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Nail The No-makeup Look In Seven Minutes

Ten months ago, at 40, I became a mother. As a marketing executive turned entrepreneur, I’ve always spent 80% of my time at work. The addition of a baby has been quite an adjustment. I’m still working like a machine but have had to tweak (OK maybe more than tweak) my routine in order to accommodate the even greater deficit of time that a baby brings to the mix. In short, the no makeup look has become an absolute must for me. My repertoire consists of seven steps (but can be cliff-noted a bit – just skip step 1A and 4A).

Ironically, makeup is the least important part of the no-makeup look. What separates the women from the girls is investing a handful of minutes, every day, to establish a consistent self care ritual. Not everyone is going to cleanse, apply two serums, a moisturizer, face oil and under eye cream…like I do – yes, two serums. That said, the secret behind an authentic no-makeup look is having beautiful, healthy skin to build-on. If you make the commitment to nurture your skin upfront, you’ll save a ton of time and energy in the long run. Five to six minutes (seven tops) is all you’ll need.

Don’t have a skin care regimen in place?

Start with a cleanser and moisturizer. These should be used in the morning and at night before bed – even if you’re exhausted and can’t be bothered. If you’re in your twenties or early thirties, you might not need more. Once you have your basic system down pat, especially if you are 35+, try adding a serum and under eye cream. Here is a simple step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Wash your face!

Sounds easy enough – right? But at night, after a long day, the thought of taking your clothes off before climbing into bed may be daunting enough, let alone dragging yourself into the bathroom to wash your face and remove your makeup. The good news is there are multi-tasking products out there and they save loads of time. Why use four products when you can use one? Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm is an award winning, quadruple-threat spa in a jar. This British import is a moisturizing, deep-cleansing, exfoliating, makeup-removing cleanser, mask and leave on overnight treatment (I also use it as a lip mask) that doesn’t strip the skin of its essential oils. The key ingredient, moringa, is a superfood that contains nine essential amino acids, Vitamins A & C, Iron and Calcium and is packed with protein and antioxidants. Medical research has revealed that it not only calms inflammation in many tissues of the body, including the skin, but also helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol. I also brew a tea, daily, made from ginger, moringa and lemongrass. This concoction is known as Bush Tea on many Caribbean Islands and is often the first remedy administered at the onset of a cold, flu, headache…well anything. I am a big believer in holistic beauty – take care of your insides and it will reflect on the outside.

Holistic-beauty-travel-beautyStep 1A: Serious Serum

If you are going to go for the gold and incorporate a treatment serum into your skin care ritual, Sapelo Skin Care Spring Tide Serum is an excellent choice. Truth be told, it can be used as a stand alone treatment product. It contains high concentrations of a potent cocktail of proteins, peptides, amino acids, active Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamins A and E, as well as Selenium, Magnesium, Copper and Zinc. The magic ingredient is a 5% highly blenderized, unfertilized, organic Norwegian Salmon Roe Extract. This extract stimulates growth in the dermis boosting the skin’s ability to build collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. In other words, it works.

Step 2: Hydrate

I happened upon an exceptionally high-tech line of cosmeceuticals in Switzerland called EVENSWISS, which is backed by 30 years of scientific research. This revolutionary anti-aging (or pro-aging – I’m actually ok with calling a spade a spade) skin care line utilizes cutting-edge signaling technology along with pure concentrations of a unique patented complex to promote the skin’s elasticity by sending signals to cells in the deepest layers of the dermis. These signals stimulate cells to produce increased collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, literally regenerating new healthy skin cells. EVENSWISS Rich Regenerating Cream, the star product of the line, is an ultra light formulation ideal for sensitive, reactive and/or dry skin as well as pregnant women. Pregnancy can interfere with normal cellular activity and send skin into a tizzy. EVENSWISS’ moisturizer nurtures and repairs stressed skin.

Now for the NO-MAKEUP cakewalk

Step 3: Mascara application

The type of mascara you use is much less important than how you apply it. I happen to be using Le Volume De Chanel right now. I also like Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Very Black. The trick is combing your lashes before and after you apply mascara with Tweezerman Folding ILashcomb. It separates and elongates lashes so you don’t wind up with what I call spider clump lashes. ILashcomb has metal spokes – so be careful! Finally, place your pinky finger right under your lower lash line, horizontally and blink your eyes a handful of times. This will remove the excess mascara so it doesn’t run or work its way into your under eye highlighter later on.

Step 4: Lashes and brows

If you have beautiful, thick, long lashes, they can never be voluminous enough and if you are in need of a lash and/or brow boost, you MUST try Jessica Johnson Classic Beauty Brow and Lash Conditioning Serum. Just apply a light coat above your upper lash line and/or on brows before bed. This is the real deal and it not only spurs hair growth but conditions as well. I have tried a number of reputable, over the counter lash serums only to have an allergic reaction. I had no sensitivity with this conditioning serum and it really works.

Step 4A: Under eye cream

You’ve now finished your mascara application. What’s next? Take a damp Q-tip and sweep it across your under eye area to ensure that no mischievous mascara flakes have set up house there. Sweep the area again with a dry Q-tip to soak up excess water. At this point, I apply an under eye cream. (Skipping this step? Go straight to step five.) If you prefer more of a serum-like texture I recommend EVENSWISS Rejuvenating Eye Complex. If you are partial to a creamier formula, try Emma Hardie Age Support Eye Cream. They are both fantastic and you will see results.

