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My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

We’ve long been admirers of beauty editor Jean Godfrey-June. Her column in Lucky Magazine was our bible for 15 years — she has a way of writing about beauty that makes you want to drop everything and try whatever she recommends, immediately. She’s now an editor at Goop. Here, she shares her real-life routines, including the lipstick that makes your face light up, her thoughts on aging and the nicest way to fall asleep…

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

What’s your morning skincare routine?
I don’t wash my face in the morning because your skin isn’t dirty in the morning. While I’m in the shower, I exfoliate with a Clarisonic brush. The Clarisonic is the miracle invention of all time — it’s great for acne, for anti-aging, for everything. Afterward, I put on Drunk Elephant Vitamin C Serum, followed by Goop’s face oil. A little later, I put on John Masters SPF 30. I like giving everything a lot of time to sink in. Then even later, I use Lancôme Flash Bronzer Leg Gel. Yes, it’s for legs — but I use it on my face. It doesn’t make me break out, and it makes me look wide awake and glow-y. It’s the best color, the best blendability, the best everything… so far superior to any other self tanner (face or body) that’s it not even remotely close!

How about your nighttime routine?
I use Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser every night. My skin is oily, but once I started using it, I stopped breaking out because my skin wasn’t always reacting to being stripped and irritated. It’s really easy to wash off and doesn’t have detergent in it. Then I use prescription Tazorac to fight aging and acne. The Tazorac makes me dry, so every other night, I alternate it with the Goop Beauty Night Cream, which is the cushiest, thickest, most comforting cream of all time. I swear it plumps up your skin overnight.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

Can you describe your bedtime rituals?
Once in bed, I like to give myself a foot massage. I think it helps you sleep and makes you love yourself more. Even a minute makes such a difference. Foot creams tend to smell like toothpaste, though, so I’m currently into the body cream from Grown Alchemist. At the end of the day, when your thoughts can be racing, a foot massage helps ground you. I also like to give my kids a quick foot massage before bed — it’s a great instant connection. You don’t need any techniques; it’s more about the power of touch.

Do you have any beloved drugstore finds?
Yes to Tomatoes wipes for acne. Teenagers hate to wash their faces, but wipes they will actually use!

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

Speaking of teenagers, how do you talk to your daughter about beauty?
My daughter is 19 now, and has never been especially interested in beauty! It’s just not her thing. I know people who are like, “It’s un-feminist to let girls play with makeup,” but I don’t think that’s true. Would I ever advise anyone to be like, “Hey, 10-year-old daughter, you should put on some makeup!”? Of course not. But I think it’s okay to let them experiment. I had one friend whose daughter went to a very strict school where makeup was not allowed. They came over one afternoon when the daughter was 10 or 11 and she was wearing a wig, makeup and high heels. Her mom was like, “I let her do this when she gets home from school.” It’s what delighted her and allowed her to express who she was. You might not let them wear that to a family wedding, but letting kids dress up is fine. I also think taking care of your skin is an important thing to learn, for both boys and girls. Taking care of your skin makes you feel good about yourself for your whole life.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

What else makes you feel great?
I try to do yoga twice a week and run twice a week. Every time I do yoga I marvel at how much better I like my body at the end. I first tried it for a magazine story a thousand years ago, where I went undercover at a bunch of spas. I went to The Ashram in L.A. and did yoga there, and the poses reminded me of poses I would strike as a child. There were these older ladies in great shape, and I was like, “I’ll have what she’s having.” With yoga, you stay in shape, you feel good, and you have this mental moment as well. I also like that it’s not about how you look — when I do yoga, I feel invisible and I like that.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

When did you first became interested in beauty?
I became interested when I got my first breakout, for sure. I became seriously interested as a writer, when I realized that when I wrote about beauty — versus any other topic — about 17 billion more people wanted to read it!

Why do you think that is?
I think people have a natural drive to look their best. But beauty — and the aspect of self-care and sensuality — taps into that part of yourself that isn’t always well cared for. It’s also a bonding ritual, like when you go get a pedicure with a friend or do face masks with your daughter. Even sharing a beauty secret feels like bonding. Years ago, I would do celebrity interviews and the celebrity would be totally closed-mouthed about their personal lives, but if you asked about a perfume, they would tell you a totally inappropriate story and their publicist would be horrified. Beauty is very personal. It seems like it’s about vanity, but it’s actually the opposite — it can connect people.

