Updated: Apr 6
A little bit about me
My name is Nicole Villa, I am the owner of NVBeauty, as well as Qualified Makeup Artist and Personal/ Fashion Stylist. I have a strong passion (some may call it an obsession) for all things beauty and fashion. I love creating makeup looks on people, making them feel and look confident and like the best version of themselves by enhancing their natural beauty. I adore watching Fashion shows and watching all the months of blood, sweat and tears come together and create beautiful wearable art pieces, with so much history and love behind each garment. Lastly, one of the things that for me is the most special part of the fashion industry is that it is celebrated to be stand out and unapologetically express yourself through your look and sense of style, no matter how out there or "whacky" the look might be.
I am half English and half Italian. I was born and raised in the countryside of Southern England, not far from the city of Brighton. It was such a great place to grow up. I have so many fond memories of riding my horses along the stunning Sussex downs, playing with my dogs in the deep green never ending fields and having BBQ's at the weekend along Brighton beach with friends and family. Brighton was and still is such a great place for fashion too. It is one of the few places in the world where I have been where you can have multicoloured hair and be wearing the most outlandish outfit and no one bats an eyelid, if anything this form of expression is applauded there.
At 19 I moved to London to study makeup & fashion, which was a very valuable experience. I learnt a lot living in London, about fashion and about life in general. After studying I was lucky enough to work as a makeup artist for various photoshoots, private clients as well as at several shows at London Fashion Week for two seasons, which was a total eye opener. I learnt the reality of the Fashion industry, and how it's not always as glamorous as you would think. Overall the experience I had in London was great and fuelled my love for this industry even more. In the summer of 2020, just before I turned 21, I decided I was ready for a new chapter and decided to move to Milan to explore and learn more about the beauty industry. I have some very exciting plans lined up for the near future and I can't wait to be able to share them with you closer to the time.
I asked on NVBeauty's Instagram for you to ask me some questions, Here are my answers the most asked questions.
What’s a beauty product that you’ve fallen in love with?
Huda Beauty's Legit lashes mascara!!!!! It creates so much length and volume to your lashes, to the point it looks like you are wearing fake lashes. I honestly couldn't recommend this mascara enough. The only down side is that it isn't waterproof so it can sometimes smudge.
What would you say to people who are insecure about parts of their body?
First of all I would say it is totally normal to feel insecure, but it is important to accept and love your body. It is also important to know that there is no ideal body type.
If you are insecure though, dress smartly: Learn what body shape you are (pair, apple, hourglass etc), and what style of clothes show of your best features.
Who is your fashion role model?
I have a few, but my top two would probably be Princess Diana and Maria Grazia Chiuri. Princess Diana was very fashion forward for a royal, and her style kept evolving over the years. She was able to make a pair of cycle shorts paired with an oversized jumper look so chic, but was also able to make a stunning ball gown her own. (Fun Fact: the Lady Dior bag was named after Lady Diana).
Maria Grazia Chiuri for those of you who may not have heard of her, is the creative director of Dior (she is also the first woman creative director the French fashion house has ever had). I absolutely love how she has modernised the house of Dior but at the same time kept its signature look.
Did you always know you wanted to work in fashion and makeup?
If I am being honest no, I didn't always know I wanted to work in fashion. When I was young I wanted to be an equestrian (totally different to fashion, I know). I have loved fashion and beauty for the longest time, yet I don't know why but I never saw it as a viable career path, until my mum suggested I trained in makeup, which then slowly took me also in to the fashion world and here we are today.
Favourite high street and High end Store?
So, my favourite high street shops change all the time but right now I would say they are Zara and a store call NORRGHI in Monza, Italy.
As for high end I would probably say Louis Vuitton, I want to say Fendi as I am a big fan of their style but I have had issues with the quality of their items. Unlike Louis Vuitton where the quality of my purchases has always been amazing and the customer care as always been great.
Best advice for what luxury items to buy?
My advice for buying Luxury Items (especially if you are on a budget ) is to buy accessories, such as bracelets, scarfs, belts, bags etc. You will find you will 1. wear them more as you can add them to almost any outfit, and 2. they usually (not always) are cheaper than buying a main piece of clothing, like a t-shirt or a dress.
I would also suggest buying classic, timeless pieces, instead of seasonal pieces, as these normally hold their value more, so are much better from an investment point of view.
Top makeup tip?
My top makeup tip would be to look after your skin: Don't take your makeup off with a wipe, invest in a good cleanser, Make sure you moisturise and use sun cream. These little changes are easy can make such a huge difference to the way your complexion and the way your makeup looks.