Have you heard of “no makeup makeup”? It’s a fairly straightforward technique in which you apply concealer, color corrector, bronzer, foundation, eyeliner, light mascara, a tinge of blush, highlighter, translucent powder, and nude lipstick to make it appear, in fact, that you are wearing nothing at all. It’s how you look like this, this, or that. I’ll go out on a limb and guess you don’t have the kind of time and practiced patience for this labor of love in cosmetic deceit. But there’s an alternative, Dr. Perricone’s No Makeup Skincare, a new line that is the perfect amalgam of makeup and skincare.
A couple of days ago I turned on the AC, which is a really big deal because I hate that thing. It’s loud and obtrusive—like a metallic Gilbert Gottfried that happens to spew cool air. Anyway, this flick of the switch meant something undeniable—summer is here and with that comes the changing of the guard in skincare, and this one is light on the face and in the wallet.
My skin is out of control oily—a great advantage in the wrinkle-formation long game, but terrible for now—now being June, July, August, and September, living in a city that was once considered a swamp (or maybe not), but still has an undeniable humidity problem. Some of these days I slap on sunscreen and skip out the door, and some days I take a step further. No matter, I’ve earned a PhD in how to make makeup stay put in the muggiest of conditions. Want to learn?
I grew up on clementines, Sunny D, and the untethered belief that vitamin C was the solution to a bell curve of ailments. So when I learned that vitamin C was also the solution to great skin, I jumped on board rather quickly. Nothing is ever that easy, of course. There are imposter vitamin Cs, vitamin Cs that don’t actually work, vitamin Cs that expire at lightening speed, and vitamin Cs that irritate skin. But let’s say you bypass all of that and ask: what does vitamin C really do? When should you use it and what kind should you use? We’ll explore.
Even just a few years ago, shopping for beauty IRL was a lot like fulfilling a hair appointment: you may have left looking better, but sometimes it took several rolls in a barrel of nuanced insults to get there. Something changed. Maybe it was the advent of robust online competitors, or the general widened landscape of beauty retail, but shopping for skincare, makeup, and hair has taken a more comfortable, grassroots approach. I like that, because nothing turns me off more than a sales associate telling me that I absolutely need a certain serum to help with my enlarged pores (hey lady, I just stopped by for a bottle of nail polish, but thanks for the tip).
So I compiled a list of retailers that curate a welcome shopping experience. From online shops with exotic (and enticing) brands, stores you just have to visit for an arresting experience, to beauty destinations that leave plenty of cushion in your budget.
What good is an all-star lineup of skincare when you sabotage your face with acne triggers? I have five solutions to great skin, minus the heavy skincare arsenal.
I went in this winter. By in, I mean in boxes of cookies; bags of chips; restaurants with unlimited refills of tortilla chips; and brunches with bottomless mimosas. I did not go in a gym, which would probably explain why I can’t get in my favorite pair of jeans right now. Here’s what I’m doing about it.
I’ve always loved makeup. Sit on that and imagine me as a child. I have caboodles upon caboodles of kid-friendly makeup. It starts with clear glosses from Claire’s that I spot next to the earrings that make your ears turn green. I graduate to tinted moisturizer (Benefit’s You Rebel), then mascara, and then blush. It is never enough. My mom, who can take credit for ensuring her teenage daughter never looks like a child of Jezebel, will learn about my planetary appetite for makeup the hard way.
In the coming weeks (or even now, if you’re so lucky), before you slip into that dress you bought post season and on sale, you’ll likely bare your feet in a sandal—the first step, if you will, on the staircase of shorter, lighter, and brighter attire. We call it spring. But if you treated your feet like the Baha Men over the winter and have all but forgotten about them, you’ll need to get your feet fit for view. I’m not here to judge, but I am here to help.