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Multimedia Artist Chloe Wise on Beauty, Cats & Conspiracy Theories

Chloe at home in NYC. Photographed by Tanya & Zhenya Posternak. Interviewed by Isla.

Where are you from? What do you do?

I'm a multimedia artist from Montreal.

Do you have a “uniform”? Something you wear over and over again and feel great in?

Eyebrow gel

Finish the sentence: I could teach a Master Class on...

...Being a Sagittarius

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever tried in the name beauty?

Eyelash perm. That..... didn't go well

What does your morning routine look like? Skincare to make up. Products, rituals, etc?

Coffee, cat cuddles, and if I'm feeling particularly generous with myself, face wash + moisturizer.

"I stopped using shampoo almost 10 months ago. I've been using a scalp scrub that's essentially coconut oil, ACV and sugar, in place of shampoo. I don't do anything to my hair aside from brushing it."

What about your evening routine?

I go to sleep at around 4 am. So at that point, if  I had been wearing any makeup, it would have just disintegrated into thin air. Face wash, toner, one of many serums, and some drops of oil mixed into a cream. I braid my hair with some oil in the ends as well. Kiss each cat on the lips. Drift into dream-filled slumber. etc. 

The best compliment I’ve ever received is...

Probably about my cats

How about haircare? Colorist? Haircut? Routine? How do you like to dry it?

I stopped using shampoo almost 10 months ago. I've been using a scalp scrub that's essentially coconut oil, ACV and sugar, in place of shampoo. I don't do anything to my hair aside from brushing it. Honestly if you have tips I'm all ears. 

"I go to sleep at around 4 am. So at that point, if I had been wearing any makeup, it would have just disintegrated into thin air."

If you gave me a million dollars I would spend it on...

Cloning my cats

I’m most likely to fall into an internet blackhole researching...

The erotics of yawning

Do you do anything else to keep your skin healthy? Facials? Other tips and tricks?

I've had ONE facial in my life. Thanks for the reminder, I should probably go get another. 

I just moisturize and use different things my dermatologist recommends. I have rosacea so I use a cream for that, and you know, thoughts and prayers. 

My alternate universe dream job is...

News anchor

What is your ‘dressed up’ make up look?

Dressed up makeup- I haven't heard that name in years....

*stares wistfully out window*

um, either a fun color like terracotta on the eyelid, with some lip balm on top so it's shiny, or basically the exact same thing but on the lip. I like being tan so bronzer will probably be invited..

Favorite places to spend time in New York?

My studio.. the Frick.. anywhere with snacks and friends

My most treasured possession is...

My tiny but growing art collection

9 months into quarantine… what are you into right now? Books, music, hobbies, artists, etc?

Really into listening to history podcasts while painting. I am a very big podcast and audio book consumer.

Also been baking a lot, like everyone else. Yesterday I made a gorgeous lasagna. This past weekend was all about revisiting Backstreet Boys, but this week will be about Mort Garson's album Plantasia.

The conspiracy theory I can get behind is...

All of them lol. 9/11 was an inside job and octopuses are actually aliens

Do you have any beauty muses? Any life muses? People you generally admire?

My mom

The beauty trend I most wish I could pull off is...

Caring enough about sun damage to wear sunscreen

There’s not enough money in the world to pay me to...

Hmm don't underestimate my / our compliance under capitalism