Beauty Advice From C Magazine’s Annina Mislin

2014 Adam Katz Sinding

In a world where street style superstars peacock around in elaborate, rainbow-hued ensembles (much to our delight), C magazine’s fashion editor, Annina Mislin, is something of a monochrome unicorn. Click through any of the major style sites (Garance Doré and Stop It Right Now for starters) for photographic proof of the dark-haired beauty’s penchant for unexpected proportions and moody and muted color palettes .

And much like her thoughtfully minimalistic approach to dressing, her beauty aesthetic is the pinnacle of fresh-faced perfection. In the hopes of picking up a few pointers, we asked the bona-fide style maven to share some insider beauty advice. Read on to find out why she thinks lip gloss trumps lipstick and to discover the hair trend she’s ready to see go away for good.

Rule #1: Less Is More

“My beauty MO in three words: simple, natural, fast."

Photo: Adam Katz Sinding

Rule #2: Care For Your Complexion

"Ever since I was in high school and realized using skin-striping, harsh products were not the answer to blemish-free skin, I have been using Dermalogica–it’s the perfect balance for my combination dry/oily skin. Their Special Cleansing Gel is my go-to face wash, but recently I’ve been mixing it up with Binchotan Charcoal Facial Soap by Morihata. I’m also experimenting with Morihata's Facial Puff for gentle exfoliation."

Rule #3: Know What Works For You

"I don’t wear lipstick very often—I prefer a lip stain like Giorgio Armani's Lip Maestro in The Red. It looks more natural. I also find it wears nicely throughout the day and is fairly low maintenance."

Rule #4: Have A Trusty Hero Kit

"I love how light the Jane Iredale BB Cream formula is, and because it's mineral makeup it doesn't clog your pores. I also use the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer in the corners of my eyes and on my cheekbones—it's the perfect pick-me-up if I haven't had enough rest. I use the Benefit Brow Kit for my brows as well as my eyeliner to create a monochromatic look. And the Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm is moisturizing without feeling heavy."

Rule #5: Monochrome Through And Through

"Extreme ombré, in my opinion, leaves too high of a contrast between roots and tips which can be distracting. I would love to see more rich, solid hair colors such as platinum, red and dark brown."

Photo: Lucas Flores Piran for Redken

Rule #6: Always Make Scents

"I wear Byredo's La Tulipe perfume everyday."

Rule #7: Know When To Save (And When To Splurge)

"I would say my biggest splurge is Rodin Face Oil. At $150 per bottle it’s spendy for a moisturizer but so worth it. My favorite drugstore purchase is Dove bar soap."

Rule #8: Take Care To Keep Hair Sleek

"I like Davines Love shampoo and conditioner. It helps smooth out frizz without being too heavy on my fine hair. I use a boar and nylon flat brush from Bumble & Bumble and a tiny bit of Davines Invisible Defining paste to smooth out flyaways."

Rule #9: Always Nail It

"As far as nail polish goes, I rotate between a classic nude and a red polish. My favorites are RGB Buff and Chanel Rouge Rubis."

Rule #10: Inner Beauty Comes First

"I’ve looked up to Christy Turlington since I was a teen—she's beautiful inside and out."