Beauty has changed a lot since I started working in the industry in 2007. If you can remember 2007, it was the year the iPhone debuted—when the selfie was just a flicker on the screen of your first smartphone—and Britney Spears shaved her head. In ten years of playing with products, testing tools and interviewing countless makeup artists, hairdressers, hairdressers, nail artists, dermatologists and estheticians, I have seen many beauty trends come and go. But I’ve also amassed a gold mine of expert advice and tricks that stand the test of time and have forever changed the way I care about my hair and skin. I could seriously go on forever, but this is without a doubt the 19 best pieces of beauty wisdom I’ve learned over the years in the business.
- Keep eye cream and nail Polish in the fridge.
The reason some eye creams are sold in tubes with metal tips is because the metal helps blow away swollen areas by cooling the skin, which theoretically narrows blood vessels. But you can get the same effect just by wearing any old eye cream in the fridge. During the summer I do this with my can’t-live-without-It Yes coconuts ultra moisturizing night eye balm ($16, ulta.com), but it works with any formula. The fridge is also a great place to store nail Polish as it keeps it from thickening over time.
- Always layer your skincare products from the thinnest to the thickest texture.
If you think of your skin as a sponge, you want it to absorb all the good that you put on your face and body. Therefore, it is important to properly stack. Use thinner, more watery foods first in your skin routine and finish with the heaviest creams or oils. Oils help to seal in any products used earlier. So if you start with oil and then add a lighter hyaluronic acid serum on top, you won’t see these amazing ha benefits.
- You can roll your entire head with an iron in less than two minutes.
It’s the one trick that saved me the most time over the years. Splitting my hair into inch sections and then rolling each one with Curling irons usually takes me 30 minutes, but I’ve shortened the styling time to two minutes with this hack I learned from Pinterest. After drying the hair with a Hairdryer or air-drying, collect them in a high tail on top and divide into four equal parts. Roll the wand around each, set with some texturizing spray, then shake out after the hair is cool—like after your morning commute. I like easy to use curlers like Eva NYC 25mm Tourmaline Clipless Curling wand ($60, target.com).
- Never underestimate the power of bold lipstick.
I can’t tell you how many makeup artists told me lipstick would be their” desert island ” cosmetic product. Before I started my career, I was an inflexible mascara. Not so much anymore. Turns out lipstick, especially something bold (I love hot purple or coral in summer; classic red in winter), can also be dotted on the Apple cheeks and eyelids of the eyes for a monochromatic look that you can collect in two seconds. I regularly do this with any lipstick I have. (If you’re a little shy about the idea of a one-color look, try a lipstick close to your lip color for a neutral effect.) My go-to-Tom Ford Lips & Boys at Thomas ($36, sephora.com).
- Don’t touch your face until you have to. Your hands are filthy.
And hand sanitizer doesn’t count at all. As someone who is strangely afraid of someone else touching my face, perhaps I take this advice too seriously. But your hands are very dirty. Whenever you just thoughtfully cradle your chin, put your hand to your cheek, or something like that, you actually leave the germs behind and create a potential minefield.
- Installing spray is actually life.
Makeup primer is a natural go-to product to prepare your skin for long-wearing makeup application, while also helping seal in your skin-care routine. But what is even better is the installation of spray. Once you finish your makeup, just a few sprints of choice will keep everything in place. Try one with additional benefits such as Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray ($31, sephora.com), which cools and moisturizes the skin, or coverFX illuminating setting spray ($31, sephora.com), which gives a dull complexion Ethereal glow.
- Don’t do double or triple hair treatments like me.
I’ve made a trillion mistakes in my hair in almost 33 years. I was born with blonde hair that turned green every summer because I loved swimming. By the time I was a teenager, it was darker and curlier—the last of which was extremely upsetting in the 1990s, when all the hair was straight and I had a Jewish curl that even the toughest stylists had trouble taming. So I started getting glare at too young an age (15, Well, I’ll tell you). By the time I was 17, the Japanese straightening process had rolled around. And I did the same thing.
You know what happened? My hair almost broke off. I had pieces of different lengths and textures. But I haven’t learned my lesson, and probably never will, because today I’m highlighting my naturally dark brown hair to a beautiful bomb shade and getting keratin treatment. But that’s because I’m hopeless. Treat your hair well. Be kind to him.
- Use a gel-like coating on each manicure.
Manicurists look at me as something strange for what I everywhere carrying with a gel coat. Even if you’re using a regular nail Polish, use one of the coats designed for gel-like results without UV light, like the Essie Gel-Setter Topcoat ($10, target.com). It gives any regular Shine a solid, clear lacquered coating, and if you refresh it every other day, your Mani will last twice as long.
- The best protection against oily skin is the attack of facial oils.
Oily skin isn’t something you can fix, it’s just something you have to manage. And instead of completely exposing oily skin or using a super light lotion, the best way to moisturize oily skin is with facial oil. The key is to find an oil that suits your own skin type or complexion issues. For example, grape seed oil is light and full of antioxidants, making it ideal for pre-moisturizing sunscreen. Other oils, like tea tree, can actually fight the build-up of sebum, bacteria, and inflammation. Some oils even have acne-fighting properties, such as Sunday Riley U. F. O. Ultra-brightening facial oil ($80, sephora.com) who earned a permanent place in my medicine Cabinet.
- Never leave home without handsome.
This Council needs to know your dirty hands, too. Remember I told you not to touch your face? The same goes for makeup and skin care, which I know seems like a lot of work. All you need is one magic tool: a tool. OG miracle pink sponge smoothly combines face creams, Foundation, eye shadow, blush—almost everything you can think of. The key is to moisten the sponge before use, but bonus points if you use something soothing, such as anti-inflammatory rose water. I keep both Beautyblender ($20, beautyblender.com) and glossy soothing facial mist ($18, glossier.com) with me all the time for this particular purpose.