For someone who loves beauty, I hardly ever wear makeup. It seems counterintuitive, I'm sure, but I've got my reasons. I don’t have a very steady hand when it comes to applying, and I also enjoy the novelty of having a lauded professional do my face for me. What can I say? I’m spoiled. What I lack in makeup artistry, I make up for with my new and improved beauty editor skincare routine, which doubled in steps (and time) once I started learning more about certain ingredients and brands.
Eons ago, I’d use a bit of Noxema every morning and night, and called it a day. It’s what my mom, her mother, and her mother swore by for years on end… and they all had perfect complexions. The cold cream didn’t stand a chance against my hormonal breakouts and subsequent acne scars, though, so I had to add more potent ingredients into my arsenal. And while I don’t necessarily have a consistent lineup of products on my vanity — I’m a sucker for new masks and moisturizers — there are a couple of winners that always end up empty.
So yes, I don't spend 30 minutes on doing my brows, contouring, and meticulously applying liner and lip gloss... and I don't necessarily have a 10-step skincare routine, either. But I do spend quite some time blasting my Frank Ocean playlist in front of my bathroom mirror, lovingly layering on these gems until I'm down to the last drop.
See my skin and body must-haves ahead, in no particular order of importance (or application).