My Favorite Beauty Advice Came From My Father

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Like many 90's babies, I went through a phase where I wanted to look like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. You know, the Mary-Kate and Ashley in their Passport to Paris prime; the set of twins with pencil-thin eyebrows, chunky highlighted, flipped-out hair and silver sparkly lipgloss.

As an 8-year-old, I had many arguments with my parents as to why I could not wax my face or pigment my locks. My mother gave the “you’re too young for that” reasoning, while my father explained my beauty standards simply looked strange.

My father often jokes that it takes him decades to win arguments, and in this case, I’ll admit he’s right. Now, almost 20 years later, I finally recognize what my father was saying: the less beauty maintenance, the better.

It’s not that I don’t love a luxurious facial oil, a matte red lip, or a dash of RMS Living Luminizer—I am female, after all. That being said, I now aim to enhance my imperfect features rather than alter or cover them up. Admittedly, I aim to capture the French girl look; the I woke up like this look; the I don’t give a fuck, just give me my coffee and a cigarette look. These vibes are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also easy for a daily beauty routine.

Just take me and my father’s beauty advice:

(1) It starts and ends with good skincare.

Wash your face morning and night. It doesn’t need to be fancy wash (one of my favorites is the Simple Foam Cleanser). Exfoliating every other day, especially in the winter, is also a good idea (a good go-to). Most importantly, find a facial oil and/or moisturizer that works for your skintype.

Side note: You’ll never have pretty skin without adequate nutrition. Eat mostly plants, proteins, healthy fats, and drink an obscene amount of water.

(2) Throw away yuck ingredients.

Often times, people suffer from bad skin due to the crap ingredients hidden in their make-up. All fads aside, it’s important to keep your cosmetics as organic as possible. Some awesome brands include: RMS, Trilogy, Dr. Hauschka, and Pacifica.

Think your make-up’s fine? You might be surprised. Check out the Think Dirty app and find out how gross your cosmetics truly are.

(3) Grow out your brows.

Unless it’s a stand-alone hair, do not wax, pluck, or thread. Let those babies run free. Tame them with some brow gel, if necessary.

(4) Forget foundation.

Concealer is fine, but don’t overdo it. Keep it to the dark circles around your eyes, or use it as a highlighter on your brow bone.

(5) Undo your hair.

When you shower, you air dry. When you feel fancy, it’s a ballerina bun. Simply live by the “I just rolled out of bed” principle and you’re golden.

(6) Perfume is overrated (and overpriced).

Perfume has a tendency to stick to your clothing. It is also full of potent stuff that can be overwhelming when mixed with your natural scent. Stick to essential oils, which blend beautifully and are reasonably priced in comparison to fragrances on the market.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. — Leonardo da Vinci