AS IF PROUST BEAUTY CONFESSION ALBUM:
Makeup Artist and Author
by TATIJANA SHOAN
The AS IF Proust Beauty Confession Album invites beauty icons, industry insiders, and influencers reveal their deepest beauty secrets by answering the original Marcel Proust questions, but with beauty-centric answers.
Finnish-born makeup artist, beauty editor, and author Riku Campo is a sought-after makeup artist known for his knowledge of skincare and makeup techniques. Riku’s trademark is his 10 minutes “Riku Facial Massage” that leave his clients’ skin glowing. As a beauty editor, Riku is always searching for the latest products to review and write about. He has published three beauty books. Meikkiopas (“MakeUp Guide”) was published in 2006 and written for Scandinavian women. His second book, Best In Beauty (Simon&Schuster USA worldwide) was published in 2010. I AM Beauty (HarperOneBooks @Harper Collins USA worldwide), was published in September 2020 and written for women over 40.
As Riku continues to share his talent with the fashion industry’s most sought-after faces, he opens up to AS IF about his favorite beauty products, indulgences, guilty pleasures, and more!
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
RC: A hot bath twice a day with Olverum bath oil
What is your greatest fear?
Running out of soap
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Biting my nails—it’s horrible!
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Which living person do you most admire?
My mother, who is the most positive and encouraging person.
What is your greatest extravagance?
My bathroom. I designed to look like French style, five-star hotel bathroom. I use the bathtub twice a day.
“The older I get, I don’t look at myself in the critical way I did when I was in my 20s and 30s.”
What is your current state of mind?
Relaxed and happy. I am a happy person, especially after my morning beauty routine that takes 15-30 minutes. I stretch, have a bath and face massage that includes face serums and creams.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
The older I get, I don’t look at myself in the critical way I did when I was in my 20s and 30s. When I was younger, I was very body conscious and insecure about my weight and other people looking at me. I love myself now more than ever!
Which living person do you most despise?
There are some, but silence is gold!
What is the quality you most like in a man?
That a man takes good care of himself, including a pedicure!
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
The same answer as above.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My Sisley skincare products—seriously! And my family in Finland whom I love the most in this world.
When and where were you happiest?
I don’t look back, but I’m the happiest in the mornings when I get into my bath. I love taking baths with bath oils and other luxury products.