(Beauty Report Card)

I’m A Fashion Editor & This Is My 15-Minute Makeup Routine For NYFW

It leaves me glowin’.

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Marina Liao
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When Fashion Month rolls around, I treat it like I’m attending my best friend’s wedding. I thoughtfully plan out my outfit because I want to look my best for the cameras. I’m more diligent with my beauty routine for New York Fashion Week because, well, I can’t be sitting front row with a glaring red pimple on my cheek. (Even though I know no one will notice.) Overall, it feels nice to invest this extra time into taking care of myself because I typically do not. Self-care, as much as this word has been overused IMO, is a habit I’m trying to become better at this year.

My NYFW prep began with an eyelash extension refill at Lash Symphony in Williamsburg, which was only a short walk from my apartment. I went for the service earlier this month because I didn’t want to bother with putting on mascara every day while I was on vacation. The extensions instantly make me look more awake and it appears as if I have on eyeliner. (A plus because then I don’t actually have to wear eyeliner.) NYFW can get hectic, so the less time I have to spend to do my face in the mornings, the better. I’m all about optimization.

My next stop was a quick visit to Skin Laundry, where I indulged in the Signature Laser Facial treatment. The 15-minute process can help to prevent breakouts, reduce redness and sunspots, and stimulate collagen production in your face. The Nd:YAG laser penetrates deep into the skin and though it doesn’t hurt, it was mildly uncomfortable. My face received warm zaps that made it tingle. (You wear light-blocking goggles the entire time, so technically you could take a quick power nap during this time, too.) As with any facial, upkeep is important in order to see lasting results, so this is me making a mental note (in writing) to return for more sessions.

Eyelash extensions, check. Facial, check. (Excuse the headband...)
My everyday minimalist beauty look for NYFW.Marina Liao

Now that my lashes are prepped and my skin looks relatively clear, I keep the rest of my NYFW makeup routine simple. In the mornings, I moisturize with CeraVe and then slather on sunscreen — my favorite is Neogen right now — since I’ll be out and about all day. If I spy any red spots on my nose or cheek, they’ll get covered with a tinted serum from ILIA. The product is lightweight and gives me a slightly glazed look. For the final touches, I lightly fill in my brows with products from Anastasia Beverly Hills (noted below) and swipe on a tinted lip balm, usually in a pink-red shade.

This entire process takes about 15 minutes, maybe even less if my brows are being good to me that day. I’ve always been a firm believer that less is more when it comes makeup, partly because I’m a “lazy” beauty gal and because I have sensitive skin. When I overload my face with different products — even the ones that claim to be gentle and non-irritating — I start to break out.

When I wind down for the night, I’ll use a gentle K-beauty cleanser like Hanskin to remove any makeup and moisturize my face again before bed. If my skin is looking particularly dry, especially since it’s winter, I’ll slap on a quick sheet mask before bed. Voilà! That’s my entire beauty routine.

Shop several of my tried-and-true products, below, to use any day of the week.

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