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My Pick-Me-Up Beauty Routine

My Beauty Routine

In the past few months, my lifestyle has slowed down, but my beauty routine has actually picked up. It’s something fun I can do for myself — and it reminds me that I’m still a person, and not just walking around in circles in my apartment! Here are a few things that have been giving me a welcome boost lately…

When it comes to makeup, I like to add a pop of color. A dramatic lip is an instant mood lifter. When I’m sitting in my room, relaxing or working, and I catch a glimpse of myself with lipstick on, it makes me feel good. My favorite is Lady Danger. I used to think orange-red was a summer color, but now I wear it year round.

For eyeshadow, I usually opt for a simple bronze or gold. These shadow sticks take three seconds to apply, and they roll right on like a super smooth crayon. I’ll top it all off with this mascara, which creates serious volume. Those are the best kinds of beauty products — simple but with a big impact.

My nails are always painted, which is something I do solely for me. Whether you’re typing or cooking or reading, you see your hands all the time. It’s a fun way to experiment with color, like this pastel blue, which I really love.

I’m the queen of gray sweaters, and I like this one in particular because the sleeves are roomy, and the high collar makes it extra cozy. It’s as comfortable as a sweatshirt. I also love wearing hoops, especially now that my hair is shorter. Hoops look good on pretty much everyone, no matter your face shape or hair length. My favorites are big, thin hoops like these.

Do you have any beauty pick-me-ups these days? I want to hear…

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom, one of our favorite sources for beauty, where shipping and returns are always free. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Cup of Jo running.)

  1. Carolyn says...

    I looooooove your nail color!

  2. Abby says...

    Can’t get over how that lipstick makes you GLOW!!

  3. Sasha says...

    I can read this article on my phone, but I see nothing on my laptop. All other articles work for both devices. Is this just me? Google chrome (on laptop) not working for this one?

    • Emily says...

      this happens to me on some COJ sponsored posts bc of my ad blocker. I just paused it on this page so I could view the post :)

    • Sasha says...

      That’s it — thanks! Maybe the ad blocker doesn’t work properly when there’s too many ads?

  4. Jolanda says...

    Well here I am sitting in my home office in an outfit that I could also wear in my actual office, shoes, make up and all.
    I started to notice that when I dressed like I was in the office, I felt and performed like I was in the office. So I started doing that and it did wonders and for me made a real difference in my mental health.

  5. Erin says...

    Can you please do a post on other women who have chosen to grow in their silver hair right now? I am 45 and about 6 months in….would love to see you take on this interesting transition that I am in the midst of !

    • Heather says...

      Good for you! I’m 46 and 5-6 years in and have never regretted it It’s been so empowering to embrace it rather than spending so much time and money to cover it, and I get more compliments now than I ever did before!

    • I started growing my silver in July and I cut my hair really short (an outdoor haircut). I am so happy with my hair! I had no idea what it looked like.

  6. j says...

    love this post! would love to see a make-up series on all BIPOC. a lot of make up ads, tutorials, etc. are for white people, with large eyes, eyelids—i never know how to do makeup on my asian eyes no matter how much i research.

  7. Monica says...

    If I have a few spare moments, I slather on a good old green clay face mask. I don’t wear makeup often, but for a quick upgrade I’ll do a swipe of Alima Pure mineral concealer and some light bronzer. It took many years for me to feel confident enough to go makeup free. I grew up in a Mary Kay family and a made up face was norm and aging the enemy.

  8. Nicole A. says...

    Although quarantine is going to impact Halloween, I’m still going to dress up regardless, just because being made-up makes me feel good! I’m not skimping out, either! Full fairy costume this year! Complete with prosthetic pointed ears, homemade flower crown, sparkly wings, dramatic lashes, the works! My boyfriend may be the only person who enjoys it in person with a ~spooky~ date night in, but so can social media through selfie posts, so not all is lost!

  9. Margaret Forsey says...

    Wow, Kim! I love your style! Those pastel blue nails and your hair and lipstick and glasses……so pretty. I am back to work now, as a kindergarten assistant. My beauty routine had definitely slowed down as I am so busy and tired from work. But I think I will paint my nails. You have inspired me. Thanks! 🙂

  10. Geri Lopez says...

    Aww, I love your look! I’m interested in trying Bobbi Brown eyeshadow sticks, but I wonder if they’ll work for me. I have oily skin and slightly oily eyelids (I’m a little embarrassed to share this), so I wonder if they won’t smudge on me. Do you have that experience?

    • Hayley B says...

      Geri!! I have the same issue!! My oily skin/eyelids means any eyeshadow eventually smudges/slides off no matter how carefully applied, so I can never wear eye makeup for any extended period of time. I must admit I don’t really like to wear a lot of makeup anyway so I haven’t done a deep dive on it, but it would be interesting to find out if there’s actually something that would work. If anyone here has any product suggestions, would love to hear!

