Marc Jacobs Beauty's First Fashion Show
(Fri, 17 Feb 2017)
It's been a big week for Marc Jacobs Beauty. First there was the gilded penthouse celebration of Kaia Gerber's new campaign with the brand. But that was nothing compared to yesterday, when
Marc Jacobs Beauty took over all of the looks at the brand's NYFW show. (A little inside baseball: This was the first season in forever that Nars hasn't sponsored the show with François Nars
himself as key makeup artist.) The inspiration was downtown New York individuality, with very little overlap between each of the girls' looks. But if there's one hallmark to a Marc Jacobs show,
it's that this is not hallmark. Or hallMarc maybe. Whatever. Here's to Marc Jacobs Beauty—may its reign be long and profitable.
Diane Kendal (Marc Jacobs Beauty): "Marc really wanted to celebrate the street culture of New York, so that’s the start of [the inspiration behind the look]. The casting is very
mixed and eclectic and he wanted to give the girls their own kind of character, but within that we are doing three or four different variations. We’re doing really beautiful skin, we’re using blush on all the girls—either powder or a little bit of lipstick, depending on skintone. Then some girls
are getting mascara top and bottom, with a little bit of gloss on the lid. Other girls are getting mascara, the gloss, and then a mouth, which is a combination of Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Blacquer and Blow. And then a few girls are getting black eyeliner on
the inside of the eye just blended with a brush and mascara. One girl is getting a few freckles. Oh, and then we are using a little bit of highlight, not on all girls, but on some girls and then
we’re mixing a little bit of Perfecting Coconut Face Primer with the Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator and it gives kind of a really beautiful sheen, very subtle. Mixing those two
together, it just really sheers it out so it gives skin a really nice luminous quality without being too opaque.
Guido Palau [Redken]: "It’s a nod to the hat shape with a little bit of volume in it. Like 99% of it is about the hat and how it reflects the style. And I love hats—it brings
such a sense of fashion and style to a girl... We haven’t seen hats for a while, but when you notice [girls on the street], they all have a beanie on or a baseball cap, so it’s kind of reflecting
that. The hair shape is more late '70s, early '80s but there’s a nod to couture as well because I find it very elegant. For product, it's just a little bit of Wind Blown to give some texture. But there are so many styles and it's very kind of normal, but it feels right. You
see blue hair, you see white hair... These things would’ve felt very extreme at one point and to come off normal, it’s amazing how quickly we are changing and our idea of beauty. Everyone’s
reflected, you know what I mean?"
Photographed by Tom Newton.
The week that was Fashion: More of our coverage from Oscar de la Renta's, Michael Kors', and Brandon Maxwell's backstage beauty looks.
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Inside Daniela Braga's Makeup Bag
(Fri, 17 Feb 2017)
Daniela Braga is cute. No, wait, that's wrong. Anthropologie teacups are cute; Daniela Braga is delightful. She was a delight on set for our best blushes shoot, and for some time before that too, surely. She was such an intense bolt of daisy-laced
sunshine that we at ITG thought it a disservice to not show her to you on video.
So here she is, talking about her favorite beauty products—so important, she travels all over the world with them. Like the best eye cream against dark circles (Shiseido Benefiance), the perfume she usually keeps to herself (Chanel Chance), the ultra detox bath recipe (Pursoma Resurrection Bath),
"the secret" (Miriam Quevedo Ultrabrilliant Gold Lotion), and the origin of her megawatt smile ("Brazil").
Try not to delight yourself to death.
Video shot by Tom Newton at AKA Sutton Place hotel residence.. Edited by Will
More Daniela: See her in five of our favorite blushes over here.
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The Auditor Who Mists At Her Desk
(Fri, 17 Feb 2017)
The #ITGTopShelfie interview series focuses on the beauty routines of Into The Gloss' lovely,
accomplished, and loyal community of readers. Submit your own on Instagram—post your Top Shelfie (tag us @intothegloss!) and include the hashtag #ITGTopShelfie for a chance to be featured on
"Hey! My name is Emily Code (@emily_code) and I live in Chicago. I work for a Big 4 public accounting firm as an
auditor, or as some would say, a guardian of the capital markets. You know how companies release financial information? Well, we're looking at that first to make sure everything is OK. My
favorite thing about my job is that I get to spend all day solving financial mysteries at a table covered in work papers and candy bar wrappers with a group of people whom I’m continuously
learning from. While some of us are quasi-experts in slow-cooking, public policy, and wine pairing, you can catch me raving about skincare and giving beauty tips to anyone who'll take them.
