5 Things I Learned As A Beauty Editor

5 Things I Learned As A Beauty Editor

Before starting at Cup of Jo, I worked as a beauty editor for years. Surrounded by experts in the industry, I discovered exactly what beauty obsessives swear by, which drugstore items actually work and how to do your brows once and for all. Here are the top five things I’ve learned…

The Best Way To Moisturize
Even before my beauty editor days, I was pretty fanatical about my skincare routine, but I rarely moisturized my body. Now, it’s the first thing I do when I turn off the shower, after lightly toweling off, when my skin is still damp (that’s the secret!). Skin tightens when it dries, so it’s best to get right to it. Plus, the water left on your body helps lock the moisture in. I keep a bottle of almond oil in the shower (I use it instead of lotion because it leaves my skin so so soft). Now I never have dry patches on my elbows or knees, and I’ve grown to love this little daily ritual.

The New Lipstick
When Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss launched Glossier, most of the beauty editors I knew were skeptical. Could a beauty blogger really create a legit makeup and skincare line? But very quickly, we were all converted. The products are that good. And the Generation G lipstick is the superstar. It’s like no other lipstick out there: it’s sheer AND matte. So it goes on like a tinted lip balm, but without the shiny finish — like you just ate a cherry popsicle. I wear it in Crush (the perfect subtle rosy shade) basically every day.

The Spot To Remember
“Your face starts at your nipples,” a wise celebrity facialist once told me. Our neck and décolletage are one of the first places to show signs of aging, yet it’s an area that doesn’t get much skincare love. Now when applying my facial moisturizer, I always make sure to put it on my neck and chest in an upward motion. Lately products made specifically for this area have been popping up, but the ones for your face will do the trick just fine.

The Power of The Brow
The eyebrow is the dark horse of facial features. Sure, red lipstick or curled lashes will demand attention, but it’s the brows that truly define a face. (Science agrees.) A poorly-shaped pair can age someone, while full, more natural brows look youthful and fresh. Like many of us who lived through the ‘90s, I’m dealing with the patchy aftermath of years of over-plucking (thank goodness for brow powder). I’ve since kicked my tweezer-happy ways, and now am growing out my brows (with the help of a serum) — just plucking rogue hairs along the brow bone and trimming with scissors when they get too long.

The Trick For Lazy Nights
The number one rule of wearing makeup (and having great skin) is you must take it off before you go to bed. I heed this pretty seriously, but there are nights where I can’t rally for my multi-step regimen. This is when micellar water – the beauty product French women swear by – comes in. I dab it on cotton rounds and use it to remove all the makeup from my face and then again to cleanse. While cleansing wipes (which I still use on vacation) basically just rub stuff around on your skin, micellar water actually removes the dirt and moisturizes in the process.

Thoughts? Any other beauty tips to share?

P.S. A ballerina’s beauty uniform, and a two-minute updo.

(Photo by Glossier.)