Caitlin McAvoy, Dancer, Nashville Ballet

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“Hi, I’m Caitlin McAvoy [@caitlinmcavoy] and I currently live in Nashville, originally from Overland Park, Kansas. I work as a dancer in the Nashville Ballet’s second company. I love the feeling of dancing—it’s hard to describe what it’s like to be on stage and to trust your body and your training to do their jobs. A lot of times, it feels like work. Other times, it just feels so freeing.

The costumes, makeup, and hair are always exciting, but beauty in ballet is interesting—dancers are beautiful not because of the way they look, but because of the way they move. I think ballet has really broadened what I consider beautiful. People can bring so much more to the table than by being conventionally ‘attractive.’ At the same time, it makes me hyperaware of how I look, just because we spend so much time looking in the mirror. I’m definitely particular about how I want to look, because if I don’t like my hair or my makeup, I’m stuck looking at it all day.

My earliest exposure to makeup was through dance. My mom would do my makeup for all of my recitals and performances, and I always thought it was fun to wear. Now I really enjoy doing it myself. When you’re doing stage makeup for 12 performances and eight dress rehearsals a week, you have to be efficent, so my routine is almost methodical. For a full face, I’ll put on Laura Geller Spackle Primer in Champagne first because it makes me feel glow-y, and then I’ll use Tonymoly Panda’s Dream Brightening Eye Base under my eyes for my huge dark circles. Then I’ll apply Dr. Jart Beauty Balm in Light/Medium and Cover FX Cream Concealer in Extra Light, which I blend with a Beautyblender under my eyes and around my nostrils. I have to set my undereye concealer with powder or else it tends to crease, so I use a T.LeClerc Powder in Banane. It’s a mess when I open it, but the product is great.

I’ll use the darker side of Nars’ Contour Blush in Olympia to contour my cheekbones, and I like Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Palette in Champagne Glow to highlight. For blush, I love Too Faced Love Flush in Love Hangover and Justify My Love. They’re super pigmented and go on so evenly. I’ll blend those in with a kabuki brush. I’ve also gotten really good at finding products that keep my makeup in place… If you know you’re dancing a role that makes you sweat a lot, apply your foundation and then use a loose powder on a sponge and press it into your face. You can apply your blush and contour on top and it won’t slide all over the place.

For my eyebrows I use Anastasia’s Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, which is easy and lasts all day. On my eyelids I’ll start with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. It’s seriously the greatest primer and one of my favorite products maybe ever. There’s no one go-to eyeshadow for me, but I love Colourpop’s Nillionaire, Weenie, and Mixed Tape shades. After eyeshadow, I’ll mist with Make Up For Ever’s Mist and Fix Setting Spray. I like to set my eyebrows with NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel and will do a coat of mascara with Too Faced’s Better Than Sex. It’s the best for length and volume and doesn’t clump at all. Finally, I’ll use a lipgloss or lipstick. Lip color is important on me because I look really pale without it, and Lipstick Queen’s Jean Queen is one of my favorite pinks. I really like Revlon’s Rose Velvet for an everyday look because the color isn’t too red or too pink, and the texture is really silky on your lips.

I only wash my face when I shower in the evening, and I use Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser along with a Simple Micellar Water for my eye makeup. After I wash, I spritz my face with the Herbivore Botanicals Balance Toner that I’m completely obsessed with. I’ll follow with Mizon’s All-In-One Snail Repair Cream once the toner has dried. You can put a ton of it on and your skin completely absorbs it! Before I go to sleep I’ll put on Mario Badescu’s Seaweed Night Cream and Glycolic Eye Cream, and if I have any pimples, I use Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion on them overnight. In the morning I just use the micellar water on a cotton ball, then toner spray and Mizon cream before I do my makeup. I break out really easily and have struggled with acne, so my skincare routine is probably the most important part of my beauty regimen.

My hair is always up [for dance], so I wash it one to three times a week—it’s really fine and it dries out if I wash it any more than that. I use R+Co’s Sunset Blvd Shampoo and Conditioner, but if it’s cold and my scalp is dry, I’ll use Neutrogena’s T/Gel Shampoo. I also love to use the Fekkai Technician Color Care Hair Mask in place of a conditioner because it’s so hydrating. Before blow drying I’ll spray some R+Co Dallas Thickening Spray on my roots to give me some volume. I always have to use hairspray because my hair will slip out of my bun without it, but I’ve found that R+Co’s Outer Space Flexible Hairspray doesn’t build up a gross layer and make your hair look filmy. It really holds!

