kitten. "That's Biggie," she says. "Look at him just thriving." An homage to her late cat Puff&mdash,weighing less than one of Trionfo's hardback coffee table books&mdash,Biggie is more Smalls. What is beauty makeup.
"I love to just have people here and just hang and vibe and sit on the floor and talk," she says. As creative director at The Thick , Trionfo knows exactly how to get people talking. The year-and-some-change-old site, an extension of The Wall Group, prompts subjects to do more than plug the newest project with questions like, "To what are you addicted?" and, "What is the title of your autobiography." It's energetic, honest, and surprising&mdash,no filler or filter&mdash,just like Trionfo, who for the record, would call the story of her life, This Should've Been a Movie.
Trionfo's movie might open in Baltimore, where she grew up with a makeup artist mother in an Italian-American home. "Italian women only appear effortless, but there's a lot of effort that goes into it," she says. "I've never understood minimalism. It's not for me. I'm a maximalist."
Here, Trionfo offers a glimpse into her Italian-girl beauty regimen.
I beauty makeup
Commit to color:
I've had red toes and nails nonstop since I was fifteen. I do my nails and toes myself all the time. I'm usually always carrying a bottle of red nail polish with me because I hate when I have a chip. I'm so expressive and if I'm flailing my arms in conversation and there's a chip on my nail I'm going to cry. Usually what I do is this Essie nail polish in Really Red and then I put the drugstore gel topcoat over it.
Illuminate your eyes:
This Rilastil Eye Contour Cream is amazing. Eye cream is very important to Italian women. We do a lot of crying. We're extremely emotional. I have very dark circles and this helps with that. That's why we tend to get crows feet and why we wear massive sunglasses.
Experiment with your hair:
I don't think it was until I came to New York that I was like, 'Okay, I need one hair look.' And then I cut it all off again. To me, hair isn't precious. I'm sure once I'm done with this I'll do something else. When it looked like Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, I felt very bossy, but I didn't feel as attractive to be honest. It can change your whole vibe. I'll totally try another color. I'll try anything. I've been blonde, red, and almost black. I did ombre. My natural hair color is like a mousey brown I think. I don't even remember. I box dye now with Revlon Colorsilk in dark brown.
Skip the suds:
I've been using this powder for a while. It was originally shown to me to use it in the home. But it's also a really incredible dry shampoo. So you just sprinkle it out and it fluffs up everything. It smells so good. It's pretty incredible. It's really good for the home, but it's great as dry shampoo because we also don't wash our hair that often. Maybe twice a week. It's kind of whenever I think, 'Oh, maybe I should wash my hair.'
Concoct a signature scent:
I love body oil. I like it because I like to look sort of dewy, gleamy, and youthful. This one has a really great scent and isn't as slimy as others, which I like. This is Aqua di Parma body oil. I use it all over. Our fragrances are important because we love to smell good. There's always a body or hand lotion with us. But lately I've been really into oils. I love this one. If I'm using the Tom Ford body oil that's usually enough of a scent. That's just musk perfume oil that you dab. The more your body temperature warms up the more it comes out. So it can get phenomenal and sexy. If you're sweaty or flustered, you can feel it evaporating out of you.
Touch and be touchable:
My Dior cuticle cream, which is apricot and a scent we love, is really good because we're so expressive and touching things constantly. We're touchers. This just makes your nails grow and look shiny and beautiful and allows you to not cut your cuticles, which is a good thing. So you just rub it on your cuticles, knuckles, wrists. It smells very natural.
K beauty makeup
Find your light:
I recently learned about strobing, which is like finding your light, but never having to find your light. It's just always on. I wanted to try it but didn't have the right product. Everything I was trying was just one way or the other, so I ended up mixing this great NARS tinted moisturizer with Benefit High Beam and then a little bit of rose water. And then I shake it all up and put it on my wrist and apply it with a huge fan brush all over. Plus, the hydration and the smell of the rose water is very chic.