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My Beauty Uniform: Angelica Rogers

Beauty Uniform: Angelica Rogers

Angelica Rogers is a digital designer at the New York Times. She’s a total delight to be around, with her upbeat personality and amazing style. Here, she shares her favorite tricks, including her sweet proposal story and the best liner for Brigitte Bardot eyes…

What’s your daily makeup routine?
To even out my skin tone, I use Bare Minerals BareSkin Serum Foundation. I love how lightweight it feels, and it doesn’t clog my pores. Then I’ll add a touch of MAC mineralizer blush in New Romance (it’s the prettiest, pearlized color) and a spritz of Urban Decay’s makeup setting spray.

When I want to play, bold lipstick is my top choice. Before applying my lipstick, I’ll prep my lips using Fresh Sugar Lip Polish. Two of my favorite MAC shades are Film Noir and Ruby Woo. I love MAC because they have so many vibrant colors and aren’t crazy expensive.

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What about your skin?
About a year ago, I started breaking out with large, cyst-like pimples. My dermatologist explained that many women experience adult cystic acne due to hormones, stress and diet. In order to keep my breakouts in check, I drink lots of water and keep my skincare routine focused on clean skin.

I wash my face with a gentle cleanser, usually Cetaphil. For particularly oily or breakout days, I’ll use Sumaxin, a medicated face wash. I always make sure to use a moisturizer with a high SPF to prevent the sun from darkening any lingering acne scars. I like Dermalogica Pure Light SPF 50 moisturizer, which offers amazing protection, but since sunscreen can sometimes leave a chalky residue on my face, I’ll mix one part SPF with two parts Aveeno Positively Radiant moisturizer for a smoother finish.

Do you do any special treatments?
On Saturdays, I’ll use a Clarisonic brush along with their detoxifying clay mask for a deep clean. Since I wear makeup daily, this is my purification ritual. I love how the Clarisonic makes your skin feel super smooth, and the mask minimizes pores and breakouts.

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How do you change things up for special occasions?
I’ll do a winged liner to channel Brigitte Bardot for the night. One of my tricks is to use this gel pencil — not hard pencil or liquid liner. The gel glides better and gives you more control; it also lets you fix mistakes more easily. My other nighttime look is a smoky eye. The Naked eye palette is really helpful, since there’s a little illustration inside showing you where to apply each shade.

Do you have any beauty multi-taskers?
Regular old Vaseline is a wonder product. Eye makeup is the WORST to remove and the only thing that seems to take care of mascara is Vaseline. And when I’m worried about lipstick getting on my teeth, I swipe a tiny bit of Vaseline on my teeth beforehand.

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What do you love most about your look?
I love my nose ring. I’ve worn one on and off since college. I used to wear a tiny gold stud and people wouldn’t really notice. It wasn’t until I switched to the hoop that people started to see it.

I like that now you see people who are like me: people who are in their thirties, people who are professionals, who have piercings or tattoos. I like that you can have something that’s uniquely a part of you and still have people take you seriously. It’s pretty cool to see how much the working world is changing.

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What are your favorite drugstore finds?
I spend so much time in drugstores it’s sad. It’s easy to go in for a roll of paper towels and end up spending 20 minutes looking at nail polishes. One of my top finds was Burt’s Bees Lemon Bath and Body Oil. It smells amazing and feels great when applied after a shower.

On the flip, what’s your biggest beauty splurge?
Hands down, my favorite splurge of all time is laser hair removal. My skin was always irritated by shaving. Initially, I was nervous about using any type of laser because of my dark complexion; I’d read that certain lasers can burn the skin and not get rid of the unwanted hair. After researching various spas, I found one I trusted. Now, I barely have to lift a razor to remove the few hairs that do grow back, which are much thinner; and I don’t get ingrown hairs or razor nicks. Laser hair removal is truly amazing!

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How do you care for your hair?
I’ve had natural hair since 2006 and locs since 2008. Switching to locs gave me the low maintenance hair I’ve always wanted. Yes, you need to maintain locs by retwisting consistently. Yes, shampooing takes more time and effort since they are a lot longer (and heavier) now. But when I wake up each morning and need to get going, I only have to put a little oil on my palms, finger it through my hair and I’m done.