To stay fit, I eat a lot of protein and try to drink a ton of water—even though I’m pretty bad at actually doing it. Depending on what I’m rehearsing, which can change drastically month to month, I’ll go on the treadmill and add more cardio to keep my stamina up. When we rehearse ballets like Swan Lake or the Nutcracker, the work is pretty aerobic and you’ll be in rehearsals all day, so your stamina will be up and you’ll be really in shape. But when we’re not rehearsing for a performance, I’ll add in additional cardio workouts. I also love to get a lot of sleep. Napping and going to sleep early are things I have to do. When I’m tired, I’m not functional in any way.”

—as told to ITG

Fellow ballerina Courtney Lavine recommends one very luxe (and affordable) weekend bath routine in her #ITGTopShelfie.

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Kat Borchart, Photographer

“Hi! I’m Kat [@kat_borchart] and I live in Los Angeles, in a small area near Glendale called Atwater Village. I’m a freelance photographer, which allows me to dabble in a lot of different things—production, marketing, taking photos, editing, and actually some accounting—so every day is a bit different. In college I majored in commercial advertising at a photography school, and then I worked for a few companies doing in-house ecommerce photography and assisting other photographers before going full-time. Those ‘grunt work’ years felt like going to college all over again, but now being able to be my own boss is so rewarding…to feel that sense of accomplishment when I get a new job or make a client happy is truly the best feeling.

My work mainly involves shooting models, mostly women, so pulling references for beauty is always a part of my creative process. Even though it’s winter, I’ve lately been pulling a lot of summer vibes—rosy and sunburnt skin, tan lines, road trips. If I’m in a creative rut, I love to pick up copies of Russh, Oyster, and Mirage and jump on my secret Pinterest boards to get the juices flowing again. In my teenage years I was totally obsessed with Roxy. I loved the Surf Riders and their golden tans, freckles, and salty blonde hair. I think that gave me my first sense of wanderlust.

Around that time, when I was getting into makeup—and also getting acne—my grandma taught me the importance of cleansing and moisturizing on a daily basis. She took me to Rite Aid and bought me a Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar and two Neutrogena moisturizers, one for day and one for night. I still use the bar! I swear my skin is groomed to their formulas. I wash my face in the shower, and then I wash my body with Rudy’s Body Wash or Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Peppermint Bar Soap. I was getting into dry brushing for a minute, but because it’s winter, all I want to do is go from one warm spot to the next. So like Cindy Crawford I’ll just lather on Whole Foods’ apricot or almond oil and pat dry. It really makes a difference, and my skin just drinks it in.

After the shower, I’ll put on a coat of Glossier Priming Moisturizer and then do my makeup. I’m of a ‘set-it-and-forget-it’ mindset because I hate carrying touch-up stuff with me. If I’m just doing a day at home for work, I try not to wear any to give my skin a little break. But for doing errands or taking meetings I’ll use Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye in 2.5 and then an all-over pass with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Sand. It gives enough coverage without making you feel like you’re suffocating your face.

Then I’ll add mascara—lately I’ve using Benefit Roller Lash—and I’ll fill in my brows where they need it. A producer on set was gushing about the Diorshow Brow Styler and begged me to let her do my brows. Now I’m a convert, and I love sketching them in ever so slightly. If we’re going out, I’ll add a lip. I love MAC’s Sin, although I have Ruby Woo on standby. And if I’m feeling wilder I have a small Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette that I’ll go to for a little eyeshadow smudge. I do a mix of nudes and gold with a bit of black, and I apply it with a liner brush.

