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My Beauty Uniform: Clea Shearer

My Beauty Uniform: Clea Shearer

Clea Shearer is half of the hilarious duo behind The Home Edit, the professional organization team whose Instagram stories are the stuff of legend (seriously, we can’t stop watching). Here, she shares the products she steals from her celebrity clients, the magical lipstick she wants to buy in bulk and her #1 trick for an organized home…

Clea Cup of Jo

Do you wear makeup?
Yes! Every day. I don’t go anywhere without it. For my work, I’m not in an office, I’m in people’s homes wearing Lululemon, so I need makeup to help me look put together. Otherwise, it’s a very slippery slope. I don’t want my face to look as comfortable as my clothing.

What products are part of your “daily face”?
I’ll prep my skin with It Cosmetics Secret Sauce, a moisturizer that I find wears really well under makeup. Then I use Tarte’s poreless primer, Amazonian Clay foundation and concealer. I fell in love with the entire Amazonian Clay line when a makeup artist for my upcoming TV show used them on me. Before, I was using a CC cream, but it kept sliding off my face. The Tarte products stay put and make my complexion look smooth. Meanwhile, the concealer is, like, the most important thing that’s ever happened in my life. I don’t know how to contour or highlight, but I use Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush, which has a bunch of different colors in it and gives you a natural look. Then I finish it off with Kat Von D Lock It setting spray. A makeup artist told me about this, too, and it really works. It also smells really good. I love that it’s the last thing I smell before I leave the house.

My Beauty Uniform: Clea Shearer

Clea and her business partner Joanna.

The Home Edit has organized the homes of many high-profile clients (Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Zoe, Mandy Moore, to name a few). What’s the craziest job you’ve ever done?
In terms of the most unique job, organizing a closet for Doug the Pug is definitely one I did not anticipate. As far as clients go, dogs are cute and they don’t have a lot of opinions so you can kinda do whatever you want. All the clothes are really small — Doug wears a kids’ size 3T — so we could fit a lot. Also, he cuddles with you in between folding.

My Beauty Uniform: Clea Shearer

Do you ever discover any beauty products while organizing for your clients?
All. The. Time. We organize for a lot of really famous people, some who even create their own products, and I want to sit and take notes. It’s like, this is clearly what works for them, so give me three. I exclusively use Buxom lip color, because it was the only thing one of my clients uses and she always looks beautiful. My favorite shade is Sangria. It’s such a pretty, natural red berry color and it does that tingly plumping thing. I’m obsessed with it, I want to buy it in bulk. Same thing with Benefit They’re Real mascara — it was in one client’s drawer and her lashes always look disgustingly fabulous. Now it’s all I use.

My Beauty Uniform: Clea Shearer

How did you first get into this line of work? Were you a very organized child?
Yes. I have always had very real tendencies, in terms of needing to be ORDERLY. As a child, I would get very stressed out if things weren’t in order. I kept my bookshelf looking perfect. During elementary school, I would get really excited for spring break because it meant I had time to rearrange my room. I know, really cool!

My Beauty Uniform: Clea Shearer

What’s your one best piece of organizing advice?
Everyone’s homes have different size constraints, but one single rule applies to every single person. The rule of organizing is you never want to exceed 80% full. You want to have a little bit of breathing room. You have to be strict with yourself. If you start maxing out, your space will be uncomfortable to live in.

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Here’s a very important question: How do you organize your makeup?
I like to compartmentalize my life into grab-and-go situations. So the makeup I put on every day — with the exception of powder and setting spray — lives in my makeup bag, which I carry everywhere I go. Inevitably, I need a touchup during the day, and I like having everything with me. Beyond that, I keep the extra things, like red lipstick and eyeliners, in an organized drawer in my bathroom. When it comes to the makeup drawer, I like the crystal clear acrylic organizers. They come in different sizes, are good quality and give your drawer a bit of a glam look.

My Beauty Uniform: Clea Shearer

What’s your everyday skincare routine?
In the morning, I use Dr. Dennis Gross gel cleanser and Dr. Perricone exfoliating toner. Then I follow it up with Sunday Riley Good Genes, which I really, really like. At first, I wasn’t sure it was working for me, but now that I’ve been using it for a while, I’ve seen a big difference in the texture of my skin. I finish it off with Tidal, a water-based cream that’s really hydrating without creating shine.

How about for nighttime?
At night, I use the same cleanser and toner, and then Luna Sleeping Night Oil. I’ll put it all over my face and let it dry for a few minutes so it has a chance to set in. I love this product — I wake up in the morning and my pores look smaller. When I first tried it, I was like, ‘This smells too natural! I don’t need herbal essence water, I need something that works!’ But then I saw it in so many clients’ homes, and they had amazing skin. Once I gave it a chance, I loved it. After it sets in, I use Murad Youth Renewal serum, which is also a retinol, and Youth Renewal night cream. I don’t know if I need to layer all of it, but I do know that I’m happy with what’s happening to my skin. Now, when I wake up in the morning, my kids aren’t like, ‘What happened to you?’