    • Cyndi says...

      I am also prone to oily lids, but I’ve started using eyeshadow primer in the last year and it has changed my (eye makeup) life! I just swipe it on before eyeshadow and I really feel like it makes the shadow stay on all day long, rather than creasing and smudging off midday. I use the NYX brand but I’m sure there are others!

    • Em says...

      Hi! I also have oily eyelids and most eyeshadow tends to smudge on me. I have never tried the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow sticks. But if you’re looking for a creamier eyeshadow that will stick around, I’d recommend the Maybelline colour tattoo pots. I get the colour Bad to the Bronze and it is gorgeous. I also love my Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette. I don’t even need to use a primer with it.

    • Joanna Tsay says...

      I have oily eyelids too and I recently discovered an eyeshadow pencil by Charlotte Tilbury, I think it’s called Color Chameleon eyeshadow pencil, and it does. Not. Budge! I usually have to put an eyeshadow primer as well for eye makeup to stay on but this wouldn’t come off even after showering and washing my face, I have to use an oil-based remover or soak a cotton pad in remover and hold it on my eyes to remove it.

  11. Jill says...

    I really like your haircut, Kim!

  12. Michaela says...

    Obsessed with Bobby brown eye shadow sticks. The best.

    Inspired by CoJ I’ve started painting my nails different colors on each hand which has been such a mood booster and isn’t noticeable on Zoom. I also splurged on Dior Lip Glow (another COJ inspired purchase) and it’s a great just for me boost.

  13. Alexandra Klingenstein says...

    I love these beauty posts, and loved this one especially. The way this woman takes good care of herself makes me happy. Your site continues to be such a pick-me-up in these crazy times. (But I hope you don’t shy away from the more political posts – those are important too!) Thanks for your site.

  14. Kathy Hoang says...

    She makes me want to cut all my hair off. what lovely lady

  15. Shannon says...

    I put some lipstick on yesterday and when I looked in the mirror, I shocked myself. It looked so bright because I haven’t been wearing any during covid. Truth be told, it gave me a lift all day :)

  16. Tamice says...

    Love Kim! Apartment tour coming soonish!?!

  17. Camille says...

    You look gorgeous !
    My pick me up at the moment are colorful leggings from Patagonia/Prana/Manduka…name any funny yoga brand, that I pair with a cropped tshirt. I also got a “bowl” hair cut, the same as when I was 12, I feel regenerated haha!
    A cup of good French style coffee and some dark chocolate squares also make me smile at the moment :)

  18. Amanda L. Martz says...

    Lipstick, hoops, grey sweater. NAILED IT!

  19. Jane I. says...

    Love this look! It’s a whole fall mood. Sadly, I’ve given up on wearing lipstick under these dang masks at work… even the most smudge proof lip stain isn’t gonna do it for me – I don’t want to risk a transfer breakout.

    I have a short fade like Kim’s and I’m curious how you are enjoying the style and managing the upkeep as a natural? This is the shortest I’ve worn my hair and I am digging it but… $30 bucks for a cut at the barber every few weeks feels like a luxury! I’ve watched so many Youtube videos of naturals cutting their own hair and I can’t bring myself to do it.

    • Vix says...

      Jane, I’ve had great luck with Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink liquid lipstick. It’s matte, doesn’t transfer to my masks, and doesn’t feel dry. If you haven’t tried that one yet, it might be worth a shot!

    • HH says...

      I haven’t been wearing lipstick either since it immediately gets smudged off on my mask. Where I work, we can take our masks off if we’re alone in our office with the door closed. I would go completely without all makeup but I am on so many zoom meetings that feel like I can’t.

      Could Cup of Jo do a post on skincare tips for those of us who have to wear masks a lot of the time but also find ourselves mask-less on zoom meetings? I am breaking out a lot due to the mask wearing and at 40, am over it!

    • Jane I. says...

      Vix – I’ve heard of this lipstick as a cult favorite. Maybe I will give it a shot! Thanks for the recommendation.

      HH – I second the mask-wearers skin care tips! I’m in the same boat as you. I need to wear a mask everywhere but my office. I change my mask out at least once a day but the breakouts still creep up from time to time!

    • Selina says...

      Try the Korean water gel lip tints, they are great to wear under a mask. Goes on watery, dries to a matte and doesn’t budge for 6 hours/ Etude House and Peripera are my favourite brands

  20. MAGDALEN M TRELA says...

    DITTO! Really love the personality and intimacy Kim provides.

  21. Tiffany Cain says...

    Gorgeous! Love Kim’s style and her cool glasses.

