Cat-Eyes, Calvin Klein, and Cheetos: One Musician’s Recipe for Success
You might know Dev from the chorus on Far East Movement’s 2010 club hit, “Like a G6.” I was likely wearing some form of “going-out top” when this song was at the top of the charts and hanging out at Marquee. After speaking with the singer-songwriter about everything from music to makeup to her rider, it appears both of us have (thankfully) moved on. She recently released a new EP titled Bittersweet July. After separating from her old team and having a daughter (now 2 1/2), recording the album was a “therapeutic process,” she explained. “It was two years of nonstop emotions—it was like a roller coaster…It was fun to actually go in and make songs that were almost hard for me to sing in the studio because they were a little bit emotional.” Here, the artist and ambassador for CK One Color Cosmetics divulges her best beauty secrets—including her trick for a killer cat-eye, the “$5 exfoliator” that keeps her complexion clear, and how her hair color matches the vibe of her music.
Since a cat-eye has become somewhat of a signature look for you, how did you perfect your technique?
Well, it took a lot of practice. I didn’t used to be that good at it. But I have this technique where I lean my elbow on my countertop or anything that can keep my hand steady. I do like to get really close to my lash line just so the pen doesn’t leave a little bit of skin showing through. That way when I fill in [the shape] with mascara, it all looks full, dark, and accentuates my eyes a little bit better. I’m pretty good at it now—I can even do it in the car, which is pretty awesome.
Who taught you the countertop trick?
Nobody taught it to me, it was just kind of the easiest way to keep my hand steady. But I definitely like to wear a cat-eye pretty much every day, even when I’m not performing. If I’m just at home or running errands, I guess I always have it on.
You’re so committed.
I am pretty committed to the cat-eye. I just feel better when I have a full face of makeup on, which is really funny. I was a tomboy growing up, so it’s funny to me that I’m like that now. It just makes me feel good.
What was the turning point from being a tomboy to wearing a cat-eye to the grocery store?
Probably when I really started performing and I kind of had to have a full face of makeup on all the time. Once I met my fiancé, it made me feel kind of girly and womanly, I guess.
What is your go-to eyeliner?
I use the CK One Color Eye Liner Marker they have. It’s awesome. I go through them like crazy! But yeah, they’re my favorite, and that’s the marker that I wear onstage and offstage, too. I always have, like, 10 of them on me!
What are other beauty products you pack when you’re touring?
I also like the CK One Color 3-in-1 foundation because it covers enough but doesn’t make me feel cakey. I wear makeup every day, so I do like that one because I can put a little bit on in the [morning], and then later if I have to go do a performance, I can just put on a little bit more.
Eyes seem to be your main focus, but do you ever play up your lips?
I have a shade that I did with CK One Color that’s called Kiss It, which is pretty cool. It’s kind of sassy and sexy—it’s a hot pink color, which I think is awesome. I tend to wear a lot of neutrals, so I like that I was able to do a brighter lip color with them to make everything pop a little bit.
How has your beauty routine changed since becoming a mom?
Well, it’s not as routine as it was before. I definitely feel that because I’m busier now, I do have to stay on top of my skin even more than before just because there are extra things I’m thinking about! My mom always tells me to drink a lot of water, so I do that, and then I wash my face every morning and every night.
Since skincare is really important to you, do you have any go-to products you use to keep your complexion in check when you’re performing?
I use a $5 drugstore exfoliator—it’s the easiest thing if I’m on the road—like [the one from] St. Ives. I think as long as I exfoliate three times a week, that’s what I’ve found for me is important. My [fiancé] uses Kiehl’s, so I’ll use his Kiehl’s stuff, but it doesn’t really—for my skin, at least—matter if it’s the most expensive as long as there’s a routine.
Do you have a go-to makeup remover post-performance?
The Garnier skin wipes! I really like those, and I’ll use two or however many—it depends on how cakey I am that night!
I imagine that it must be tough to apply makeup on a tour bus. Is that how you learned to apply your eyeliner in a moving vehicle?
Oh, totally. I think that is where I mastered it! Changing makeup, getting the formula together—that all happened on a bus.
I read that you colored your hair to match the vibe of your EP. If you had to pick a shade for Bittersweet July, what would it be and why?
The blue was the early stages of Bittersweet July, which is so funny that we’re talking about matching my hair color to the vibe of my album! But it did start blue, and now that it’s up for order on iTunes, I’m doing this celebratory thing. Now I have it green; it was purple for a little bit—I’m changing it up. But it was blue for a really long time.
How do you keep your hair healthy since you switch your color so much?
I use Oribe. I use their products, and I love them. I use their texture sprays, shampoo, everything, all the time.
I read that Hot Cheetos are on your rider. Are they still on your list of backstage demands?
How do you burn off your Hot Cheetos and whiskey?
The amount that I’m jumping around during a performance definitely helps to burn [them off]. And then I do run and Spin in my free time. It keeps me in shape, but also helps me mentally. It’s time that I can just have a second to myself and get out, which is also very important to me.
What’s your go-to Spin studio?
It depends. Lately I’ve been going to PedalSpin, because it’s near my house in South Pasadena, but I’ve gone to a couple spots in Hollywood, too. It depends on whatever’s closest.
You have multiple tattoos, but is there one that is particularly special?
I have my daughter’s name, which is pretty cool. It’s on my right forearm, which I got maybe two years ago. That one’s special. I have my fiancé’s name, and I have a saying on our arm—we both have it, it matches—which is kind of corny and really cute. It’s “Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish,” but I totally copied him. He had it on his arm and I just thought after a couple years, I’m totally getting that. That sums up so much. I have a few that actually have meaning and some that are really dumb.
What’s the dumbest one that you wish you could take back?
I actually don’t wish I could take any of them back because they all are pretty special, but I do have a diamond on my shoulder, which is pretty ridiculous. I have two arrows on my lower back, which is even more ridiculous, but I love them.
What beauty lessons do you hope to pass onto your daughter?
I hope that she ends up picking up a good skincare [routine]—I do think it’s really important to have healthy skin. The makeup sits better and it reacts better, so I hope that she learns and follows through with the washing your face two times a day and taking your makeup off before bed. And hopefully she learns a good cat-eye. She did put on lipstick the other day and didn’t even get outside the lines. I could not believe it. I was like, “Who did your lipstick?” She was like, “I did my lipstick, Mom!”
Like mother, like daughter.
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You might know Dev from the chorus on Far East Movement’s 2010 club hit, “Like a G6.” I was likely wearing some form of “going-out top” when this song was at the top of the charts and hanging out at Marquee. After speaking with the singer-songwriter about everything from music to makeup to her rider, […]Read More >>