My Beauty Uniform: Clea Shearer

You and Joanna hate airplanes, but have to fly for work. How do you cope?
Yes, we both HATE flying, but since we travel so much, we’ve gotten a little more comfortable with it. I used to be so panicked over every little bump, but I realized it all comes from my need for control. The best thing to do is just try to relax. I’ve tried to think of flying like my bar in the air. I can have a drink, catch up on TV shows, read a book, and no one is bothering me — at least it’s time off. I take lavender pills, which were recommended to me as a natural way to help relax. I also have a lavender eye pillow that I use in hotels. I love the scent and it’s supposed to calm you down. I need ALL THE LAVENDER. 

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You just wrapped shooting a TV show. Is it weird to see yourself on camera?
YES. The way I look on camera is so upsetting, I had to call my husband. I am a piece of work. We went through a lot of different hair and makeup transitions. Every time you see me on the show, I look completely different because we just kept trying different looks. Joanna and I don’t often have a full face of makeup on, and it’s tough to look at ourselves like that. It just feels so not ‘us,’ but I think that’s the nature of TV.

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Let’s talk about your beloved Target. When you arrive, what’s your plan of attack?
I shop there religiously. I like to say the only exercise I do is ‘red cart cardio.’ My idea of fun is getting a Starbucks and going up and down every single aisle. First, I go to the Bulls Eye Playground, which used to be the dollar section and now is like the ten-dollar section — I SEE YOU CREEPING UP, TARGET. Then I stop at the home décor section. When it comes to the home section, it’s like, you better hurry. The products sell quickly. What if you need two throw pillows and they only have one? Time is of the essence. After I’ve checked out the home aisle, I’ll go to the bath aisle and the storage section, and then I’ll shop for the things I actually went for, like paper towels.

My Beauty Uniform: Clea Shearer

Your love of champagne is well documented. What’s your philosophy when it comes to food and drinks?
I eat really healthy and try to drink a lot of water. But I think if you have one thing that brings you some kind of satisfaction, just enjoy it. My diet is so boring, sometimes it’s like champagne is all I have. When it comes to organizing food, I keep everything in our pantry organized by color. My kids are actually better at it than I am. My daughter will say, ‘We’re running low on blue snacks!’

My Beauty Uniform: Clea Shearer

How do you approach the topic of beauty with your children?
My daughter Stella is seven. She and her friends give each other makeovers, and I’d love for her to learn the art of subtlety! Beyond that, though, I think makeup is fun. If she wants to wear a tinted lip balm or a clear gloss, I think that’s okay. I will also say that when my four-year-old son wants to play along with his big sister, I don’t discourage that either. As long as what they’re doing is age-appropriate, I don’t see anything wrong with it.

Thank you so much, Clea! You are truly a force.

P.S. More amazing women share their beauty uniforms, including tips for styling curly hair and thoughts on aging.

(Photos via Clea Shearer/The Home Edit.)

  1. Sid says...

    Where are her boots from? Both pairs! Super cute.

  2. Emily V Richey says...

    Love this! I am OBSESSED w their instagram stories–so funny, and love this little window into Clea’s life! Now, if only I could get her to come organize my. entire. home.

  3. Jess says...

    I LOVE the home edit. So excited to see her on COJ! My two favorites!
    Does anyone know when the show is coming out?

  4. Lori says...

    Can someone please tell me where I can find the amazing duffle bags in the 9th photo? Love them. Thanks!

    • Jennifer Ruckel says...

      YES! I need that bag!

    • shanze says...

      Yes! what is that duffle bag- looks perfect.

    • Maja says...

      Pretty sure they’re Birdling bags. I have a couple, they are wonderful!

  5. Jenn says...

    Does anyone know what sunglasses she’s wearing? I’m looking for big ones like hers!

  6. Cait says...

    She and her family are beautiful! I love the 80% rule…reminds me of Gretchen Rubin’s empty shelf rule and I’m going to try to implement it….most of the specific organizing tips I see are geared toward big spaces – people who have pantries and closets and room for a bin for each category. Organizing a small NY apartment with a large-ish family is a whole other ball game which I’d love more ideas on!
    I grew up overseas with a pilot dad and then turned into a very anxious flyer as an adult (I think becoming a mom). My parents gave me the SOAR fear of flying course as a gift and it’s honestly been life-changing so far and I’ve only flown a few times. I highly recommend it for anyone who has trouble flying! It gives you exercises to practice to teach your brain not to panic, as well as practical knowledge to help you understand things that happen, like turbulence (a big issue for me even though I knew it was ok). I’m not terrified to make plans to visit family now! It can be debilitating when you have to fly to see any loved ones.

  7. Lauren says...

    The Beauty Uniform posts are some of my favorites here… the best ever (imho, hehe) was Alpha Smoot’s. I still use all of the products that I bought based on her advice bc they’re the best I’ve tried. She’s the reason I discovered Laura Mercier and Makeup For Ever! And omg, COS! Plus I’ve showed her hair to my stylist on more than one occasion :) (Alpha if you ever read this for some reason, plz don’t think I’m creepy, I just really dig your style and outlook on life in general <3)

    Most of the time even when there are more expensive things that I def can't afford, I still take away a lot from the story. I just want to say that this one struck a nerve for me; I read the comments first to see if I was just being sensitive but I can see I wasn't alone. In one of the first paragraphs, Clea says she needs to wear makeup to look put together at work bc she wears Lululemon (and it's a job that involves physical activity). So this is saying that Lululemon clothes are something you have to make up for? Dudes, I cannot afford their clothes, and I know that it's widely looked at as an expensive brand.