  22. Victoria says...

    You are so beatiful, Kim! Really love all the Chanel colors; that soft blue is absolutely elegante and fine. Love this post. Vicky

  23. Clare says...

    I keep coming back to this post because it’s so cheerful!
    Would love to see a post with pictures of readers showing their versions of quarantine pick-me-up beauty/style.

  24. Gaby says...

    How can we follow Kim on IG? What a lovely lady!
    Ever since switching to Aveeno eczema lotion, I have a hard time painting my nails bc they look so good. I vacillate between wanting cool polished nails and wanting perfectly clean, moisturized hands.

  25. AC says...

    Love your nail polish!! Inspiring me to try light blue. :)

  26. Allegra LaViola says...

    I really love a red lip but now that we are masked all the time it seems messy and pointless. Bummer. But an excuse to glam up my eyes. Also- is anyone else’s having dry skin due to masks?
    Any tips? I feel like my face is turning into cardboard.

    • Dana Wilson says...

      Hi! Yes, I have been having issues with dry skin too! I am a nurse and live in my mask most days. I recently bought Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped moisturizer on the recommendation of a sales associate at the store. She said MANY people with the same issue have raved about it. So far so good for me! I also really think that Linne Botanical’s Purify cleanser has made a difference too. Very gentle and soothing to my skin.

    • Adeliana says...

      Have you tried the Melted Matte lipsticks from Too Faced – the Emily Noel method of application really does stop the transfer to masks.
      As for dry skin – I can’t really advise much other than layering lightweight serums and making sure there is a decent hyaluronic acid in there .
      Maybe try a cica cream until your skin feels a little less dry?

    • Angela B. says...

      Beautycounter Countertime Supreme Cream. I have terribly dry skin and it’s the most amazing thing. Not sure how I lived without it. It’s supposed to be the overnight moisturizer in their anti-aging line but my skin is so dry I use it am and pm. It’s not cheap but a little goes a long way. Highly, highly recommend. (as a side note the Countertime Eye Cream is amazing too if you are in the market for that). Your face will no longer feel like cardboard. I promise.

    • hp says...

      I live in Chicago and the only moisturizer that works for me in the cold, dry winters is Cerave moisturizing cream! Zero dryness and very affordable.

    • Jane I. says...

      My face isn’t dry so much as my LIPS are like crusty craters under this mask. I’m putting on lip balm like crazy! Would love a recommendation for a long-wearing moisturizing lip balm.

    • Allegra LaViola says...

      Thank you all! Love a good moisture rec. I’ve been slathering on all sorts of potions so hopefully something helps keep my cheeks nice and soft.

  27. Kat says...

    I vote that Kim does all the sponsored posts from now on – it took me reading it twice to even realize it was sponsored, which is really amazing as normally it’s the first thing I notice. Gorgeous job Kim, and that lipstick is amazing.

    • Hayley B says...

      I second this — I didn’t even realise this post was sponsored until i read this comment, ha! Which is a testament to Kim’s writing skills, for sure.

  28. Kamina says...

    I try to put 1-2 items on my to-do list every week that will make me feel more beautiful. (This week I have to “pluck eyebrows” and “polish silver jewellery.”) At least a couple of times a month I try to include something a bit indulgent, like “foot spa while watching Friends and drinking wine” (last weekend’s “job”). By putting the things on my to-do list I don’t feel guilty about them; in fact I feel compelled to make time for them, since I’m such an A-type personality who HAS to tick everything off my to-do list. This has really made a difference to the way I feel about myself recently!

    • Bianka says...

      This is lovely! Stealing it!

    • Robin says...

      This is a great idea, thanks! :)

  29. Nicole B. says...

    Kim – you are so lovely! Thank you for sharing these tips. :)

  30. Tiffani says...

    I’ve always been a bit too lazy for makeup, but I’ve been really consistent with my skincare-cleansing with witch hazel, retinol at night, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid in the morning, glycolic acid once or twice a week, jojoba oil as needed-and my skin looks the best it ever has. I usually don’t paint my nails either, but I love sparkle, so I’ve been borrowing my 15 year old’s glitter nail polishes. And now that it’s fall, I’m slathering myself with cocoa butter and wearing jumpsuits with cool sneakers, boots or clogs pretty much every day.

  31. Vicki says...

    I also love a grey sweater! Grey looks cozy to me- maybe because it makes be think of rainy days indoors?
    You look adorable Kim!

  32. Hilary Korabik says...

    Kim, you look so cute and your smile makes me want to smile! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Scout says...

    Your hair is effing AMAZING!!!

  34. Anna says...

    It would be great to see a beauty with a birthmark article. I grew up with one on my face and have always felt stigmatised and not beautiful unless I was wearing make up. I am sure there are many other women that have experienced this.

    • Melanie says...

