Q. What was your beauty routine like in high school?
A. “I had crazy perfect skin until the age of 19 (don’t be jealous, I’ve battled severe cystic acne ever since and currently use drugs to manage it), so a skin routine was non-existent. I did, however, love to ring my waterline with black Maybelline eye pencil and plenty of mascara. My bedroom walls were covered in dramatic editorials from W, but I never tried anything very daring.”
Q. What’s your usual morning routine?
A. “I wake up to Janelle Monae ‘I Like That’ as my alarm every morning. I go straight to the kitchen to start the kettle for green tea and turn on WNYC for the news. I usually get sucked into work on my phone and then find myself rushing to get out the door, so my speedy makeup routine includes a buffing brush to apply liquid foundation quickly, a discontinued Sephora spray-on blush that blends instantly, a pencil liner quickly tight lined around my eyes (I still do this, I know, but now I use eggplant instead of black), sheer cream shadow, and a lightweight mascara.”