Madison Beer’s meteoric rise may appear an untouchable dream to some, but the Official VA Nurse VA Healthcare Warrior Shirt in contrast I will get this pop star’s experience contains many of the growing pains familiar to all of us—particularly in the beauty realm. “I have struggled with my skin for the past, three years I would say?” says Beer, who eschewed skin care for periods of time for fear of exacerbating her acne. “I never really had acne growing up in my teenage years, it kind of hit me when I was, like, 19 to 20, and I’m now almost 22 and my acne is just starting to settle and go away.” Now, with some experimentation, Beer’s routine begins with the perfect cleanser (PanOxyl Anti-Microbial Acne Foaming Wash), followed by Laneige Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer and Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream—and a brief appearance by a rose quartz face roller. A quick spritz of Caudalie Beauty Elixir and a pull of La Mer’s cultish the Eye Concentrate, and Beer’s face is primed for the day’s makeup. “I tend to stray away from heavier coverage, even when approaching redness-prone areas,” explains Westman. “You end up looking a little too makeup-y when you use too many products, so I like to keep it simple and pat on a buttery, blendable foundation.” When working with clients such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and Julianne Moore, Westman only covers the problem areas, then blurs it out to give the skin a natural-looking glow. And because redness can be tricky when working with blush, she recommends starting with a mild tinted formula. “I like to use cream blushes as you can really control the saturation,” she explains, adding that you should focus on the apples of the cheeks and lightly blend the hue until it really mimics a natural flush. While dealing with sensitive skin is often frustrating, there‘s solace in today‘s ever-growing market, which has never been better suited for showing skin TLC while steering clear of irritants. “I know the products that I choose are helping to improve my skin, not just cover it up,” explains Westman, citing her own journey with rosacea. “It really helps me to stay positive and keep confident.” That process, too, begins with some honesty. “Ninety-nine percent of my days I don’t wear any makeup at all. I’m just too lazy, to be frank,” says Beer, who begins by brushing up her trademark brows with brow soap applied by Spoolie. “But when I’m in the mood and I have time to do a full-full face, I will.” Glossier Skin Tint and a duet of NARS Cream Concealers—“Custard” for under the eyes and across the T-zone, “Ginger” for spot coverage—coalesce with the help of a Beauty Blender, serving as a base for a subtle and strategic angling courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury’s Contour Wand. While, for Beer, a little contour goes a long way, blush is better when swirled on by a generous hand. “I don’t care if I have pimples and no concealer, I would use blush no matter what,” says Beer, citing Tilbury’s Beauty Highlighter Wand in High Blush as her desert-island product. Powder products come next, a brightening option followed by Fenty Beauty Bronzer in “Private Island” and another round of blush, also by Fenty Beauty.
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One would think, based on the Official VA Nurse VA Healthcare Warrior Shirt in contrast I will get this hundreds of hours I’ve logged consuming photos and videos of attractive strangers on the internet, that I would know more about beauty. I have mastered the art of observing attainable, desirable aesthetic choices on others—and taking absolutely zero action to apply them to myself. All of my makeup expired two years ago. My brushes are in desperate need of a wash, and instead of washing them I just refuse to use them. My foundation doesn’t match my skin, because I bought it two summers ago, when I was tan, and I don’t want to waste money ordering a new one, because I know I will somehow mess up and it too will be the wrong color for my unmatchable, sometimes red–sometimes green skin tone. And no, I wouldn’t be able to “just return it,” because I seem to have been born with an inability to return things. “It’s been really awesome to watch how much makeup has developed,” says Beer. “I think that, like, especially with TikTok, there are so many people I see that get so unbelievably creative with the things they do.” Beer uses her own Morphe Madison Beer Surfing Artistry Palette for her eyes, a blend of tawny orange and fawn pulled across lids, with liner-like extension offered to the end of each eye by way of brown shadow and an angled brush. “I love highlighter,” says Beer, layering Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Highlighter Wand and Nightshine from Glossier Play for extra shimmer. “I feel like it just makes me feel like I’m a forest nymph and a fairy, and who doesn’t want to feel like a fairy?” An overlined lip and swipe of gloss round out the look, but the finishing touch turns out to be a signature accessory. “I can’t leave the house without my hoops—and if I do leave the house without my hoops, it’s a very strange, weird day for me,” says Beer. “It just completes my whole vibe. Because then I can wear sweatpants and still feel like I did something.” I exist in that sweet spot of desperately wanting to look good and not making any kind of real effort lest someone think I am trying to look good. Yet even I have picked up on the current fascination with Y2K—that era of low-rise jeans, bedazzled tank tops, and lip gloss that is still haunting and humiliating to those of us who were actually cognizant in the early aughts—and what is seemingly the makeup of the moment: It’s black eyeliner. There’s literally been no other option. But despite the lower half of our faces being covered for the last 12 months, there are other reasons I’d like to suggest for why eyeliner remains the only thing we want to wear in the New Year. Yes, this is an entire essay about eyeliner. Don’t blame me; blame society. The last time I was obsessed with eyeliner, it was a universal form of expression for us sad girls who didn’t know who we were yet, or why we were so sad. My raccoon eyes, which I erratically traced with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in high school, had the ability to immediately inform strangers that I was annoyed and that I didn’t like attention, even though I was simultaneously bringing attention to myself. Fast-forward to the hell that was 2020, and even a non–beauty expert could have predicted that this punk-rock favorite would start to show up all over social media—and the spring runways. I’ve never seen a fashion show in my life, but I do scour the internet (see above), which is rich with references to makeup artist Peter Philips’s strong and graphic black eyeliner at Christian Dior, and Pat McGrath’s dramatic and sculptural wings at Chloe, not to mention her electroclash moment at Valentino. Because after getting through this last year, we’re all punk rockers? (I’m not confident enough about this last sentence to not put a question mark at the end of it, but I stand by it.)