There isn’t a lot of rhyme or reason when it comes to my hair products, except adding texture and a good scent. To wash, I typically use Pantene, but sometimes I’ll switch to my boyfriend’s shampoo—he’s using Rudy’s, which has a great citrus smell. I’m a huge Bumble and bumble fanatic, so if it’s summer and I’m not drying my hair, I’ll use Don’t Blow It with a spritz of Brooklyn Beach Hair in Summer Scent. If I do dry it I’ll scrunch in some Brilliantine. I can’t do my hair with irons or anything, but I’m obsessed with my Babyliss Pro Hair Dryer. It’s not too expensive and really dries your wet hair without frying it. Also, I learned this one great hair trick… After I discovered that all dry shampoo is mostly made up of cornstarch, I’ve kept an old spice shaker of it in my bathroom to run through my roots if I don’t have time to shower. It works like a charm, although you have to work it through really well.

I’m also pretty obsessed with these Japanese foot exfoliation peels called Baby Foot. I only do them once or twice a year, but you put these little plastic booties on for about 30–45 minutes, and for the rest of the week, all of the skin peels off your feet—including the super rough parts. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I love having super smooth heels after the whole process is over.

My routine is all about good skin and textured hair. So much of beauty is subjective, and everyone has their own preferences and sensitivities, so I try not to think too much about what everyone else uses and focus instead on what works best for me. I assisted on a big brand’s beauty campaign once and they didn’t use any of the product on the model at all! That was my first truth-in-advertising lesson—now, I really only take recommendations from friends and coworkers instead of from product copy.”

—as told to ITG

Further reading: Photographer Libby Gray shares the best skin-reset mask, student Ryen Staggers swears by her one “beauty potion in a bottle,” and product stylist Diana del Río believes in wearing a satin cap to bed in the #ITGTopShelfie.

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Tanika Rottura, Executive Assistant, Morgan Stanley

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“My name is Tanika Rottura [@tbrottura_nychomedesigns] and I live in New York City, where I was born and raised. I work as an Executive Assistant at Morgan Stanley in their Technology division, where I manage financial data and systems, while ensuring meetings and functions run smoothly. My job allows me to be really technically creative and that’s what I love most about it. I had originally planned to become a dancer or an interior designer, but you can be a creative in any industry. I’ve learned that taking different talents and combining them underneath one umbrella is what makes any work fulfilling.

One of the first things I do in the morning is spritz on my favorite scent, and I really like Byredo Gypsy Water or Diptyque L’Ombre Dans L’Eau. Gypsy Water smells like the ocean and L’Ombre smells like sea salt and vanilla. Not sure if I’m the only one that prefers to wear certain fragrances during the winter but I’m currently stuck on Chanel’s Coromandel, too… I was a big camper when I was younger and it reminds me of the mountains.

It takes me 20 minutes to get ready for work. I start off by washing my face with cool water, and then I apply Tatcha Radiant Deep Brightening Serum, which is really natural and light. It also works the first day you put it on, and quick results are what we want. When I have more time, I love washing my face with Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser. It works really well for combination skin like mine. Then I apply the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster which I like to protect my skin from the cold. I always wear SPF—it’s a myth that darker women don’t need it—and I like Fresh Soy Face Cream SPF 20. I have sensitive skin and this doesn’t make me break out. I try to listen to my skin and pay close attention to how products react with it. What works for my friends with similar complexions doesn’t necessarily work for me. At night, I use La Mer’s Lifting and Firming Mask along with Nars’ Skin Restorative Night Treatment. I know they’re pricey, but they really work.

All throughout my life, I’ve been pretty girly. I first tried red lipstick when I was 16 and my mom went through the roof. Why do we always go for red first? Now I wear makeup kind of sparingly because I don’t want to trick anyone, but a little mascara, lipstick, and blush just make me feel good. I only wear foundation in the winter, strangely, and Nars Sheer Glow in Trinidad matches my skin tone and isn’t drying. I also like Nars Blush in Exhibit A, which is great for darker skin. Lipstick is a mood changer and I like to wear a nude tint for daytime. I love Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Color in Icone—it’s the best lipstick I’ve ever used. Also, my style is really colorful, and this goes with any outfit. To spruce up my eyes, I use Chanel Le Volume Mascara.

As a child I never thought my hair was beautiful. This has since changed—in large part to my husband, who helped me shift my perception of what’s beautiful in a woman. If you feel happy and beautiful inside, everything on the outside will cooperate. Since going natural, I try to keep it easy and chemical-free. I wash my hair daily with As I Am Co-Wash Conditioner before applying Sheamoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Transitioning Milk, which seals in moisture. In the morning, I just take five minutes to fluff it with a dime-size of Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil.