    So that just hit it for me. I live in central PA, and all the news lately has been about the growing class divide and how all the cities around here (mine included) are experiencing housing crises, salaries stagnant since the '80s, etc. I duno, it's just weird… I love this website, and I understand that you guys do a lot to make sure you appeal to lots of different types of people. But when I read stuff like this it makes me feel like I'm living in a totally different world.

    • Shawna says...

      Hi Lauren,
      I think Clea’s comment about wearing Lululemon and feeling the need to wear makeup is not about the cost of Lululemon, but because yoga pants are more casual and she feels the need to look more put together. She’d feel the same if she was wearing Old Navy yoga pants!

      I hope that helps :) We are all in this together.

    • Lauren says...

      Hey Shawna, yup, that’s what I was saying :) I just can’t relate to the idea that someone would feel self-conscious/casual in Lululemon clothing. It may be yoga clothing, but the clothing is recognizable when someone wears it and it’s a brand that denotes wealth. And I pointed out the physical nature of the job to illustrate that casual clothing would be expected in her position. Hope that helps as well :)

    • Ari says...

      I totally get it, Lauren. I actually started following her brand after this post–and still do–and I generally enjoy the posts but have definitely found many of the lifestyle references, including the advice to “never ever accept the first hotel room (nay, to never accept the first two rooms) they show you”–while at the Ritz!–etc. to be particularly tone deaf in an era of huge and growing class divisions.

  8. Kathy Wilson says...

    LOVE this article. Going to Sephora this week to buy. Love the ideas on decorating . Please have more articles like this one.

  9. Britt L. says...

    Loved reading this! What a cool and colorful woman :)

  10. LOVED seeing her on here! The Home Edit instagram stories are my favorite! I enjoy her humor and real attitude…something the world could use more of!

  11. Kelly P says...

    The Home Edit is my absolute favorite! Those ladies are hilarious and I love every thing they do. I mean, there’s no possible way I could keep my house that organized – but it’s great to be inspired!

  12. Amber says...

    They are my absolute favorites on IG, and now I’m firmly convinced Clea may be my spirit animal because of this: “During elementary school, I would get really excited for spring break because it meant I had time to rearrange my room.” So me. And even now, when I’m stressed or I feel like things have gotten too cluttered or messy, I’ll pick a room/area of the house and start organizing!

    Maybe one day I’ll run into them on a Target run. (I’m in Nashville too.) Spoiler alert: I’d probably just stare in awe from afar.

  13. jeannie says...

    This beauty uniform was awesome and it made me laugh so much. Love this series!

  14. Reese says...

    Great post and good to show variety. I feel like there are always going to be people that want to see the opposite end of the spectrum and CupofJo definitely does this – always a pleasure to read :)

  15. Lauren Branson says...

    Clea is my actual friend in real life. She’s everything you think she is. She’s funny, kind, hilarious, and one of my favorite and most realistic mom friends! I love her dearly and I’m so happy that you featured her here. YAY CLEA! I’m so proud to know ya, woman.

  16. Amy says...

    Great read! And red cart cardio. Yes.

  17. Heidi says...

    I absolutely love The Home Edit! Every time Clea goes on a Sephora shopping stop, I want to peek and see what she buys because her skin is always so glowing. Thanks for the feature!

  18. Steph says...

    Best Stories on Insta! I get excited to see that they have new ones. :)

    Love Clea and Joanna!!!

  19. Lauren says...

    Clea is the best! Thank you for introducing me to her Instagram stories many posts ago. They are a highlight to my day!

    • Emily says...

      Same!

  20. Maria says...

    I’m not trying to be judgmental, but am I the only person who noticed that all the pictures in the post appear to be airbrushed, especially on Clea’s face? I don’t know Clea, she sounds fun, talented and generally awesome, I want her to be my best friend! I know that we all want to appear our very best, but airbrushing is not cool for so many reasons. Please Cup of Jo, we want real women with wrinkles and lines just like us.

    • Brooklyn Liz says...

      I am pretty sure that’s really her face (with make up). I watch her stories and she looks the same but people literally in the same shot with her have different types of skin. I don’t think it’s possible to selectively airbrush.

    • Becky says...

      I didnt get that impression and I looked back over the pictures after reading your comment. I dont think they are airbrushed. I think skin care and products are her thing. She invests in some nice products that enhance her good skin and may even diffuse any flaws- nothing wrong with that! Some people have rockin awesome skin.

    • Em says...

      @brooklyn Liz it is possible to selectively airbrush and selectively photoshop. As a joke, i used to take pics of me and my sis and give her wrinkles and take a way mine. I doubt that’s what’s happening here but just wanted to let you know that it’s possible.

  21. Anna says...

    I love this. Inspired by their blog one day a few months ago and having a rough day I left work early, went to The Container Store and came home to reorganize my bathroom drawer. It was more than a rough day, it was a period where my brother was in precarious health, and we weren’t sure if he would make it. He DID make it, ultimately, but in that moment of cosmic ambiguity the reorganization was such a lift. It made my day, and every day since when I open that bathroom drawer. I am all for letting go of the things you can’t control but when something you can control turns out so good it is SO SATISFYING. Thank you, Clea, for having such a bright purpose and sharing it with us.

