You may recognize Gabs Gibbs first from her famous last name, or her pretty face plastered all over social media, but you’ll quickly realize that she’s undeniably more than that. It’s her creative persona and unique taste for anything beauty and fashion that has made her everyone’s go-to for instant inspiration. With 160k followers on Instagram keenly watching her life through their screens, Gabs has no doubt found the winning formula on how to capitalize on the power of social media as a tool to influence.
"When I saw my mom and my dad doing their own makeup on set, it looked like a cool thing to do."
With her ever-changing looks from boy cut to baby fringe, you just never know what you’re going to get every time. Which is exactly the kind of excitement that keeps her fans wondering what she’s going to do next. She’s a singer, makeup artist, model, influencer, content director, and the list goes on. She plays by her own rules and doesn’t answer to anyone’s restrictions. It’s also no secret that she’s unapologetic for her love of makeup. While other people see it as just a shallow pass time, Gabs has no trouble professing her love for the art. She shares, “I’ve been in love with art for the longest time. I definitely fell in love with special effects and glam.” She even attended the Cameron Jane Makeup Academy in Sydney to further pursue her passion.
At first glance, the 21-year-old can look intimidating but in person, she’s a laid-back creative who you can easily see yourself being friends with. Below, we have a casual chat with the multi-faceted darling as she shares how her parents influenced her love for makeup, her beauty no-nos, and if she’ll ever go into Youtube.
Let’s start off with your love for makeup, do you remember the exact moment you became obsessed with it?
Both of my parents are super artistic and I grew up in a bohemian type of family where they supported us on whatever we wanted to do. Whether it was art, movie, or film. I think it just came naturally with my love for film, and also my family is in show business and they love painting too. When I saw my mom and my dad doing their own makeup on set, it looked like a cool thing to do.
How has your approach to beauty changed since you first started experimenting with it?
I think I’m more relaxed now with beauty. When I was in high school, I’d go ham on my eyebrows. But I actually wanna shave my eyebrows or bleach it. I always tell everyone and they’d be confused. I don’t know if I could commit to it now, but maybe in the future.
You even went to makeup school in Sydney for SPFX. How was that experience for you?
Fun! But it was pretty long. I got super homesick but I learned a lot. I think it was more of a personal thing for me. I like doing it on myself but I don’t really see it as my profession. It’s more for my own enjoyment.
"I like doing [SPFX makeup] on myself but I don’t really see it as my profession. It’s more for my own enjoyment."
As someone who is well-versed with both the beauty industry and the power of social media, how do you think these platforms shifted the beauty scene for everyone?
When I was in Sydney, a lot of my mentors were makeup artists who have been in the industry for so long. During their time, the pressure was really on because they didn’t have social media back then. Now, it’s like the competition is on another level. So, I really think it changed a lot since social media. I think the same goes with beauty brands; they’re just more competitive now. You can easily see what your competitor’s doing next. It’s so fast-paced with all the trends.
You also work for beauty brand, Sunnies Face. How do you think these platforms have helped you?
I guess it’s the same for any brand. I mean we see works from a lot of makeup artists that give us inspiration and also give us ideas to improve other products that we want to create.
We’re dying to know. What are your makeup must-haves?
I’d say products that help prep the skin like primer and moisturizer. I’d splurge on high-end foundations and highlighters too.
If you can be stuck with only one beauty product forever, what would it be?
Mascara. I think lashes change everything for everyone.
What’s a major beauty no-no for you?
I think it’s more on foundation and concealer shades. Some people wear foundations that are super light, or sometimes it’s not enough. Or it needs to be blended. That’s what bothers me. You have to match the foundation and concealer.
What’s a beauty faux-pas that you’re guilty of doing?
I blow on my makeup brushes to remove the excess product. I know! (laughs) It’s a little unsanitary but sometimes when I’m in a hurry, I do that. But it’s only when I do my own makeup.
What’s the beauty lesson you learned from your mom?