For weekly washes, I use a clarifying shampoo like Neutrogena or Dr. Bronner’s peppermint castile liquid soap because they don’t leave as much residue as normal shampoos. Coconut oil is my go-to product for moisture and shine. I use it as a conditioner, for hot oil treatments and to retwist my roots.

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Do you discovered any tricks for styling your locs?
Pipe cleaners are an amazing way to give locs perfect ringlets that last for days. I’ll take a pipe cleaner and wrap the loc around it, matching the tightness with the amount of curl that I want. Usually I’ll use damp (towel-dried) locs, and I’ll sleep on them overnight, because then I know it will be dry by morning. Pipe cleaners are so much easier to sleep on than foam rollers or other types of curlers. Plus, the results last forever. The last time I did it, I literally had to wash the curls out!

I also love experimenting with fanciful updos, which give my locs a chic, sculptural look. YouTube vloggers like the lovely Franchesca of Chescalocs inspire me to try ideas at home. When I need a professional touch, my hair stylist Sammy LaCombe creates amazing loc styles that I can actually sleep on at night.

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Tell us about your fiancé! How did you two meet?
Drew and I met in college, the summer before my senior year. We actually met on the night my ex-boyfriend dumped me!

How did he propose?
I had been dying to visit Europe for as long as I could remember. So last year, we booked a trip to Italy. When we got there, Drew was acting kind of weird. I was like, “What is going on here?” We went to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, where The Birth of Venus is on display. As we approached the painting, I turned my back to him for a second and when I turned back around, he proposed to me, right in front of the painting. I was so surprised! We’re getting married next May.

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What is your bedtime routine?
At the end of the day, my fiancé and I watch our favorite shows or quirky YouTube videos in order to unwind. Right now, we’re really into Game of Thrones, but my guilty pleasure is The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Luckily, Drew discovered f.lux, software that adjusts the screen’s brightness to mimic the actual time of day. It uses a sunset color at night, which makes watching videos easier on your eyes.

Have you read anything good lately?
I’m currently reading Bettyville, the memoir of a New York writer who moves back to his hometown to take care of his aging mother. My grandmother has dementia and my mother is her primary caretaker, so I’m always looking to share similar stories with my mom as she navigates this role. I also just finished the book Swamplandia!, a book about a girl growing up in Florida that was really poignant.

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Are there foods or drinks that help you feel your best?
My fiancé and I will make fresh juice in the mornings from kale, apples, ginger, beets and carrots. We both kind of hate vegetables, so juicing helps keep our nutrient and vitamin intact high.

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Do you have any rituals or mantras that help you feel great?
On my dresser, I keep a piece of paper with daily affirmations. I can see the list while lying in bed. It serves as a friendly reminder to myself that we can create the day we want to have. Here they are:

1. Be kind. See it lift spirits including your own.
2. Let go of how things should be.
3. Say NO when you need to.
4. You are enough just as you are right now.

I made them up based on things I’ve read or heard. At the New York Times, we have a group where women gather and listen to inspiring speakers, and one of our recent speakers was Gloria Steinem. One of the messages from her talk was the power of saying no. I found it really encouraging.

Angelica Rogers at the New York Times, by Bill Cunningham

What are some Times stories you’ve enjoyed working on?
I loved doing a piece about Hoboken street style. I live in Jersey City, so I was happy to bring more New Jersey pieces to Times fashion. It was also very meaningful to design a platform for women who have had stillborn babies to share their stories. I also like designing breaking news for print, like during Hurricane Sandy. That’s what working at a news organization is all about: the fast pace, the adrenaline and the hope that you are helping people.

We also saw on Instagram that you were photographed by legendary street style photographer Bill Cunningham!
It was the day I was about to get my engagement photos shot, and he walked over and started talking about my hair. He kept comparing my hair to an old-school hat, and asked if he could take a few pictures. I was like, “Of course!” It was super, super flattering.

