"My mom thought I was going to be stuck with lip kits in my garage for the rest of my life,” the beauty mogul revealed to Interview magazine
Kris Jenner had her doubts about Kylie Cosmetics.
While chatting with Jennifer Lawrence for Interview magazine, Kylie Jenner revealed that her mom was not initially sold on the Kylie Lip Kit — the beauty business’ first product, which, as Lawrence phrased it, “shut down the entire internet" in 2015.
“You were a young teenager that was experimenting with your own makeup. What was the biggest challenge from taking that to actual reality?” the No Hard Feelings star, 33, asked, adding that “a lot of people think that influence makes everything easier, but a lot of times it can obviously be a hindrance.”
The beauty mogul, 26, agreed, telling the actress, “Proving people wrong was a challenge, but so was building it from the ground up.”
“It was me and my mom and we never made a makeup line,” she continued. “We didn’t know where to start. We didn’t have anyone helping us. And my mom thought I was going to be stuck with lip kits in my garage for the rest of my life.”
The reality star recalled ordering “the minimum” of 5,000 of the lip kits — a liquid lipstick and lip liner — in three colors (Dolce K, Candy K and True Brown), and said Kris, 68, was worried she may be stuck with the products long past their launch date.
“She was like, ‘You better be ready, Kylie, because you might have a lot of lip kits in your garage for the rest of your life, so you better love these colors,’” she recalled.
Luckily for Kris — and Kylie — the lip kits sold out almost immediately — and “broke” the internet in the process.
“And then it broke in two seconds, and that’s when we were like, ‘Okay, how do we do this? How do we make these faster and better?’” Kylie recalled.
After the success of the lip kits, she and Kris “drove all over California” visiting factories, the reality star recalled. “Finding the best manufacturer was difficult. We were a new company, so growing in front of a lot of people was hard,” she said, adding that “you don’t have room to make mistakes.”
“But it wasn’t a bad thing,” she clarified. “It was so successful and it was the best time of my life."
The Hunger Games alum also rewound further, asking Kylie what inspired her to start “contouring lips” — which the actress credits her with bringing “into the mainstream” — in the first place.
“I think it started because I just wanted big, fat, juicy lips, and I just wanted that illusion that I had fuller lips,” she responded. “But no one taught me. When I started doing that, I wasn’t really working with makeup artists and stuff.”
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“What do you tell them Mommy does for work?” Lawrence asked, and Kylie replied, “Mommy makes makeup.”
And Stormi does not just know about Kylie Cosmetics — she rocks it.
“Stormi was playing with my makeup yesterday. She loves putting on a red lip every once in a while,” the reality star revealed. “Just around the house, obviously. And I like to always show her my name’s on the lipstick. I’m like, ‘This is Mommy’s lipstick. Your mom’s really cool.’”
According to Kylie — who expanded her empire into the fashion world earlier this year — her mini-me also sports pieces from her new clothing line, Khy.
“My son is too young to know what’s going on, but I told Stormi that Mommy makes clothes now. I have my Khy collection coming out and I made her all mini-versions of all the pieces from our first drop,” she revealed. “I like her to be involved in everything that I do, and I’m always doing special things for her.”
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