The best way for me to relax is with a glass of white wine, or three, followed by a quick shower. I have really dry skin—like, cracking dry—so I’ll layer Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion underneath Le Labo Santal 33 Body Lotion, which smells amazing. I also like Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Body Scrub, especially when I want to unwind. But the best beauty tip of all is good, quality sleep. One way I sleep better is with an eye mask. From experience, it just works.”

—as told to ITG

Read about stylist Bethany Bankston’s four-conditioner rotation, violinist Maria Im’s Korean approach to eye cream, and jewelry designer Asha Patel’s DIY exfoliating treatment in the #ITGTopShelfie.

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Camille Seydoux, Stylist

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“My name is Camille Seydoux [@camilleseydoux] and I live in the Marais in Paris. I’m a fashion and celebrity stylist, so my job is all about creating looks—both for appearances and photoshoots, which has always been a passion of mine. When I was a student, my first job was working as a habilleuse [dresser] for fashion shows. Now I’m collaborating with brands more… I’m actually working with Roger Vivier on a capsule collection for this season. When I’m styling, I get as meticulous about the hair and makeup as I do about the clothes, but for my own style, I like to keep it effortless and cool. I like beauty but I don’t want it to take away from my personality—I’m pretty laid back.

After my morning shower I always moisturize my body, and at the moment I’m using La Mer’s The Body Crème. To wash my face, I use Shu Uemura Oil Makeup Remover or I’ll switch in Tata Harper’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser which I bought in NYC. I’ll use them with the Clarisonic when I need to feel super clean. I also spray my face with Eau Florale by Sisley, and then I add my La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel. I’ll put on Sunday Riley Good Genes Serum, and depending on the weather I’ll maybe use a light moisturizer like Sisley’s Émulsion Écologique…or something more intense like classic Crème de la Mer. In the evening, I enjoy doing a moisturizing mask like the Avene Soothing Moisture Mask. My skincare secret is that one day a week, especially during the weekend, I’ll keep my skin free from makeup and from beauty products in general. I’ll clean my face, but that’s all. I let my skin breathe! Sometimes all the ingredients can overwhelm your skin, so I think you need to have a day off.

For my daily makeup, I start with Clé de Peau Concealer. On my eyebrows I use the Anastasia Brow Gel with my favorite Le Volume de Chanel Mascara on my lashes. Then, some Nars Orgasm Blush and a tinted lip balm by Fresh. I have all the colors! When I go out, I love to play with makeup. I’ll do a smoky eye with my favorite Tom Ford Eye Quad, and I’ll put some foundation. Right now I’m crazy about Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation. I also like to do a light contour with Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Contour Kit and then I do a nude lip using Tata Harper’s Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Sweet. I’m really inspired by the Sixties and Seventies—I love cat eyes and the big nude lips, but I want to try super dark lips à la Rihanna. And don’t forget to make up your eyebrows too! I love this new brand, Le Sourcil by Angélik Iffennecker. Her pencils are fabulous.

On certain occasions I’ll have a makeup artist do things on me that I can’t do myself… I’m terrible with eyeliner, but I love it, so I’ll ask somebody to do it for me. I’ve learned some tricks, too, like mixing my foundation with day cream to make it lighter, or using lipstick as blush. But I do travel a lot, so sometimes I’ll bring products to my makeup artist that you can’t get in France. Next time I’m in the US, she wants me to get her some Hourglass, and the Anastasia Contouring Palette. Sometimes, I teach her.

French women keep it very simple with their hair routines. The only thing that I always use is Moroccanoil, which I use after I shampoo. My favorite brand for my hair is Christophe Robin—he makes excellent products for bleached blonds. For style, I love hair like Bardot. Big hair but in a messy way, not the American way. I usually wash my hair before going to sleep, and then I wake up in the morning and put on some Leonor Greyl Nourishing Cream. My friend John Nollet told me that you can leave your conditioner in until your next shampoo—don’t rinse it completely, leave some in—and then with a dry, hot towel, massage your hair. You’ll have beautiful waves afterwards. My hair is really thick and I sometimes need to turn down the volume. One of my favorite hair product is my brush from Mason Pearson. A good hair brush is a must-have.”