Did you have any defining career moments as a beauty writer?
Early in my career, when I first got to New York, I worked for a trade magazine for architects and interior designers. My grandmother in New Jersey was always like, “When are you going to write for a real magazine that I can buy in the supermarket?” I had no connections and I didn’t know anybody, and so I couldn’t get an interview at magazines I liked. So I started writing full articles and just sending them in. I sent one to New York Magazine and it got published. Then I wrote a story about this makeup artist with a new line of 10 lipsticks. Her name was Bobbi Brown. I sent it to Vogue, and they published it. That one story exploded and it launched my beauty writing career.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

Do you still get excited when you discover a new beauty product?
Yes! I still get super excited when I find a new product that blows my mind. I’m like, “Wow, someone came up with something that lots of people need!” A beauty product is kind of like a toy. The beauty industry is always innovating, and never gets boring. A true beauty junkie isn’t necessarily someone who’s caked in makeup, but rather someone who’s constantly enthralled by new ideas.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

What makeup do you use?
I use Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizing Balm and Eye Brightener. On top of that, over dark circles goes the essential Secret Concealer from Laura Mercier. I put it on with a brush, only on what I want to conceal, then pat lightly — never rub — to blend. The greatest mascara of all time is the new one from Juice Beauty. It’s better than ANY other mascara, natural or no: it makes my lashes thicker and blacker and flutterier, and it doesn’t flake or smudge or migrate. It’s a freakin’ miracle and must be tried. On my lips, I ADORE Olio E Osso lip balm in the hot pink shade — it brightens up your whole face. It’s sheer, comes in the cutest, easy-to-put-on tube and looks amazing. Heaven. I have one in my pocket, one in my bag, one in my office drawer…

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

You seem to use a lot of natural products. What’s your philosophy?
I do think if beauty products were something that were widely used by men, they would be regulated. If I go to the store and I want to buy organic produce, everything is clearly labeled for me. Why can’t it be the same with makeup? At Lucky once, I was doing a story on green beauty back when it was still very early in the movement. There was one nail polish and we were all like, “Wow!!! It really works!” No one could believe it. I brought it home, and my daughter was like, “You know why it works? It’s made with acetone.” She had actually read the label. But it had green leaves on the package, so we believed their claims. For things you’re essentially inhaling, like shower gel, I try to use a natural one. When it comes to makeup, I feel most strongly about keeping it natural on lips and eyes. You eat lipstick.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

Do you have advice on finding a hairstylist you trust?
My most important tip is if you go to a hairstylist (or a makeup artist or a nail artist) and they’re trashing the work someone did before them, “Who DID this to you?” Run. Run run run. A talented person will look at you, figure out what is beautiful about you, and then bring that out. It’s not about changing anything for the sake of changing it or making you look like some celebrity. The mark of a talented person is when you feel them really taking you in. I wash my hair every other day, adding Lavett & Chin leave-in conditioner once I get out of the shower, and that’s it.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

Pop question: Baths or showers?
Both! I’m in love with the Sea Siren scrub from Shiva Rose: I hate harsh scrubs, and Shiva Rose leaves you smelling so good, with incredibly — incredibly — soft skin. I also take a lot of baths, into which I pour body oil. Burt’s Bees Lemon Body Oil is amazing in a bath, and wildly affordable compared to other body oils. They’ve done studies that say the huge majority of household accidents are in the bathroom, and my tub and shower are always slippery because of oils, so I am very careful.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

When is a time in your life when you felt beautiful?
The older I get, the more beautiful I feel, weirdly. I was never the hottest girl, so perhaps the decline doesn’t bug me as much for that reason. You spend your 20s being like, “All these things are wrong with me,” and then 20 or 30 years later you realize what a weird self-centered destructiveness that is.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

Do you have an overall beauty philosophy?
You’re prettier than you think. Everything in the world is beautiful, people are beautiful. You are the person that gets to experience yourself closest at hand, so enjoy it.

My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June

Thank you so much, Jean!

P.S. More women share their beauty uniforms, including Jen Garrido and Kendra Smoot.

(Portraits of Jean at home by Ana Schecter for Cup of Jo. Interview by Caroline Donofrio.)

  1. I love this in particular: “You are the person that gets to experience yourself closest at hand, so enjoy it.” So true. We tend to be over-critical about ourselves most of the time, using a magnifying glass to examine our flaws… Thanks for sharing this important message. I want to give myself a hug after reading this line.

