WRITTEN BY Lesley Holland Downey
The downside of being a beauty writer is that people always assume that I’m judging them—that their makeup is not enough or too much, or that the products they are using are somehow the wrong ones. The truth is I’m always curious about self-care—because I find infinite delight in the process (most days). When someone pulls lipstick, hand cream, or face wash out of their bag, I want to know what it is, why they use it, and most importantly, if I need it.
Taking care of yourself can be a little treat every day, whether your routine is super simple or totally high maintenance. In this issue, we turned to our readers for their go-to favorites. Not surprisingly, the products are as unique as the readers that use them. Here we take a virtual peek inside their makeup bags. Hope you find your new favorite!
Kristin always looks fabulous, as any fashion stylist should, but she also manages to look great working out, which is where I usually see her. @Kristin_Heinrich_Style
Rauhdah’s routine is all about self-care and as a yoga instructor, her daily routine is mostly about serious skin care (skin care junkies run in her family), quick and easy makeup, and a good waterproof mascara.
Ray’s routine is self-described as simple, but it works for this empty-nester engineer and mom of twin college-age boys. I have known Ray since we were in high school and whatever she is doing, it’s working—she hasn’t changed a bit.
Nell and Clare Downey
College students are usually the Chapstick and mascara types, but I guess if you are my daughters, the beauty bug rubs off on you. People always ask if I ever do their makeup for them and the answer is a big no—thanks to YouTube, this generation knows all the tricks.
Molly has three grown children, is an avid exerciser, and works part time at Anthropologie. She loves wine and chocolate—and these beauty go-tos that work so well for her lifestyle. Her smile is infectious!