Makeup & nails
Christine Quinn on 'Selling Sunset' Style, Being a Troublemaker and Her Future with the Oppenheim Group
by : Melissa Perdigao- Sep 11th, 2020
You might recognize Christine Quinn from a little reality series by the name of Selling Sunset. The 31-year-old Hollywood realtor swiftly became the series’ breakout star thanks to her no-holds-barred attitude and dramatic fashion choices – hello, black wedding dress. Now, she’s taken her penchant for beauty and partnered with Shoppers Drug Mart to help launch their first annual For the Love of Beauty Event, a series of virtual masterclasses running until October 2. “I had heard of Shoppers before, I didn’t realize until I started working with them that they had all these brands that I was already using, like Gucci, Marc Jacobs, YSL and Clinique,” Quinn tells us of deciding to partner with the Canadian drugstore. “In the States, we don’t have access to those types of luxury prestige brands in our drugstores.” We chatted with Quinn to get some of her inside beauty tips, how she comes up with her iconic outfits and her plans for the future.
You are really well known for your beauty looks and fashion choices on Selling Sunset. Do you create all of your own looks on set?
Yeah, I do all of my own looks. People ask me if I use a stylist, and I didn’t even know what that was! I thought it was a thing for photo shoots, but I didn’t know it was a thing for everyday life. I put everything together myself. For me, fashion has always been so fun. It’s another way to express myself and take the way that I feel on the inside and translate that to the outside world. I just plan what I’m wearing according to what I’m doing for the day. Sometimes I’ll put an outfit together the night before and the day of, I’m like, “Ah, I don’t really feel like wearing a this.” It’s just really all about a feeling that day.
What was your favourite look that you’ve done on the show so far?
My favourite look was one that wasn’t actually meant to be a look. For me, when I’m getting ready, I’m like, “Oh yeah, this is amazing, this is going to be such a look.” This one, I didn’t really think that way. It was this black Off-White skirt, this neon green sweater with glasses and a green Balenciaga bag. I was surprised because it just seemed so casual – that sounds silly – but people really, really liked that look. So it was fun to watch people’s reactions.
Do you ever coordinate your looks to the homes that you’re showing?
There was a property that Davina and I actually had in the show, and it was this beautiful pink and purple, kind of airy, bright house. And so I was like, “Oh, you know, a Cher Clueless moment would be really great for this home.” I decided to dress in pink and purple and lilacs and do feathers and girly colours. I wanted it to seamlessly blend in with the house. If I wore black that day, it wouldn’t be the same aesthetically pleasing shot. It’s definitely something that I take into account.
Do you feel pressure to keep up your appearance because of the nature of your work?
I feel like in real estate, I don’t have that much pressure to dress over the top. But in terms of the show, I would say it’s fun for me because it’s a chance for me to show the world what I have to offer and what I can come up with and create.
Will you stick to real estate or do you plan to branch out?
God, no. For me, real estate is something that’s always going to be there and I love doing it. I love negotiating deals. But I want to create my own company. I love fashion and beauty and that’s my real passion – I’ve been working on a passion project for the past year and a half. I want to own my own brokerage, and I actually have my brokers license. I would love to have an office of all female workers. But in terms of the Oppenheim group, I don’t want to be there forever. I have other goals for sure.
What were you like as a teen?
Oh my gosh. I was a theatre nerd. I was the class clown. I was constantly in trouble. I was always in the principal’s office. I was actually stealing eyeliner from [U.S. drugstore] CVS. I was a troublemaker for sure. I was unapologetic. I was exactly the same. I did what I wanted and said what I said and apologized when I felt like I did something wrong, but I just had fun. I was always myself. I’ve always been the same person.
What was your signature beauty look?
I remember I used to take the NYX eyeliner and I used to just – I don’t know what I was thinking – do the inner eyeliner and smoke it out like crazy. I don’t know why I was doing that. Then also the eyebrows, I used to make them really, really thin. Do you remember those days? It was much different back then.
Your skin is amazing. Tell us about your skincare routine.
During COVID I have had a lot more time, and I started doing research on ingredients and brands. I found that some brands I was using actually didn’t have a lot of properties that I was looking for – there was a lot of fragrance and fillers. So I was like, “Okay, what does my skin need?” I really like hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, those are two things that I rotate. L’Oréal Revitalift, they have a 1.5 percent hyaluronic acid and I love using that as a serum. Then I’ll do a vitamin C. Origins makes a really good one called GinZing. I’ve been doing a lot of masks, too. I love the Glam Glow line. And just tons of sunscreen. La Roche Posay, that’s my favourite brand in terms of sunscreen.
What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?
It’s a toss up between perfume and lip gloss, but I’m going to say perfume on this one. My favourite perfume lately has been So Scandal by Jean Paul Gaultier.
Are you the type of person who’s loyal to one scent or do you like to rotate?
Oh my gosh, no. I have so many different scents at home. I have a perfume shelf actually, and it holds about 350 perfumes and it’s all full right now. So I have every single perfume like, ever, and a lot of cult brands that no one’s really ever heard of. Scent is something that I’ve always been tied really strongly to. I can smell a scent on someone in an elevator and go, “Oh, that person’s wearing this perfume.” For me, it’s all about a memory and how I’m feeling. Do I want to be warm, sexy, bold? It’s something that really just depends on the day.
Who is your ultimate beauty inspiration?
Marilyn Monroe, because she always did a really great classic cat eye. Her makeup was always very matte, which I love. Her lips were always perfect with the red, and the beauty mark. I actually have a beauty mark too. I always fill mine in because when I put makeup on it kind of covers it up. She’s been a big beauty icon for me.
Your “Burgers and Botox party” was genius. How did you come up with the idea and how did you know it was going to be such a good hook?
I’m all about alliteration, so I knew I was going to have burgers because I had done it before at one of my events. And so I came up with Quinn-n-Out. I thought it was really cute, these little sliders and everything. So I was like, “Okay, that’s not good enough. I do that all the time. I need something else with the B, what else do I like that starts with a B? Botox!” It’s all about marketing and doing different things to get people talking about you. And when I did that, every single agent in town heard about that property and it eventually sold. Some people might think, “Oh my god, this girl is so crazy,” but you’re talking about it. It’s little things like that you can do to set yourself apart.
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