      Omg yes yes yes I approve this suggestion!

    • Amy says...

      Yes to this!

  35. Jes says...

    Kim’s hair color is so striking! Is it naturally going grey or is she growing out bleached hair? It’s so three-dimensional!

  36. Henrietta says...

    Kim, that lipstick was made for you! You look beautiful, vibrant, and happy :)

    I’ve stopped wearing foundation. I wear extra moisturizer and it feels luxurious to only worry about sunscreen on the non-mask areas. I fill in my brows and wear a cat eye every day, plus Hypnotic Poison perfume (really dramatic name, but it smells like delicious vanilla root beer).

    I haven’t gone to a salon since 2019, and while I’ve had white streaks for several years, I now have black streaks defining themselves in a field of gray. I’m into it.

    • Tiffani says...

      I love Hypnotic Poison! I remember the ads for it in Vogue when I was like 14. Then I’d go to the cosmetics department in the fancy department store at the mall and use the tester. I still haven’t bought it for myself because I’m not sure I’m enough of a grown up to own it, but it was one of my first brushes with glamour when I was first discovering how much I loved fashion and beauty.

  37. Cynthia says...

    I moisturize every morning, then use IT CC cream because it has SPF 50, E.L.F. automatic eyebrow pencil, mascara, and lipstick. I feel better when I do it. I also use a spritz of perfume, and always earrings and sometimes a necklace or bracelets. I usually use a sheer pink tint by Zoya on my nails.

  38. Kelcey Bower says...

    I have been leaning heavily on red lipstick and bright nails to lift my mood the last few weeks. A while back I read a post on the blog The Aesthetics of Joy about the joy of a rainbow manicure, and thought “oh how fun”, and immediately went and painted each of my nails a different bright color. All day though, I would look at them and feel mildly creeped out, and about 8 hours later I realized why…any other Dexter fans out there?

  39. Clare says...

    I have a big collection of funky earrings but stopped bothering with jewelry during quarantine. The other day I asked my boyfriend if he wanted to pick a pair for me to wear – since we sit across the table from each other all day every day. I don’t know if it’ll be a habit that sticks but for now it’s a sweet little morning ritual, and it’s always a surprise to see what he chooses :)

    • Mandy says...

      I love this, Clare :)

  40. Love your lipstick and nail polish colors! Wearing lipstick and nail polish are two things I let go by the wayside during quarantine. But now feel inspired to start wearing them again!

  41. Lindsey says...

    This is so fun! I would love a great lipstick to perk things up around here, but it’s so hard to choose a new color online. Can anyone recommend a great peachy pink? Aidy Bryant wears some great ones in Shrill, and I would love to know what’s works.

    • Hannah says...

      I love Stardust from Kosas! I wear it almost like chapstick, the formula is that good.

  42. Rachel says...

    I needed this! I’ve been feeling so down on myself and how I look lately, and as a result have felt less inclined to even make any effort with my appearance at all. My catchphrase these days has just been “what’s the point?”. But just seeing gorgeous Kim with her bright lips, classy sweater, and cool nails put a smile on my face. It reminded me that little boosts actually do help me feel better. There is so little I can control about my circumstances right now, but I do have the power to paint my nails, put on some of my favourite perfume, and brush off my knitwear to feel a bit better about myself. Thanks Kim!

  43. laura says...

    I really needed to read this! Now that we are in a mask wearing world, I’ve really let my chin and upper lip hairs go! Time to step it up and be more like Kim!

  44. Heather says...

    You look great! Comfy but super chic and polished. Raising the bar!

  45. Liz says...

    I’m barefaced about 99.9% of the time now, but I’ve really doubled down on my skincare! It’s been a great time to try new things because if my skin reacts not many people will see it. I feel more glow-y than ever!! I also keep my nails painted and love the Olive & June home mani set

    • Amy says...

      I’ve doubled down on my skincare, too!

      Since I’m living by myself and working from home now, so I decided to take this time to start using a prescription retinol treatment and go through the dreaded “purge.” Oddly, I’ve become more accepting of my skin throughout the process: I enjoy the ritual of my day and night treatments. I’ve been taking daily photos to track my progress. Seeing things that used to bother me (acne, redness, and blotchiness) come and go has made me realize how temporary these issues can be. I’ve approach the changes with curiosity (“whoa check out this emerging zit!”), and since I’m home alone, I feel that I don’t need to share my face with anyone but myself. That’s been super liberating.

      Here’s hoping that I carry this freedom into the post-COVID world!

  46. Love this post, and Kim you look so beautiful.

    I wear absolutely no make up (except for special occasions) but I have been thinking it would be nice to make the days a bit more distinctive, and trying out fun lipsticks could be a good way to do that.