  2. Deb says...

    I enjoyed this post. Ordered the Juice Beauty mascara she recommended as I’m always on the lookout for all-natural beauty products, especially mascara. And it is awful! Clumps, flakes, and smears. It’s nothing like she proclaimed. Very disappointing.

    • Rebecca Wall says...

      oh man this makes me sad! I’m always on the lookout for the best mascara.

  3. May says...

    Could Jean tell us what shampoo/conditioner she uses? Her hair is so beautiful!!

    • Bonnie says...

      I need this info, too!

    • I alternate between grown alchemist, Lavett & chin & Philip b’s forever shine shampoos and conditioners!

  4. Beautiful! Beautiful post, beautiful woman inside and out.

  5. I love, love, love this. Thank you so much for sharing! Saving for future beauty reference. <3

  6. Always been a follower of hers! Thanks for this interview — just ordered the concealer!

  7. Renee says...

    I just love her. Her column was my favorite and was the first page I’d turn to every month in Lucky. And Beauty Uniform is my favorite series here (tied with Motherhood Around the World).

  8. Totally agree with using the Lancôme Flash Leg Bonzing gel on the face! I thought I was the only one doing this for the last 14 years!

    • !!!! It’s the greatest! And will no one believe you when you tell them? I’m a beauty editor and no one believes me!

  9. Chrissy says...

    Seriously awesome. Love her.

  10. erin says...

    Loved her insight. Such good reminders to stay positive…with ourselves.

  11. Eileen says...

    what is the product with the pretty lid (pictured next to the Olio E Osso lip balm)?

    • Eileen says...

      oops- i didn’t see the reply before i posted again!

  12. Kate says...

    JGJ has been and always will be the definition of cool.

  13. In love with her style, she looks so relaxed and down to earth. Would love to see a home tour, her house is beautiful.

  14. kate says...

    I’m really afraid to use oils in the shower. I had a childhood friend who recently died at 38 (leaving 5 young children) after slipping in the shower and hitting her head. So please do be very, very careful when using them! But I will be checking out some of those other products :)

  15. chelsey says...

    Joanna, I love these posts and Jean seems like an amazing person! I wonder if in the future you could include some info about the clothes they are wearing (because all these women seem to also have amazing clothes)! Also, I wonder if you have ever thought about doing a post on how to determine the best lotions and washes for your particular skin, that is something that I have always struggled with!

    • Kat says...

      I was thinking the same thing! What about the clothes? Her style/ beauty extends to her clothing choices.

  16. So refreshing! Thanks so much for this. I never read Jen’s column, but now I’m sad that I can’t. And I will definitely be trying that Olio balm.

  17. Lauren says...

    Thank you for all of these awesome shares! Also, random, but do you know where the makeup tray in the pictures is from? I need something for my bathroom countertop!

  18. Emily says...

    Absolutely loved this one!

  19. I loved this Beauty Uniform! A feminist is someone who believes women should be able to do what they want. Whether its not wearing makeup or wearing it, staying home and raising kids, or working. Being a feminist is not just going against the 60’s role of women, its choosing your own role.

    Good for that mom who lets her daughter be who she wants to be.

    • everyone wants there to be rules and there just… Aren’t hard and fast ones! And kids: they’re going to be who they are no matter how their parents feel about it– have to appreciate & enjoy! Thank you for the kind words!

  20. Patti says...

    Absolutely love this Beauty Uniform! She’s wonderful and real and such a positive person. Thanks for sharing Jean’s story!

  21. Alice Quin says...

    This was one of my favorite beauty uniforms so far. Which is saying a lot!

  22. I love love love this interview. As a beauty writer myself, I easily feel like I’m writing about frivolous things, but Jean gave me some new perspective. Love the following quotes: “when I realized that when I wrote about beauty — versus any other topic — about 17 billion more people wanted to read it!”; “You’re prettier than you think. Everything in the world is beautiful, people are beautiful.” and “Beauty is very personal. It seems like it’s about vanity, but it’s actually the opposite — it can connect people.”

    xxx Thanx for sharing.

  23. Chiara says...

    Wow she is a real life Nancy Meyers character, which I mean in the best possible way.

  24. I always try and keep my beauty products and make-up natural – both in how much I use as well as ingredients. There are so many amazing brands out there, and I love that natural beauty is now gaining momentum!

