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My Beauty Uniform: Christine Pride

Christine Pride beauty uniform

Last year, editor/writer Christine Pride kicked off her Race Matters column on Cup of Jo, in which she shares wise, thoughtful advice on everything from friendship to adoption. Readers regularly requested her beauty uniform, so, here, Christine reveals the best exfoliator, her funny hobby and her upcoming novel…

First of all, thank you for being our Race Matters columnist.
I LOVE doing the column. It has given me such a meaningful outlet to talk about important things. I read every comment. I find it really, really gratifying.

I’m so glad. What is your general beauty philosophy?
If I like a product, I’ll use it forever. My sister gets samples at Sephora and Birchbox — she has a million one-ounce things, I wouldn’t know where to begin!

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Let’s start with skincare.
At night, I wash my face with Aveeno Brightening cleanser. It has just the right amount of exfoliant. Then I put on BeautyStat vitamin C serum, followed by the BeautyStat moisturizer. The line was created by a Black chemist, and it really changed my skin. Then, a couple times a week, I’ll use the Bluemercury m-61 1-Step exfoliator towelettes. I’m also obsessed with these. I’ll use them two nights in a row before a big panel or Zoom. I see a big difference.

What about makeup?
I use the MAC Studio Fix powder foundation. I never wore concealer before but someone gave me the Glossier concealer and I started using it a few years ago and was like, Oh! This is why people put concealer under their eyes! I use Glossier Cloud Paint in Storm for blush and their highlighter stick in Topaz.

And for eyes?
A beauty product that has made a big difference is RevitaLash. It really helped grow out my lashes. And Dior mascara is my eyelash game. I’ve tried so many different mascaras, but Dior is the best.

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Tell us about your career.
I’ve been an editor on and off at book publishing houses for the past 17 years. When I was at Simon & Schuster most recently, I edited and published a book by Jo Piazza. We became friends and realized we worked well together. So, while I was still full time at S&S, we started writing a novel together — We Are Not Like Them.

Christine Pride and jo piazza

Can you tell us about the book?
It’s the story of a lifelong friendship between a Black woman named Riley and a white woman named Jen. When the novel opens, Riley has just moved back to Philly for a news reporter job and Jen is married to a police officer and pregnant with her first child. Her husband is involved in a shooting with an unarmed black teenager. This event throws their friendship into turmoil. They have to do a lot of racial reckoning — like many people have had to do over the past year. They are a stand-in for these conversations, impasses and understandings, so the book will hopefully give people in book clubs a lot to think about in terms of race in America right now and what their blind spots might be. And we also hope it’s entertaining! It’s an emotionally layered, celebration of female friendship. It comes out on October 5th.

That’s exciting.
It’s also a little like standing naked on a stage. We’ve tackled a hot-button subject that’s not easy to write, read or talk about — so it’s exciting but fraught. We’re eagerly awaiting the reception.

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What was it like to write with a friend?
It was hard! So much harder than we had expected. Logistically, we never lived in the same state at the same time. We were working in Google docs. Plus, merging writing styles and solving disagreements about what should happen, who these characters are — and adding race on top of that. We had to work through a lot of tough moments. It was a good lesson for me because I’m so conflict avoidant and she’s much more direct. So, it taught me a lot about how to get through these challenging moments. And then they do go away! You can hit rough patches and move on. We feel good that we were able to do that.

Do you feel closer now?
Yes. We were writing during the pandemic and George Floyd — the stakes were high for everything. Conflict can bring you closer; it was a gift for our friendship. You have to have a range of human emotions in any relationship.

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Recently, I saw your Instagram post about dressing up during the pandemic.
I’m trying to find moments of joy! Honestly, living alone and being single has been the hard part for me. There was a great piece in the New York Times saying that even if you’re not dating, the idea you might meet someone out and about — at a restaurant, on a flight — and that tiny bit of hope every day that your life could change and be different, was something I definitely missed this year. You don’t have a lot of possibility sitting in your apartment.

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Have you gotten into any hobbies?
I’ve always been a person that’s like, I should get hobbies! I work a lot? Is reading a hobby if I do it for a living? I’m also a TV fanatic. I think I’m a better book editor because of all the TV I watch. Having your finger on the zeitgeist is important.

