Robbie Myers, Editor in Chief, Elle

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“Growing up, I didn’t wear a lot of makeup or get dressed up, really. I was an athlete, my mom was pretty much a hippie, and I went to college in Colorado… So, it was a cultural thing. But I always loved fashion as an observer, and I always loved reading about it and looking at it and seeing it. When I was in sixth grade, I bought this hat that almost looked exactly like those new Saint Laurent hats—a big, wide-brimmed black hat. I wore that hat everywhere, and it was very unusual in my town to wear that. And I would save all my money to go out and buy things that were some approximation of what I had seen in a magazine. Then, in my later teenage years and my early 20s, I was very stripped-down, very Colorado. My look was sort of what it is now, actually—very narrow, dark, kind of slim.

I would also wear really, really dark, almost black, lipsticks. I know that look is back again, but everything cycles through. It’s true in beauty and it’s true in fashion. If you can hang onto it long enough—I mean, you can’t hang onto your beauty products like you can hang onto your platform sandals—it all comes back. But it’s always a bit different. I’ve been doing this for 15 years, sitting in the front row, and when someone comes up with something new, you’re like, 'That’s amazing.’ I remember seeing those Alexander McQueen shows where it was more about theater than it was about merchandise, and being so grateful, so excited to see something you hadn’t seen before—and that carries over to beauty, too. I think many women look at pictures from the runway and say, ‘I could never do to that’— the hair and the makeup and the clothes. Our job at Elle is to break that down for them, to say, ‘Well, you could, and this is how you do it.’ Nobody’s saying that your hair has to be like this and you need purple eyelashes—it’s an idea.

I don’t have time to fuss over my makeup, or my hair. I say, you figure out something that you’re comfortable with, and you go with it. My husband never comments, except that he likes my hair up. I mean, he doesn’t not like it down, but when we’re going out… He says it’s my signature.

I’ve been doing my hair like this for around 15 years. It's the ‘Pebbles’ style—remember, from The Flintstones? The daughter, Pebbles, wore a high ponytail and put a bone right here. Before this, I had more of a layered bob, but I don’t like having my hair on my face—I was a diver in high school and college, so I wore my hair really, really short for years. It was easy! Now, I’ll wear it down once in a while, but I have no time. I have a 10 and a 12 year-old and I have a job, so I have zero time to do anything. Putting it up takes literally a minute. All it is is a ponytail that I tie up the back with straight pins, to give the illusion of a whole tucked-in thing. So, I blow-dry it, brush it back, tease it a little with a plastic comb, put it up with two bobby pins, and use some hairspray—that’s it.

I have a lot of different products for my hair. I use John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Crème, Verb Detangle + Defrizz Conditioning Leave-in Mist, and Verb Ghost Oil. I love Verb’s products, but, you know, it’s family business—my sister and brother-in-law have a barbershop business in Austin, Texas, and just launched a line of products. Their concept at first was to bring in local musicians to play in the barbershop—you listen to music, have a free beer, and get a mohawk or whatever haircut you want. Now, they have five stores and these products, which my husband and I love, and the kids use them—and the kids are the first to reject anything they don’t like.

I get my color done by Rita Hazan. She’s great, she’s funny, and she’s fast. I never obsessed over my hair because, when I was diving, I'd dive four hours a day—two in the morning and two at night—and you can’t deal with your hair, so you just get used to doing things very quickly.

For my skin, I use a bunch of different dermatologists’ products. I’m a believer—I believe in dermatology. Dr. Macrene’s 37 Extreme Actives line is really good, especially the Cleanser and the Anti-Aging Cream. I’ll use Chanel Sublimage sometimes, too. I love a thick face cream, especially in the winter. Oh, and this is the best stuff ever: Dr. Dennis Gross’ Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel—it’s amazing. I do it every other night. It’s pretty gentle and doesn’t make you red, but the key is not to leave it on too long, just for a minute, and then you wipe it off immediately. It evens out your skin tone. I have combination skin, and I’m telling you, Dr. Gross—I swear by his products.

Other than that, I use Dr. Brandt Flexitone BB Cream. I just like the way it goes on, and it adjusts nicely to your skin and has high SPF. I’m big on SPF. If you’re going to do lasers at the dermatologist’s office, you might as well not go and get it all undone with sun damage. There are so many kinds of lasers, but mostly, lasers even out your skin tone, and minimize pores and all manners of disasters and imperfections. I rely on the doctor to tell me which ones to do—they say, ‘This is going to be great!' and I’m like, ‘Ok.’ As long as it’s not invasive, as long as it’s not surgery, you can experiment on me. And I’ve had some things go a little haywire with lasers, but it doesn’t scare me at all to get them, not at all. By the time it reaches the doctor’s office, it’s been pretty well-vetted and studied.

Here’s the problem with makeup at work, and I tell this to people in my office: if you start wearing makeup when you’re young, you’re going to be wedded to it. You get used to seeing your face that way and then you feel naked without it. Me, I don’t feel the most myself with makeup on, but that’s my uniform for going out into the world. I don’t necessarily think that’s the most me. But, I do wear makeup every day…not so much on the weekends, maybe just Dr. Gross’ All-in-One Tinted Moisturizer with SPF and lip gloss.

