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My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer

My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer

Julia Landauer is one of the few female NASCAR drivers — and the first woman ever to win a championship in NASCAR’s Limited Late Model Series. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, she divides her time among the race track, a rigorous training schedule, and traveling the country speaking about female ambition. Here, she shares the secrets for how she keeps her skin in shape after spending hours in a 130-degree car…

My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer race car driver

You grew up in New York, which I imagine made you different from other drivers, since so much of racing culture is based in the American south.
Yes — I think that made me even more different than my gender did! I’ve tried to ignore all those labels: being a New York City race-car driver, being a Stanford-educated race-car driver, being female — all these things that could potentially work against me. I got lots of unsolicited advice — from people who had my best interest in mind — telling me to downplay all these things about me so I could fit in more. I tried for a while, but it diluted my personality. Finally, I decided to be open about who I am. I think as you get older, you naturally figure out that being true to yourself is the most important thing.

My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer

What’s your daily skincare routine?
I always wash my face first thing. I’ve been experimenting with cleansers, but right now I really like Garnier Skinactive Deep Pore Facial Scrub. After cleansing, I do a serum — I like the Glossier ones, and I love Super Pure, which is for balancing your complexion. I’ve found that rotating between all three (Super Pure, Glossier Super Glow and Super Bounce) does wonders. It makes my skin look really healthy, and my pores are never clogged.

My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer

How do you protect your skin from the sun when you’re out on the track all day?
The older I get, the more easily I burn, so I always wear a cap at the track, and I use a full-on zinc sunscreen. It’s water-resistant and dries without much residue — but still, I can’t put it (or anything else) above my eyes. You sweat so much in the car that anything on your skin immediately runs down your face. I can’t risk blurred vision. It gets to about 130 degrees in the car, and there’s no air conditioning! Racing is like sitting in a sauna for a few hours… while doing a workout.

My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer

Do you wear makeup, both on and off the track?
I try to maintain a similar appearance whether I’m on or off the track. When I’m at the racetrack, I don’t wear makeup — and in real life, I wear just a little makeup with my hair down. I feel most comfortable that way, and I also think it’s important to show young girls who might see me that it’s okay to be comfortable and proud of themselves, with or without makeup.

What products have earned a place in your minimalist look?
My skin doesn’t like liquid foundation, so I use bareMinerals powder foundation. I like Glossier Boy Brow, which works so much better than pencils. I put the MUA Nude Eyeshadow Palette on my eyes — and I just found a mascara I really like: Maybelline Lash Sensational, which fans out your lashes.

My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer

Do you ever amp it up for special events?
I do a lot of motivational speaking, and when I’m on stage, I use MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation on my face, then add a little of my bareMinerals powder on top to break the shine. I’ll put MAC bronzer on my cheeks, then add MAC lipstick in Velvet Teddy. I’m very much about a matte lip right now.

My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer

Let’s talk about hair. How do you care for yours after you’ve been in a hot car in a big helmet?
My hair goes through a lot under that helmet, so I use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner — both from the Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal line, which is nice and not too heavy. Then I put on Unite 7Seconds Detangler, which is a leave-in conditioning treatment that smoothes everything out. Occasionally I’ll use a sea salt spray to add some texture.

My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauerr

Tell us about the physical training you do.
When you’re driving in NASCAR, you’re muscling around 3,400 pounds of machine, in an incredibly hot space. We do this for hours on end, and it’s very physical. So I work with a trainer twice a week, who specializes in motor-sport development. We do a mix of strength, cardio and neurological training — things like hand-eye coordination, reaction time, etc. In racing, it’s all about visibility and using your peripheral vision. We also do a lot of neck training because that’s very important for preventing concussion. When I’m not training with him, I run — which I love, because I get a total runner’s high. I also get in the sauna as regularly as I can. It makes my body feel good, and I notice it’s also good for my skin.

My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer race car driver

How do you cleanse your skin at night, after such long days?
I use a bar of charcoal soap — any basic charcoal soap will do — to wash everything off my face. Then I use a toner, for a deeper clean — like Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Hydrating Toner, which has hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. I also use a very basic astringent on my back — Sea Breeze Sensitive Skin. Obviously, sweating in the suit is tough on my body skin, so I try to keep it as clean as possible.