What books have you loved?
I read 20 to 30 books a year for pleasure and then all my work reading on top of that — it’s a lot of books. Every book I’ve ever published is a favorite, but in terms of beloved books published by others, I would include: Americanah, Random Family, Just Mercy, The God of Small Things, The Middle Place, Let’s Take the Long Way Home and Educated. I love stories with emotional texture, a global angle, and a deep dive into relationships, culture and social justice.

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How do you care for your hair?
I get it relaxed every few months at a Dominican place in Harlem. Relaxing causes shedding and breakage, so I try to use products that strengthen and moisturize my hair. If I’m wearing it curly, I get in the shower and let it air dry; then I use Ouidad Leave-In Conditioner and Curl Cream, plus Jane Carter Nourish and Shine for moisture. If I’m blowing it out, I use Redkin Anti-Breakage Leave-In Treatment and Biosilk Moisture Serum. After I blow it out and flat iron it, I spray it with It’s a 10 Miracle Shine Spray for shine.

Anything else you love overall that we haven’t chatted about?
I really, really, really like to work out for mental health. That was a challenge at the beginning of the pandemic. Out of desperation, I got a Peleton, and I love it so, so much. I get cravings for the endorphins. I like the crazy intense classes. I want them yelling at me! I want to feel like I’m going to die!

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Thank you so much, Christine! We love you.

P.S. More women share their beauty uniforms, including a comedian and my beloved aunt Lulu.

(Top portrait by Christine Han.)

  1. S says...

    Absolutely gorgeous, smart and fun!! I am definitely putting Christine’s book on my TBR list! Would likely be to know the source of the pink sweater. You have beautiful style Christine!

  2. Anne says...

    I always have a hard time describing the books I gravitate towards – I loved her description!! “I love stories with emotional texture, a global angle, and a deep dive into relationships, culture and social justice.” <3

  3. meredith says...

    I love how your described the difference between yourself and your sister – that’s me and my sister too! I’m just now dipping my toe into the waters of different/new products…. and getting smaller trial sizes before getting too attached :)

  4. Jen M says...

    I can’t wait to read your novel, Christine! Love all your looks, too. Those sunglasses!!

    Also want to give a big shout-out to Beautystat products, especially the Vitamin C Serum. It changed my skin too! It’s the first true miracle product I’ve every used (and I love beauty products). For reference: I’m pale white with light eyes. I use the serum to make sunspots waaaay less noticeable (basically gone! See–a miracle!) and to even out skin tone/texture. It really works. I actually bought 4 bottles the last time I needed a refill because I live in terror that one day they will stop making the product.

  5. Elle says...

    Loved this – her warmth radiates through every photo

  6. Hilary says...

    I love that she shared what she does for her mental health, and I would love to see that as a regular question.

  7. Sherry Millis says...

    Loved everything about this post. And Christine, YES to Peloton and Alex Toussant (“I ain’t playin’ with you!”). Riding has kept me sane for a year and a half. Ride 900 tomorrow! #mrsmillis

    • Ange says...

      I love Alex–“this ain’t daycare!!”

  8. AMK says...

    Christine is beautiful, inside and out! Wow, what treasures and gems in her words, experiences, and recommendations! I purchased the Glossier concealer, cloud paint, and the wipes. I have been thinking about needing a light peel. I have totally mask-cne on my chin and yeesh, my face could really use a nice glow! Thank you so much for all you do, Christine! Your work is so important!

  9. CS says...

    Such a radiant woman! Love this beauty uniform! I might have to check out some of her favourite books. The only one from the list that I read was Educated and it was an amazing story. Thank you, thank you for this post! ❤️

  10. Marti says...

    love this beauty uniform! Also I second revitalash it has CHANGED THINGS for me I love it.

    • Heather says...

      Question about revitalash: Does it turn the whites of your eyes yellow? I’ve heard that anything that increases melanin on your eyelashes can also impact the whites of your eyes.

  11. Amy says...

    I’ve never seen anyone radiate from the inside out like this woman. Ah, to be friends with her and soak up some of her glow :) What positive energy she gives off!
    My mantra in yoga this week: glow like Christine!

