Welcome to You Look Moist, a regular column wherein Man Repeller asks cool people with glowing visages how they achieved their supreme hydration (amongst other things). Today’s installment features Stella Simona, the co-founder of sister jewelry companies Amarilo and Haati Chai.
How would you describe your skin?
I have combination skin that is overall pretty well-tempered, so I don’t get too many breakouts.
How would you describe your skincare approach in general?
High-maintenance in the sense that I understand that my skin is the largest organ and everything I expose it to has a ripple effect on the rest of my health.
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Which skincare products are integral to your routine for achieving your ideal, glowing, well-moisturized complexion, and how/when do you use each of them?
I use Fresh Vitamin C Glow Mask at least twice a week and Farmacy Honey Potion Mask at least once a week. My favorite cleanser is Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm–it melts away all the makeup, feels so fresh, and leaves my skin feeling incredible. I use this daily. Toner is a step I also make sure I never skip because it keeps my skin’s pH balanced and is the main reason I am able to maintain a more even-toned complexion than ever before. I spray Ranavat Botanics Jasmine Tonique on my bare skin daily, above my makeup to set it, and I also mix it with my powder masks. Anytime I feel too dry, I apply Dr Jart Ceramidin Moisturizing Toner before applying moisturizer. My go-to serum is Chanel Hyrda Beauty Micro Serum—I use this daily, morning and evening. My standby face oil is Sunday Riley CEO Glow. Turmeric has major healing effects and I love the high concentration of it in this product because it gives me the benefits without making the mess. For moisturizer, I typically use Laneige Toner and Moisturizer (anything from this brand is gold). I specifically love this product because it’s 2-in-1, so on days when I’m in a rush it saves me some time. Occasionally I’ll swap in Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream, which I like because it feels whipped and creamy but never greasy.
I like to keep my lips ultra-hydrated at all times, so I use Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask throughout the day. It’s the best! For the rest of my body care, I use Esker Beauty Clarifying Wash, as does my whole family. I also apply True Botanicals Body Mask before showering once a week for five minutes. It leaves my skin glowy and baby soft. Taking care of the skin on my body is extremely important to me. It’s so easy to tell when people are investing in skincare for their faces but neglect to do the same for their bodies.
What about makeup products?
For foundation, I use Kosas Tinted Face Oil in shade 7.5 on days I want light coverage and Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue in Caramel 191 (a great shade match that leaves my skin feeling and looking like skin) on days I want more coverage. Sometimes I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation in 430w instead depending on my mood.
I rely on Soap Brows to groom my brows and make them look thicker. Then I’ll use Brow Food to subtly add some color and fill in any sparser areas. For mascara, I like using Chanel Ultra Noir De Chanel 90 and Wander Mile High Club together.
Live Tinted Rise is a big, all-encompassing favorite of mine. I use it as a concealer, but also as a shadow, lip tint, and cheek tint. It’s perfect for on-the-go situations since it can help with so many many steps in the makeup process. Kjaer Weis Highlighter is my favorite highlighter because it goes on the skin so smoothly and makes my skin look naturally dewy.
What’s the cheapest product you use regularly and love?
Is there anything you try to avoid, skin-care or makeup-wise?
Anything with too much fragrance is always a no. There are so many clean beauty options now that I make it a point to seek out and try those options first. Also, while I am generally a huge fan of alpha hydroxy products and salicylic acid for exfoliation, I have to avoid them currently because I’m pregnant.
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Any next-level tips, tricks, or services that you swear by to help you look “lit from within”?
I drink tons of water and give myself time to rest. I spend more time taking care of my skin than trying to fight it by applying makeup to hide breakouts or other skin issues that may occur.
What’s your go-to product or trick for fixing a skin disaster?
Pretty much any face oil. It helps remove everything if you put on too much makeup, helps combat dryness, and if you don’t want to do makeup at all it just gives your skin a healthy glow.
Do you do anything differently skincare-wise when you travel?
I make sure I keep a face mist handy since traveling can dry out the skin faster, but that’s about it.
What’s something you wish your teenage self knew about taking care of your skin?
I’m not going to lie, I knew the power of clean beauty from an early age. The products we are able to find so easily now were unavailable back then, so I often made recipes with things in my fridge and kitchen. If anything, I wish my teenage self had access to some of these brands that I am using now.
Photos provided by Stella Simona.