Beauty and LOLO Go Way Back
It started when I was just a kid, and my mom—who I get my girly-girliness from—went to cosmetology school. She would bring home those dolls, those mannequin heads you use for practicing hair and makeup, and when she was done with them, she would let me play with them. I was just 5 years old. Then, for my 6th birthday, I invited all of my girlfriends over and gave them makeovers. This is a real thing that happened!
"My life slogan is 'as long as my nails are done, I'm fine.'"
When I was a little older, my mom bought me this nail art book—I still have it somewhere. It's filled with these different nail designs, and it came with 10 polishes and this little palette so you could mix colors. I just loved it, and to this day, I still love doing friends' hair, makeup, and nails.
I've always found it really fascinating, the world of beauty, and the culture around it—both good and bad—because it's what I grew up with. My mom is one of seven sisters, and it was fun watching them all get ready and be these beautiful women who are all really put together. It was the late '80s, so, like, the nails had to match what the makeup and hair were doing.
Looking Good and Feeling Good
My style has always been a little bit of a hodgepodge. Thrifting was a big thing in our house, and I always found it really fun to find things that make you feel unique or special when you're wearing them.
"Beauty should be a total expression of you, whatever that is."
That was always my approach to beauty, too, because I feel special when I put on a certain lipstick or nail polish. I think that's why my life slogan is "as long as my nails are done, I'm fine," which sounds ridiculous, I know. But we all have that thing, and it's different for every person, that makes us feel beautiful or glamorous or just put together. "My hair is done. I feel complete, I feel put together," or maybe it's a pair of shoes or a lipstick. As long as that thing looks good, you feel good.
It's Cool to Have a Hair and Makeup Team, Too
I've been really fortunate to have had some incredible experiences, including the simple fact that having my hair and makeup done is a sure thing. It's one thing to get a manicure and pedicure, but it's a different world to really get your hair and makeup done up for something. I've worked with some amazing people in the industry, and I've learned about so many products and tricks that I never would've learned about otherwise. That's why I love doing hair and makeup for my friends and relatives: being able to share some of that knowledge is great.
Find What Makes You Shine
You should aim for what makes you feel really good, because whatever that is, it's going to make you shine and feel comfortable in your skin. There's nothing wrong with looking good—and looking good according to you. Having a beauty regimen can be really empowering. I've had days that were terrible, but I still had to go out into the world and be productive. And although it's easy to just throw on some sweatpants and not be bothered, sometimes taking the time to do my hair or makeup on those days helped me emotionally.
It's important to make that time for yourself. Some mornings are so crazy that it can be hard to sit down and make the time. But we're in a special time when you can really express yourself and be very much an individual. I think acting upon that as much as you can is a great thing to do.
So, what beauty tricks does LOLO use in her routine? She shares some of her favorites with us!
Trick No. 1: Make Peace With Oil
Use oil to to get your hairstyle to last longer. I realize you have to use hair spray to hold, but it's a dehydrant. Adding heat (through blow-drying or curling) also warps and dehydrates your hair, so the oil helps bring in the moisture. I put on an argan and almond oil blend right after I shower, which moisturizes hair and keeps it looking fresh and alive. Oil hydrates better than moisturizing conditioner or creams, I think. It doesn't even have to be something fancy! A friend of mine uses sweet almond oil—it's $10 a bottle and lasts for six months because you don't have to use a lot!
Sweet Almond Oil by Now Foods, $8, luckyvitamin.com.
100 Percent Argan Oil Light by Josie Maran, $16, sephora.com.
Trick No. 2: Hydrate Your Skin (and Help With the Whole Future Wrinkles Thing)
Moisturize three times a day. That's how I keep my skin smooth, especially being on the road and traveling as much as I do—it's my absolute saving grace. It keeps your skin from feeling tight and helps with the whole future wrinkles thing. I've started using this balancing face oil by Beautycounter, which works with your natural oils to balance the complexion. You can use it if you have oily or dry skin—a little bit goes a long way. By the way, I set little timers for myself to moisturize!
No. 3 Balancing Face Oil, $68, beautycounter.com.
Trick No. 3: Mist and Refresh
I'm also a really big fan of the whole facial mist thing. I use lavender mist for everyday life stuff because it's naturally antiseptic and clarifies the skin. Glossier also makes this rosewater face mist that I love, too. If you're trying to clear up your skin, Dr. Hauschka's spray-on balancing toner is wonderful.
Lavender Hydrating Mist, $35, jurlique.com.
Soothing Face Mist, $18, glossier.com.
Facial Toner by Dr. Hauschka, $37, dermstore.com.
Trick No. 4: Clean Your Tools
Clean. Your. Brushes. If you use brushes and wonder why your skin's breaking out, you need to clean them. It's important because you're constantly moving things around your face! Oh, and change your sponges, too. I know—we all get busy and forget to do it. I totally fall behind, too!
Daily Brush Cleaner, $3, elfcosmetics.com.
Trick No. 5: Rethink Your Mascara
Mascara's multifaceted, and I love using it in different ways. It can be a shading tool, and it helps with the contouring I do around my eyes for shows. Take the wand out, put some of the product on the back of your hand, then dab and mix from there. It stays on so well!
Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, $9, lorealparisusa.com.
Trick No. 6: Travel With Your Staples
I normally wear a lot of black and a lot of my nail art is black, so I travel with a black nail polish and a clear polish in my bag, no matter what. If you have a favorite nail color, keep it with you, along with those travel nail polish remover wipes.
Freedom Polymer Top Coat by Julep, $9, sephora.com.
Trick No. 7: Have Fun
I love to have fun. Beauty should be a total expression of you, whatever that is. For some people, that's really dialed back, and for some people, it's so full-on. I think no matter what it is, as long as it's an expression of you, it's awesome.
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