Unfortunately, the florescent overhead lighting in the audit room does nothing for my post-6PM cheekbone glow, so every couple of hours I hydrate with either Glossier Soothing Face Mist or Avene Thermal Spring Water. I love to experiment with new products but I always find myself reaching for my tried-and-trues. My first cleanse of choice is Banila Clean It Zero—I love it because it easily dissolves makeup and feels like a silky dream. I usually spend a few
extra minutes on this step and massage my face to increase circulation and stimulate collagen production. Then I cleanse again with a Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser to remove any dirt sticking around. Then, I prep my face with Son and Park's Beauty Water before applying serums. I think of my face like a dry sponge, and if I don't wet it with a hydrating toner first, nothing subsequent will soak up
like it’s supposed to. The beauty water has gentle exfoliating ingredients that get rid of dead skin cells.
My holy-grail serum is the Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin—this stuff has changed my life, really. If I’m in a
rush and have time for only one product, this is what I reach for and in the winter months I’ll double or triple up on this stuff because after a few pumps, my skin is comparable to having done a
sheet mask for 20 minutes. It's great for anti-redness and pigmentation issues. I like to layer my moisturizers, so I’ll start out with a gel-like one like Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream. Then I use a thicker cream, COSRX Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream, which locks in moisture all day. In the mornings I’ll wrap up my skincare with a layer of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen, and if I know I’ll be in the sun for more than a few hours, I’ll toss it
in my bag and reapply throughout the day. It's my go-to SPF because it’s so lightweight and fresh that I sometimes can’t remember if I've put it on yet. I have chemical sunscreens to thank for
being an entirely different experience than those greasy mineral sunscreens that I knew all too well growing up in Florida.
A beauty secret I think the world should know is not a secret but more of a reminder—to listen to and get to know your skin. It’s often tempting to go out and buy the same products that beauty
icons are beating the drum for, but I’ve learned that everyone’s skin is different and what may be a holy grail moisturizer for them could easily cause my acne-prone skin to breakout. If ever I’m
feeling oily after a weekend of partying and fast food, I’ll do a mud mask to clear out impurities before I settle down with my Sunday night sheet mask to rehydrate after probably having guilty
passed out in my makeup the night before. I also think everyone should take daily hyaluronic acid supplements to help the skin and joints retain moisture. My lips are noticeably plumper and eyes
are less dry since I started taking them in the mornings.
I’m one of those girls who won’t leave the house without brushing my eyebrows, but can’t be bothered to comb my hair unless absolutely necessary. I was blessed with naturally straight hair so I
let it air dry unless I have somewhere special to be and want to add some volume with a hairdryer and round brush. I’m a big fan of the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day line because their products don't have silicones, like a lot of other hair products on the shelves, so they leave my hair weightless
and moisturized without that feeling of not having washed all the product out. While my hair is still damp I run some of the Living Proof Styling Cream through it with my fingers to protect it from the dry weather and it doubles as a heat protectant for my styled days too.
My daily makeup is as follows—I’ll brush and shape up my brows with a bit with Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark
Brown and curl my lashes with my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler before finishing off with a few swipes of
Glossier’s Haloscope in Quartz and heading out the door. If I’m getting ready for a night out
I’ll add some drama, starting with Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in 20 Beige and a Beautyblender. I stick with this foundation because it's water-based, lightweight, and goes on like a second skin. I
like to use a pressed highlighter at night so I can glow in the dark and I just hit pan on my Mary-Lou
Manizer by theBalm. I love a good shimmer blush too like Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim
Infusion. For mascara, I use Covergirl LashBlast Fusion. I’m obsessed with how the applicator brush
separates my lashes like they don’t know each other and I swear I couldn’t get it to clump if I tried. I'm late to everything so I always find myself rushing to put my makeup on last minute, and
Lisa Eldridge turned me on to the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows because of how quickly I can pat them into my lid with my fingertip. In college, you could hardly tell I’d blacked out the night before when my
eyeshadow still looked that good in the morning."
—as told to ITG
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Byredo's Bibliotheque Is Now A Limited-Edition Perfume
(Thu, 16 Feb 2017)
Into The Gloss introduced me to the world of fancy smells and candles, and since then there has been no scent in my life I've identified more with than Byredo Bibliotheque. When I realized it only existed in candle form, my first reaction was complete dismay—followed
by a quick pro/con analysis of whether I could get away with carrying a lit candle with me everywhere I go.