It’s interesting—the fashion business takes women who wear no makeup very seriously, which I think is kind of great. If you look at what you’d call the more ‘senior’ members of the fashion class, they don’t wear a ton of makeup. So... do you have to wear makeup to be taken more seriously? No. It’s just a matter of what your look is and how you feel about it.

I was about 25 when I started wearing makeup. I remember I was working in New York at a magazine and I went into the beauty closet and I got a red lipstick. And I put this red lipstick on—I think it was Bobbi Brown—and, for some reason, it changed everything. I felt different with this red lipstick on. I felt dressed up. After that, I just wore lipstick every day. I didn’t really start wearing tinted moisturizer and things like that in earnest until about 10 years ago.

Now, for lipstick, I like a sheer, typically lighter-pink color. I use Napoleon Perdis’, because I know him and he’s done my makeup. His DeVine Goddess Lipstick in Nymphe is really pretty. Or I’ll do the Vincent Longo Duo Lip Pencil in Passion/Spring Rose, fill in my lips with that, and put lip gloss over it. I use whatever gloss my hand reaches first.

Makeup artists have told me so many things over the years, but mostly that it’s all about the skin. A lot of women think the key is putting on eye makeup, but it’s actually about evening out the skin. That said, if I was lost on a beauty desert island, and I could bring one thing with me, besides sunscreen, it would be fake eyelashes. I don’t care whether they're individual or strip—I can do both. I have them on now—these are from an event two nights ago. If they stay on, I let them stay on. Ardell 301s are genius; it’s so easy to do. Otherwise, on my eyes, I use Laura Mercier Faux Lash Mascara and Bobbi Brown Rich Brown Eye Shadow, which I also run along the lower lash line with a brush.

I walk and I ride the bike at the gym for exercise…so slowly that I can do my work. I’ll edit something while I’m biking. [Laughs] And I only do 20 minutes, because that’s all the time I have! I miss working out from when I was an athlete. I try to counteract my [eating habits] at the gym—I basically exist on sugar, pasta, and pizza. It’s not good. I need to be more mindful of what I’m eating because it’s typically on-the-go. So, I’m working on that.”

—as told to ITG

Robbie Myers photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on May 10, 2013.

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  • http://www.thewayweliveonline.com/ Kristie

    I agree that once you start wearing makeup, you feel naked without it....

    • Nina

      Definitely. It's kinda scary. At the age of 26, after wearing make up for 13 years, I'm just starting to get used to not using it. I'm realizing it's pretty awesome, I haven't felt this good about my skin/natural face for years.

    • rjt

      Thats definitely been the case for me. I've been wearing makeup for 10, 12 years straight (foundation, concealer, blush/bronzer eyeshadow, liner, mascara, the whole thing) and I do feel a bit strange without it. On the other hand, I've grown to love the process of putting it all on, it feels like part of my pampering ritual, and I like feeling like I look the best possible when I go places- or even just at home. Why not look the most fabulous you can, right?

  • Lord Gavin

    Love Robbie!

  • Jessica

    Love it!! I want a hair tutorial with her though -I don't understand what she means when she explains how it's done? Her hair is amazing! -so retro

    • Leetoki

      Yes! My thoughts exactly. I want to see the lady in action, that hairdo is perfection!

  • http://www.champagnerising.com/ heather adair

    oooh, *really* dig her perspective on makeup in the workplace -- the idea of how you get used to seeing yourself.....good advice in general...........(and, for as much as I love my "products," always nice to hear reinforced that the industry takes seriously those who don't paint it on, as well).

  • http://fancylauren.blogspot.com/ Lauren Ashley

    What a beaute - awesome advice.

  • Cay

    "I didn’t really start wearing tinted moisturizer and things like that in earnest until about 10 years ago."

    Spoken like someone who has never really had any skin issues :). She's gorgeous, though. The thing about having to wear makeup once you start is so true.

    • Jessica

      ha that's exactly what I thought! She's a lucky woman!

  • Mimsy

    I too am totally obsessed with her hair and demand a tutorial! It looks like the fantasy version of me in my head--like, "oh, I just woke up and threw my hair together (and look perfect)". As opposed to my normal, "oh, I woke up and spent an ungodly amount of time messing with my hair and it still looks horrible."

  • http://www.hauteinhabit.com/ Haute Inhabit

    "...I need to be more mindful of what I’m eating because it’s typically on-the-go. So, I’m working on that.”

    Can totally relate to this, it's so hard to not be "on-the-go" in NYC. #bagels

    • Leetoki

      I'm just happy she's so honest. None of that 'Oh I make so much money I just pay some skinny vegan to make me juices and put a salad in my hands every lunch'. I mean, that lifestyle sounds great but is totally unrelatable. Its great to have another busy woman admitting to surviving on junk!

  • Angela_E

    I really appreciate her honesty about using (non-invasive) dermatology services/products. It seems a bit taboo these days for women (esp celebrities) to be straightforward about using dermatology mixed acids and retinoids, laser treatments, etc. Surely many many of these women are using them, and it's a bit disingenuous to wax poetic about one's love for organic products when there's some serious science going into one's skin. I too believe in dermatology. Retin a is my lifesaver.