My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer race car driver

You’ve often talked about the fact that race-car driving is a sport that doesn’t divide competitors by gender. Can you tell us more about that?
One thing I’ve always loved is that the car doesn’t know what gender you are. We’re just people maneuvering machines, and it’s a type of physical activity that isn’t based in brute strength. What I love about that is that when you win, you are hands-down the best. I don’t think women and girls are really encouraged to be winners — and aren’t taught it’s okay to WANT to win. Serena Williams has done an amazing job of countering that, and vocalizing that she’s proud of being a winner. Still, it’s considered ‘impolite’ to say you love winning. But I do!

My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer race car driver

What are your thoughts on female ambition and competitiveness (in sports and in general)?
I think we have one life to live. Do the things that make you proud of yourself. My best days are the ones where I’ve worked hard and pushed myself to accomplish something. It’s kind of an excitingly scary time, when the societal expectation for an entire gender is being challenged. More power to whoever wants to go out there and do cool things. And I think people who aren’t comfortable with that will just have to get used to it!

My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer race car driver

Thank you so much, Julia!

P.S. More women share their beauty uniforms, including a cookbook writer and a professional ballerina.

  1. Elizabeth says...

    I was supervised by how much I loved this piece.
    “I also think it’s important to show young girls who might see me that it’s okay to be comfortable and proud of themselves, with or without makeup.”

  2. katie says...

    Hooray for another amplification of straightforward and apologetically bad-ass woman who also happens to be comfy in her well-cared for skin! HUZZAH!

    Would love to read more about the long term effects of the passage of Title IX…legislation that, I think, really helped a lot of us from Gen X on to enjoy the confidence that comes from having the opportunity to play team & individual sports.

  3. liz says...

    random question in case anyone knows… why does the car get so hot?

    • Allyson says...

      Hot racetrack, hot engines, hot weather, no A/C + the helmet and suit.

    • elise says...

      A couple reasons – no a/c, no or minimal insulation from the engine (because it adds weight and isn’t necessary), which means that there’s a whole lot of heat coming into the car from the engine, transmission, etc. the engines on cars going that fast generate a whole lot of heat, which then gets transferred to the inside of the car. Even normal (not nascar) cars get very warm inside them on a track going 130 mph (which is slower than the nascar cars, I assume). I’ve been in cars doing high performance driving and it gets hot without a/c and going that fast.

    • Kristi says...

      You are basically sitting on a giant internal combustion engine and things that keep us cool in regular cars like AC and open windows all take horsepower away from the machine or reduce the aerodynamics of the car. They are designed for absolute performance, not rider comfort. I’m sure they have some sort of ventilation built in, but excess airflow through the cabin would kill the aerodynamics.

  4. Mary says...

    Loved this! It was the perfect blend of beauty and female empowerment (if they are even separate).

  5. liz says...

    amazing!! she’s so cool (and pretty)! thanks for sharing!

  6. jeannie says...

    This is one of my favorite beauty uniform posts! I love Julia’s minimalist look and the fact that she chose to be herself and not try to hide who she is. I would love to hear how she got into racing in the first place.

  7. MB says...

    Wow, what a power house of woman. So inspiring and her message is so uplifting!

  8. Jen says...

    I love reading about unconventional work. Please please do a Beauty Uniform or What I Wear in a week with Blair Braverman – she’s a 30- something writer and musher who competed in her first Iditarod this year!

  9. brady says...

    Amazing!

  10. Carla says...

    Bravo!!! I love these Beauty Uniform articles about women who are thriving in otherwise male dominated industries. I also love that most of the beauty items mentioned here are totally accessible for most budgets. Love this!

  11. Michelle says...

    THIS IS MY FAVOURITE BEAUTY UNIFORM YET!!!!! Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed all of them, but I didn’t know there were women competitors in NASCAR (I don’t follow it). Good for Julia! I also love her clothes! Great job with the article :)

  12. Ks says...

    Thank you for this profile cupofjo team. So much to learn and be inspired by her words no matter what line of work you are in.
    Would love to know more about neurological training and how it’s done. Thanks.

