Wherever Paris Jackson goes, she makes a statement. Whether it’s going out to Fashion Week, touring with his new music or attending the illustrious Vanity Fair Oscar After Party. she’s pretty much always ready for a rock concert, thanks to her defined look of messy blonde hair and heavy eyeliner.
So, how fitting it is that her latest gig is working with KVD Beauty, the brand behind car wreck-proof liquid eyeliner, as they decided to launch a brand new long-wearing gel eyeliner formula (available on April 7)? Regarding her new collaboration, Jackson says she looks perfect for many reasons, but the most obvious is “obviously, I’m covered in tattoos,” she says, “so that aesthetic is a perfect match.” It’s a moment of novelty for Jackson, who just turned 24 on April 3. She is finding herself stepping out of her comfort zone when it comes to her fashion choices and her career: “I think I’m just evolving as a person, so I’m trying new things with everything,” she explains. “I’m trying out a new sound for my music. I’m trying out new roles that I wouldn’t normally audition for … I’m just exploring. We can’t wait to see and hear what comes next.
Below, Jackson talks to NYLON about his new music, his favorite eyeliner suggestion, and working with KVD Beauty.
What is your first beauty memory?
I wasn’t really allowed to wear makeup like I was in junior high, but my earliest memories were of borrowing my friends’ makeup at school and then taking it off before going home. At school I always got in trouble for what I wore and how I did my makeup, because I wore too much eyeliner. I would wear combat boots, which is a violation of the uniform. I loved all things grungy and punk from a young age. I’ve stayed with that ever since.
How has your relationship with beauty changed when you grew up?
I have just evolved in a way. I don’t think any of that matters unless you’re a good person. If you’re ugly on the inside, no amount of makeup can fix it.
As an artist, do you ever find yourself using makeup to express yourself?
For the past few years I’ve been playing it safe and going for a more natural look and now I’m learning to have a lot more fun. When I went to the Givenchy show recently, I loved being able to look for different references and try on things I wouldn’t normally wear on a day-to-day or on a carpet.
Is there a reason you’re more excited about having more fun with makeup now than before?
I think I’m just evolving as a person, so I’m trying new things with everything. I am trying out a new sound for my music. I’m trying out new roles that I wouldn’t normally do for a few years ago with acting. I’m just exploring. I find inspiration from everything like love and pain and everything in between.
What made this feel like the right time to enter the beauty industry with your new partnership?
I think what’s so perfect about working with KVD Beauty is that it feels like our integrity and our morals and the things we value are all aligned. When it comes to being environmentally friendly and free from cruelty, celebrating art, diversity, it lines up so well. Plus, I’m obviously covered in tattoos, so that aesthetic is a perfect match.
How many tattoos do you have?
This is a good question. I have no idea.
When did you start getting tattoos?
Well, I was a minor. I’ve always wanted them. Again, with uniform violations, I was always getting into trouble because I was writing and drawing on my arms. So even at 13, I knew I wanted to be decorated in ink.
Is there a theme for your tattoos?
No, not even a little. It’s everywhere and there are just a lot of things I love and appreciate that I feel have played a big part in becoming who I am. But there are also a lot of dumb and dumb ones that mean nothing. They are all very special to me.
With your relationship with beauty ever changing, what makes you excited to try something new?
Everything. I mean, I get something from the great music videos I’ve seen, or from my friends and the makeup they wear. There are a lot of things I’ve tried as a model that I wouldn’t normally wear usually, of course, because it’s couture. This pushed me in a great way to explore new things and get comfortable out of my comfort zone.
Is there a beauty tip you picked up from a friend that you started using on your own?
One of my closest friends and I had been wearing cat’s eye for a long time. Then, one day came and I saw that instead of going up, the eyeliner was going down. You said it’s called like “puppy’s eye”. And I thought, I like it more than cat’s eye. So, I’ve been doing this for a while now.
Do you like the new KVD Beauty Tattoo Pencil Liner?
I have three favorite colors. I mainly wear brown shades. Then, when I’m on stage, I also add Madder Red. I just think he’s handsome. And unless you have a make-up wipe, that shit won’t come off. When the lights are two inches from your face and you’re sweating bullets, that’s super, super useful.
Do you always wear the same look on stage?
Enough. I make a nice heavy eyeliner. Not too much on the face: I don’t put too much concealer or foundation on the face. I am left alone with the KVD Beauty ModCon Contour. Which I wear every day, but when I’m on stage I always put it on top notch. It takes me maybe 20 or 30 minutes to get ready. I don’t do too much with my hair or anything, I just throw some hairspray in there.
How is your beauty routine in everyday life?
It’s just a little bit of top eyeliner, like a little wing. I like the lining in the lightest brown, Axinite Brown, for that. Sometimes I draw the freckles and put the outline, but mostly that’s it.
Is there anything you are really excited for people to hear in your new music?
It’s great because this is the kind of music I’ve always wanted to do. I have spent the last 10 years playing acoustic guitar and singing very sweetly. Then, in the last year I realized that I can really scream. I’ve always wanted to do grunge and rock music, but when you sing that softly, it’s much more difficult. If you lift the electric guitar, you will muffle the voice. The only way to rock is to project. I’ve learned how to do it now, so I’m making music that I’ve always wanted to do since I was fourteen. On tour it seems like I’m getting a pretty solid response so far.
How did you sharpen your voice like that?
I was in the studio with my hero, Andy Hull, and we were making this song called Adagio which would be played in a very intense scene in a movie where she was Bella Thorne, called Habit. We knew they would only use the first minute, so we were fine, let’s have fun with the second half. We ended up doing the song six and a half minutes, which is quite a long time. The way the song was building, I felt like I had to feel something. Then, the more I worked with him, the more I learned to start screaming, not just making plans, but how to scream.
Do you think there is a relationship between being bolder in your look and your music?
It’s all very synchronized. Everything flows together.