    I am also thinking about dyeing my hair! I have kind of browny-blonde hair but I have always wanted try out having Auburn or chestnut hair. Maybe now is the time!

  47. Raquel says...

    Thank you for correcting the link for the nail polish! Love that colour.

    It’s funny but now that I am home alllllll the time, I noticed I reapply lipstick WAY MORE often. Basically, every time I go in the bathroom lol. I just like seeing myself with lipstick and it makes me smile, specially when I am wearing PJs :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, me too! so much more often. and perfume!

  48. bridget says...

    O you look fantastically cool & simultaneously warm Kim!

  49. Anon says...

    Beautiful lady and uplifting beauty ideas. :) Fun post!
    Though I had to laugh, as I seem to have moved in the opposite direction… I work at a school so I have to very careful. What I’ve notice is that, little by little, My beauty routine has become even sparer than prepandemic. I don’t wear lipstick which is the one thing I always used to wear (it gets smeared under the mask), I find myself letting my upper lip go natural for longer (lol! Under a mask, no one sees or cares), I no longer wash my long hair each morning (safer to tie it back), no more flowing scarves or cool bracelets (adds risk of catching virus). So no makeup at all, no flowing hair, no cool accessories! I save any beauty stuff for the weekend at home with my family… hubby appreciates it. :) All good though as I have always been pretty low maintenance.

  50. Laura says...

    I find that doing my nails is a HUGE boost! I was recently introduced to dip nails, and I. AM. HOOKED! It takes longer than regular nail polish but the results and longevity are absolutely worth it. The process makes it more of a ritual, and the results last until the nail grows. Bonus: it makes my paper-thin nails (thank you dry weather and infinite handwashing/sanitizer) super strong :)

  51. M.Nicole says...

    Love this! I’ve been intentional about keeping my nails polished, at home facials, styling my short natural hair, wearing jewelry and perfume while at home, and just getting fully dressed a few times a week. I also stopped going to the store looking like who done it (as my mother used to say lol). Taking the effort despite the circumstances makes me feel good.

  52. Laney says...

    This really made me feel less alone. Thank you!

  53. Ro says...

    I’ve been looking like a horror show in my apartment, because who cares? I live by myself! I work from home!

    But whenever I do my hair, or put on a bit of lipstick, I smile instead of scream when I see my reflection. And it really does boost my mood.

  54. Edie says...

    Love this! You have me wanting hoops! :) My pick-me-up has been a beauty subscription box. I get the Petit Vour box once a month (4-5 skincare and makeup products every month – and cruelty free!). It’s like getting a little surprise present in the mail.

  55. beth says...

    Thank you for posting this, Kim. I have a serious addiction to knowing everybody else’s beauty routines, and tips and tricks, in any case, but I think the Covid + election + all that other life stress that still keeps on ticking is starting to break me down a bit. It’s nice to feel some sunshine!

  56. Caire says...

    Fun post! I am also a sucker for a gray or navy blue sweater. I have not been wearing makeup, but have been trying to take better care of my skin. I’ve tried out some Paula’s Choice products, and been happy- travel sizes help keep the cost manageable and the overall condition of my skin is improving . Also love Prose custom hair products – they have improved my scalp quite a bit.

  57. Caroline says...

    I was about to comment the EXACT same thing!

    Glad to know there is some solidarity out there in the post-grad looking for a job struggle (I lost my job before it even started, and now I am back on the hunt!).

    And Kim, thank you so much for taking the time to share this with us. It made me smile today, and that is a gift.

  58. Fran says...

    INSPIRED! One look at Kim in this photo immediately made me want to go put on a bold lip. You look so polished and chic!

  59. hye mi says...

    I really needed this. Having graduated grad school during a less-than-ideal job market, I’ve been struggling to be disciplined and dedicate myself to job hunting and networking. I need a routine and this seems like a fun and approachable way to start. Thanks, Kim :)

  60. Sarah says...

    So chic!

  61. Toni says...

    Is it weird that I’ve been following YouTube tutorials for face massages? Instead of buying fancy oils, I just use whatever face oil I have in my cabinet or even my regular moisturizer. It’s so relaxing and a perfect wind down after long days at the office. Which is also my apartment. And now my pseudo-spa.

    • beth says...

      Have you seen Alexa Chung’s Franglais series on YouTube? Silly in a really fantastic way, and the one co-starring Caroline de Maigret features a beautiful aesthetician named Sophie Carbonari giving great facial massage advice:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNvJj8MHu9g&t=647s

  62. Eliot says...

    I love the way these colors play together–the grey sweater, the pale blue nails, the coral lipstick–especially with your gorgeous complexion. I’ve pretty much given up on lipstick because I’m always worried about smearing it under my mask. But otherwise I’m with you: the bleakness of this moment in history demands a little extra care where aesthetics are concerned. So I’m going to keep painting my nails and buying fresh flowers if only to fend off the worst of the grief, depression, and anxiety that have been nipping at my heels for the last seven months.