    Agree with what she said on lipstick especially, a bit always ends up going into your mouth and you don’t want to be “eating” one that has loads of unfavourable compounds. xx

  25. I love everything about this post but the hairdresser part was what stuck out particularly. I have curly hair that gets frizzy and I dread going to get haircuts because of the discouraging comments that hairdressers tend to make. “It’s too curly!”, “it’s too damaged!”, “you need to this miraculous product to change its texture!” They almost always end up cutting off more than I want.
    I went to go get a haircut close to work a few days ago that left me feeling great. As my hairdresser was getting her kit ready, I started commenting about how frizzy and damaged my hair was, but she just smiled back and said “your hair is curly, it’s meant to be frizzy.” She cut off just enough ends to give it good shape and didn’t try to sell my anything.
    I left there happy and beautiful. I found myself a keeper.

  26. Cristina says...

    I loved reading Jean in Lucky magazine; in fact, it was always the first thing I went to when my copy arrived in the mail. It was so fun to read her interview today – she is so lovely inside and out!

  27. Eleanor says...

    Lovely!

  28. Eileen says...

    I would love to know what that product is in the jar with the pretty lid (next to the Olio E Osso lip balm). I’m a big fan of Weleda Skin Food so I know I’ll like her other choices!

    • It’s also Olio! They make a big tub of their balm!

  29. What a smart and beautiful person!

    I love her philosophy on aging. As a 20-something year old, I’m beginning to realize I won’t stay this young forever. I’m only getting older by the minute, so I should appreciate my youth.

    Best,

    SarahJaiheLee.com

  30. Alina says...

    I LOVE what she said about yoga. I feel the same way but have yet to be self-disciplined enough to go twice a week (or even regularly). On my list….

  31. Elizabeth says...

    This woman has been my hero since about 2005. To have her beauty uniform is an unexpected and so appreciated gift. Thank you!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a nice comment, elizabeth!

    • Bonnie says...

      SAME. I just sent a tweet to that effect. I love Jean Godfrey-June, always have, and the book she wrote a few years ago is excellent, too. I want to know which shampoo she uses as well!

  32. Casey says...

    Weird seeing her here, because…random story, but way back when (before Toby was born?!), I stumbled upon this blog because I mixed up Joanna Goddard and Jean Godfrey in my head, and when I saw a link to this blog on some site, I was like “I LOVE HER I MUST FOLLOW,” thinking it was Jean. Obviously, I figured it out eventually ;)

    I didn’t know she had gone to Goop. When Lucky folded, I was so sad that I wouldn’t get to read her column anymore.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that is so funny! small world i guess, haha.

  33. Help! I went to buy the Olio E Osso lip balm that Jean recommends, but none of them are called “hot pink.” Each one has a number. Can we have a number or company’s color name please? Thanks for a great interview!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, it’s #2!

    • Also called, glamorously, French Melon

  34. What a cool and down-to-earth person! I was especially fascinated by how she broke into the beauty writing biz. What an inspiration for writers! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i know! i love that she wrote full articles. such a great, hardworking way to get your foot in the door.

  35. Claire says...

    Great interview – Jean is so likable (and this is the first I’ve heard of her) and I was so happy to see Caroline back! I’m going to echo the previous commenters: can we get the sweater details for the pullovers in the top photo and the navy one later on? They’re so beautiful. Margaret O’Leary, maybe?

    • They are all many seasons old but the navy one is J brand, the pale one is Vince & the cashmere was a no-name brand off the outnet!

  36. Amy L says...

    I loved her comment about beauty connecting us. I have very young daughters but if will be so fun to do a face mask, paint our nails and share in that kind of activity together :)

  37. Elliesee says...

    Yay for acne tips, I now have it at 40, it makes me look young but not in a good way. Jean does make me want to spend on products! I guess she gets clean in the shower – I have to wash my eyes in the morning.

  38. Allegra Liu says...

    I was an avid Lucky reader and the beauty section was my favorite part. Love this series and so great to see a fave beauty editor featured.

  39. I’ve never understood what is anti-aging about Clarisonic. Those circling scrubbers were popular in the early 1980s. Is it just about exfoliating? Is this better than sugar for scrubbing? Or is there a vibration element?

    • Helen says...

      Same! I have no idea either. Hopefully, someone will enlighten us.

    • It exfoliates without disturbing or tearing at your skin– no inflammation, bcs of the sonic!

    • Lauren says...

