Let’s be honest: You’ve got different looks for different moments in your life and we’re here for you to do you. That’s why we’re asking you to help create the #LetsBeHonest Lookbook, a collection of looks inspired by real women and the honest reasons we wear makeup.
Up your game with a DIY #GNO look that’s all about the sultry smoky eye.
- Use it to create a smooth, flawless-looking complexion. It’s a known fact that foundation can make pores and wrinkles look larger or deeper, so primer helps cancel out this less-than-positive effect by filling the pores, lines and wrinkles while creating a smoother canvas for the makeup. The long and short of a good primer is that it creates a smooth canvas for your foundation, helps your foundation stay in place and not “move” (movement in makeup makes your complexion look uneven!) and protects, treats and helps enhance the overall texture of your skin.
- Think of it as a skin nourisher. I especially like primers that have ingredients that not only help blur the look of imperfections, but also address other foundational areas. Some of the ingredients that I look for are: 1) a peptide like hyaluronic acid because it helps plumps and retain moisture; 2) aloe vera to condition and soothe; and 3) natural botanical ingredients derived from nature that plump, smooth and firm. I love that Honest Beauty Primer uses peony root to provide these benefits!
- Double it as a glow-getter. Lately I’ve been obsessed with primers that have a luminous glow to them… I feel like that glow peeks through the foundation making it look more like young, healthy, glowing skin.
- Add it for extra hydration. For my clients with oily skin, I find that primers that contain emollients help to add just enough hydration to keep their sebaceous glands from over-producing oil. For my dry clients, I find that it adds the hydration that their skin needs so that it isn’t trying to drink up whatever moisture it can from the foundation.
- Consider it a bodyguard against blemishes. Primer is also like a layer of protection that keeps the color pigments in the foundation from settling deeply into the pores and clogging them. It acts like an invisible layer between your skin and the makeup, and I love that.
- Make it a one-two punch with foundation. When it comes to primer, think texture. For foundation think tone. Primer addresses the texture of your skin, whereas foundation addresses the tone of your skin. Together they are like a duo that creates a flawless face that you can be proud to show the world.
If you’re not hip to Caroline Polachek’s vibe, cue up her latest video, Ch-Ching. (Hint: She’s a multi-hyphenate singer-songwriter-stylemaker … a lead singer for Brooklyn-based band, Chairlift … aka Ramona Lisa … and all kinds of hot … sounding familiar?). Ch-Ching, a work of visual art — read: a soothing palette of vivid warm hues and muted cool notes punctuated with pops of brilliant orange — seduces you into forgetting to listen to the music.
After pausing and screen-capturing our way through the video, we’ve curated several Polachek-approved styles worth hunting down on a Saturday afternoon:
- Color on color … on color. There’s so much to love about her look from the vibrant orange genie-meets-parachute pants with matching crop top to the, you guessed it, matching sheer kimono. Sure, you could separate them for individual statement pieces, but putting them all together makes this ensemble all kinds of seasonal-chic. Word on the street is that the outfit was designed by Andrea Toscano specifically for the video in collaboration with Caroline. (Is there another hyphenate in the making?)
- Coordinating kicks. Orange sneakers, where have you been all my life? Oh, yeah, the ’80s. So glad you’re back.
- High ponytail braid. If you’re Caroline, you add ribbon detailing to take a really awesome old-school pony and update it with rad, school-girl style. Why? Because she said so.
- Orange monochromatic lids. We love the way she paired the bold shadow and thick black liner with nearly natural lips, contoured cheeks and flawless dewy skin that play up the eyes. (On a side note, those brows? They’re their own blog post.)
- Grecian-inspired double ear cuffs. Just when you thought hair bling was the new ear cuff, Caroline brings ’em back with style. Both ears. Matching. Her sleek duo by Lady Grey Jewelry rocks a subtle flash of metal that looks just as cool paired with street styles as it does with evening looks. No other jewelry needed.
Meet Melissa Williams. Spin Class Junkie, Camping Enthusiast, Dog Lover (Sans Dog), Honest Beauty product manager extraordinaire, and the audiofile who stealthily commandeered our blog to inspire your weekend background noise. Cue the Spotify.
- My “where’s the Bloody Mary station” brunch song: “Sober” by Childish Gambino. Album: Kauai
- My “kickin’ off the weekend” song: “Lost” by Frank Ocean. Album: channel ORANGE
- My “cruising with the top down” song (Jeep sold separately): “Night Like This” by LP. Album = Forever For Now
- My “no clean clothes left” laundry blues song: “101” by WALLA. Single = 101
- My “getting glammed up to watch Netflix” song: “Pretty Young Thing” by Blondfire. Album = My Someday
- My “killing it in spinning class from the back row” energy booster: “I Follow Rivers – The Magician Remix” by Lykke Li. Album = I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
- My “owning my living room dance floor” song: “Good Kisser – Disclosure Remix” by Usher. Album = Good Kisser (Disclosure Remix)
- My “online shoe shopping is not an addiction” song: “Cooler” by PHASES. Album = For Life
- My “I’m about to own the room” pre-party prep: “Ignition/Do You…(Mashup)” by Phoebe Ryan. Single = Ignition/Do You… (Mashup)
- My “someone invite me to their pool” lounge-around song: “Great Escape” by Washed Out. Album = Paracosm
Check them out, pair a song with your favorite look and share your inspiration. #LetsBeHonest