  63. Eve says...

    I need to take a leaf out of gorgeous Kim’s book – lipstick and nail varnish may be little things but they do make a difference to how I feel! I have been doing the curly girl method since June or July and am still very much in the transition stage so have had a bad hair day every single day since, and I’m also pregnant, so basically feel like a slug. The other day I put my hair up nicely and put on makeup for the first time in forever because I had to get some passport photos taken, and I felt so much better! I really need to do this more often! In the meantime, perfume does help.

  64. Stephanie says...

    Hoops are really tough to wear during the COVID era. I have to put my mask on and off throughout the workday and big hoops are always getting caught in the mask ear loops. I have had to stop wearing any hoops. Otherwise would love to but unfortunately they are not practical in this day and age unless you have the luxury of working from home (sans mask).

    • em says...

      yeah I wore hoops the other day and as soon as I tried to put my mask on I realized it was a mistake! I’m wearing little huggie-hoops as everyday earrings now but bigger hoops are being saved for post-mask times!

  65. Jennifer Love says...

    That lipstick looks amazing on you! What a beautiful picture and thank you for all the tips!

  66. Samantha says...

    Lipstick and hoops for the win! I can be wearing the most casual/comfy outfit but I almost always have lipstick on. My favorite colors all happen to be Nars–Shanghai Express, Immortal Red, and Funny Face when I’m feeling the pink. And I agree that hoops look good on everyone! My hair is long these days since I’m not feeling ready to brave a haircut, so it’s frequently in a ponytail or bun. Hoops help!

    I always want to paint my nails but only get around to it a few times a year. I can never carve out the right time to allow for not touching/smudging them!

  67. Lisa says...

    For me, working from home/dining at home/movies at home/working out at home/literally everything at home has just taken away all the motivation to put the effort in.
    But then I washed my hair and gave myself a blow dry… lemme tell you – I felt like a million bucks!! Clean, fresh, silky again, that’s IT!

  68. I love everything you do, Kim! That lipstick color is so fab, too. :)

  69. Katie says...

    When I saw the title I went “I hope that includes her lipstick” and was SO EXCITED when it did! I’ve been doing some lipstick too (mostly Shiseido visionairy gel lipstick in Rose Muse) and also wearing perfume daily! My faves are brown sugar by fresh, vanilla woods by the 7 virtues, and citron fig by clean reserve (honorable mention for beach walk by replica)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      those perfumes sound so beautiful!

  70. gorgeous and beautiful pictures. I’m a software developer and sometimes my work is challenging. I try to bring some fun by applying makeup and clicking some selfies or making snapchat videos. WFH Zoom calls were fun when this started but now I really miss dressing up and attending real stand-up meetings.

  71. Ileana says...

    omg, lady danger is my go-to as well!! looks great on you :)

    • Anna says...

      Same and same!

  72. Aly says...

    I said it before and I’ll say it again, I just love her!!

  73. Sadie says...

    I need to take some time to pull some WFH outfits together to help with the motivation to get dressed before noon. I’ve always felt very pretty in my work clothes and without them I’ve been feeling dumpy.

  74. CS says...

    Love the pale blue nail polish! Since quarantine I’ve been doing my own nails. I’ve tried new colors like a peachy-blush and I’ve never gotten more compliments. I think little things like this can help make these difficult times a bit more manageable.

  75. Calla says...

    Looking at that image of the smeared lipstick makes me jealous of the person who’s job that is. Seems like it would feel so wrong and yet so satisfying to smear a tube of expensive lipstick like that. Just me?

    • Aly says...

      Lol. Agree

    • Sadie says...

      I might just have to do that with some old lipstick I never wear. Can we call it <$15 therapy?

    • Emily says...

      Hahaha I had the EXACT SAME THOUGHT

    • Tristen says...

      100%

    • Neela says...

      Haha yes, I was thinking something along those lines too 😅

  76. Jen says...

    This is a good reminder/inspiration to make the effort, every day! And the red lip looks fantastic on you!
    Some days I do it just because I know I have Zoom calls and need to be looking a little bit polished. But so hard because most of the time video makes me just look horribly washed out! Any Zoom beauty tips out there (that don’t involve caking my face in bronzer?)

    • Annie says...

      A great blush and tinted lip balm make all the difference for me (I’m fair with dark hair). I love Tarte Amazonian clay blushes and Bobbi Brown tinted lip balms in the deeper colors that go on very sheer.

    • Elle says...