      Me neither, and I use mine religiously! My friend Mary Kate has the most gorgeous, flawless skin, and when I asked her about her routine she said she owes most of her face success to her Clarisonic. A month later I bought my own. She warned me that it might take a month or so to see a difference in my skin. She was correct — it took about 2 months, but then all of a sudden my skin was clearer and smoother than it ever has been. I barely ever get blemishes anymore, and the problem areas around my notes and chin where I used to get whiteheads barely get clogged anymore.

      I trust Mary Kate, so I didn’t read much about the Clarisonic before I bought it (I know, I know.) I have no idea how the thing works. But it freakin’ WORKS.

  40. Just one thing about our faces not being dirty in the morning: Unless you don’t sweat, and use a clean pillowcase every night, I’m certain you wake up with a dirty face! Your face is all over a pillow, and possibly your hands, and both leave oils and old skin cells (from the pillow case) rubbing off onto your face. Maybe use a gentle-cleanser in the morning; I use Cetaphil in the morning and at night (recommended by my doctor because of my sensitive skin) and it’s cleared up my face more than any fancy thing I’ve ever used!

    • Amy L says...

      Agreed!

    • Maria says...

      Me too! I wear contact lenses and wouldn’t dream of putting them on in the morning without washing my face first. I use A-Derma.

    • Twyla says...

      Ditto! And if you use an AHA then you have to remove the dead skin cells it’s sloughing off…

    • MeganB says...

      Cetaphil has SLS in it. Unfort it isn’t nearly as gentle on the skin as its made out to be. Did a number on my sensitive skin.

  41. Carly says...

    Loved this!!! So much of it resonated with me. I have a binder of magazine clip-outs I keep for reference and a lot of the pages are from Jean’s part of Lucky! I definitely miss that magazine, and especially her contributions.

    I’d love to also see other people from the beauty industry in this feature, such as Linda Wells.

  42. “I don’t wash my face in the morning because your skin isn’t dirty in the morning.” Finally! I have never understood the emphasis put on morning cleansing. Everyone seems to swear by it, but my skin doesn’t get dirty sleeping! I also loved all her natural product suggestions & will definitely be trying some out!

  43. Sarah C says...

    Love this beauty uniform post!! Jean’s style and beauty choices seem so effortless and worn in (in a good way). I like how comfortable she is with herself. Something to aspire to!

  44. Rain says...

    Hi Jean (via Joanna),

    Your skin looks great but your outfits are effortlessly chic.

    I want those sweaters in my closet! Please spill the deets!

    Hi, Joanna. I read your blog every day. I love how your content is relevant to many readers. Been a fan for years. Thank you for what you do!

    • Laurie says...

      Ditto on the sweaters! I’d like to know too! Love the natural style of her home as well.

    • Prathima says...

      I’m pretty sure her sweaters are by Autumn Cashmere. They pop up pretty often on Gilt.com and Hautelook if you’re not looking to pay full price.

    • Navy sweater j brand, pale one is Vince, cashmere one a no-name from the outnet…and sadly, all past seasons!

  45. Tawny says...

    Jean! Didn’t she have a page in Domino too when that perfection-piece was around? Regardless, I definitely have looked up to this woman for years.

  46. wies says...

    “I was never the hottest girl” – erm, I beg to differ; I literally gasped when I saw that first picture of you. You are one true beauty, inside and out.

  47. I love her! I always loved her in Lucky and I even remember her from all the way back in the days of Sassy Magazine!

  48. LOVE Jean and all her trade secrets!
    Where or where does she live?!? it looks heavenly. I need to relocate.

  49. jamie says...

    I love these posts a lot! I’d love to see an interview with a woman who is conscious of using only paraban free and natural products. I heard of Honest Beauty through this blog, maybe an interview with one of their ladies? Thanks always for your inspirational blog!

  50. Zoey says...

    ‘You spend your 20s being like, “All these things are wrong with me,” and then 20 or 30 years later you realize what a weird self-centered destructiveness that is.’