  22. Jodi says...

    OMG, I feel like two of my worlds have collided. Love this so much! Love Clea!!!

  23. Katie says...

    Thank you for this post! I love this one and all of the recommendations are right up my alley. I just ordered some Sunday Riley skincare and now I am extra excited to try it out. Love the shoutout of Buxom lip products – I, too, have found them to be wonderful.

    I would LOVE to get more scoop on the products Clea routinely sees in her clients home. So interesting!

  24. amanda june says...

    Haha, her Target manifesto is perfect!

  25. Alex K says...

    They are coming to Chicago and I want to hire them for an hour to hang out with me (not to organize). Is this wierd? I adore them! I’m only partially kidding.

  26. Christina says...

    Oh my goodness, the organised makeup drawer! What a great idea! I’ve just ordered on Amazon! Thank you!

  27. C. says...

    She looks so beautiful, and I am envious of her glow, but the beauty routine is a bit intimidating to me. Every time I read one of these beauty uniform posts I am struck by the sheer number and variety and cost of all of the skin care products. I don’t even know what half of these things are- serums, primers, oils, renewal creams, retin A creams, night creams, primers, sauces, acid treatments, and then many different kinds of makeup…. I wouldn’t know what to do with most of them, even if I could afford them, and they would probably break my skin out. I do enjoy reading them because I am interested in what other women do for family and work, and how they run their lives, so thanks for continuing to feature these profiles.

    • Emmie says...

      I was intimidated originally too, then one year I decided to just invest in it. I got on a waiting list for the best dermatologist in my city and she gave me a list of products and routines for morning and night. I followed religiously for months (in addition to getting some peel procedures). Now I use 5-6 products daily and it’s so so easy. I barely think about it. It was painful, expensive, and annoying at first but my screen is incredible now and I am so glad I just buckled down to focus on it. I have a very individualized routine and not all of my products are expensive. I splurge where needed and save where needed. A good dermatologist can assist.

    • C., I totally understand how you feel! Like Emmie, a couple years ago I decided to just dive in and really commit to taking care of my skin and investing in good skincare. My skin is SO much better now and I’ve seen a huge improvement, but it was so intimidating at first! If a dermatologist or expensive products aren’t in your budget, here’s what I would recommend starting off with…

      1) Get a good moisturizing sunscreen specifically for your face and wear it EVERY. DAY. EltaMD makes a really great one! Farmacy, SuperGoop and La Roche-Posay are also nice.

      2) Get a vitamin C serum. Options abound, just pick one in your budget and start using it.

      3) Buy a bottle of organic, cold-pressed rosehip oil (Amazon or The Ordinary!) and put a few drops on your face before bed. It’s so good for your skin!!

      Voila! Skincare starter pack. :)

    • Courtney says...

      I second Emmie’s comment. Go to a great facialist or derm and let them recommend things to you based on your own skin’s needs. I’ve experimented with things because people online mentioned them, to disastrous results on my own skin. My facialist gently reminded me that she picked what works based on several visits and that maybe I should just play around with face masks instead of expensive products that will go to waste after they mess with my skin.

      I know the above is pricey and not as realistic for many of us. I think, though, that a facial makes a great gift if someone is asking what they can get you for Christmas or a birthday. I get a facial 4x/year and usually at least one or two of those visits are gifted. Also, any good facialist or dermatologist should be able to recommend drugstore versions of products when you ask.

      That’s my plan for these situations, anyway… get inspiration from strangers online and then get a real-life expert to tell me exactly what to do!

    • India says...

      Check out Caroline Hirons (https://www.carolinehirons.com) I learnt pretty much everything from her blog. She has “cheat sheets” on the right-hand side of the blog which gives you information in simple, easy to read/understand way for anything you need including where what goes where in a routine and if you’re on a budget, where you can save in your routine. There’s also a lot of info on skin breakouts too. Some of the products she uses are super expensive but she also recommends a lot of good cheaper brands too.
      In addition to Jess’s recommendations, you should start cleansing!! Cleanse and moisturise if nothing else!

    • rita mariak says...

      I’ve only become a skin care nerd recently and I definitely cannot afford Luna Riley, so maybe I can help?

      There are three things you need, a soap-free cleanser, a moisturizer and sun screen, but neither needs to be expensive. I use a 5$ moisturizer from The Ordinary and sometimes the Weleda Skin Food thing Caroline mentioned recently (it costs maybe half as much in Europe) and I am fine, as well as I have ever been in terms of moisturizers. I bought my sunscreen at the pharmacy, can’t have cost more than 10$.

      But these things don’t do much, independently of the price point, so this is where serums, acids and oils come in. And they are the thing that makes a difference. Paula’s Choice sells samples and sample kits for really low prices and they are great for figuring out what works for you. The first time I tried her acid exfoliants (aha in my case) and the retinol where life changing. Good retinol is crazy effective – I still use her’s, but I think The Ordinary has retinol too, so when you find out what works for you, you can get it from them instead. But never do acids without the sunscreen on the next day!

      Now I also use two serums (one PC and The Ordinary’s Buffet one) and an oil (Squalane, Io love it, much better effects on my skin than any of the others, but everyone is different), plus some bits and pieces, but I would say that if you want to (and of course, maybe you don’t), I think a mix of PC samples and one or the other The Ordinary staple could get you started to amazing results.