The no-makeup look travel beauty

Step 5: Under eye highlighter

Apply an under eye highlighter focusing on the area under the inner eye and then sweep out and dab to blend. It’s important to pick the right shade. Right now I’m using Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in Luminous Vanilla. I am fair skinned and prefer less coverage. The Touche Éclat line has shades to fit every skin shade and coverage preference. If I develop a blemish I use a dab of Touche Éclat to camouflage it as well.

Step 6: Powder bronzer

For the finishing touch, sweep Institut Esthederm Sunshine Care Powder over the apples of your cheeks with a medium sized blush brush. It provides just enough color to give you a healthy, sun kissed glow and the small compact is wonderful for travel and gals on the go. It’s a handbag must have.

Step 7: Lip gloss

I almost forgot the lip gloss. Lancôme Juicy Tubes are my old stand-by. I know they’re old school but they keep my perpetually chapped lips moist and the colors are ultra shimmery – which I love. Marshmallow Electra is my favorite color.

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By: Alyssa Barrie Weiss, Twitter: @AlyssaBarrie


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Interview With Liz Lange

As a New York City based, women-run company, we are particularly taken with our fellow female entrepreneurs. Each has a unique career trajectory that, in many cases, includes balancing a job, family and much, much more. Recently we caught up with Liz Lange, the pioneer of maternity chic. Her perpetual positive outlook and drive is inspiring and a healthy reminder. Thank you Liz for kicking off Travel Beauty’s #GirlBoss Series. And away we go!

TB: Where did the idea for Liz Lange Maternity come from, and how has it evolved over the years?

LL: In 1997 my friends were getting pregnant, I was newly married and had pregnancy on my mind although I was not yet pregnant. All my friends had the same complaint – they couldn’t find anything to wear. They’d buy expensive non-maternity clothing and tailor it to fit them as traditional maternity clothing at that time was typically very oversized and styled in a very babyish way (almost as if you were morphing into a baby rather than expecting one!)  I noticed my friends looked better and slimmer when they wore slightly more fitted/body conscious clothing tailored – just like regular non-maternity clothing. I figured that if I could design a line of clothing using only stretch fabrics (which were new in the mid 1990s) that I could make things with a better fit that would still grow with a woman as she progressed in her pregnancy. I also thought that someone should be dressing pregnant celebrities (unbelievably back then nobody was!) so I set out to do both and succeeded way beyond my wildest expectations.

TB: What was your background prior to launching the line?

LL: I graduated from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature. I never studied fashion but did work as an assistant Editor at Vogue upon graduating from Brown and then for a women’s dress designer.

TB: What was the most significant unforeseen obstacle that you had to manage in relation to your business?

LL: Math! I am not good at numbers and business is all about numbers. I had to learn quickly to manage a budget, an open to buy plan, inventory, margins, markups etc.

TB: What prompted you to transition your line to Target?

LL: I could see that the success of my line was bringing a lot of attention to the space, and that I suddenly was competing with monster brands such as Gap, Old Navy, even Barneys for a while. I knew that only a few players would survive and that in order to do so it would be smart to align my brand with one. I loved Target’s philosophy of Expect More, Pay Less and approached them. I also really liked the idea of dressing pregnant women everywhere and not just the ones who lived near one of my three high end Liz Lange boutiques and who could afford my price points.

TB: To what do you attribute your success?

LL: Luck of course, hard work and an optimistic outlook. To be a successful entrepreneur you have to not let problems deter you. I always believe that there’s a solution for everything and that anything can be accomplished. I don’t let negativity enter into my thinking.

TB: As a working mom, what advice can you give on balancing career, family and life in general?

LL: Balance is very hard. Don’t beat yourself up. The best advice I was ever given is to be present wherever you are. If you are at the office, be there, don’t be there thinking you should be at home with the kids. And likewise, if at home with your kids, try not to be thinking that you should be at the office. And give up the guilt! We are so hard on ourselves.

TB: As a frequent traveler what are your top packing tips?

LL: Always go carry on!  My children and I go carry on no matter how long the trip is and everyone rolls their own. Buy the biggest soft bag TSA allows (we swear by A. Saks brand sold at Lexington Luggage in NYC). Figure out a color scheme and pack a few pieces that all go together and can be mixed up to create different looks. Careful outfit planning is key. I also swear by zip locks. Use a large ziplock for your fun accessories – different jewelry  can really change things up. Keep another ziplock under your sink packed with a set of your must have toiletries and makeup so you can always just throw that in your bag and never forget anything. Fold up your bras and underwear in a zip lock too.

TB: What beauty products can’t you live without, especially when traveling?  

I swear by a light moisturizer like La Roche Posay Toleriane Facial Fluid – I never travel without it. I like to look tan but I don’t sit in the sun, so I love a bronzer like Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel or Michael Kors bronze powder. I don’t like a lot of foundation so I often just use a tinted moisturizer mixed with a serum. I like Biologique Recherche serums and Nars tinted moisturizer. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil is the best as it’s soft and so easy to apply and I love a natural lip color like Clinique’s Chubby Pencil in Whole Lotta Honey or some of the more sheer Tom Ford lip colors.

For more on Liz Lange, please visit her website.

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