Every time I would go into their store, I would suggest to whoever would listen that Bibliotheque would make a great personal fragrance. (The one key thing my college rowing coach taught me was
to “be persistent.”) Every single “Thank you, I hope you enjoy your candle purchase” response would feel like polite but forceful rejection.
And then it happened. A year after I first purchased the love of my life, I received the email I never expected: “Hi! I wanted to let you know that after several requests, Bibliotheque has been
made into a limited edition fragrance! Since you're a fan of Bibliotheque, I thought you might be interested.”
Money has never flown out of my bank account faster. My dream of smelling like old books and worn in leather and cashmere throws by a fire in a cabin in the mountain (or more specifically peach,
plum, peony, violet, leather, patchouli and vanilla) has come true. No, my rowing coach probably wouldn’t’ve endorsed asking defenseless Byredo store associates for a fragrance they don’t make
for months on end. But I don’t row anymore and I will own the Bibliotheque Eau de Parfum (it's pre-ordered)...so I win.
If you too would like to smell like a French library, the limited edition bottle (the big bottle!) will be available for purchase starting March 2nd.
Kate Caputo is Glossier’s Data & Business Intelligence Analyst. She goes to the Byredo store on Wooster St. every other weekend.
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A Fantastic Disco Eye Look For Everyday
(Thu, 16 Feb 2017)
There's a time and place for smudged, undone, "effortless" makeup, and that time and place seems to be Fashion Week in New York City. This makes a capital L-Look like Brandon Maxwell's metallic
and dimensional smoky eye particularly captivating—the makeup equivalent of discovering buried treasure after five long days at sea. Tom Pecheux is the captain now. Let's break the whole thing
Brows brushed up all the way. Make those little hairs touch the sky and then keep going.
A creamy MAC Kohl Pencil in, out, and around the eye for some texture play
A matte Carbon eyeshadow base smudged out from the lashline, past the browbone, approaching the
temple. What we at ITG like to call the "Ghostly Cat-Eye," back to haunt you from your high school eye makeup days.
MAC Pigment pressed onto the lid—in a range of precious shades that differed from model to model—rich
coppers, intense sapphire blues, and a little chartreuse for good measure. When you see the MAC pigment spilled out over the makeup table, you know it's going to be major.
"Timelessness, power... a nod back to when women were getting dressed to go out, and looked amazing."
Youthful, full-coverage red nails in Deborah Lippmann Rasberry Jam, on the pinker side of red
Undone, effortless skin. Because it's New York Fashion Week, after all!
Photographed by Tom Newton.
See the rest of the makeup from this season's shows in The Backstage.
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How To Accidentally Transition To Clean(er) Beauty
(Thu, 16 Feb 2017)
I never thought I'd see the day, but last fall I started hating all my beauty products. Seriously, all of them—without exception. I hated my standbys that made it through stories and seasons with
me; I hated my custom-made, blood-infused cream that costs $1400; I hated everything
new delivered to my attention at Glossier HQ. Everything sucked and smelled like marketing and threatened to break me out and give me a rash. It was truly a dark time.
My general product fatigue—and my growing distrust of ingredient lists I couldn't easily parse—drove me somewhere I never thought I'd find myself: the world of natural and organic beauty. I say
never because all the detox-driven, "no-nasties" lingo is really for the birds. As you probably already know, natural claims can pass unregulated by any actual agency. So the same way marketing
makes the industry go 'round, scare tactics might make the natural enclave within it grow. Maybe you're skeptical. That's OK, I'm skeptical too. But in a moment of desperation, I was drawn to the
clean beauty community's focus on ingredients I recognized and routines that felt right. And guess what? I found some products I really, really liked. I'm as shocked as anybody.
So here I am, all of a sudden a "natural beauty lover." Or at least a natural-leaning beauty lover because it's hard to be a beauty editor and not try a little of everything. One disclaimer I
feel compelled to share: The following list is a bit cost-prohibitive. And for that, I'm sorry. But I'll say this—the past few months were just my first foray into this brave new world that
happens to be pretty expensive at the moment. I'm compelled to say that this is the wave of the future for a lot of companies in terms of formulating products. All of which is to say, they're
going to get more and more affordable as the market opens up. For now, follow the ingredients to your price point. And tell me what you're using in the comments.
