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Hi Wildflower Beauty Edit



If I were to trace where exactly singer-songwriter Deva Mahal and I met, we'd have to go back a decade, to an artist loft in Williamsburg, back when artists still lived in the neighborhood. She was shooting a music video, and I was there, a writer just trying to soak up the cool vibes around me. Deva's style might be described as Global Minimalism - she wears simple, bold pieces from around the world, hinting at her cosmopolitan spirit and travels. Whenever I've run into Deva in the neighborhood, she's on tour, often performing with her sister Zoë Moon or her father, legendary blues musician Taj Mahal. And nowadays, she's promoting her solo EP and forthcoming album, Run Deep.


Deva and I share an abiding, life-long love for Kauai, where she grew up, and where I've spent a lot of time writing and exploring the island's epic, ancient nature. Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, and, in so many ways, there is always a sense that you're at the edge of the universe when you're there. Of course, during my last visit, chatting with the owner of the fantastic Kilauea Fish Market, Corinna MacNeil, she and I connected on our shared Brooklyn/Kauai friend: Deva Mahal. It's a testament to the presence and talent Deva expresses in her music and the way she moves about in the world. I knew then that I wanted to capture Deva in the divine purple that corresponds with Kauai's lei-making tradition, so for our Hi Wildflower photo shoot, she wore Vanda, our orchid-hued lipstick inspired by Kauai.

Read on for Deva's beauty tips and tricks, and check out her music below.

Photo: Erika Hokanson | Makeup: Talysha Moneé 

"I love a look full of color as well as a neutral monochromatic look."

What is your daily beauty regimen? 

I get up every morning and drink a glass of warm with apple cider vinegar, cleanse my face with cold pressed oil, tone with Thayers Witch Hazel with rose and aloe, moisturize with Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream, mix my Armani Luminous Silk Foundation with MAC Strobe Cream in Goldlite. I use a little MAC Blush/ Bronzer in Blunt and Ambering Rose, set with Makeup Forever Microfinish Powder, MAC Brow Pencil in Spiked, a finely milled highlight powder or cream, L'Oreal Carbon Black Mascara, Bobbi Brown black gel eye liner, Hi Wildflower Matte Lipstick in Black Datura mixed with Nars Lip Pencil to tailor make the color. I use Aesop Body Balm and Everyday Oil after I shower with my own blend of essential oils, Herban Cowboy or Aesop Natural Deodorant.


What does your signature look consist of?

I wear a Modern Classic look that usually includes and winged liner or a defined lip. I love a look full of color as well as a neutral monochromatic look.

What is your go-to Hi Wildflower Lipstick? 

 Vanda,  Black Datura and Shona - i fucking love that color!!!

Photo: Erika Hokanson | Makeup: Talysha Moneé 

What are some new projects you're working on, or current ones you'd like to share? 
I just released my first solo EP on Motema as well as launched my very own Publishing Company called Mahal Clan Productions. Presently, I'm headed to Europe for my debut release tour, my first music video premieres in a week and I'm releasing a full-length album Run Deep, which hits the world in Spring 2018.


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