  12. Terri says...

    There is much in here to love. I so relate to working out for mental health and endorphins. I love the book list. I was wondering if you could tell us where your sunglasses are from? They’re so pretty. Thanks!

  13. Kelly W says...

    I love the white “dressy” tee Christine is wearing in the top picture. Can we get details? Thanks!

    • M says...

      I second this!

    • Hi Kelly! It’s funny because I’m always so scared to wear white since I find it impossible to go an entire day without spilling on myself. What can I say, so classy. So I wear white T-shirts sparingly. And especially this one, because, randomly, I got it on a trip to Turkey so I don’t want ruin it. I wish I could say it’s from some fancy boutique in Istanbul, but it’s from their equivalent of H&M. I love it because the beading just adds a subtle elevated touch on the plain white t-shirt.

  14. Laura says...

    Um- week of outfits? Christine’s style!!! GAH!!!! Looking forward to trying some of these products and definitely reading the book.

    • AMK says...

      Agreed!! I want to dress and look like Christine. She is an inspiration!!

  15. Caraline says...

    I can not wait to read the book!! Love this beauty uniform

  16. Beth says...

    What a marvelous lady :) Looking forward to your book!

  17. It makes me so happy to see all Christine’s friends in the comments coming out to root for her. I look forward to reading your novel!

  18. CS says...

    Your Race Matters column is great! I agree about a pricey sunglasses splurge. I’ve had my Celine sunnies for 4 years. Yes to a week of Christine’s outfits, please! She’s gorgeous.

  19. Loved this Beauty Uniform! First, those coveralls and that swimsuit–love!

    But wow, hearing about that writing process. I can’t even imagine. The courage it took for both of those women on so many levels–the vulnerability regarding conversations about race, but also the intense creative collaboration required! I finished my first novel last year and cannot begin to imagine the process of co-writing one.

    And YES to craving those Peloton endorphins! If I go more than two days without it I start to get real crabby.

    • Thank you for the kind words, Joy! What’s your Peloton screen name? Maybe I’ll see on the “road”. Mine is @cepride22. Maybe we need a CofJ ride!

    • Ooh, I’ll look for you!
      I’m GilaMonster_

      I love the idea of a Cup of Jo ride! A lot of COJ-ers also love the podcast Forever 35, and there is a Forever 35 Peloton group on Facebook. We do group rides together sometimes and it’s so fun to give out all those high fives!

  20. L says...

    I just love your Race Matters column and how welcoming and generous you are to open up tough discussions that we all need to be having. It doesn’t hurt that you are also gorgeous and fly as hell! Thank you so much for being here and fostering these important conversations and I can’t wait to check out your book – writing it with a friend sounds like such a fascinating project.

    • You’re so nice. Thank YOU for reading the column. I really appreciate it. And “fly as hell” is going to become a mantra I say to myself in the mirror! So
      thank you!!! haha.

  21. Bekah says...

    Random Family! This is such an amazing book! Loved seeing it.

    • Terri says...

      Yes! Me too. It’s one of those books that has just stayed with me.

  22. Alexandra says...

    I stopped in my tracks when she listed her favorite books.. the ones on that list that I’ve read are also among my favorites! Specifically Random Family (which I read in my college sociology class about 6 years ago!), Educated, and Just Mercy. Enjoyed Americanah a lot as well. Adding the rest of that list to my “to read” shelf on Goodreads :)

    • RN says...

      SAME. On the basis of that book list alone I will read her novel :)

    • Meghan says...

      Same! She is just glowing and her book sense is wowww!

  23. Caroline says...

    Can’t wait to read your book!

  24. Trisha says...

    So beautiful! I am going back and reading all of the Race Matters columns and just soaking up the knowledge. It is certainly not your job to educate all of us out here, but I certainly do appreciate the posts and am just trying to learn every day. I’m so excited to read your novel, as someone in an interracial friendship, that has been tested many times this year, for better or worse. Also your skin looks amazing! Excited to read your book recs as well. Thanks!