Last but certainly not least: Do you have an overall beauty philosophy?
My overall beauty philosophy is to love yourself. It’s a philosophy that requires practice. Some days my hair looks a mess or I get a stain on my clothes and it can be hard to see beauty. But when I practice self-love, I smile a lot and radiate confidence. Those two things are really the best beauty products to have by your side.

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Thank you so much, Angelica!

P.S. 19 other inspiring women share their beauty uniforms.

(Photos courtesy of Angelica Rogers. Top photo and engagement shoot photos by Ilene Squires Photography. Brooklyn street-style shots by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo. Orange office photo by Bill Cunningham. Interview by Caroline Donofrio.)

  1. Isabel says...

    Great profile! I just want to share with Angelica that the breakouts on her cheeks could very well be coming from the coconut oil she’s using on her hair. I had the same experience – I’d heard how great coconut oil was for conditioning hair, and started applying it regularly. Around the same time, I began to get cystic-type acne on my cheeks, an area where I’d never broken out before! It took me some time to put two-and-two together, but I realized that my breakouts were occurring where my hair touched my face, and was also likely transferring to my face via my pillowcase. Once I stopped using coconut oil in my hair, the breakouts stopped, but I have been left with light scarring. So be aware! Coconut oil has a lot of great health properties, but it can definitely break you out! I hope Angelica sees this!

  2. Nina says...

    Loved her story and advice! Plus, her hair is gorgeous :-)

  3. Sarah says...

    Holy Moses–just so beautiful and stylish. That photo of her leaning over the cubicle is so timeless.

  4. Tracey says...

    Love this post and especially love the diversity! Angelica is stunning inside and out and damn those two are a gorgeous couple!

  5. Uché says...

    She is all sorts of lovely! Can she tell us where she went for laser hair removal? I’m looking for someone who specializes in dark skin!

  6. Kylie says...

    Enviably gorgeous. What color lipstick is she wearing in the pictures with the camel leather coat? That’s a beautiful color!

  7. Love her! Beautiful inside and out.

  8. Tawny says...

    Angelica: she is lovely inside and out and I love her confidence and spirit! Thank you for keeping this series going!

  9. Great read!! I’d love to know which salon she uses for her laser hair removal – I’m very interested but have always been hesitant because of my complexion so it’s great to hear of a place that has success with women of color!

  10. Christina says...

    Please share the name of the spa for hair removal! I’m desperate to give it a try!

  11. Lovely read :)

  12. olivia says...

    i’ve loved the beauty uniform series, but I think this is my favorite so far! What an important overall beauty philosophy!

  13. Louisa says...

    This is fantastic! I’d LOVE to know where her glasses are from – please, please!

  14. What a gem. I teared up a little at her daily affirmations (hello, period)!

  15. This is my favoutite so far! Angelica is so stunning, I love the sculptural updos and she also just gas such a warm, approachable voice. I feel inspired.

  16. Susan M. says...

    Wow, one of my favourites! She is so beautiful and cool! Inspiring (and down to earth)! Amazing Drew!

  17. I think Angelica’s is my favourite in the series yet. It’s wonderful to hear her focus on self-love, and talking about it as a process that requires work.

    And her locs (especially in the updo) are just beautiful!

  18. Gabriella says...

    Fabulous! Also, just got f.lux per her recommendation and it’s already changed everything.

  19. Lizzie says...

    She’s such a beauty! I really enjoyed this installment. Thanks for sharing your light, Angelica.

  20. Laura F says...

    Such a gorgeous lady.

  21. LDP says...

    Love this SO much. First, love seeing some diversity in the series. Second, she is so cool!!!! And third, she actually wears makeup!! This is my favorite in the entire series!

  22. Erica says...

    I really enjoyed this one! What an awesome spirit to showcase!

    x

  23. Jill says...

    I must know where that gold necklace is from!

  24. katelyn says...

    this is my favorite beauty uniform yet!

  25. Erin says...

    This is one of my very favorites of the whole series! Angelica is so beautiful inside and out! What a lovely soul…thanks for sharing!