      I hardly ever wear makeup aside from lipstick; at 61, I find that less is more. I even stopped using daily sunblock/moisturizer for the first time in decades since I’m covered with a mask and a hat outside and I was getting mask acne — at my age! But bright lipstick keeps me from being invisible to my fellow man. (Once you’re a certain age, you’ll see what I mean.) On Zoom, I always wear a strong, matte lipstick (Nars lip pencils are great) and brow powder. If it’s a really important meeting I might add a little bit of powder or BB cream to control shine. (I’d love to find a volumizing mascara that doesn’t clump or lengthen, as my sparse-but-long lashes brush against my eyeglasses and smear them.) Before a Zoom call I always check my lighting, and perch my laptop up high and slightly tilted on a stand and some boxes for a good camera angle. I can’t type well that way but I can still discreetly play the NYT Tiles game or their Spelling Bee on my iPad. I’ve always hated seeing myself in photos but I seem to look just fine on Zoom.

    • Jenny says...

      I’m using Glossier Cloud Paint for a glow on Zoom. It makes a huge difference and is build able so you can work up to whatever saturation your skin tone looks best with. (I’m mixed race and EVERY one of the colors somehow look good on my olive skin).

    • Cooper says...

      I second Glossier cloud paint for Zoom! I stopped wearing foundation when working from home, but cloud paint blush, along with Glossier balm or lip color makes a HUGE difference on Zoom calls or just as a general pick-me-up!

  77. Calla says...

    Wow you are really convincing me about hoops! Not something I ever would have considered for myself.

    Also I have a sweater almost exactly like that but from Muji. I’ve been wearing it probably every other day since I got it six months ago.

  78. Kat says...

    The blue polish is so chic. Love it! Kim is a beautiful lady!

  79. Kari T. says...

    Perfume! Our offices are “scent free” so I can’t wear it to work (which makes me a bit sad as I have a huge collection, but I understand the necessity). BUT I love spritzing it on when I get home or before bed, or before we go grouse hunting lol.

  80. J says...

    I was not a regular nail-painter (since jr. high at least…) but something about stay-at-home life has driven me to weekly self manicures and I have found it to be such a nice pick-me-up! Love that color!

    Not really a beauty routine but another cozy, feel-good thing I’ve been doing lately is simply lighting a candle. I find it makes me feel beautiful and relaxed, like I’m the glowing flame in the jar.

  81. Kathryn says...

    I have a bunch of skin care and make-up in my cart right now! This is good inspiration to check-out. My current hesitation is getting the right color online, and I also like how in the store they show you how to properly apply the make-up. I know I am not going to feel comfortable going to a make-up counter for a long time, and would love to see a post with a make-up artist on how to pick colors online. Maybe even include some readers!

    • Calla says...

      This is not a general solution, but Target has a feature online where you can turn your camera on and virtually try on different lipstick shades. I’m sure it’s not exactly the same as actually trying them on but it is super helpful! There are a few that looked great in the swatch but once I saw them on myself I knew it was a no

    • Kathryn says...

      Thanks Calla! That sounds fun, I will try it!

  82. chris says...

    Tell me about your signet ring!!

    • Ditto! It looks lovely.

  83. Anne says...

    I’m not a big makeup person, but YES to that gray sweater and earrings. And you inspired me to go put on a dab of perfume!

  84. Emily L says...

    I’ve been the opposite with lipstick – since I wear a mask all the time I don’t bother and it bums me out. I hate smeared lipstick and it would feel gross to me to have it on the inside of my mask. Props to everyone still going for it!

    I keep meaning to get back into a nail routine. It always makes me feel better when I do!

    • Calla says...

      Same! I used to feel naked without lipstick, it was the one thing I always put on before leaving the house. But I also get grossed out by it rubbing off on the mask. Maybe its time to switch to stains, I used to love the Benetint one

    • Leanne says...

      Same. I wore it once months ago and it was a disaster with the mask. Not wearing lipstick has been a huge bummer. Over the last two days I’ve been using my Nars lip crayon and blotting the heck out of it/putting translucent powder over it to keep some hint of colour. So far, so good. I’m in a mask whenever I’m not in my office; 4 hours in, no need to reapply and it’s not everywhere.

  85. Colleen says...

    What gorgeous photos! I love the angle for the earring shot, so creative and feminine. And I want that sweater!!

  86. Andrea says...

    easy and sweet and inspiring. Off to find my red lipgloss and nail polish.

  87. Shannon says...

    I did too!!!!

  88. Robin says...

    I love all of this and especially the reminder that caring for ourselves can be FUN. Going to paint my nails tonight. Thanks, Kim!

  89. Quinn says...

    Your lipstick is making me want to pull out all of my vibrant reds for the winter! My go to reds are the Nars lip crayon in Cruella or the lipstick in Shanghai Express. It makes a huge difference on Zoom calls when I have lipstick on! But when I go out, in these masked times, I have returned to the dramatic cat eye look that I rocked throughout my 20s. I forgot how much fun it was to have a big old swoosh of black eyeliner.