    • Emma says...

      I agree! Also have no clue what all those things are. It feels very intimidating and time-consuming. I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

    • Catherine says...

      I am always wary when dermatologists recommend a ton of expensive products and procedures. My derm only ever recommends a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil (boring, but effective), a good moisturizer, and a daily sunscreen. The rest is just extra, in my opinion.

    • Heather says...

      C – It’s OK. You don’t have to know what all of those things are or use them. If you are into skin care, you should do it, because it’s fun for you. If you are not into all the serums and gels and lotions – also totally OK. When I look around at my friends with amazing skin, there’s no correlation to the number (or cost) of the products they use. I have a friend who never washes her face with any kind of cleanser, and never puts any products on it (other than sunscreen), and she is luminous. Another friend has broken down the entire Ordinary catalog and has a 14 step process, and her skin looks good, too. The former friend is a pretty relaxed person; the latter is pretty OCD. I think Clea’s embrace of a (in my opinion) kind of complicated routine… fits with a personality type that organizes snacks by colors.

      I think skin care products are a hobby. Don’t feel like you have to get interested in them or spend money on them if you don’t want to. But if you are interested in it, enjoy yourself!

    • SB says...

      C., as a fellow person on a budget, I am with you 100%. It’s both interesting and overwhelming to me. I wish I had the time and the money to care but not right now!

  28. Jill says...

    I love her, she’s adorable and so fresh and healthy looking! Summer break has just started, guess what my 13 1/2 year old daughter Chloe is doing right now? She’s “spring cleaning” and organizing her room (and getting rid of her my little pony collection, sigh)! So we feel your tendencies! I totally understand about wearing makeup with casual clothing. I’m an early intervention toddler teacher, so I spend my days in big sweatshirts sitting on the floor. My clothes and hair will never stay neat at work wrangling / teaching/ playing with toddlers, but I try to have my skin fresh and my lips glossed and do my nails, the little ones love the colors! I would love to hire a pro for my entire house and not rely on my daughter!

  29. Chrissie says...

    Just going to join in and say: YES!!! So happy to see Clea on here. She and Joanna are so funny and relatable. When she talks about hiding from her kids in the bathroom (or the Target Parking lot) I’m like: YUP. I would love to see a house tour or a work/life balance post with Clea!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! when clea hides in the bathroom, it makes me laugh so much. love them both :)

  30. Lauren says...

    I LOVE lavender too, especially when traveling. Have you tried Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitiser (in Lavender)? It’s the BEST.

    • Jessica says...

      The spray! I love it and it dries so quickly!

  31. Lindsay says...

    I would love to see a Beauty Uniform post for an average woman, who lives an ordinary life, and has a tight budget. Thanks!

    • SK says...

      boom…even before I could finish thinking …123…here comes the demand for average and normal and frugal uniform..which are there already on the blog.

    • Emily says...

      Smart idea!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for your notes! on cup of jo, we always strive to feature a diverse group of wonderful women (with different styles, philosophies, ethnicities, budgets, sexual orientations, family structures, careers, locations, etc.) this beauty uniform had a higher price point, but please see my comment below for a list of some of the ones we’ve done in the past. and definitely stay tuned for more! excited to share. thank you again xoxoxo

  32. Sara Leaf says...

    The best Insta account! Thanks for inspiring the unorganized Clea. I’ve embraced the Container Store and organized chaos in my life.

  33. Laura C. says...

    “I love the scent and it’s supposed to calm you down. I need ALL THE LAVENDER.” – – – > I DO TOO!
    Oh, I love this beauty uniform! So relatable to me! And it’s very useful, since I wear glasses too and make up with glasses is another level.
    Thank you!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      agreed! :)

  34. Chrissy Shea says...

    They are the BEST! I died over all the Roberta makeup washcloth drama… I went off Instagram in January and they are one of the reasons I might return. Their stories are incredible.

  35. Kari B. says...

    I have a request – can you do a Beauty Uniform post that profiles someone on a tight budget? My heart always sinks when I see how much the recommended products cost. My husband just quit his job to stay home with our six-month-old and we’ve had to cut back a lot, but I still want to feel pretty, especially since I’ve felt totally “off” since pregnancy/birth. I’d love to be inspired by someone in a similar situation, and Cup of Jo always finds great people!

    • Melanie says...

      I second this request! :)

    • Beth says...

      I love this idea. :)

    • Lauren says...

      I love this idea!!

    • Nancey says...

      Oh Gosh yes! I am a single Mom and always struggling, I have a Town job and it’s a great steady job but I don’t make a ton of money. I would love some tips for low cost beauty in any way!

    • Sarah says...

      Yes please! Also broke with a new baby.

    • Lucy says...

      Have you tried the Ordinary? They’re products are amazing and so affordable!

    • b. says...

      Ditto. I would love this.

    • Joanna Goddard says...
    • Rachel says...

      ME TOO!

    • Becky says...

