As a beauty editor, I admit, I don’t exactly have a streamlined beauty routine. I’m often testing out products as part of my job. Plus, I'm obsessive about having a thorough and effective anti-aging skin care regimen. I recently did a count and realized that I put nearly two dozen products on my face daily. I was shocked! And so I thought about why I used each product, and then I realized … I don’t think I’ll be giving up a single pick any time soon. Here’s a look at my routine, you may want to consider adding some of these must-haves to your own shelf.
1. Scrub: In the shower, I give my face a scrub down with Renée’s Rouleau mint buffing beads ($43; reneerouleau.com) for some light exfoliation. The super fine jojoba beads are gentle and the mint scent is energizing for those groggy mornings.
2. Lotion: Post-shower, I’m all about moisture so I slather my face in Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin gel cream ($49; sephora.com), which contains encapsulated ceramide to protect and hydrate my dry complexion.
3. Eye cream: Early editor events are all too common, so eye cream has become an all important step in reducing any puffiness or dark circles (or both!). This metal tipped version (First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy, $36; sephora.com) is infused with caffeine and is tinted so I don’t need to go as heavy with the cover-up.
4. Sunscreen: As most editors can attest, the more important part of any skincare routine is SUNSCREEN. I’m currently into this silky serum (La Roche Posay Anthelios AOX SPF 50, $43; ulta.com) which has broad spectrum protection and antioxidants to protect against free radical damage. Best of all, the lightweight texture blends easily and doesn't feel too thick or sticky.
5. Lip balm: I never forget to top my lips with a dose of SPF. I like Fresh’s Sugar version ($23; sephora.com) which contains SPF 15 and isn’t sticky.
6. Concealer: I like to keep my makeup fairly simple on the daily. I first perfect my complexion by dabbing concealer on problem zones. This creamy formula never gets cakey and it perfectly matches my caramel skin. (Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Biscuit, $29; sephora.com)
7. Eyeliner: I never leave the house without a quick swipe of black eyeliner on my lower waterline, this formula is waterproof, so it really stays put during the day. (Urban Decay eyeliner, $20; sephora.com)
8. Mascara: I never wore mascara when I was younger but then I began working in the beauty industry and realized just how impactful a coat can be. I look more wide eyed and alert after curling my lashes and applying Eyeko’s Rock Out & Lash Out mascara ($26; birchbox.com)
9. Blush: I like to add a pop of color on the apples of my cheeks with this pink powder from Kevyn Aucoin (which actually shows up). (Kevyn Aucoin Pure Powder Glow in Dolline, $37; barneys.com)
10. Lip color: Then I add a some color on my lips with Dior’s pH-adjusting balm (Dior Addict Lip Glow, $33; sephora.com), which imparts the perfect tint—the color I wish my lips were naturally. I tend to re-apply this throughout the day for more color.
11. Facial mist: We’ve all been there: We catch a glimpse of our face in the 3 p.m. mirror and realize a refresh is definitely needed. Most days, I reach for my rosewater mist. I am loving Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist ($24; jurlique.com); it helps hydrate my skin, and the scent gives me a little zen moment while I try to voraciously juggle deadlines.
12. Moisturizing balm: After a mist, I’ll usually end up patting Honest Beauty’s magic balm ($18; honestbeauty.com) on any areas that need extra moisture (around my eyes, cuticles and most definitely my lips).
13. SPF: You know you’re supposed to reapply SPF every two hours, right? While I can’t say I do it as often as I should, I try to get another dusting of protection mid-day. This brush on formula (Brush On Block SPF 30, $30; brushonblock.com) makes it super easy to apply and it doesn’t disturb my makeup.
14. Highlighter: I tend to leave the office for events in the evening. For a bit of a glow, I’ll apply a little highlighter (Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer, $26; sephora.com) to the tops of my cheekbones. This golden hue never looks ashy and think of it as a soft candlelight effect—not discoball shine.
15. Cleansing oil: I try to wash my face as soon as I get home … otherwise, I might get too tired to really get through my routine. A cleansing oil (Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil, $28, julep.com) helps remove any grime and makeup without stripping my skin.
16. Spot treatment: Being darker skinned, any past blemishes I've gotten leave behind marks. To deal with hyper pigmentation, I rely on Lytera Skin Brightening Complex ($125; skinmedica.com). I've interviewed dozens of dermatologists who have sung its praises, so I knew I had to try it. A blend of peptides and licoric root extracts help brighten up any discoloration.
17. Retinol treatment: An over the counter retinol lotion can help hydrate skin and boost cell turn over. This version from Verso doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, $100; sephora.com)—Hey, I’m trying to look 25 for, like, ever.
18. Night eye cream: I use even more retinol … via my nightly eye cream (Dr. Dennis Gross ferulic + retinol eye cream, $60; qvc.com). This creamy base also moisturizes and contains antioxidants from ferulic acid to further protect against sun damage.
19. Facial oil: I top off any dry areas (my cheeks tend to get a bit patchy in the colder months) with a dab of face oil. My current favorite is Caudalie’s Premier Cru ($99; sephora.com), which contains anti-aging ingredients like resveratrol and polyphenols.