    Omg, YES. She totally plucked the thought right out of my brain! I was in the best shape of my life in my 20s and yet all I remember of that time was how much I hated my body and all my perceived imperfections and how much I was just generally riddled with so much insecurity inside. Society places such an emphasis on thinness as the ideal, as though it were some kind of Golden Ticket that entitles the bearer to a more enriching or fulfilling life somehow, that conversely being a less than ideal size or shape is almost tantamount to being unworthy or even undeserving of love and respect. No one actually tells you that when you achieve that ‘thin ideal’, you’re just that, thin — being thin doesn’t automatically make you kinder, smarter, nicer or more compassionate.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that ten years and nearly 20 extra pounds later, I’ve found that I’m actually happier in my own skin now. I could lose the weight, but I feel like I just don’t loathe myself the way I used to anymore to bother, nor do I want to — I’ve switched up my inner narrative to enjoy life, be kinder to myself and to do the things that make me happy, not focus on self-flagellation just to conform to some hollow beauty ideal. And I feel like in some small way Jean’s philosophy chimes in with my own epiphany. Thanks CoJ for featuring such a wonderful POV!

    • kathy says...

      totally agree! i’m closer to 40 now and 10 pounds heavier than in my 20s but am much happier. i look at those pictures when i was young and think i was so cute, i which i had just relaxed and appreciated it.

  51. amy says...

    I love to hear what beauty products people use. I wish that someone would talk about products that are awesome and less expensive ($28 for lip balm is crazy)!

    • You can just use regular ol’ vasaline and it does the trick!

  52. Georgia says...

    I love love LOVE that Drunk Elephant vitamin C serum. It has changed my skin completely. My pores just up and left. I never saw them again.

  53. Sarah says...

    I would LOVE to know where her gray sweater is from – and her blue pull-over!!

    • Emily says...

      I agree re pullover!!

    • Blue is j brand, grey is no name for the outnet, both are very old…:)

  54. Laura says...

    Wow, Jean is so comfortable in her own skin, and that is so attractive! Love, love, love this one!

  55. Alyssa says...

    I absolutely love this. The second I would get my Lucky magazine I would turn right to her page. I felt like I was taking advice from a friend. I miss her column the most about the magazine!

    She is a delightful person!

  56. Marielle says...

    love love love jean! perfect beauty uniform person :) miss her so much in Lucky :(

  57. Kate says...

    This is a great interview, and I loved JGJ’s column in Lucky. Any tip on who makes that great black dress? It’s perfect!

    • Marni from a while ago (though I still wear it all the time!)

  58. Shawn B says...

    I love everything about this woman and have since her years at Lucky. Thanks for this great interview – so many great recommendations!

  59. Jackie says...

    I just bought a few of her recommended products on the spot — you were RIGHT!

  60. Lauren E. says...

    “The older I get the more beautiful I feel.” All of this. I always thought there would be some magic moment where I suddenly felt like I didn’t care anymore what people thought of me, but instead I’ve just become way more comfortable with who I am and what I look like. This interview made me feel her confidence directly and I really love that.

  61. “You eat lipstick” — Whoa. I’ve never really thought about beauty in the way she describes it. What a refreshing take.

  62. I love when I feel a sense of instant rapport with someone who is being interviewed. I, too, appreciate the sentiment “You’re prettier than you think” Jean’s overall beauty philosophy is a good mantra! There should be an app for that :)

  63. this might be a stupid question, but she says she doesn’t wash her face in the mornings but uses a Clarisonic in the shower. with just water??? when i use a face brush i need some kind of lather, water just doesn’t cut it for me…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask her!

    • I use it with Tata Harper oil Cleanser. It looks weird (oil slightly colors the brush, though it washes right out with soap) but I checked with the inventor himself (!) and he was like “oil face wash is great for your skin with a Clarisonic “– got all excited. But yes, Clarisonic needs cleanser w it. Whatever your fav is!

  64. Heather D says...

    These are always my favorites!! I’m always so glad when one of the people featured oooh’s and aaah’s about something affordable, too!

  65. Dawn says...

    Her writing is exquisite! I remember reading her beauty columns and they were seriously so well-crafted. I love her even more after she shared her beauty philosophy! I’d also like to see a house tour, too.

  66. Really starting to like the new beauty uniform series :) hope it continues in the sane way.

    Also loved what jean said – It’s also a bonding ritual, like when you go get a pedicure with a friend or do face masks with your daughter. Even sharing a beauty secret feels like bonding. ‘

    Shruthi
    http://nyambura.co

  67. i am obsessed with the beauty uniforms! her overall beauty philosoph is so lovely. i love her emphasis on green products. as someone with serious skin allergies, i’ve learned to read and reread every single label before buying.