Cleanser: Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser
My relationship with the Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser isn't just a rebound from what I was
using before–it's the love-at-first sight kind of thing that makes you forget every other boyfriend you've ever had. I knew from the first time I messaged the creamy formula into my skin that
this was for me—just on feel. But the real results come after you rinse. No redness. Like, I'm talking no redness—from the rosacea on my cheeks, to cystic zits that pop up around my
eyebrows. It's not the most natural or most organic product on this list, but it's free of a whole hell of a lot: parabens, mineral oils, silicones, sulphates, propylene glycol, phthalates, GMO,
PEGs, and that's not all. Also, they sell it at Shen Beauty, which tells me it's pretty darn good.
Toner: Susanne Kaufmann's Tonic Clarifying
Toner isn't something that's ever permanently worked its way into my routine. I've dabbled in rosewater after cleansing, but that's sort of a weak excuse for a balancing step. Turns out, all I
needed was plant alcohols like the ones in Susanne Kaufmann's Tonic Clarifying. Her emphasis on the worts
(master wort, rib wort, St. John's wort...) do wonders for skin texture, resulting in a complexion that's calm, cool, and collected.
Oil: True Botanicals Clear Oil
For moisturizing, I highly recommend you reach for an oil instead of a cream. In fact, I haven't used a traditional moisturizer since mid-November, and my skin is the happiest it's been in a
year. I apologize if I am beginning to sound like a broken record on this, but True Botanicals Clear Oil is
my no. 1. It's one of those kind of confusing balancing oils that I was afraid to use for a while, but don't be scared. Here's all you need to know: It's an oil, so yes it's going to moisturize
you really well. But it's also antibacterial (killing acne germs before they start) and anti-inflammatory (reducing the appearance of acne once it's already happening). Of course, if acne isn't
your problem, the Renew Oil is also wonderful. Guys, I really love this brand. So much.
Serums: Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique & Drunk Elephant C-FirmaJane Larkworthy was right—the Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique collection of serums (that's Intensive Repair, Barrier Restore, and Soothing B3) really can't be beat. They're a 1-2-3 punch
targetting inflammation and its side effects (that's acne, aging, and various types of dermatitis). Instead of treating just one thing, the best way to describe the results is to say 'perfectly
soothed and dewy skin.' Meant to be used as a system, I've taken to mixing together at least two of them at any given time: Intensive Repair and Soothing B3 when I'm breaking out, adding in
Barrier Restore when I'm healing.
In the morning, I sporadically add Drunk Elephant's most popular C-Firma Day Serum under oil and SPF. Sure,
it smells like hot dog water, but I see no better improvement to skin tone and clarity than when I'm using it. Suffer for your art.
Spot Treatment: Amanda Lacey Miracle Tonic
I almost screwed this one up. It is not, as I assumed, an all-over exfoliating toner. Don't do that unless you have Teflon skin. Instead, dip a Q-tip in the beautiful glass jar and swipe
selectively on parts of your face that could use a little encouragement. For me, that's a few hormonal acne spots and some stubborn scar tissue near my eyebrow sprouts. After one use, I was
pleasantly surprised that everything seemed calmer and less inflated. And with the Q-tip dip trick, this thing is going to last me forever.
SPF: Susanne Kaufmann Sun Cream Cell Protection
We've been over this. Susanne Kaufmann slays the game. Read more here.
Weekly Add-Ons: The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner & May Lindstrom The Honey Mud
Important advice for up-and-coming beauty lovers: Don't over exfoliate and don't over-mask. You can have too much of a good thing, and it's tempting to try and fix finnicky skin
with more products. Resist the urge and pull back for a moment. I've limited myself to a once-per-week at-home facial that's only two steps—an exfoliating toner and a deeply cleansing plus
hydrating mask. Step 1 is The Beauty Chef's Probiotic Skin Refiner, which is made from the runoff from their
probiotic supplement powder that's a cult favorite. That's pretty cool in my opinion. Step 2 is an oldie but a goodie: May Lindstrom's The Honey Mud. A rare mud mask that doesn't suck the living soul out of your dermis while you were just trying to tend to a few stubborn clogged pores. I don't know
how May formulates the best of the best every time, but she does and I'd trust her with my life.