    • Hi Trisha! Thank you for your kind words (and everyone in this thread– I’m overwhelmed with how nice everyone is being. Why do people say the internet is awful? haha).

      You and your friend should read We Are Not Like Them together! That could be a fun little book club for two and spark some good conversation. We’re going to be doing some fun giveaways for friends, if you want to follow me at @cpride on IG, maybe you can score an early copy to share with your friend.

  25. Emily D. says...

    I’ve been appreciating her writing here so it’s fun to get to know more about her on a personal level. I can relate to her thoughts on conflict resolution and taste in books! I am looking forward to reading her book!

  26. Amanda H says...

    I am so excited to read this novel! Congratulations, Christine! Your beauty shines through your photos, your writing and your column. Thank you!

  27. Janet says...

    Absolutely loved this. Christine, I also live alone and am single (this Cup of Jo post is me: https://www.instagram.com/p/CLIcqAerfJy/) so I really feel you on that! ❤️

    Also, so excited about the book! I’ve really enjoyed Jo Piazza’s other books, and this sounds terrific and thought-provoking. Pre-ordering from Semicolon Chicago right now!

    • Thank you for pre-ordering, Janet! That means a lot. AND thank you for supporting an indie bookseller– that means a lot too!!!

      I’m about to get my second vaccine dose and I hope you will be vaccinated soon too and our only action in 2021 won’t be mammograms! :)

  28. AN says...

    as i was scrolling through the pictures in the post, i was like – “ooooh, white is her color. she looks great in it”, then kept scrolling – “oh ok no, pink is definitely her color, wow” – kept scrolling – “OKAY EMERALD GREEN IS HER COLOR”.

    and, since i loved all the same books you listed, have you read ‘an american marriage’ by tayari jones? i devoured that one.

    • Alison says...

      Agree with all of this and am excited to read your novel!

    • Sarah says...

      Same! I got to the emerald green and I thought, Wow, she is great at choosing colors! But also, just really so pretty.

  29. EmBed says...

    Christine, I don’t know if anyone has ever told you this, but I think you resemble Pam Grier — something about your skin tone and your nose and cheekbones. I mean this as a compliment in the highest sense. I remember seeing Jackie Brown in the theater on Christmas Day when I was 15 years old and thinking she was just the coolest. I think she was supposed to be 43 or 44 in that movie and I remember thinking: I can’t wait to be 44! Now I’m 38 and it’s like… I can wait. :)

    • Christine Pride says...

      Hi there- No one has ever told me Pam Grier before. But I think she’s beautiful and a bad ass! So I’ll take it. I just need a royal blue suit skirt ensemble now!

  30. MK says...

    Random Family is SO GOOD. I toted the paperback with me everywhere so I could sneak in a few pages whenever I had even 2 minutes- I was that obsessed with it. It has been my favorite book for a long time!
    If you are a reader and haven’t read this book yet, stop what you are doing and get on it.

    • P says...

      Completely and totally agree. It changed my outlook on poverty, relationships, socioeconomics, etc. forever.

  31. anne says...

    Beautiful inside and out! thanks so much for all you do Christine!

    also totally agree with other commenters that you are rocking that jumpsuit.

  32. kat says...

    Random Family! This book was recommended to me when I served as a VISTA in NYC ages ago. Fantastic read. I love seeing books that aren’t hundred-year old classics or very recent bestsellers highlighted.

  33. Yes, yes, there are Tom Ford Maxine. They were such a splurge for me– I always get so nervous spending more than $10 on glasses because I know I’m going to lose them. But I had these for five plus years! A record. Though note the past tense. Sadly I lost them like a month ago! But we had a good run.

    • Terri says...

      This is exactly my relationship with sunglasses! I am afraid to buy anything other than a $10 pair at Target because I always end up breaking/losing them. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to preorder your book now and then scour the internet for similar sunglasses!

  34. Denise says...

    Christine Pride is not only a superstar, but an amazing friend & writer!! Love she’s getting her beauty & style props out for the rest of us to follow. Those M-61 pads are EVERYTHING! Love you Christine!!!

