The Interview — Patricia Hartmann, Founder and Creator of Runway Rogue
During her impressive modeling career, the transforming artistry in the makeup chair captured Patricia’s heart and imagination. Patricia learned the tricks of the trade from the world’s elite makeup artists. After years of international Fashion Week runways and appearing on countless magazine covers, she was ready for her next chapter—Runway Rogue. Well known for her photogenic pout, she launched her brand with a carefully crafted collection of matte and satin lipsticks, rich hydrating glosses, creamy gel liners and best-selling shimmer matte liquid lipstick—Pearl Glam. Each product is infused with Lip Care ingredients. Patricia sees makeup as a gateway to experimentation, creative expression and confidence to pursue the life you want to live. So since, LIFE is your Runway, and you might as well strut! Don't forget to follow Runway Rogue on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!
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Favorite Instagram account to follow:
@overheardla hands down! I almost fall on the floor laughing with every post. My days can be very hectic, and the best way to get through it is a little comic relief. This account never fails:)
Your biggest fashion faux pas:
I wore this gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana gown to a premiere at the Cannes Film festival. It was made of wine red chiffon with embroidered butterflies. Turns out it was completely see through in the hot lights, and you could see pretty much everything in every single shot. Thank god I didn’t go commando!
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What do you love most about your work:
The creativity. I’m a very visual and also a tactile person. Creating colors, textures, finishes is what I love. Most days I’m knee deep in makeup, not an un-swatched piece of skin in sight.
One piece of advice you would give your 18 year-old-self:
Have a thicker skin. The oh-so-glamourous world of modeling isn’t always as glamourous as it seems. Nothing can make you more insecure than making a living with your looks. People feel it gives them the ‘right’ to criticize how you look. How many jobs are there where someone can tell you that they won’t hire you because they don’t like your nose? Obviously, this is a chance that you take going into this line of work, but it doesn’t quite hit you until you experience it. I am so grateful that the industry has changed in the recent years. We have gorgeous girls like Ashley Graham on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit edition! This is what my brand is all about because you don’t have to be a supermodel to be fabulous. LIFE is your Runway, and we are all walking on it!
Midnight snack of choice:
Ha! Mama needs her chocolate fix…. Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt, briefly dipped in hot tea. OMG.
Skincare product you can’t live without:
I love beauty gadgets, and the one I use the most, and gives me the best results is the NU FACE Trinity Facial toning device. It uses microcurrent technology to stimulate facial muscles and lift the skin, and it actually works! I’ve noticed a change in my facial contours, a bit of a subtle lift. The other thing I love about it is the fact that it doesn’t involve any complicated application, peeling, rinsing, etc. You can basically use it sitting in front of the TV or at the office, which is why I use it all the time. The key is consistency, and so many gadgets end up in the back of the closet, but not this one!
The pair of jeans you will never grow tired of:
My 7 for all Mankind jeans. I’ve had them forever and I love them. Plus, they come in a 27 with a 34 inseam, which is really hard to find. But hey, there are worse problems than long legs….
Your motto in life:
Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it. It isn’t always easy to pick up the pieces and move forward when things go wrong. So many things are beyond our control, but how you deal with it, learn and grow from it, and keep moving forward is what makes the difference. I’ve actually had people say to me: “how much hardship could a famous supermodel possibly have?” We all have our personal tragedies, my father passed away from a stroke, and a few months later my husband was diagnosed with cancer and passed away after a brave, but short, fight. There were times where I didn’t think I could move forward, but I persevered, also for the sake of my two children, and now I am the proud owner of a cosmetic company—Runway Rogue.
At 9 a.m. each day, you are:
Either at my Runway Rogue office/photo studio, or at my lab. I’m always testing and tweaking formulas, colors, and textures. My idea of heaven.