The current style ambassador for InStyle magazine, long-time philanthropist and former beauty editor for both O, The Oprah Magazine and Seventeen Magazine shares her secrets to a flawless complexion
Believe me when I say that I’m a beauty girl and it takes prayers (and expiration dates) for me to dispose of or trash products. I truly enjoy and treat my beauty “routine” as rituals. And I don’t consider myself “high maintenance,” I just appreciate process! Of course, these processes and products can change season to season. Here’s what’s in rotation now:
SkinCare: I cleanse daily with Yon-Ka Paris Gel Nettoyant and tone with Yon-Ka Paris Lotion. I hydrate my skin with Kiehl’s Ultra Face Moisturizer and use LaseResults Eye Focused Treatment. At least two to three times per week I exfoliate in the morning with Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser.
Makeup: I believe beautiful, healthy, glowing skin is essential, and discovered SmashBox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 in Dark earlier this summer. I love it because it is a multitasker that is light enough for the heat and leaves my skin looking flawless. I use MAC Studio Finish Concealer under my eyes and fill in my brows with Lorac Take a Brow in Brunette. I like adding a hint of color to my lash line and often use Tarte emphasEYES liner. I won’t go to the drugstore without mascara or blush! CoverGirl LashBlast is my favorite because it doesn’t smear and the wand works well for my upper and lower lashes. For a natural, flushed glow on the cheeks I am a fan of Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in True Love. When I want a bit of radiance, I highlight my skin with a Baked Blush in Rose Gold from my makeup artist and friend Cynde Watson’s new line, Rich Cosmetics. As of late, I prefer a punched-up lip and love the rich, creamy and long-wearing CoverGirl Blast Flipstick in Pucker or Cheeky. There are days when I want to keep it fresh and simple and love the shine (minus stickiness) of Urban Decay Pocket Rocket in Rashad. Finishing powder is a must, especially for my nose. I love Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder.
Whenever possible, I try to go makeup free at least one day a week…but the mascara and gloss are musts, always!
Overnight skin ritual:
In the evening, I cleanse my skin with two steps. First, I use Olay Cleansing Cloths to help gently remove makeup, even in the delicate eye area. Then I cleanse with Yon-Ka Lait Nettoyant and moisturize with RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream Suprême Ultra Retexturizing Hydrator followed by LaseResults eye cream. I also spot treat any blemishes with Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. At least two to three times per week, especially after late nights, I’ll use Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate instead of my standard Revive Moisturizer. Once a week I apply Algenist Firming & Lifting Intensive Mask.
Who cuts/colors your hair:
I spend most of my time in New York, but I am often in New Jersey as well. Julie Dastine of Keith Campbell Studio in Montclair or Carla Gentry Osorio of Styles Salon in New York both cut and color my hair. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more flexible.
I work out three to four times a week, so I usually have to wash my own hair at least once or twice between my weekly salon visits. This means I often style my own hair at home. I usually wash my hair with a brand I recently discovered called Pure NV BKT Harmonizing Shampoo. I condition with Pantene Relaxed & Natural Conditioner. I set it with Jane Carter Solution Wrap & Roll and style it with Morrocanoil Hydrating Styling Cream. I also use Moroccanoil for shine. Since I wear my hair shorter, I’m obsessed with securing fly-aways at the nape of the neck and think the Edgestick is an amazing tool!
Favorite eye look:
Full, flirty lashes with liner and a hint of shimmer in the corners. In order to make prepping for appearances easier, I sometimes have lash extensions applied by Heidi at Damali NYC.
CoverGirl BlastFlipStick in Pucker.
Nail color of the moment:
Julep in Lily.
“Never without” product:
C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve—it’s great for dry hands, cuticles, and dry lips.
Secret to staying young and beautiful:
Meditating, reflecting, running/working out regularly, and never going to bed without washing my face.
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