  26. Love this post! Being photographed by Bill Cunningham would be the highlight of my day for sure.

  27. Shannon says...

    I LOVE LOVE this beauty uniform. Not only is she beautiful but she has an inner beauty and confidence that really shines through in this post. I especially liked that it wasn’t only about beauty but about loving yourself just the way you are.

  28. Jo says...

    Love to read the beauty finds of other women. She is beautiful and her tips are accessible even from my small mid west town. Truly an inspiration to accentuate ones own uniqueness.

  29. Heather says...

    No advice is more perfect than “love yourself” – thank you for this great interview!

  30. Thanks for the feature, Jo! I adore everything about Angelica; from her style and grace to her sense of humor. She is perfect for this column!

  31. thank you so much for sharing! i love her beauty tips and life advice. she seems like a real gem :)

  32. aet says...

    I am SO happy to see some diversity in this series. And she is just awesome :)

  33. Such a beauty!

  34. Karen T. says...

    My fav so far! Loved this one!

  35. Kelly says...

    Loved this interview! Angelica is gorgeous, and has such a great focus on confidence and self love!

  36. Julie says...

    I love her beauty philosophy!

  37. I like her hair and her daily affirmations:D

  38. She is BEAUTIFUL. And the light in her eyes is totally captivating. Love.

  39. Ceridwen says...

    So beautiful, smart and inspiring! I love her affirmations. Love this series too. Enjoying a glass of wine and reading this is pretty much my perfect Friday night.

  40. Prudence Marule says...

    Im a horrible insomniac… i blame it on my varsity years when assignments and such kept me working through many a night… anyway after this i installed f.lux and the research on the site is quite interesting, i know my insomnia is made worse by pre-sleep activities like what a action or horror movie that keeps my mind churning long after the movie is finished but i never made the link between the light on the device and what keeps my mind churning… so hopefully f.lux with help me get to sleep more often and for longer..

  41. Rebecca.H says...

    I love her unique hairstyle, where her hair is piled on top of her head & off to the side. Totally beautiful on her!!

  42. Erica H. says...

    Oh! That was a good one! Honest, wise and helpful. Thank you :)

  43. Amy says...

    Wow, gorgeous! Loved reading this style post. I want to be besties with Angelica. :)

  44. Jo says...

    She is stunning! Love this!

  45. Julie says...

    That is one remarkably gorgeous woman. I love this serious so much.

  46. Christina says...

    She’s way cool.

  47. Jill says...

    i love this beauty uniform! Angelica, you are stunning!

  48. What a lovely woman, in so many ways! I really love how different the women are that you feature in a Beauty Uniform. I hope we get to see her as a bride!!

    • Lauren E. says...

      Oh my gosh, I am with you!! If she’s willing to share, I’d love to see some wedding photos.

  49. Rae says...

    Wow. Just…wow. Angelica is stunningly beautiful, glamorous, and down to earth at the same time. Thank you for sharing!

  50. Oh my gosh, she is so beautiful! I am totally inspired by her routine, outlook and style (plus that job, awesome!). My favorite beauty post yet, hands down.

  51. Anne says...

    Those updos are so striking! Ugh I’m crazy about it

  52. amanda june says...

    she is stunning :)

  53. Aga says...

    Angelica is stunning.

    And thank you so much for mentioning f.lux! i had no idea such a thing existed. i’m downloading it right now!

  54. I love this series! These women are beautiful inside and out. I also love the diversity of the women you feature.

  55. Emily says...

    Oh my. She is absolutely stunning. Everything. But that smile is absolutely amazing.

  56. Kat says...

    Best beauty uniform by far!!

  57. I love this series SO much and loved reading about Angelica’s beauty uniform. I especially love the list of mantras, thank you for sharing with us and congratulations on getting married!

  58. Katherine says...

    She is so fantastic. Not only do I enjoy her beauty routine, but her work is wonderful. How incredible for us to have strong women role models working in media powerhouses, able to influence so greatly.

  59. tunie says...