  13. Laura G. says...

    OMG I LOVE HER! So many good messages in here, for women of all ages!

  14. Dani says...

    This is so fascinating! I love these recommendations but could Julia also let us know where she got that great gold watch???

    • Emma says...

      Yes want to know more about her watch too!

  15. Julia says...

    What a badass and gorgeous lady! I’m honored to share a first name with her

  16. MJ says...

    What a cool, strong woman!

  17. Em Dearing says...

    Wow she is cool and beautiful. This is one of my favourites in the Beauty Uniform series. The outdoors hiking selfie is stunning… What a beautiful woman inside and out. I’ve not heard of her or NAscar (Aussie) but I’ll follow her. I love that she understands her influence as a role model to women and girls. Keep smashing that glass ceiling!

  18. Rebekah says...

    Well, this is cool. Really love this feature. She seems so comfortable in her own skin, and I love that!

  19. M says...

    I ADORE her emphasis on being who you are and wanting what you want. Ain’t nothing more beautiful than that.

  20. meg says...

    I appreciated the simplicity of her routine so much that I was sold on the Glossier Super Pure. I’ve been really struggling with finding a good moisturizer/serum after I wash my face (really well!) each morning and it sounds like a great one to try. I clicked on the link to buy and gosh darn if it isn’t sold out. Any suggestions for other places to find? I’ve googled but no luck (yet).

    • rachel says...

      Glossier Super Pure is just niacinamide, so you can get any niacinamide serum on the market and it should work the same!

    • Danielle says...

      Seconding what Rachel said. The Ordinary has lots of great serums (including niacinamide) and they are super affordable.

  21. I like Julia’s laid-back vibe about being a woman in a male-dominated industry. I also like her simple, approachable beauty routine :) similar to my own.

  22. Abesha1 says...

    Editors:
    “Between” is used for two items.
    “Among” is used for three or more.

    Really interesting interview!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh, wow, i didn’t know that! thank you!

  23. Adriana Zuniga says...

    She bad ass…

  24. Katie says...

    Am I the only one who thought she was an astronaut from the first picture? haha

    • leah says...

      me too!!! : )

    • Rosalie says...

      yes me too!

    • Jaclyn says...

      Speaking of astronauts, may I suggest that Cup of Jo profile Jessica Meir and Christina Koch (first all female spacewalkers) when they return to earth, probably sometime in the spring?

  25. Ashley H. says...

    I love Julia! Glad to see her here (and also super ready to see her take on the boys in the Cup series…when she’s ready, of course :D ).

  26. I love this. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about “fitting in” on teams that don’t share my identity. Working in tech, I’m regularly the only woman with a seat at the crowded conference table, and I also went through a stage where I downplayed my femininity to fit in with the group of men I work with. But the reality is, no matter how much I downplay it, the team still sees me as a woman. And I’ve learned that my perspective–and the diversity it brings to that crowded table–adds too much value to downplay.

  27. Bonnie B says...

    Hi, just a heads up that the link for the MAC bronzer goes to the MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. I’m curious which shade of MAC bronzer she uses – there are 4 to choose from. Thanks!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      fixed, thank you!

  28. Megan says...

    This was danged interesting! Thank you for sharing. Also so awesome to have beauty uniforms that highlight drug store products for normies like me. :) (In my opinion, no moisturizer is worth $70. Period.)

  29. Jodie says...

    Loved this one. Now I can talk some Nascar with my Dad who is a diehard fan!

  30. Lauren E. says...

    “It’s considered impolite to say you love winning.” But men are allowed to say it all the time – in fact, it’s expected! I love Julia’s perspective. Fantastic piece!!

  31. Mere says...

    Wow, I loved every piece of this. Go Julia– you have a new fan in me!!

  32. JessicaD says...

    Oh, this is my favorite (I know I come here to say this a lot. But this one really might be!). I love how she advises: wash your face — really well. Use sunscreen. Throw on a little mascara. Do things that make you happy! GO OUT THERE AND WIN! I am sending this one to my daughters.

