The beauty entrepreneur and founder/CEO of Katherine Cosmetics shares the secrets that keep her beautiful in her active, on-the-go life

annie2Morning routine:
I wash my face in the shower with just water—I only use a cleanser at night to avoid drying out my skin. After that, lately I’ve been using Skin Authority Age Defying Moisturizer—it’s lightweight and sinks right in, so it doesn’t feel like it’s sitting on top of my skin. Then I pat on Patricia Wexler M.D. Instant De-Puff Eye Gel before topping it off with her Intensive 3-in-1 Eye Cream. I double up eye creams so I can really feel the moisture and also get rid of the puffiness. I put them around my mouth, too, because I’m trying to fight off the lines you get from drinking coffee from a straw.
My makeup routine is fairly simple: it’s just my five essentials from my line Katherine Cosmetics. I take the time to do it right in the morning, so I don’t need to do anything for the rest of the day—I’m not a big fan of touching up. I put the K-Sport Wow Stick all over—around my eyes, around my lips and because it takes the place of foundation for me, basically everywhere else, too. It gives me a glow and automatically makes me look rested and refreshed—it’s an amazing pick-me-up. I like to spot-conceal only where I really need it, on my eyelids and under my eyes, around my nose, a little on my chin and around my lips. I’ll dab on a little Cheek Glow in Flapsdown (a peachy neutral with zero shimmer) right on the cheekbone starting from the hairline, and any excess left on my fingers I’ll tap all over—under my eyebrows, on my lips, wherever I could use a little color. Next is my Everyday Eyeliner—I put a lot on—then I swipe on my Everyday Mascara. I usually finish with my Everyday Shimmer Gloss in Beachwood—it’s neutral beige with a touch of shimmer. When the gloss wears off a few hours later, the shimmer is still there for a little hint of something.

Overnight skin ritual:
I take everything off with Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes—these things will even remove waterproof stuff like the eyeliner. I’m trying to get into the habit of using my Clarisonic skin brush with Skin Authority Daily Cleanser a couple of times a week. Every night I apply Skin Authority Hyperpigmentation Treatment, Vitamin A Cell Renewal and Night Revitalizer all over my face and neck before repeating my eye cream routine from the morning. If I have any product left on my hands I’ll spread it on the crook of my elbows—I know it sounds strange but it’s a really unexpected place you see sun damage after years of riding horses. I’m supposed to also put on some kind of hand cream and sleep in gloves, but I’m not that good.

Who cuts/colors your hair:
Anna at Lux Beauty Bar in Rancho Santa Fe. She is the best. It took me a long time to find her, and I’ll never leave her. She does the most amazing blow-dry, cut, color—it’s so natural and perfect that no one can ever tell you got your hair cut. It just looks good.

Hair habit:
I use Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream Shampoo and Conditioner every day, even though I know you’re not supposed to. I’ll comb it out with a wide-tooth comb or the little travel plastic-bristle hairbrushes I’m obsessed with. Then I’ll blow-dry using the nozzle attachment to make sure the air is super concentrated, using my fingers to rake through my hair. Once it’s 90 percent dry, I’ll finish it off with a round brush, and if I’m feeling really into it, a curling iron on the ends just to give it a little movement.

Favorite eye look:
My basic philosophy is why do you need eye shadow when you can have lots of eyeliner? Smoky, smooth eyeliner. I can’t live without it—some women feel this way about mascara, but if I accidently leave the house without that I’m okay. My Everyday Eyeliner? I need to pull over and address that immediately. I start halfway down the lash line along my top and bottom lashes, sketching it outwards so the lines connect at the outer corners. Then I blend it with the brush that’s on the other end to get rid of any harsh lines before doing another layer to make sure I have the perfect mix of smokiness and definition. If it’s for a night out I do the same thing but rim it all the way around my eyes. To finish it off, I change mirrors and do my mascara—I like to get up close for this step. I’ll do a bunch of mini little swipes with the brush on my top and bottom lashes, then move on to the other eye.

Go-to lipstick:
There are 11 shades in my new lipstick collection, A+ Friend Lipstick and they were all made for real people (they were inspired by my friends and their signature colors) so there’s a huge range. I love Tara, which is more of a lip balm with a bit of sparkle, but I’ll also reach for Debbie J, a beige shimmer, and layer it under any gloss.

Nail color of the moment:
Right now I love the frosted beige Essie Tea & Crumpets for my hands—it’s almost like a rose gold kind of shade. For my toes I like to do Essie Merino Cool. It’s a grayish brown, which I think is very chic and always appropriate year-round. I never have to worry about it clashing with my shoes because it goes with everything.

Signature scent:
I absolutely love Estée Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia eau de parfum—it’s crisp, clean and light. It’s such a great weekend scent. I like to spritz it only on my left wrist and make sure I do it before I get dressed so it really works with my skin instead of settling into my clothes.

“Never without” product:
I have to name two: My Cheek Glow in Flapsdown, because you can also use it as eye shadow or on your lips. It’s so multi-purpose that it’s never not in my purse. Then there’s the Wow Stick. I ran out for a week and couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me, then realized what was missing—I truly don’t know how I lived without it all this time.

Secret to staying young and beautiful:
Laughter and smiling—and plenty of exercise. I try to do some form of it six days a week. Somehow everything looks better and younger after a great workout.

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