  90. Chrissy says...

    Ooh! I’d love to see a close up of your eyes!

  91. Grace says...

    I’ve been putting a different perfume on every day! Why save them for dates or parties when those might not happen again for ages? It makes me feel a little luxurious and special.

    • Amy says...

      Yes Grace! Completely agree!

  92. Anita says...

    ALSO, Kim, I copied your red nails on one hand and pink nails on the other! I love it!!

  93. Anita says...

    Painting my nails – which I learned how to do during COVID times! – is my beauty pick-me-up as well as trying out makeup for the first time in my life! (There’s this divine youtuber called Matilda on Video and she taught me everything I know!!)

    At 34, I feel a bit late to the makeup game but it feels like a good time to test and experiment, doesn’t it?! It’s been a fun COVID activity. I get to see what I like and don’t like in the privacy of my own home. My cat also seems to enjoy watching this new ritual!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I totally hear you about new rituals! I’ve gotten so much more into makeup and skincare because it feels slower paced now!

    • Stephanie says...

      +1 for painting nails! I’ve been going for bright colors that I would’ve previously considered “too wild” but that now make me smile and feel alive. My girlfriends have actually started a doing weekly zoom call on Thursday nights to paint our nails, have a glass of wine/tea/beverage of choice, and catch up with each other to stay connected. It’s become a ritual I look forward to each week. Plus, we all go into the weekend with fresh nails that make us happy! :)

  94. Amy says...

    And I blend it quickly with my finger! Don’t let it sit too long or it becomes unblendable!

  95. Ginny Clougherty says...

    Your entire look, especially your bright smile, is perfection!

  96. Julie says...

    Kim!!! Is this photo from your new apartment? If you’re comfortable sharing your new space would love a tour in a future post. :)

    Also–love the lip color, quarantine has been making me want to wear more lipstick too…despite the masks.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      All my masks have lipstick marks now! 🤦🏻‍♀️

    • celeste says...

      You look lovely and put together!

  97. Erin C. says...

    Yes! I’ve been wanting to wear my favorite bright red lips at home but I’ve hesitated because I thought I was being silly or wasteful. But now I know I’m not alone! *runs to bathroom to find lipstick*

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes!! Do it for you!

  98. Pru says...

    My hair has been in either a bun or ponytail for the last few weeks. I have not worn any makeup and I am starting to feel dishevelled. When I was commuting and going into the office each day I always wore makeup and looked decent, but I have given up. This post made me think that it is time to take better care of myself and maybe by looking a bit more pulled together I will feel more pulled together. Thank you.

    • Em says...

      Putting on a bit of makeup here and there brings me some life and some zest! Feels a bit silly to do when I’m not leaving my house, but I have always loved playing with makeup and nothing that gives me a boost is silly these days. Plus I like seeing my perfectly drawn brows in that little Zoom square of myself :D

    • Lauren E. says...

      I am so, so with you. I recently had to start going back into work and putting on a little mascara and my jeans has made me feel much, much better. If you enjoy clothes and makeup, I think it can definitely be a mood booster.

    • Ali says...

      I’ve had my hair in a ponytail pretty much since March and until you just said it, I didn’t realize how miserable it makes me. Mental note to let it down and straighten it while at home, just for me. Thank you!

    • merle says...

      Same!

  99. a.n. says...

    oooookay that nail polish is *perfection*.

    • Jenny says...

      You are radiant!!! I would never have thought ice blue nail polish would look so chic and minimal. I love it! Inspired to be less of a grub!

  100. Dana says...

    Hi CoJ folks! It says this article is written by Joanna, but I’m pretty sure it’s Kim…based on the photos and the voice!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes!! just switched! thank you xo

  101. Meg says...

    That lipstick is absolutely perfect on you, looks like it was made for you!

    I have one of those Bobbi Brown eye sticks and haven’t mastered it. I draw on a thick line of it near my lash line but it doesn’t blend out well so I’m just just stuck with this line. Anybody have tips for blending it or working with it? Maybe I’m using too heavy of a hand? I’ve tried blending it with a brush and my finger.

    • Amy says...

      I use the stick all over my eyelid (like you would powder eyeshadow)and blend it up a bit over my brow bone. Some people also continue it under the eyes as liner. It is meant to be used in place of powder eyeshadow as it has major staying power. Hope this helps!

    • Midori says...

      I’m curious about this, too!

      Oh, and Kim, your hair is sooo gorgeous…

    • Amy says...

      I accidentally have another connecting comment above. I blend the color quickly with my finger before it “sets” or sometimes I will put it directly on my finger and then on my lids.