“I have curly hair and there is no manual for that.”

“I have curly hair and there is no manual for that. No one told me what I was supposed to do. I would brush it and it looked like steel wool. So just dealing with that, it took me a very long time to just learn that you don’t brush curly hair, and that you like use gel in the ‘80s and the ‘90s and that’s what you do. And my dad would be like ‘why do you look like a haystack’ and I would be like ‘I don’t know!’ My mom didn’t teach me how to deal with this hair because her hair was just easier.

John Frieda Frizz Ease was very pivotal in figuring out my curly hair. I started using that, and air drying, which was actually better. And not brushing it when I was wearing it curly, and figuring out which gels were good – good is an objective term. I used Deb which is disgusting and LA Looks, and a lot of Aussie Scrunch spray. It was on trend for the ‘90s but I got it happening. Also, my hair has to be a certain length to curl properly so that was key. Which is probably why I have a mental breakdown when anyone cuts my hair too much now.

I also loved beauty products. When I was like five I would ask for them at CVS. I would let my brother watch whatever he wanted on TV – I would do that for hours – I would watch every single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and then I would get to put St. Ives masks on him in exchange for letting him watch Thundercats and all sorts of boring shit I didn’t want to watch. But, he would let me skin care him up, and I was like ‘this is a good deal.’ I was like 5 to like 10 and he was like ‘this is what we’re watching on TV’ – and I don’t even know why he agreed to do the skin care aspect, we could have done what he wanted probably all of the time, but he had really great skin. Anything I was doing for myself, other than the makeup, I would force him to do. And I still do it – I have Elemis face masks at home that are for him now.

Photo: Ashley Kalinske

I think that especially in beauty it’s almost like we become immune to how many things we try, so I think people who work in beauty have more of a signature look that they don’t stray from.

I feel like most people in beauty either don’t wear that much makeup or they wear the same look – your beauty uniform that you use every day.

Today I have jet lag hair, this is not hair that I’m very impressed with, but it’s a half-knot. Also, I had to wash my hair using hotel shampoo – this was so devastating – and it was Marriott hotel shampoo – and I had brought my own but instead I brought two conditioners instead of sulfate-free bougie shampoo, so I was devastated. But, I will say this; it’s lasting much longer with this crap shampoo so maybe the detergents are leaching the life out of my hair but they’re doing it without making it oily.

Right now on my brows I’m actually using the Benefit Gimme Brows – it’s good. I usually use the Glossier one, but today I’m using Benefit and I’m deeply into it. I’m wearing Paula’s Choice Redness Relief SPF and I don’t even have redness but I’m very into it because it’s a mineral SPF moisturizer, I love it. My favorite – I wear it as a foundation and I mix it with that SPF is Kevyn Aucoin’s Ultra Skin Enhancer – that’s the best. You’ll buy one pot and have it for the rest of your life. I’m wearing Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Whisky. I have amazing eyelash extensions, these are Envious Lashes, I went like last week. I’m wearing Benefit Rollerlash mascara on the bottom. I wear this whole look like every day by the way. NudeStix has a double-ended bronzing pencil, and I’m wearing the shimmery side of it, it’s called like Terra or something and I wear it all the time, it’s meant for your cheeks but I wear it on my eyes.

Then, I’m also wearing the Milk Makeup Highlighter – I love it – and I’m wearing the holographic one. And, finally I’m wearing Flower Cream to Powder Blush in tinkled pink which I wear every day of my life.”



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