Shampoo & Conditioner: San Ceuticals Nourishing Line
Turns out, finding a natural-leaning shampoo and conditioner pair is tough. Both Ilona Hamer and
Kate Jones recommended this New Zealand-based line to me and I'm really digging it. The
shampoo is just what it needs to be—a shampoo, nothing more, nothing less. But the Nourishing Hair Hydratant Ultra melts into hair unlike most other conditioners that just sit on top. It feels like a
shame to wash it out (sometimes I don't), but when you do, it leaves hair moisturized but not gummy.
A Magic Hair Styling Cocktail: Reverie Ever Oil + Milk
The lovely people at Whittemore House Salon tipped me off to this mixture—I'd been using Milk as a lightweight
hydrator on ends for years. But add Ever Oil to it and it feels like you're feeding your hair continuously from shower to shower. The oil adds a little grit to Milk, a gel-serum that can feel
weak in the face of thicker, coarser hair.
Body: Tammy Fender Très Rose Body Oil
Boy do I love a luxurious body oil. It makes me feel like a queen—and it's also more worth it because I can't remember the last time I finished one. With Tammy's version, the pump is everything.
But the light scent is nice in that it's not overwhelming. And the hydration is serious. Never moisturize your body with anything but oil. If I leave you with one thing after all of this, let it
Photographed by Tom Newton.
More of Emily's favorite things, including her whole fall beauty routine, can be found over here.
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Ebonee Davis, Model & Activist
(Thu, 16 Feb 2017)
"Before I was a model I was a student at the University of Washington. I was just kind of fooling around with some pre-requisite classes and I took an ethics class which I loved. I was always
interested in social stuff—not necessarily politcs, but ethics. Like, how do we treat one another? What does it mean to be a person of color in the world? That always really interested me and
that class sort of solidified my interest. But I'd always wanted to be a model, and I went to an open call agency in Seattle and they signed me. Then, I left Seattle and moved to New York.
It was so rough in the beginning. When I got here, I went to every agency—'No, no, no, no,' over and over, or, ‘We already have a girl with your look,’ or ‘We don’t think there's room on our
board for you...’ but I was young and determined and eventually I did get signed. I’ve always been the kind of person that if you give me an inch, I’m going to take a mile. I don’t mind having to
do all the work, I just need the opportunity. If you open the door, I'll bust it down.
Until recently I hadn’t pursued my social education in a serious way. After Alton Sterling was killed this summer, that's when I realized I had to start saying something. It was the same day my
Calvin Klein campaign came out, which is the first job I booked with my natural hair. All of the resistance that I faced up until that point was proof that sticking to my gut and instinct would
take me far. I'm giving a TEDTalk next week about racism in the fashion industry, because I have a unique perspective to speak on it [ed note: Watch it here]. It’s coming from an anecdotal place—a lot of my personal experiences, but the experiences others
have gone through too. Within my story, there are hundreds of stories. A lot of the experiences are so universal that there is no need to be suffering the way that we do.
I went natural about a year ago. I actually remember doing it on November 16, 2015, because I was like, ‘New me!’ I’m going natural and not going back. At my old agency—and I want to be clear
this was my old agency—their response was like, ‘What are you doing with your hair? Clients aren’t going to book you.’ After I transitioned, I worked for Calvin Klein and Victoria's
Secret, these major clients that I didn’t work for when my hair was straight. I went to Devachan and Julie
hooked me up. She cut me into this shape, and this is what I've been rocking since around the time I got signed to the Lions.
Over the holidays I had goddess locs, and I just got Bantu knots down at a braiding shop in Crown Heights—I don't get to keep anything for too long because of work, but I like to switch up my
look. I'm really into Shea Moisture products. I try to keep it pretty natural, no sulfates. I shampoo once a
week, but I co-wash every couple days, and I use coconut oil or jojoba oil on my scalp overnight. I use Shea Moisture's styling products too, like their Jamaican castor oil line. They make skincare stuff now. I haven’t looked into all of it, but I've heard it's really
I'm oily in my t-zone, and if I break out, it's along my cheeks. The rest of my skin is dry, and the only thing I use to wash my face is African Black Soap. Every day, only once. If I'm wearing makeup, I'll use Bioderma
Créaline to take it off. After I wash my face I use Dr. Hauschka Day Cream. It’s from Boots and it’s sort
of this yellowish color. It has a bit of oil in it, which I like during the winter, but I also use the Kiehl's
Midnight Recovery Oil at night. It keeps me moisturized throughout the night and when I wake up my skin is still supple. Especially after having that face to pillow contact all night it gets
Before doing a look, I'll use the Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner and the Dr. Hauschka Day Cream. Then some lip
balm—like Rosebud Salve—and I'll spray my face with Heritage Rosewater. I don't know why, I just like it. I buy it at Whole Foods... I guess I do my beauty shopping and food shopping at the same time. For me, I don't
want to put anything on my body that I wouldn't want in my body.
