1. Keep your nail polish and eye cream in the fridge.
Tubes with metal tips are used to sell eye creams. The metal cools the skin and helps reduce puffiness. You can also get the same effect by simply storing any old eye cream inside the fridge. I do this with my can’t-live-without-it Yes To Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Overnight Eye Balm during the summer, but it works with any formula. Nail polish can also be kept in the fridge to prevent it from getting too thick.
2. Layer your skincare products in layers, from the smallest to the most complex.
Think of your skin as a sponge. It should absorb all the goodness you apply to it. It’s essential to layer properly. Start with the lighter, more watery products and add heavier creams or oils. Oils seal in products that have been applied before. If you start with oil and then add a lighter Hyaluronic Acid serum, you won’t see the amazing HA benefits.
3. In less than two minutes, you can curl your whole head with an iron.
This one trick has been my best friend over the years. My hair used to be cut into sections of one inch and then rolled with the curling iron. This hack from Pinterest has reduced styling time to just two minutes. You can either blow dry your hair straight or let it air dry. Then, please put it in a ponytail on top of your head and divide it into four equal sections. After each section is dry, wrap the wand around them and spray with texturizing spray. Finally, shake it out until the hair is completely cool. An easy-to-use curler is the Eva NYC 25mm Tourmaline Clipless Curling Wax.
4. Bold lipsticks are powerful.
I don’t know how makeup artists often told me lipstick was their “desert islands” beauty product choice. Before I started my career, I was a huge fan of mascara. I’m not as obsessed with mascara now. It turns out that lipstick, particularly one bold (I love a hot magenta and coral in summer; a classic roe in winter), can be applied to the apples of the cheeks and the lids. This creates a monochromatic look that you can put together in a matter of seconds. This is a common look that I do with any lipstick I have. If you don’t like the idea of one-colour-fits all, you can try a lipstick that is close to your lips for a neutral look. Tom Ford Lips & Boys is my go-to lip colour.
5. Do not touch your face unless necessary.
Your hands are GRUBBY. Hand sanitizer doesn’t count at all. This tip may be too serious for me, as I am a little scared of having others touch my face. Your hands can get dirty. If you hold your chin in thought or place your hand on your cheek, you are spreading germs and creating a potential hazard.
6. Setting spray is a way to live.
Makeup primer is your best friend to prepare your skin for makeup application. Setting spray is even better. A few spritzes of setting spray will help keep your makeup in place after you have finished applying it. You can also try one with additional benefits like Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray, which cools and hydrates the skin or CoverFX Illuminating Setting Spray, which gives dull complexions a radiant glow.
7. Do not double- or triple-process your hair as I did.
I have made many hair mistakes in my nearly 33 years of hair experience. My hair was naturally light blonde. It turned green every summer when I started swimming. It had become darker and curlier by the time I was a teenager. This was especially distressing in the 1990s when hair was straightened, and my hair had a Jewish frizz pattern that was difficult to manage. I began getting highlights at a young age (15, okay, I’ll tell you). The Japanese straightening process was already in place by turning 17. That was also what I did.
What happened? My hair almost fell off. I had hair in a variety of lengths and textures. I didn’t learn my lessons, and I probably won’t ever learn again. Today, I have keratin treatments and highlight my naturally dark hair. It’s not because I can’t fix it. Treat your hair well. Take care of your hair.
8. Apply a gel-like topcoat to every manicure.
Manicurists have looked at me oddly because I carry a gel-like topcoat with me everywhere. Even if your regular nail polish is not gel-like, you can use one of these topcoats, such as Essie Gel-Setter Topcoat. This gives regular polishes a hard, clear, lacquered coat that will last twice as long if it’s kept clean every other day.
9. An offence of facial oils is the best defence against oily skin.
You can’t fix oily skin. It’s something you must manage. Face oil is the best way to moisturize oily skin. It is important to choose the right oil for your skin. Grapeseed oil, for example, is light and rich in antioxidants. This makes it ideal for moisturizing pre-sunscreen. Tea tree oil, for example, can fight inflammation, bacteria and sebum buildup. Sunday Riley U.F.O. is one example of an oil that has acne-fighting properties. Ultra-Clarifying Facial Oil has been a staple in my medicine cabinet.
10. Never leave your home without a Beautyblender.
This tip is also important for your hands. Remember how I said not to touch your face? The same applies to applying makeup or skincare. I know it seems like a lot of work. The Beautyblender is all you need. The OG miracle pink sponge blends flawlessly with foundations, blushes, and eyeshadows. It is important to dampen the sponge before you use it. However, it’s good to add something soothing like anti-inflammatory rosewater. For this purpose, I always have a Glossier Soothing and Beautyblender with me.
