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Beauty Editors Share Their Workday Beauty Routines

By Bianca Mendez

You can always count on a beauty editor to give you solid advice on the best moisturizer to combat your dry winter skin or to dish out their honest thoughts on Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty collection. And with an endless array of makeup, hair, and skin products within their reach, of course they know what’s good. I asked beauty eds from your favorite magazines their favorite products that get out the door in the A.M.

Chloe Metzger, digital beauty editor at Marie Claire

Face: “I apply a pea-size drop of the cult-favorite primer, Monistat Powder Relief Chafing Gel (it sounds weird, but it’s been my go-to dupe since high school), to clean, dry skin. Then, I wait a minute and swipe a concealer—Revlon PhotoReady Stick Concealer—under my eyes in an upside-down triangle, lightly blending with a damp beautyblender. Then, I squirt a few drops of Stellar Foundation into my palm, pick a sheer layer up with my beautyblender, and stipple it around my face, starting with my cheeks and moving outwards and upwards. Lastly, I dot my Nars Radiant Cream Concealer over any zits or red spots and let it sit for 5-10 mins while I do the rest of my makeup to really let it set, then gently tap it with a mini dry beautyblender sponge to sheer it out.”

Eyes: “For eyes, I swipe my eyelids with a cream-colored powder eyeshadow (I use the Lorac mini pro matte eyeshadow palette) as a base, then blend a mix of light mauve and taupe over the crease of my eyes for definition, since I’m so damn pale. If I’m going for subtle, easy-to-wash-off eyes, I’ll use the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.”

Christina Heiser, senior beauty editor at Webedia

Face: “I keep my weekday makeup routine pretty simple. On days when I do want a little bit of coverage (and I’m talking very, very sheer), I’ll put on Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint.”

Eyes: “The one product I can’t live without is mascara. Right now, my favorite is Benefit’s Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara. It really does what it says it’ll do (lift and curl!) without any clumps. I also like to use Urban Decay’s Naked2 Palette. The eye shadow shades range from mattes to shimmers, but all are neutral so they’re work appropriate.”

Lips: “I usually only wear balm on my lips (current pick: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaca Lip Butter) because my lips get dry, but if I have a meeting I’ll throw on a bolder lip. My go-to lipstick shade is hot pink, particularly Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi.”

Skin:  “I always carry makeup removing towelettes in my bag so that I can take everything off if I’m going to the gym after work. Yes to Cotton Comforting Facial Wipes don’t irritate my eyes—and they smell really fresh!”

Alexandra Engler, beauty editor at Marie Claire USA

Face: “As a beauty editor, I get to be a little more playful with my makeup look than most, so it’s not rare to see me in a plum lip or cat-eye. That being said, day-to-day, I keep my makeup look on the more ‘natural’ side. I start with Erborian BB Crème au Ginseng. It gives your skin the most refreshing glow, even if you’re solely running on coffee. I’ll go back over with a concealer—Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation is my favorite—to cover up any zits or dark under eye circles. Then I’ll blend in a cream blush to the tops of my cheeks. I like options that sheer out easily and have a built-in highlighter, so they plays double-duty. Ciaté London Dew Stix Luminous Highlighting Balm in Lustre is my go-to of late.”

Eyes: “Finally, I’ll brush up my brows with Makeup For Ever Brow Gel and lashes with Clinique High Impact Mascara.”

Maddie Aberman, beauty editor at Hearst Women’s Beauty Group

Face: “My daily makeup is all about a perfected yet natural-looking base, so I spend the most time on that. I start with the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream on a small foundation brush and spread it all over. Then I’ll go in with a clean buffing brush–right now I’m loving the Huda Beauty Buff Blend Brush—to help the foundation melt into my skin. My dark circles are out of control, so I pat a peach color corrector (I’ve really been into the new Becca one) right over the blue-toned darkness before layering on a light-reflecting concealer, like Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher. Next, I use the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer and a tiny brush to cover up any blemishes. I think it’s more flattering to use a lighter coverage foundation and go in strategically with concealer versus using high coverage all over.”

Cheeks: “I always like to bring back some dimension and color to my face once my foundation is on. First, I’ll tap the Glossier Cloud Paint Blush in Dusk over the apples of my cheeks and lightly over the bridge of my nose (a trick I learned from a makeup artist that makes you look more sunkissed), then I’ll sweep bronze on a big fluffy brush (Chanel Les Beiges) around the perimeters of my face. Last for base, I’ll pat RMS Magic Luminizer on the very tops of my cheekbones, making sure to blend the edges really well.”

Eyes: “Now that my base is done, I quickly move on to eyes. I fill in any gaps in my brows using the Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil and set them with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in clear. Since I’m not a big eye shadow person (too time consuming), eyeliner is my go-to. On most days, I’ll quickly trace the Jillian Dempsey Khol Liner in Rich Brown across my top lash line, then smudge it out. If I’m feeling extra fancy, or my hair isn’t looking great and I need to distract from it, I’ll draw on a little cat eye using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner pen. To finish it off, I’ll paint on a few coats of Benefit Roller Lash, my ultimate fave. I prefer a more fluttery, separated lash look, and this makes it happen every time.”

Bianca Mendez is a writer and editor who has contributed to Refinery29,, Bustle, and other publications. Her perfect day in NYC consists of trying the latest fitness class followed by a night of wining and dining. Check out more of her work at, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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