    Even though I’m not black I totally loved this profile and hearing about her routine – she is gorgeous and as others mentioned, seems really down to earth. And add another thumbs up for those affirmations, couldn’t have come at a better time, frankly! : )

  60. Nerissa says...

    What a beauty! So inspirational.

  61. Lisa says...

    She is a beauty, inside and out – such positivity and also realism. Would truly love to see photos from their upcoming wedding!

  62. Jeanette says...

    Have you ever walked by someone and thought, “WOW! They are so stunningly beautiful!”, but to stare would be so rude and creepy? What a lovely person–inside and out. Thanks for sharing, Angelica!

  63. Amanda says...

    Loved that there was so much more than just external beauty in this one. So nice to learn more about the woman herself too! Keep in up in future profiles.

  64. Talia says...

    Great post! What amazing hair! Really loved this profile!

  65. Maria says...

    I LOVED this beauty uniform! As a LONG time African American read of Cup of Jo it is so refreshing to see faces that resemble mine. I too have had dreadlocks for years and found so much useful haircare advice in this routine. This is reason #949494 that CoJ is hands down the best lifestyle blog on the internet, period.

  66. margie says...

    She is beautiful, and it seems like she is such a positive person. This is one of my favorite MBU posts.

  67. Sally says...

    So lovely!

  68. Kaci says...

    I love it and I love this series! I as an African American I am also happy to see a whole mix of people giving so many inspiring beauty ideas, products, and new things to try!

  69. Julianna says...

    Angelica you have GORGEOUS skin! And that purple lip is perfect.

    Also, your stillborn platform is poignant, tragic and beautiful. Thank you.

  70. Ok you know when you hear people say that such and such has a certain unidentifiable quality that just draws you in? Well Angelica has it in spades. She’s beautiful yet has an inner beauty too. Her fiancé is gorgeous as well.

  71. Beautiful!! I love this series as always, but wow, she just blew me away – could she BE more cool and stylish and down to earth?!! Also the photo of her on Bedford and Lafayette gave me warm fuzzies because I used to live RIGHT there on Lafayette :)

  72. Loved this post! Angelica is so gorgeous and I love her beauty philosophy! Loving ourselves is so important, but really does take a lot of practice.

    Kristi | Be Loverly

  73. jeannie says...

    What a lovely and inspiring post! Angelica, you are absolutely beautiful. (I can’t wait to try the gel eyeliner. )

  74. Christine says...

    She’s just gorgeous!!! And omg what a beautiful couple.

  75. Jasmine says...

    Love this series and this post in particular! Like Meghan, I am very curious as to where Angelica received her laser hair removal. I’ve been wanting to do the same and although my complexion is lighter than Angelica’s it’s still a major concern for me and has kept me from going through with laser.

  76. Angelica looks absolutely stunning in every single photo taken of her – part of it are her beautiful looks, but another part is her happy and charming personality! Miss you, Angelica.

    Much love,
    B

  77. Liz says...

    This is my favorite of the series! Angelica is beautiful.

  78. woah that is one good looking and stylish couple! love her!

  79. Chandra says...

    She’s lovely! Such a pleasure to read!

  80. What, the most stunning couple ever. And that skin? Acne? Where?! Just beautiful and yes, I love this and the motherhood series the best. Could we do beauty uniform for women living outside of the US/Canada, please?

  81. Aidel.K says...

    The brows! I agree with the other commenters. Especially the daily affirmations; I’m writing them out for myself. Thank you.

  82. Jeannette says...

    Wow, you go Angelica — I love it girl!

  83. Love this one! I too heart Mac lipstick and think she’s totally right about self love being the best beauty “trick”.

  84. Aimee says...

    LOVE the locs! You could also try Soft Spike Curlers for waves/curls (www.softspikecurlers.com) — they’re actually super comfortable to sleep in and they are made of foam material that’s non-porous so it won’t absorb any product.

  85. Carmen B. says...

    Angelica is beautiful and has impeccable style.
    Thank you so much for sharing it.

  86. D says...

    WoooooooooooooWWwwwww- woman crush alert! Such flawless skin and gorgeous hair!