      I get where you are coming from. There are definitely good products out there for less. I’ve been using mario basescu products since my teen years. I’m now 33. A bottle of their face wash is about 15 bucks and lasts forever! I also use drug store buys like ceravae, literally the only thing I could use on my rosacea before having laser ( best money ever spent!) And I still use it especially in dry winter months. My favorite sunscreen for face is from CVS of all places. The one area I splurge is for foundation. I bought fenty. It was 37 bucks, not a bank breaker but I dont use it that often. When I do use it I’m soooooo glad I have it. I have fair neutral tone skin. So hard to match. I cant go by someone else’s beauty schedule but it is fun to read about! My skin is so sensitive and acne prone I need to stick to what I know. After years of trial error it comes down to clean eating ( as clean as possible) spf and just being gentle on my skin.

    • Mary says...

      There’s a brand called The Ordinary that offers some serious serious skincare products at ridiculous prices. The product that Clea references – Sunday Riley’s Good Genes ($158) has a dupe from this company ($6). I love good genes but its a pretty penny so I alternate with this other product. They have retinols, toner, serums, all kinds of stuff and have really great reviews.

    • India says...

      Check out Indeed Labs, Pixi, The Ordinary La Roche Possay, The Body Shop and Hylamide. They’re all good brands using good ingredients at a way cheaper price to some of those mentioned. Also look at Caroline Hirons’s blog. She has loads of useful information, especially if you type in “budget” in the search bar. I’d love to buy things from Dr Dennis Gross or Sunday Riley but definitely do not have the budget to do so. On the other hand, I have terrible skin if I don’t look after it so I do what I can with the budget I have.

  36. Dana says...

    So cute! Am I the only one who hasn’t heard of her? Haha. I love organization so I’m running to follow on IG! :)

    But knowing that someone paid what I assume to be a huge amount of money organizing a dog’s clothes closet makes me sad about the world. I try not to do either/or comparisons like that, but sheesh…

    The 80% rule is golden though!

    • Callie says...

      I found this so bleak, particularly because of the pug part! ! I usually love this series,and find it pleasurable and a break from our current grim reality, but this is just so inaccessible and unrealistic, a wealthy lady helping other wealthy people with color coded snack organization and dog clothes?! Wow. At a time when kids are being dragged from their mothers and sent to brutal detention centers this just seems particularly “La La Land” and deeply inauthentic and vacuous. I probably just shouldn’t have come here after reading today’s news, this just felt like some Marie Antoinette horror, how the other half live.

    • Nicole H. says...

      I think about it differently. Here are two women who found a way to do what they love and are great at it and who make their clients happy, orderly and calm. They also generously and beautifully share their tips and tricks with people who can’t afford their services. It feels win, win, win to me. I’m happy for them, for their clients and for all of us who get to be inspired and learn from them if we choose.

    • C says...

      I hear ya Callie. The news is so distressing and I’ve been hoping COJ, with its far reach, would write something about families being torn apart at the border and the almost 1K children who are all Of a sudden without their parents. I am haunted by what they must have experienced and what they may be experiencing now.
      I loved an article I read that said this is not normal and business as usual should not go on! And yet, the world turns, people hopefully do their best to make life more humane for everyone (including impoverished brown skinned children) , and dogs closets get organized. It’s not my life and I simply cannot imagine but I’m glad they love their dogs so much! Here is something that may give you ideas of what you can do: https://actionnetwork.org/events/lunchtime-for-change-families-belong-together

    • Leah says...

      Dana, Callie – just because she is wealthy, and uses expensive products….does this make her a bad person? On her instagram, she voices political opinions, suggestions on places to donate to, and talks about gay rights. She’s a strong woman running her dream business.

      Doug the Pug has raised money for the Houston Humane Society, among other charities. They’re not doing nothing!

      Two special people supporting animal welfare and making the world a better place – I can support this!

    • Brooklyn Liz says...

      @Callie, so have you given away all your possessions and donated all your money to refugee families? Or did you decide to give a lot and keep something? And if that’s the case why would you judge what people should spend their money on and what is too frivolous? I haven’t heard of this pug but maybe this dog raises money for animal charities or maybe he just makes a lot of people’s day a little happier.

  37. Laura S says...

    OMG Clea – you can no longer claim that you’re not a beauty blogger.

    • Hilary says...

      ?

  38. Tania says...

    This was a delightful beauty post but you can’t trust people who organize their books by color!

    • C says...

      I respectfully disagree! :) I love reading, and I have a large bookshelf and re-read my beloved favorites often. I recently organized by color, and I LOVE IT. It’s so peaceful to my eye. I am still able to find books very easily – I know and love my books, and I know just where to find them. I also knew just where to find them before, but now when I glance at my bookshelf, I feel a sense of calm that I didn’t before. <3

    • Alice says...

      Hey judgey people! I read a ton and I organize by color. I am very visual so I think of the book by its color, and on a small space books can look so cluttered and having them form color blocks looks simpler and more like art. Also the process of doing it (and re-doing it from time to time as I did this weekend) helps remind me of the books I have that I may have forgotten about and want to revisit.

    • Melanie says...

      Oh my gosh and how about the people that display their books spine-in??

    • Becky says...

      Totally agree with C. I am a publishing graduate and recovering book hoarder. I love creating an ombre with books. Books really become part of the decor. My husband also color codes his books and he loves his books!

    • Heidi says...

      I am a reader and I love a rainbow order bookshelf… it pleases my eye! But, I cannot and will not abide with people who put their books on the shelf with the spine in. (Ahem, Joanna Gaines.)

