Sometimes I find myself going through my beauty routine in the form of a coming-of-age narrative. I remember my mom taking me and my best friend Margaret to Saks for our first makeovers. We were in 7th grade and the makeup artist at the Trish McEvoy counter said she would do our makeup on behalf of “the future generation” even if we didn’t end up buying their products. Later on I ended up meeting Trish when she was visiting her counter at the Houston Galleria. She was such a lovely person and even asked if I would model in her upcoming book. Even though the modeling gig did not work out, she sent me a follow up gift with my favorite scent, Trish No. 9.
For me, makeup was an instant love affair. The makeup artist taught me how to apply blush and powder using the softest brushes on earth, and I had never seen my eyes “pop” like that before. That Christmas, Margaret’s mother bought us Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty: Everything You Need to Look Pretty, Natural, Sexy and Awesome. I was in heaven; I must have read that book 30 times before the New Year.
In high school I was teased for the amount of blush I wore. I had discovered Chanel’s “Turbulent” (now discontinued). The remaining hot pink powder is still at my parent’s house. I wore a lot of makeup in my teen years, and then in college I did a 180: I stopped wearing makeup altogether.
Now I find myself in both worlds. But even on days when I don’t apply makeup, I have a skincare routine.
After bathing with Kiehl’s Musk Shower Gel (a favorite of mine since college), I moisturize with a handful of Johnson & Johnson’s baby oil. It works wonders, and it’s cheap. I also use it to remove eye makeup.
I wash my face with a Neutrogena acne cleanser, then dab my skin with Kiehl's Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner. Once the cool tingly feeling settles, I moisturize with Bobbi Brown’s Extra Eye Repair and Extra Moisturizing Balm with SPF 25. My face is fair and freckled and I’ve started adhering to my dermatologist’s advice to never go without SPF. This leaves my face a tad greasy, so I always have Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets on-hand for before and after applying makeup. For days when coffee alone won’t cut it, I use Kiehl's Eye Alert which has caffeine in the formula. During the winter the only thing that will keep my lips from falling off is good ol’ Carmex. After applying these skincare layers, I always brush my eyebrows and curl my lashes.
When I do wear makeup, I keep it simple: Loose powder, Pale Pink blush, and Ivory eye shadow all from Bobbi Brown, and Diorshow mascara in waterproof. I still love to use Trish’s super soft brushes. If I’m going out, I apply Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Caviar Ink, and a dark lipstick--Crimson from Bobbi is my new favorite. I keep all of my makeup organized in a Trish McEvoy planner, which is especially helpful when I’m on-the-go.
What are your beauty tricks, insider tips, and favorite brands?