Beke Beau is the founder and makeup artist at the Paint School of Makeup in Manayunk who has a strong passion for women’s fashion.
SUPERSTAR CLIENTS: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicole Miller, John Travolta.
HER STYLE: Ever-evolving. That said, a dear friend of mine and I like to call our similar styles “alternative Amish,” meaning clothes that pay homage to austerity and the ease of a uniform.
FASHION AWAKENING: I started reading Vogue while I was backstage on breaks in my rock-band days. Whatever I didn’t have access to, I’d try to make myself. I recall a pleather miniskirt that fit really well, but the zipper was a disaster.
WHAT CAPTIVATES HER ABOUT MAKEUP: At first, makeup was a godsend because I could use it to cover up my acne. Then it became fun to experiment for stage and cultivate my ingenuity with the stuff.
INDISPENSABLE WARDROBE ITEM: White leather platform Keds.
FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP: I love Skirt in Bryn Mawr. The TJ Maxx Runway section in St. Davids is a great adventure.
FASHION ICONS: Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn. I’m inspired by androgyny and women in menswear.
BEST FASHION BUY: My Theory black velvet suit. I’ve had it for almost 20 years, and it’s still cool, timeless and flattering. One of my few and best full-price purchases ever.
THOUGHTS ON AGING: It’s happening, and I accept it for the most part. I’m so grateful that I didn’t grow up with social media.
MAKEUP TIP EVERY WOMAN CAN APPRECIATE: Trends and seasons exist to help sell you makeup. Ignore them and learn to use what’s right for you personally.
FASHION NO-NO: Pants the same color as your skin. It’s just … no.
WHY FASHION MATTERS: Fashion says, “I’m here,” so dressing with care and expressing one’s individuality through clothes is a powerful celebration of self that the world responds to.