Looking to spice up your makeup routine, learn some new beauty hacks, or snag the products buyers love? Read on for beauty tips, tricks, and favorite products from Kate, our Director of Merchandising.
What’s your 5 minute makeup routine? Pretty sure my husband wishes I had a 5-minute routine :-) Brows, shadow, eyeliner, mascara, lip balm… that’s my “bare” minimum.
DIY beauty hack: I’m typically too cheap to get my hair professionally colored…so I get my husband to do it for me! He’ll be so embarrassed if anyone finds out!
Favorite product to switch things up: Eyeshadow; colored eyeliner (I love a deep plum); nail polish; blush (sometimes peachy, sometimes rosy)
What products do you keep in your purse at all times? Dior Glow Lip Plumper/Gloss; Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment; Lipstick Queen Medieval Lipstick; Mini Purell; Boscia Blotting Linens
#1 skincare must: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum + Obagi SPF 50 Matte Sunscreen
Makeup product you can’t live without: Dior Lash Primer
Hair product you have to have: My Philip B Round Brush
Go-to date night look: A bold red lip — I’ve love Julie Hewett’s Femme Noir; Bronzed/blushed cheeks - NARS Laguna + Sunday Riley Blush in Honest; Crisp, waterproof liner - Blinc Eyeliner Pencil (in brown); great neutral shadows
Pick one: dramatic eye makeup or bold lipstick? I love bold lips! One of my new favorites is Lipstick Queen Vesuvius Lipstick in Coral or Fuchsia
Best kept beauty secret: Grande Lash MD —- my normally short, thin lashes are long and thick now! I shared the secret with my mom who has indistinguishable lashes, and hers are lush and amazing now, too! Shhh!
Favorite lipstick shade: I love to mix it up, but some of my everyday favorites are: Lipstick Queen Chinatown Lip Pencil in Scarlet Red; Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Beige Champagne; Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Berry; Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten; Kimiko Sheer Tint and Lip Plumper in Sweet Plum
Any beauty tricks for beach days? Supergoop! SPF; Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses; J.Crew beach hat; Enamel Pony Cuff; Tan Towel Towelettes in Plus; no foundation/tinted moisturizer so it’s super easy to keep applying SPF to my face
Hair for every day: Either 1) blown out sleek and straight; 2) a low ponytail; 3) a high top knot bun (with the Sarah Potempa wrap up)
Favorite low-maintenance hair trick: On mornings when I’m too lazy to give myself a blowout, I default to a super easy side-parted low pony. I spiff it up with a cute enamel pony cuff —- black is so classic and goes with everything! :-)
Must have tool that simplifies your routine: Japonesque Lash Curler —- okay, this doesn’t “simplify” my routine, but I love long, curled lashes —- they totally open my eyes and make me look more awake.
Time saver: The T3 hair dryer —- it’s expensive, but it totally saves time in the morning. Can you really put a price on 5 extra minutes of sleep?
Favorite fragrance: Depends on my mood, but I love Chanel Mademoiselle; Caudalie The Des Vignes; Pinrose Merry Maker
Ingredient you’re obsessed with: Retinol; Vitamin C
What’s your favorite thing about yourself? The older I get, the more comfortable I am in my own skin. I’m learning what it means to really love myself —- which means being thankful for all the things that make me…me.
Trend you want to try: I’m not super “trendy” when it comes to makeup, but I’m always inspired by a beautiful, sophisticated bronze/gold lid.
What upcoming beauty innovation are you excited for (or wish existed)?: I’m intrigued by Tria Beauty’s Age-Defying Laser —- if I can get dermatologist-like results at home, I’m sold :-)