  35. Kate says...

    I just realized you are the same Christine from Paragraph Pitch Wars!! I remember reading about you and your upcoming book :) So exciting to finally see it in print! I love your style and it sounds like we have similar taste in books (though you must be an incredibly fast reader) I really appreciate reading your insightful responses here on CoJ. Congrats on publishing your own book after helping so many others!

    • Oh wow Kate! What a small world– that is the one and the same Christine! Those Pitch Wars are always so fun. I hope our paths cross at another publishing event. Thank you for the kind words!

  36. amy says...

    So proud of you my beautiful friend. Love your column and love you!! xxxoo

    • Love YOU friend. It makes me happy to think of how long you (and Katie!) have been reading Cup Of Jo. Years and years.

  37. Bevin says...

    Thank you! You are beautiful, and I love your style and book recommendations. Two questions: Where did you get that jumpsuit? And what Peloton instructors do you love? Can’t wait to read your book!

    • Hi Bevin. So I went on a whole pandemic jumpsuit kick. Who knows why, because I’m still wearing sweats 90% of the time– including right at this moment– but I got that particular jumpsuit early last fall and it’s Madewell. I think they have some cute options this spring too.

      For Peloton: I love Alex. “This ain’t daycare!” I also love Jess Sims. “How you do anything is how you do everything.” Their catch phrases, music and energy keep me motivated.

    • Ale N. says...

      Christine – Alex is my favorite ride instructor, too, and Jess is my favorite strength instructor! I also LOVEEE Tunde for rides. That girl has some energyyyyy and it’s hard not to catch it!

  38. Meagan says...

    Looking forward to the novel!

    Also am going try The God of Small Things again on her recommendation. I started it a few years ago, during a cross country move, and just wasn’t able to get into it. Probably more the fault of the move etc. than the story itself.

    I second the request about the sunglasses, they are fabulous!

    • Hey Megan-
      It’s funny how sometimes a book doesn’t speak to you at any given moment. I’ve had those, where I start and stop and then get into it months or even years later when I come across it again. All part of my theory that you don’t find books, books find you. So maybe now’s the moment. I hope We Are Not Like Them finds you this fall! haha

  39. Cy says...

    Can we please also get a 5 outfits post from Christine? That zippered jumpsuit is quite the indicator that she’s got fly style…

    • That would be fun! I’d have to fight the urge for it not to be five different jumpsuits. haha

    • Second this, and if you wore five different jump suits I’d be totally ok with that. It’s a great look!

  40. Amy says...

    She had me at Peloton! I love mine so so much too. I could talk all day, every day about it.

    • celeste says...

      I feel it’s often overlooked you can get the Peleton app for $12.99/month, without a bike, and have instant support! I love the outdoor runs and run/walks.

  41. CS says...

    “I want them yelling at me! I want to feel like I’m going to die!” Hahaha so good. Love this woman’s intelligence, humor, ambition, humanity…and, holy hell, lit-from-within-skin!

    • em says...

      I also LOVED the intensity of this, because my thing lately has been melting into a puddle on the couch, occasionally emerging to pick off a thin mint from the freezer. I do agree that your skin looks amaaaazing & yes looking forward to your book!!

  42. celeste says...

    Buying the concealer, second Just Mercy as great, and your book sounds excellent. xoxo

  43. Abbey says...

    Oh I cannot wait to read her book! It sounds brilliant, and I love her discussion of the process of collaboration with her friend.
    Also, re: Pelaton: same. It was a total game-changer for this pandemic and I can’t imagine life without all the sweat and yelling… in the privacy of my own home.

  44. Charlotte says...

    Congratulations on the book Christine! Co-writing with a friend sounds like such a fascinating experience. I’m looking forward to reading it! Could COJ give us a heads up again when it makes it’s debut in October? In the current time warp we’re living in October feels like three years from now and simultaneously two minutes away ;)

    • Hi Charlotte! It makes me so happy that you want to read the novel. Don’t worry, you’ll be hearing about more this fall for sure. I’d be more than happy to remind you. haha You can follow me on IG too (@cpride)– Jo and I are going to do some fun giveaways for early copies. I hear you on time warp too– it’s lost all meaning this past year.

  45. joy says...

    Please tell us where Christine got those AMAZING sunglasses with the criss-cross frames!