  68. I read all the beauty uniforms, but this one in particular helped me connect more with the high value I place on beauty. In a career counseling exercise, we were given a list of 100+ different things of value and we had to narrow it down to our top 5. Beauty was one of mine, and at first I felt like “oh no, this means I’m shallow!” But it really means I value aesthetics as an expression of the unique, beautiful things that are going on inside – “the aspect of self-care and sensuality — taps into that part of yourself that isn’t always well cared for” — yes!

    • Whitney says...

      this. exactly thiss.

      my favorite ‘uniform’ piece to date. bravo Jean!

  69. Michelle says...

    How does she have a 19 year old daughter when she barely looks over 19 herself?! Time to go buy these products…

    • Sarah D. says...

      My thoughts exactly!!! So gorgeous and young looking!!

  70. Nicole Brant says...

    “A true beauty junkie isn’t caked in makeup, but rather someone who is constantly enthralled by new ideas.”
    I’ve always thought it strange that I love beauty products but don’t wear a lot of makeup. This really resonated with me.

  71. Laura says...

    Great interview. Her column in Lucky was always a highlight.

    I try to use green products generally – in my house, on my hair, on my skin, etc. but I have a really hard time giving up my favorite NARS lipsticks. I would love to see some “green” lipstick recommendations – not just the balm/tint/stain type stuff. I want some rich, full-on, all-day color, people! None of this sheer stuff! Why is that so hard to find in natural brands?
    Anyone got a recommendation for me out there in beautyland? :)

    • Kate says...

      Thanks, Joanna! I like this too because I’m on kind of a “zero waste” bender as of late — it looks like Stowaway will take back the finished packaging. So many other products come in plastic, which is often not truly recyclable.

    • Tracey says...

      The newer Burts Bees lipsticks are good, I’ve tried several. The shade Ruby Ripple is a great red, and they’re only like $8.50. I like Ilia too, but these can’t be beat for the price.

    • Kirsten says...

      I’m not a super bright lipstick person, but I think that BITE makes some lipsticks with fairly strong color. They are certified “food safe”–apparently there are a couple of ingredients that aren’t considered totally “green” (mostly related to pigments–apparently it’s difficult to get totally clean non-sheer pigment), but overall they are probably better than other lipsticks.

    • The new Juice Beauty full-on lipstick (and the super-pigmented gloss) is AMAZING and totally edible/good for you. Seriously you won’t believe the colors/textures

    • The full pigment lipsticks and glosses from Juice Beauty are….amazing. Gorgeous, long lasting, full-on color and totally goop-level nontoxic (it is a high standard, I will tell you). Somehow they use things like purple carrot to get the pigments– and they are truly next level great.

    • emanuella says...

      YES! nudus (from australia but they’re sold by a wealth of online retailers), ilia (my favorite) and kosas all make great lipsticks that are without synthetic chemicals.

    • I love Ila and beautycounter and the juice beauty makeup. — full-on lipstick, all

  72. Lovely!

  73. Kat says...

    This is my favorite “My Beauty Uniform” to-date. it just makes you feel good.

  74. Jessica says...

    Oh I was so excited to see this beauty uniform! I adored Jean’s columns in Lucky–she’s probably the beauty writer who first really got me hooked on beauty as a concept and good beauty writing. There was always a story to go with whatever product or service she was discussing–it was about much more than beauty. I love her philosophy she gives here about beauty as self care, sensuality, and a way to connect with others. I still miss those columns so this was a treat!

  75. diya says...

    HOUSE TOUR NEXT, pretty please?! :)

    • Ooh yes please!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      fun idea!

    • Jill Palumbo says...

      I was thinking the same thing as I read her post. It was hard to concentrate with her lovely interiors teasing me! She seems like a lovely person.

    • caroline says...

      YES YES I want to see her whole house!

    • KS says...

      And then a hair toturial Pls!

  76. Vienna says...

    love her style and falling love with the bathroom!

  77. Jessica says...

    I knew that was Caroline interviewing! I miss her…

    • EA says...

      I know! Jean comes across great, but I was so glad to see Caroline back, even for a moment.

  78. “You’re prettier than you think. ” I just love that.

  79. She sounds like someone I need in my life! I love her quiet confidence, and she seems like such an encourager! I get what you mean, Joanna, that you instantly want to buy whatever it is she suggests- she comes off as very trustworthy. Thanks for introducing us!

  80. Molly Sarah says...

    She´s so pretty.