    • Susan says...

      I never understand this view. Most people I know who love books know their personal libraries backwards and forwards because they actually read and know their books. Color coding is a great way to organize them, because you know what they look like. I feel like organizing books alphabetically or by genre/topic is for actual libraries and people who have a lot of books that they don’t actually read, so you need some sort of system to find a book.

    • Leah says...

      Not only do I organize my books by color, but I organize my phone apps by color! So much easier to remember for me – I’m a visual thinker!

    • Hannah says...

      Haha this reminds me of Young House Love’s debate on their podcast about people that organize their hardback books without covers or displaying books backwards. My mom organized mine alphabetically as a “surprise” when she stayed with me last year and I’ve never quite gotten over it.

    • mindi says...

      As a librarian this initial comment made me laugh – but I cannot tell you how many stinkin’ times a student has come to the library asking for “…that yellow book that so-and-so was reading last week. You know, the yellow one with the cat on it?” ;)

    • Em says...

      Whaaaaat? People store their books with the spine in?! You just blew my mind.

  39. just discovered and following on IG…Again, you have an uncanny ability to tap into my brain and current interests and obsessions and curiousities. Are you sure there isnt some telepathic, psychological profile algorithm you use to stay fresh & relevant?! Quick source question- I love her necklaces. Especially the longer one in the first photo. Can you ask her? Thanks Joanna!

  40. Amber J says...

    I LOVE THIS WOMAN. I follow their Insta with strong dedication, so I recognized her face from the stories and literally said to myself — her name is Clea?!?!?! I guess I’ve felt like I KNOW this woman and never even knew her name. HA. Thanks for bringing her to CoJ!

  41. Ann says...

    The home edit is my instagram indulgence.

  42. Blythe says...

    I would bet serious money that Clea is a virgo!

  43. michelle says...

    Home Edit Insta stories are my nightly ritual – lovely to see Clea included here! I adore when two of my worlds collide!

  44. Paula says...

    ha! I feel lonely! no idea who they are. she looks cute and comes across funny! will follow instagram for sure! Posts like this make me so happy to embrace my bit more messy life! It all just feels a bit clinical, and controlled! snacks organized by color! I can barely get my silverware out of the dishwasher to end up in their proper slot! lol

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      once you start watching their instagram stories, you’ll be hooked:)

  45. SN says...

    I. LOVE. THE HOME EDIT.

    That is all.

  46. I really enjoyed this post. I thought I was organised but this takes it to a whole new level, looking them up on Instagram!! I love the idea of 80% full for the house. And that mascara is my favourite too! A great read, thank you :)

  47. Gabrielle says...

    CLEA! She and Joanna are the ultimate delight and I love seeing their brand continue to flourish and grow. Need to pick up some of the Buxom lip color before this post makes it sell out ;).

    Also: Basically counting down the days until we know all of the TV show details.

  48. I LOVE CLEA AND JOANNA SO MUCH. I watch their stories every night in bed and just laugh. I made my husband go to Peter’s Sushi when he was in Nashville just in case THE gang was there.
    #tocatchaneditor

  49. Margaret says...

    No sunscreen in her daily regimen??? Can’t be!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oooh good call! i’m sure she wears it — we will ask her!

    • Alex says...

      I know! I’m worried about all the acids she uses in the morning, especially if she’s not wearing sunscreen!

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Yes, Clea is very mindful of sun protection. She says: “I believe in sunscreen, hats and shade. I also do not go in the sun, to the point where I am vitamin D deficient. I went to the doctor because I was feeling lethargic, she did a blood test and was like, ‘Have you ever been in the sun?’ Uhhh, not in the past few years…”

    • Clea Shearer says...

      My foundation has SPF in it!!

  50. Suzanne says...

    I LOVE THE HOME EDIT!!!!!!!!!

    And a CoJ collab…?! I’m in HEAVEN!!!!

  51. Sunny Fawkes says...

    I wish I could hire her to organize my son’s playroom but if Gwyneth is hiring her I know I can’t afford to.

    Love the ideas though and her outfit and skin care!

  52. C says...

    Worlds colliding! I love it!!! THE FOREVER #notabeautyblogger

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha

  53. Mary says...

    She reminds me of why I love being messy but I gotta say- that 80% rule is fantastic advice. I’m going to try to utilize it. Thanks, lady!!

  54. Kathy says...

    I think my face lit up when I opened this page to see Clea’s beauty uniform! Love THE so much. Can you also do a home tour of her gorgeous house?!

    • Anna Wagstaff says...

      YESSSSS I would love to see a tour of her house! We just see little snippets on insta.

  55. Hillary F. says...

    Hello cutest husband!

  56. Johanna says...

    Such a cool job! Love those brown booties in the instagram pic – any way you can ask her where they are from? Thank you! xx

  57. Elisabeth says...

    Special request: please show a beauty uniform of a young woman with grey hair. It is so great to see women of all different shapes and sizes getting greater representation in media these days, but we still never see a young woman with naturally grey hair. I am in my 30s and have recently decided to embrace my silver hair… but it feels lonely!

    • Elizabeth says...

      I have a friend who is 31 and has been full grey since early 20s. She is badass and beautiful. I am sure you are too. You are not alone!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      elisabeth, i hear you! two of my aunts started going grey in their 20s, and embraced it. we’d love to do a post on this.