11. Before you go to the beach or pool, shampoo your hair.
You may have seen someone ask you to get under the showerhead to wash off dirt and other debris if you’ve ever been to a public swimming pool. You can also give your hair a fighting chance against harmful chlorine and saltwater by applying a sulfate-free deep conditioner like L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Toxic Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm. This conditioner fills in any holes or damage to the hair cuticle and prevents further breakage.
12. Purple shampoo saves blonde lives.
A high-quality, purple shampoo is the best way to keep my blonde bright and avoid orange brassiness. I have been a blonde all my life. Clairol Shimmer lights are a great alternative to Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo if you’re looking for the best shampoo. Purple shampoo neutralizes the orange deposits and helps eliminate brassiness.
13. Move your mascara wand horizontally across your lashes to create separation and definition.
This trick is amazing and will make your lashes look longer. This trick is the only reason I will wear mascara. I think I learned it in my first interview. Wiggle the wand around, working your way up, and your eyelashes will be coated with the right formula to lengthen, define, and volumize.
14. You can make your shower experience spa-like by putting a few drops of essential oil on the floor and allowing the steam to develop for a few minutes.
This is my oldest trick. Lisa Hoffman, yes, Dustin’s wife, thank you! This wonderful tip is something I still use every day. My showers should be as enjoyable as possible because I am all about #selfcare. Sometimes I will do a shower meditation or wipe the toilet with sage to clear negative energies. But the one consistent thing is that the shower will only run for a few seconds after I have dropped some essential oils of the day. This creates a spa-like steam bath. Half asleep, I reach for an energizing oil, such as lemongrass or Eucalyptus. But if I’m close to falling asleep, I will use something more relaxing and calming, like lavender or Frankincense. No matter what oil you use, take deep, slow, steady breaths to ensure that you don’t slip and chill out.
15. Use a microfiber hair towel, and don’t turn your head back after showering.
Guilty as charged. After showering, I flip my head and shake off any excess water. Then, I would tie my hair with a terrycloth towel. This was a common routine that contributed to the above hair damage. Once I found a wide variety of hair towels, such as the Aquis Lise Luxe Long Hair Towel, I was able to see how much less damage I could do if I didn’t twist or flip fragile, wet strands. These towels absorb excess moisture and are gentle enough to blot my freshly washed hair before applying a styling product.
16. Lip balm is one of the most versatile products you can carry around.
You can moisturize your cuticles, treat cowlicks or fix frizzy spots, or give your eyes a little gloss. This is only because I did it at a desperate moment. It was long before I knew that you could be a beauty editor. My now-impeccably organized on-the-go beauty bag with a tiny flatiron and minis was not something I carried around as a sophomore in high school. When my hair fell out, I reached for my Aquaphor tube. I was not a very strong person when I was younger, but I could tuck my edges and avoid self-consciousness. My hero tube was also very effective in applying my lashes and lids in a pinch. It gives me the dewy, make-up-but not look I love.
17. Do not skip the post-workout shower.
Acne is real. The best way to get rid of body acne is not to shower after a hard workout. A dermatologist told me that a Yuni Shower Sheets body-cleansing wipe is a good stop-gap. But if you still have your sweaty clothes on, it’s not a bad idea. You should shower if you don’t have the time to shower; grab some cleansing wipes and a new set of dry clothes to prevent skin from becoming blemishes.
18. SPF is the best antiaging tool that you can have.
I could go on and on about how important it was to apply sunscreen before going outside, even on cloudy days. A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects the skin from UVA and UVB radiation. It also helps prevent wrinkles and skin cancer. If you are concerned about SPF breaking down, make sure you look for a specific SPF for your face. This will ensure that it doesn’t clog pores. Pacifica Mineral Face Shade Coconut Probiotic Sunscreen 30 is my favourite. It’s vegan and cruelty-free.
19. Dry shampoo is your favourite? It will be even better if you apply it before going to bed.
Dry shampoo can do wonders for your hair. But, I have a brilliant way to do so much more than an emergency oil mop before you head to work. It’s far more effective to use a dry shampoo like Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal and Biotin Dry Shampoo. Then, I tie my hair in loose buns before heading out to work. This gives the dry shampoo more time to absorb the oils from my scalp and gives my hair some volume. It also prevents the powdery part that can signify you haven’t washed your hair in a while.