'I'm Renee Ogaki [@reneeogaki], and I live in New York City. Right now, I'm the Senior Digital Manager at Linda Gaunt Communications, handling digital PR there—basically I work on digital strategy and outreach for our brands. When I'm not working, I'm into trying new workouts— Flybarre is one of my favorites. It brings me back to being a kid. When I was younger, I also took ballet classes and that was really my first taste of wearing makeup. My mom taught me how to curl my lashes and apply blush to the apples of my cheeks to start off. The whole process seemed very glamorous. I was so adamant about my three-step makeup process—one Chapstick and two glosses. Now, like everyone else seems to be, I'm more about skincare. I try to give myself at least one makeup-free day a week.
I always start my day washing my face with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. It's never failed me—I've tried a lot of different face washes and always come back to this one. I follow that with a spritz of Lancôme Tonique Douceur. I put it into a spray bottle, and it's really soothing as a face mist. And I love Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate—it gives my skin such a great texture. I let that sit for 10 minutes, and then apply Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer on top. I've always used it because I have sensitive skin, so I have to watch out for what products I use. At night, I'll wash my face first with Lancôme Crème Radiance Cream-To-Foam Cleanser. It takes all my makeup right off and leaves my skin super soft. I'll do a second wash with a Clarisonic Mia, but only three times a week using the same Cetaphil cleanser to really exfoliate my skin. I use the Lancôme serum again at night followed by Dr. Ci Labo Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich Lift EX. It's a Japanese brand my mom introduced me to, and I can't live without it now. My parents moved back to Tokyo when I was in college, so I find whatever they tell me about Japanese skincare so fascinating. When I go visit, on the subway there, I always see girls with this beautiful, dewy, flawless skin—I'm always experimenting with different luminizers and illuminators to replicate that.
I recently discovered that putting matcha green tea on your face is a great way to soothe it. If I get sunburned or experience a bad reaction to a product, I'll just whisk up some matcha in hot water, let it cool down, then soak a washcloth in it, and let it sit on my face for 10 minutes.
As far as makeup goes, I'm currently in love with Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer and Tinted Moisturizer in Nude. I don't like to wear heavy foundation, and this gives just enough coverage to even me out while still looking natural and luminous. I also love to put some Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in 2 on top of that, especially around my brow bone, above my cheekbones, down my nose, and a little on my forehead. It gives a real, natural-looking glow and makes your skin look super healthy.
I'm also totally on board the eyebrow trend right now—and I'm sure you've heard this a thousand times, but yes, I too over-plucked my brows as a teenager. I’m trying to grow them out with RapidLash. I started first using it with my eyelashes, and I think it really works. Stila's eyebrow products are amazing—I use the Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil in Black along with the Stay All Day Brow Gel in Dark Brown. Love that they're waterproof and really live up to the name.
I have monolid eyes, so I rely on eyeliner and mascara to make them pop. I've been loyal to Revlon Colorstay Eye Liner in Black/Brown for as long as I've been using makeup. It's inexpensive and gives that nice, smudgy line that I like. Black eyeliner tends to look too harsh on me, so I go for eyeliners that are more in the rich dark-brown camp. Dejavu Fiberwig Extra Long Mascara is another Japanese find. It’s the best mascara brand I've ever tried. It's also instantly gratifying—you can see the fibers grab onto your lashes and make them longer as you apply it.
Byredo's Gypsy Water is my absolute favorite perfume. I love vanilla scents but they tend to smell too sweet on me. This one, however, gives just a nice subtle hint of vanilla but balances it out with bergamot and spices.
I have pretty much stick straight hair, so of course I love that whole loose, naturally wavy look. I get my hair cut at Bumble and bumble—I've always loved their products, and I feel like they're the experts when it comes to beach waves. On my own, I blow dry while finger curling it to give it a bit of a wave, and when it's halfway dry, I'll put some Bumble and bumble Surf Spray and Oribe Crème For Style in it to bring out the texture and make the waves hold. Oribe is another favorite hair brand of mine—this styling cream really helps hold my hair, but it's not at all crunchy. When my hair is fully dry, I'll finish with Bumble and bumble Cityswept Finish to give it a little grit and lock everything in place.
One of my best beauty secrets is this beauty drink I make. It makes the biggest difference in my skin, and drinkable beauty is really big right now with all kinds of beauty powders and prepackaged bottles from brands like Shiseido. This one is great because I make it myself, and aside from helping my skin look its best, it gives me a boost of energy in the mornings. It’s a blend of Sunwarrior Liquid Light, Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Chocolate, Green Vibrance, chia seeds, cinnamon, frozen banana, frozen berries, and water. I used to deal with a lot of redness in my cheeks, and after drinking these for a few weeks, I noticed my skin get more even-toned.”
—as told to ITG
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