  87. Emily says...

    THANK YOU for posting someone who struggles with skin issues!! She’s a beautiful woman- and I just made my heart leap and helped a fellow adult acne sufferer feel a lot less alone.

  88. Kate says...

    Bill is so right about her hair in that pic looking like an old school hat, kind of like a pill box hat! I would never have thought of that comparison, I love the way he sees things.

  89. I just wanted to say how much the NYT online platform for stillbirth meant to me! It was an honor to be able to share my daughter Eliza’s story, and I’m grateful to those editors who realized that stillbirth should not be a silent grief. Thank you!

    • Sasha says...

      I am sorry for your loss. My baby died earlier this summer, and I’ve read all the stories in that portal (never posted).

  90. Angela says...

    I loved this one, her hair is so perfect.

  91. Bethanne says...

    Her beauty uniform is exceptional! 😎

  92. JT says...

    Omgosh love her. And that pink lipstick!

  93. Terri says...

    I love your daily affirmations; what a beautiful way to start the day.

  94. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the Bettyville recommendation :) Two favorite caregiving and aging books: A Bittersweet Season (Jane Gross) and Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant (Roz Chast). Lovely post!

  95. True beauty inside and out. She is just radiant! Love her nose ring, her style, and that rocking engagement photo.

  96. Fm says...

    Gorgeous! I do love the sculptural nature of her hair in those beautiful up-dos! I also wish she could have talked about here brows, they’re as perfect as I’ve seen in a while! Thanks for sharing!

  97. Lauren says...

    Love this!!

  98. She’s so radiant!

  99. She is gorgeous, and she and her fiance are so cute together… but most importantly, I love that she’s a part of that group at the Times! I heard Sarah Maslin Nir (who is my new feminist hero ever since her nail salon expose in the NYT) talk about that group on a podcast!

  100. Loved this one! Angelica seems like an awesome woman! I want to be friends with her too :)

  101. Effie says...

    Great beauty uniform … And I just loved the first pic with her fiancé. What a gorgeous couple!

  102. This is such a lovely beauty uniform post. Love the affirmations. And definitely writing down a few ideas for my own beauty ritual.

  103. Meghan says...

    I’d love to know which spa she chose for her laser hair removal!

  104. Sonya says...

    I love this Beauty Uniform interview – I think Angelica might be my favorite of this series! She projects beauty, warmth, and happiness from the inside and out.

  105. Those affirmations are so spot on––I wrote them down for my own morning routine! xo

  106. Wow, cool and stylish chick!

  107. Beautiful! The adult acne struggle is real… glad she mentioned it. Loved reading her skincare routine. :)

  108. Tara says...

    What a great profile. She is beautiful and wise.

  109. Kash says...

    Oh this is so great! Her eyebrows are AMAZING, and she is definitely inspiring me to try out a brighter purple lipstick.

  110. Mariz says...

    What a beauty. I Iove this series!!!

  111. “I like that you can have something that’s uniquely a part of you and still have people take you seriously. ”
    That’s the kind of world we should live in!! I loved this interview. Really felt her spirit.

    And umm, how cute is that pic of her and husband in the street SERVING :)

  112. She seems so fun and positive! Plus she has hair to die for. This and the Motherhood Around the World series are so great. Thank you!

  113. SC says...

    I loved this Beauty Uniform post. Angelica seems so real & grounded. And of course, she is stunning!

  114. I love her mantras and the idea of having them posted somewhere you can see them every morning. Very inspiring read!

  115. Kristin says...

    Love your style and attitude! can you tell me where your boots (the ones with the side buckle) are from?

  116. Sally says...

    She is STUNNING! I love love love this profile

  117. I’m a fan of this series. I love Angelica’s style and straight forward beauty routine.

  118. Amy says...

    Delightful is the exact right word for this lovely post. I want to be friends with Angelica! :)

  119. Andy says...

    Your glasses are incredible! Where are they from?!

    • Sandy says...

      Yes, my question also – they’re stunning!

  120. I love this one and the Motherhood series. Beautiful women all around the world!

    • Aga says...

      i was thinking the same thing!