  33. Christina says...

    I was today years old when I found out how hot it is in a race-car! Thank you for such an informative beauty uniform!!!

    • Julia L. says...

      Me too! And this was the first time I’ve had any appreciation for how exercise improves racing. If I’d thought about it at all (which I hadn’t), I guess I would have assumed it would be a benefit to be smaller, and add less weight–like a jockey? So it was fascinating to hear about the exercises that make her more effective at her job.

  34. Amy says...

    I live in a famous NASCAR racing town and don’t follow the sport at all. I think I’m going to start following Julia now. What an awesome woman!!!

  35. Jessica says...

    Loved this feature! Julia is super cool and I’m glad we all got to learn more about her!

    • Lucy says...

      Well, that was empowering. You go, Julia! I grew up with a father whose weekends were (and still are) dedicated to watching Formula One racing. As a young girl, I idealized the sport and wanted to be a driver, but there were no women blazing those trails in the eighties. It sounds like Julia is the perfect role model for those girls today. Thank you for this!

  36. jules says...

    You go girl!
    So, I know it is kinda opposite to the point of the dialogue, but seriously – 5th picture blue dress. Do we know where its from?? :)

    • Rezia says...

      the one with the flowers? I had the same question!
      she is gorgeous in every way. thank you COJ for featuring her!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      We will ask!

  37. Kat says...

    This was awesome. I’m still waiting on the Phoebe Waller-Bridge beauty uniform… :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Would be a dream!!

    • Joaquina says...

      Have you seen her in the Vogue 70-something questions episode?
      She pulls off such an effortless, fun, stylish outfit in it. Not only does she come off as fashionable in an accessible way, but she also appears humble, self effacing, and confident.

  38. Margaret O’T says...

    really cool to see how much more confidant in herself Julia has become since appearing on Survivor Caramoan Fans vs Favourites

  39. Marcie says...

    “Do the things that make you proud of yourself.” I love this! Simply and perfectly stated. I want to frame this quote in my house for a daily reminder for me and my kids.

  40. Gwen says...

    First time I’ve ever been interested in car racing. Thank you for that.

    • rose says...

      Oh gosh watch Senna (Netflix I think) if you want to be further surprised! I never expected to be riveted.

  41. MS says...

    SO COOL!!! This is my fave series :)
    I’d so love to see a beauty uniform for Claire Saffitz. I’m sure I’m not the first to request that, but I’m ready to join her fan club any day! I’ve tried to find sources for Claire’s outfits (that pink ruffle blouse from a few of the videos) with no luck and I know a CoJ profile would be just the ticket.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Claire would be really fun to feature!

    • Sara says...

      Upvote on this! Love Claire and her style!

    • aya says...

      Yes, please!

    • Toni says...

      Claire Saffitz did a topshelf with IntotheGloss recently, should be easy to find.

    • MS says...

      @Toni, I saw that and enjoyed reading it! Nothing compares to CoJ profiles though :)

    • Sara says...

      I second this and want to also nominate the rest of the BA team. Carla, Molly, Andy….all of them!

  42. Yvonne says...

    You go, girl !! You’re such an inspiration. I love everything about you. As you said, you have one life to live and you certainly LIVE it. BRAVO!

  43. Susan says...

    Thank you for this introduction to Julia! I have a young teen daughter who just wakes up every morning…wanting to win. :o) She has a drive and competitiveness that is all her own, and this was a lovely reminder to cheer her on as she works hard to win. Wishing you the best Julia as you charge ahead!

    • Sasha L says...

      I have a daughter like this too! She won a state title in speech and debate her senior year in high school! So proud of her. She’s in law school now and her love of winning has not diminshed at all.

  44. AG says...

    “The car doesn’t know what gender you are…when you win you’re hands down the best”

    Love that quote and that all genders can compete side by side on a level field in this sport.

  45. Heather says...

    Well, this is amazing! Love everything about it and her – especially the comment about diluting her personality – that really resonated. As usual, you guys nail this series!