    • Charlotte says...

      I’m right there with you Elisabeth! I’ve had a grey streak since my late teens. I always dyed it but decided to let it do its thing in the last couple of years (and finally found a hairstylist willing to let that happen– yeesh.) I get comments on it all the time and it’s kind of become my thing. I don’t know anyone else in their late twenties with so much grey!

    • Heather says...

      I love this idea – I stopped getting highlights almost two years ago for the first time since I was 15, and as my natural color has come in more and more….. I am continually shocked at how many grays I have! But I think I’m just gonna go with it!

    • I’m gray, 35 and LOVING IT!! I get more compliments on my hair than anything else… people stop me!

    • B. says...

      Joanna, you should feature Sarah James from Whoorl on this going-gray-gracefully post. She’s in her early-ish 40s and is awesome.

    • I let my hair go silver in my early thirties (I’ll be 40 this year) and I get so many compliments on it! Younger women still ask me all the time what I do to get it this color ?

    • Karen says...

      Yes! This would be amazing. I am mourning my old hairstyle (think Jane Birkin with the blunt fringe and lovely brown shade) but really trying to embrace the greys. I gave up on the fringe because the greys are growing in sporadically (in streaks), and I felt a bit Cruella De Vil-esque (also think it washed me out).

      At 30 I decided to dye it all brown but after 3 weeks the colour started to fade, roots began to show, but I hated spending so much money on touch ups. 2 years later, my latest strategy has been to get balayage blonde ends to “distract” from the greys, but eventually I just want to let it all be.

      When I was quite young, I thought my aunt was about 10 years older than her actual age, because there’s quite an age difference between her and my uncle (I just assumed all married adults were the same age or close to), but also because she had grey hair. When I found out she was in her early thirties rather than forties, I was shocked! So I think I resisted the greys because I didn’t want anyone thinking I am older than I am…but I find myself caring less and less about that.

      Still, after searching on pinterest for “grey hair” I now get mostly 50+ ladies hairstyles – nothing wrong with that but I’d love to see more options for those of us who are young and grey!

    • Rachel says...

      @jess_ic_ahhh is my inspiration! She’s gone completely grey and embraced it in the most beautiful way.

    • Laryssa says...

      my lovely friend recently decided to “embrace her silvers” at 36 and has been documenting her transition on instagram. she’s @redefininggray, if you want to take a peek. she looks (even more) stunning!

    • cazza says...

      You should check out the “Grombre” account on Instagram. Great gray hair inspiration!

    • C. says...

      Be lonely no more! Another member of the silver club here. I also have had gray since my 20’s- a tiny streak then, but I am mostly silver now. Speaking of- I would love to know what others with gray hair do for their makeup. I don’t mind my hair color- and get lots of complements- but I notice in photos I can look pretty washed out, even though my skin has some natural color in the cheeks.

    • T says...

      A few years ago I was whining and moaning to my husband about having to dye my hair. I was on a rant about equality and how men don’t have to dye theirs etc. etc. He pauses at the end and earnestly says “sorry, why do you HAVE to dye your hair?”, and that was it. I had no good answer. I had signed up to the notion that a woman aging was also ‘letting herself go’ and being complicit in that lie did not sit well with me. I did not WANT to dye my hair and yet I would do it anyway.

      Nup. No more. I made a strategy with my stylist: I had foils and balayage applied to avoid a skunk stripe and since then I’ve been happily letting it grow out. I can’t tell you how freeing it feels to not have to remember to book an appointment before events/weddings/holidays (and this is before we start counting savings). Oh! And I am 34, been graying since 21.

    • JoLynn says...

      Elisabeth,
      I think silver hair is absolutely beautiful! I usually stop “striking silvers” and tell them how stunning their hair is. I’m glad you embrace your silver Elisabeth!

  58. Sarah says...

    But where are this frames from? I love her glasses!

    • Hilary says...

      Yes, please tell us where those glasses are from!

    • Emily says...

      Came here for that exact question!

    • Emily says...

      Yes please! And the sunglasses in the Vote Y’all pic!

    • Melanie says...

      They are Tom Ford! She talks about them in her instastories :) (Only way I would know!)

    • M says...

      Yup Tom Ford! I have a pair and they’re lovely.

  59. Lily Rose says...

    I LOVE Clea!!! She is so funny and beautiful and her Insta-content is A+

  60. Ali says...

    Her skin looks beautiful! Love the product recommendations – wish I could stomach the prices :/

  61. Love this! Do you know who makes their overnight travel bag? So cute!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’ll ask!

    • MB says...

      +1!

    • Natalia says...

      Yes, please! The bag looks fabulous!

    • Stacey VD says...

      Looks like Birdling to me.

    • Birdling.com They have the weekender and overnighter!

  62. Robin says...

    I found out about The Home Edit from CoJ! Their IG is so enjoyable. I can’t wait for their show!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      their stories are so, so funny.

  63. I just love her. Relatable and hilarious.

  64. Leah says...

    OMG THE HOME EDIT!!!! I LOVE THEM!

    #tocatchaneditor

  65. I love Buxom lip products – the lip crayons are the best. They stay all day but still look shiny. I can’t wait to pick up some clear organizers to better organize my beauty products, thanks for the tip! xAllie