—as told to ITG

The very best beauty tips from ITG readers like you: Pamela Katz experiments with shampoo and conditioner combos, Oisin Orlandi has fragrance recs for days, and Daria Burkova discovers the wonders of Nars blush in the #ITGTopShelfie.

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Grace Abbott, Digital & Social Strategist, B/C

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“My name is Grace Abbott [@agraceabbott] and I live in St. Louis, Missouri—although I’m from the East Coast, so this is still hard to wrap my head around. I work as a Digital and Social Strategist at a design and consulting firm called B/C. We have a small, stealthy team—all women!—who help businesses grow by working design-thinking into their business models, like websites, branding, and strategy. One day I’m researching about gift-giving trends, and another I’m learning about sustainable aquaculture. It’s always something new.

I got into design because growing up, I was obsessed with beautiful things, but I wasn’t sure how that would turn into a career. Luckily the internet took over the world, so I went to college for graphic design. Before that I was a competition dancer. At an early age I was really good at putting stage makeup, including glueing rhinestones on the inner and outer corners of my eyes. Bless. I also liked to play mixologist with all of my mom’s expensive creams…my interest in beauty has been a lifelong thing.

My philosophy is pretty simple in that I try to moisturize as much as possible, and for makeup, I go pretty natural. I like to use the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and then I apply concealer to the places that need it with my Beautyblender. I haven’t found the perfect concealer yet, but I am back and forth between the Jouer Age-Repairing Concealer in Porcelain and the Laneige Cushion Concealer in Bright Cover—I love Korean beauty products because they’re usually water-based and go on a little more natural-looking. For bronzer I like the Stila Stay All Day Bronzer in Medium. I’ve come to terms with being a pale person, so bronzer is a good thing to embrace. I like to use a creme blush, and the Jouer Poppy Tint is my favorite right now, and I like the Make Up For Ever Cream Blushes too. I fill in my brows with the Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil, which I’ve had for years. For eyes, I curl my eyelashes with the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and apply a healthy amount of the Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara in It Black. I’ve tried a lot of mascaras and this one is definitely the MVP. If I’m going out and feeling really crazy, sometimes I’ll use the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette and give myself a subtle smoky eye.

I’m always experimenting with new skincare products, especially face washes. My skin is pretty dry but I like to was my face twice a day, so Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser came out right in time. I use it with the Foreo Luna Mini, which vibrates, and it makes my face feel extra clean without over-exfoliating. After that, I smother my face with Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, which soaks in pretty fast and leaves me smooth and not oily. It’s also a great lip balm, and works better than anything I’ve found for chapped lips. If I ever need a more intense moisturizer, I like to sleep with the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask on, and I wash it off in the morning.

When I want to exfoliate, I like the Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask—it has probiotics in it and only has to be left on for about five minutes, so it’s great for the days when you don’t have time to commit to masking. I do it about once a week. Plus Korean sheet masks from The Face Shop and Leadersthe Illuminating one is the best. Now, I want to get into more serums. I’m dying to try the Drunk Elephant TLC Night Serum. The Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is on my list as well—I’ve heard great things.

In my hair, I love the Acure Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner. I read about them on ITG, and they’re so moisturizing and make my hair air dry really nicely. Plus, they’re cheap at Target. For days when I’m feeling fancier, I use the Sachajuan Normal Hair Shampoo and Conditioner…they smell really nice and remind me of someone very close to me.

To unwind, I’ll take a bath. I’m all about epsom salts and I like putting in a drop of tea tree oil, too, because epsom salts are good for pretty much everything, and I’ve found the oil helps prevent ingrown hairs, which I struggle with. I like to light candles in the bath and my favorite right now is the Imogene + Willie Apothia Candle that I bought in Nashville—my new favorite city. It’s the prettiest candle I’ve ever seen and smells like…actually, not sure how to explain it, but the smell is indescribably good and is worth the splurge. As far as my beauty routines, that’s about it. I feel that people are usually pretty beautiful just the way they are—everything else should just highlight that.”

—as told to ITG

More reader advice: Chiara Mottironi believes in letting your skin breathe, Renee Ogaki goes all in on brow products, and Cici Hernandez discovers the perfect shade of red lipstick in the #ITGTopShelfie.

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