    • Lara

      Yup true, but then there are many organic/natural brands out there nowadays that use serious science too; just check out yuli (modern alchemist, an eadible retinol product), or ren's retinol range. One does not exclude the other...

  • Syd

    Her hair is so freakin' fabulous!

  • http://thenakedcoed.blogspot.com/ Dana

    This was a really simple but powerful Top Shelf. I like how Robbie has a laid back approach to glamor and still has great advice to give!

  • Rachel

    Her hair stays up like that with just two bobby pins?! I would like to know how she manages to do that...it looks so effortlessly chic.

  • Michelle

    Love this post! Agree about the lipstick comments.

  • Aubrey Green

    Kind of obsessed with her. She's gorgeous, such natural beauty too!

  • Stephanie

    Totally need a step by step on the hair, it's amazing but I can't figure out what she means by a ponytail with two bobby pins?

  • AJ

    What is that leather bracelet with the O-ring? I need it!

  • Jessica

    My favorite one yet! Robbie is awesome.

  • Katie

    She is so elegant! I identify with her comment about being an observer: loving fashion without being part of the spectacle.

  • Rach

    Any way we can find out the details of her perfume stash??

  • http://www.reeftraveler.com/ Meredith

    She is quite stunning. We definitely need more information on her hairstyle. How does she use the bobby pins?

  • Guest

    She's beautiful. Really strong profile, gorgeous skin. And I can vouch for that Dr. Dennis Gross peel. Wonderful product!
    I'm always envious of people who can do lasers. When they come out with one that's really, truly safe for brown skin, I'm in!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=606101235 Hasnam Erasa

    High maintenance minimalist...that's kinda like me :) beautiful woman.

  • http://anothermagpie.tumblr.com/ magpie

    Oh my god! That hair. She says Flintstones, I say Brigitte Bardot, all of it in the best way possible, I suppose.

    This woman is incredible. Move over, Jenna Lyons.

  • Felicity

    She has such a refreshing perspective, awesome woman. x

    that-bird.blogspot.co.uk

  • J

    PLEASE PLEASE do a post on Mira Duma's skin regimen!!!

  • Sara

    What a beautiful woman! Such an exquisite collection! Love everything about her!

  • janet

    Yes, hair tutorial please! Robbie makes it sound so simple, but I totally don't understand. By "straight pins" does she mean those U shaped things for French twists or does she literally make a pony tail and use two bobby pins?

  • Marcela Napoleone

    She's ridiculously gorgeous - that hair, come on!!
    marcelanapoleone.blogspot.com

  • Lara

    Nice! I would love to see a topshelf with isabelle bellis, emmanuelle alt, clemence poesy....

  • Stylewar

    Now a days makeup is a basic need,whether you need it or not,once you starts it,you will never going to leave it,your mind will be prepared to be like Crazy chick at any situation.

  • Coco

    Hair tutorial, forty-second-ed! For the love of all that is holy!

  • KateSouth

    I love it. It's great hearing from someone in her position that it's not that you need to specifically follow a trend, but get inspired by the "idea" of it. You can tell she has found what works for her and is confident in that.

  • Komal

    Loved this! There's one with the EIC of ELLE India too http://www.jossbox.com/insider/nonita-kalra

  • SusyQ

    Did she tell where her sweater is from? It's a beautiful color!

  • Guest

    I spent an unreasonable amount of time trying to duplicate her hair style yesterday. I even went so far as to google other pictures of Myers. It seems her hair has been quite the topic for years.

    And after all that effort, I had absolutely no luck with duplicating her look. So I would say that a hair tutorial is now a must have.

    How about it, Emily?

    PS: I did manage to get my long, wavy hair to stay up with two bobby pins, though. You really have to stab yourself with them. Unfortunately, I just looked like a tornado survivor. Not a hint of Bardot (or Myers) to be found!

  • CFH

    This lady is awesome. I bought those Ardells after reading this.

  • thebrightblush.com

    Her favorite products are not as over-the-top expensive as I was worried they'd be! That Frizz Ease Secret Weapon stuff and the Verb line? Yup. They rock.

    • Lisa

      I have been using frizz ease flawless finishing cream for years and it really is the best. smooths your hair, then just dissappears like you didn't put anything into it.

  • http://voguetteblog.com/ Amy {Voguette}

    I can't really talk that much about makeup, cause I've started using it only a few months ago; but it is true that you feel naked when you are not using it. After seeing how amazing you look wearing it, it's like something's missing!

    http://www.voguetteblog.com

  • Anjli

    She's related to the people who own Birds?! I LOVE bird's barbershop!!

  • http://restlessblonde.blogspot

    Original personality. I like it.

  • anniehenny

    LOVE her hairdo. I'm going to try but am utterly hopeless with hairdoing. Anyone have an indtructional video on this do or anthing?

  • Janet N

    Awesome article. I love reading anything that is Robbie Myers related. She inspires me. :)

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