She does a lot of crazy makeup looks. Even with her art, she does a lot of crazy things. Her imagination is on another level. That’s why she does makeup really well, because she paints really well. Even in the ‘90s, she was really on-trend with her liner and super cool-toned lips.
A quick scroll through your IG feed and you can instantly see that you and your sister are really close. What’s one thing you like to steal from her makeup bag?
I already have it in my makeup bag! (laughs) But we usually buy makeup together. She would always ask me, “What should I buy?” And I always ask her opinion too. That’s why if you see our makeup kit it’s also the same products, just different colors. But I think, what I wish I could steal from her is her foundation. Because she has the perfect tan! That’s my dream.
"I’m very open about my struggle with acne in high school online. I even took medication for that. But I think, maybe good maintenance for your skin is always take your makeup off and wash your face before going to bed. Never neglect your skin."
You’re a pretty big advocate of skincare. What are your rules for better skin?
I’m very open about my struggle with acne in high school online. I even took medication for that. But I think, maybe a good maintenance for your skin is always take your makeup off and wash your face before going to bed. Never neglect your skin.
Do you prefer skincare over makeup?
I wouldn’t say that because more is more for me, I’m never a less-is-more kind of a person. I love makeup. I love doing drag [makeup] even though I’m not a drag queen. That leveled-up makeup? I’d love to go out like that.
You change your hair a lot. What’s a look you haven’t tried yet?
I wanted to go redhead. I haven’t done an orangey hair look. Actually, that’s literally the only thing I haven’t done. That, and going bald.
We also really dig your style! What’s your go-to ensemble?
I think I’m really into plain things right now. I’m always in stripes and jeans, very French. I think it comes with the bangs. All I need are sandals, and like a baguette, a hat, and a beret! (laughs)
"More is more for me, I’m never a less-is-more kind of a person."
If we look into your bag now. What are the 5 things we’ll probably see?
5 different colors of foundation and 5 different colors of lipsticks. I have just makeup everywhere, even at my boyfriend’s, even in my sisters’ bag, in other people’s bag, everywhere. I even have nail polish in my bag. I also have vitamin C and alcohol, things for emergency.
Who are the beauty influencers you love to watch?
Locally, I love Raiza Contawi. I love love love her! I love Jelly Eugenio too. I love Cult Her, it’s a website that just launched. It’s a lot of beauty and it’s cute. If it’s abroad, I love Violette Gray, I love NIkki makeup. I also love Youtubers like Nikita Dragun, Jeffree Star, and Bretman Rock, he’s so funny.
You’re doing a lot of IGTV content lately, can we expect you branching out to YouTube anytime soon?
YouTube is such a commitment. With IGTV, I just shoot with my phone and I can edit on my phone. I love directing videos but with YouTube, you kinda need a team. Props to all the OG YouTube. That’s their life and they’re so good at it.
What are your future projects?
I have a song coming up with my sister. Maybe like an EP soon. And hopefully, more on beauty things.
"A lot of younger girls would go out with full makeup. I don’t think it’s wrong, I don’t think it’s right either. If you love it as an art form and it’s your way to express yourself, then go for it. But if it’s for the trend, because everyone is doing it, I don’t think you should be doing makeup that young."
What’s your advice for little girls who want to start with makeup?
Actually, I’ve been thinking about this. Like if I had kids, will I make them start wearing makeup at a young age? I think I started at a good age and I gradually got more and more into makeup. But now it’s so hard— a lot of younger girls would go out with full makeup. I don’t think it’s wrong, I don’t think it’s right either. If you love it as an art form and it’s your way to express yourself, then go for it. But if it’s for the trend, because everyone is doing it, I don’t think you should be doing makeup that young.
Is there anything else you want to accomplish?
I always feel like I need more time. Like I’m running out of time to do things. But definitely, I wanna study hair next. And eyebrows! Those are the next beauty things that I wanna do.
Photographed by JC Cerilla
Makeup by Anton Patdu
Hair by Georgi Petkov
Styled by Gabs Gibbs