Makeup is harder. I don't buy makeup at Whole Foods. [Laughs] But I don't usually wear it outside of work. No contour for me, but I do love highlight. It’s the most beautiful thing to me—dewy,
glow, highlighted skin. My favorite highlighter is Gold Rush by MAC, but I also like the Nars South Beach stick. It depends if I'm going for a subtle highlight, or if I'm going out and looking for
that glazed donut face. If it’s just that, nothing on the lids, lips, or eyes. Just a glow and I’m fine. I'll wear a Maybelline Push Up Angel Mascara to castings. This MAC Eye Kohl is called Teddy and I
like to put this around and under my eyes and smudge it a bit. It's all pretty natural.
If I'm doing makeup to make a statement, it's definitely on the lip. Ruby Woo is my favorite. It’s
the most red red. I’m usually a gloss kind of girl, though. The MAC Lip Balms are kind of glossy and
wet, but they have great color. They’re really nice. A makeup artist used it on me one day. I love brown lipstick like the Marc Jacobs one in Bad Behavior. It kind of reminds me of the '90s, that Lauryn Hill or Mary J. Blige sort of look, and I think it’s so beautiful on brown skin. I
like to play off of my own skin tone a bit.
Really, beauty and self-care are one and the same for me. We're in this culture that's all about rush rush rush, and putting everything and everyone before yourself is glorified behavior. But
taking care of yourself is a huge part of your quality of life. Life is not just about making money. You can’t just be about that. You need to take time to relax. Then it's easier for you to
—as told to ITG
Ebonee Davis photographed by Tom Newton at her home in New York on January 13, 2017.
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Point/Counterpoint: Is Eye Cream Necessary?
(Wed, 15 Feb 2017)
Welcome back to Point/Counterpoint—after a yearlong hiatus, everybody's favorite beauty debate column is back. This time, we're diving headfirst into a very shallow pot of eye cream. Is it
necessary? The jury is out. On one side of the aisle, we have Brennan, a self-proclaimed "Eye Cream Truther". On the other is Emily Ferber, who maintains eye cream to be an essential part of a
balanced skincare routine (or something like that). This is Point/Counterpoint. Gloves on, folks. This one's gonna get dirty.
Point, from Brennan: Imagine I'm a salesperson at your local beauty department—I lure you over to my counter with a song and sell you a moisturizer for $40. You love it so much
that you want the accompanying eye cream, so I go over to my little station and distill the same moisturizer into a much tinier package and I charge you twice for it. Boom! You've been scammed.
Congratulations—to me, not to you, because you fell for it. This little scene happens every single time an unsuspecting chump purchases an eye cream. They're just elfin little moisturizers—and
almost every benefit that's promised ends up being a marketing gimmick. (Dark circles are hereditary, no matter how much rare plankton sperm you press into them.) Undereye moisturizer is
necessary but you can use literally anything else. Your regular moisturizer, a hyaluronic serum, or this $8
Korean aloe cream. This is the end of the article—please disregard everything you're about to read.
Counterpoint, from Emily: Brennan, the veil of youth shrouds you so opaquely you wouldn't be able to argue yourself into fries to go with a hamburger. Literally everyone knows
that the skin around the eyes is thinner, and if you have any joy in your life at all, that skin gets stretched every time you make an expression. Suffice it to say, crow's feet come in early on
a lot of people, and those people want—NAY, those people deserve eye cream with active ingredients like
retinol and other anti-aging antioxidants. Indeed, the area around the eyes is more sensitive, more prone
to dryness, more prone to milia than other parts of your face. I say customize your skincare accordingly. Currently my eye area is more chapped than the rest of my face—no need to slather on a
heavy moisturizer everywhere. Just a little Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream does the trick. Or by all
means go on ignoring that, Brennan, and see how you fare 10 years from now. In the meantime, you may go parade your youth around some other part of the internet. Who knows how long it'll last
Photographed by Tom Newton.
Next up: Point/Counterpoint, Body Milk vs. Body Butter.
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