'My name is Bridget Jarecki [@bridgetsarah _], and I'm an agent’s assistant at The Wall Group. Part of my job used to be to request products daily for makeup artists to use—I wanted to try everything that the messengers delivered. When I got the chance, I started from my hairline down and, by trial-and-error, figured out which products suited me the best.
For me, the start of the week is on Sunday night. I like to treat myself to a bath to start the workweek right—but I'll occasionally take one or two during the week as well. Scene setting is everything. I light a few candles and add a few drops of Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Nurturing Bath Essence. Then, I double mask with whatever hair mask I've got handy and First Aid Beauty’s Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay on my face. I love the feeling of peeling this mask off afterward—it’s like I’m vacuuming out all the gunk in my pores. Sometimes, I’ll do a face peel—either Philosophy’s Resurface The Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel or Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula. They really help fade acne scars leftover from my compulsive picking. And while I'm bathing, I like to cover all the bases. My face and hair are taken care of at this point and I'm just sitting, so I exfoliate my lips with Sara Happ’s The Lip Scrub in Brown Sugar. On my body, I use Juara's Invigorating Coffee Scrub. It is an absolute to-die-for product that smells like a vanilla latte in a jar.
After all that buffing, I soothe my skin with Kiehl’s Creme de Corps. It feels and smells so good, I could eat it. Before bed, I make sure to massage my cuticles with Dr. Hauschka's Neem Nail and Cuticle Oil. My nails are paper-thin because I was a lifelong nail-biter, and this oil is the only thing that gives them a chance at redemption.
In terms of workweek skincare, I've developed a pretty solid routine. Say you want to get a firmer, tighter butt—you can't go to the gym once and do a ton of different workouts to get it because then you’ll never be able to pinpoint exactly what exercise is the most effective. Same goes for skincare. How am I going to know which product is really brightening my skin or reducing oiliness if I don’t maintain some kind of consistency? So what I do is start with a double-cleanse with Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil and Boscia's Detoxifying Black Cleanser with Boscia’s Konjac Cleansing Sponge, then I tone with Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion and gently pat SK-II's Facial Treatment Essence on my face. Just before bed, I slather on some Philosophy Help Me, which is a retinol treatment, and Tarte’s Maracuja Oil. I've also just started using Tatcha’s Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream, and I mean, who knows if it’s actually doing anything, but I like to think it is preventing anyone in the office from knowing that I stayed up two hours past by bedtime watching Girls. In the morning, if I feel my eyes are extra puffy, I'll follow up with two Talika Eye Therapy Patches.
My makeup routine is simple and straightforward. After years of experimenting with expensive foundations and never being satisfied with the look of my skin after a couple of hours, I realized that I really only needed a tinted moisturizer. I currently use Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen or a thin smear of Yves Saint Laurent's Youth Liberator Serum Foundation. It’s very light coverage and, oddly enough, smells fantastic! If I need a little bit of extra coverage on a blemish or under my eyes, I use Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. It’s super thick and requires only the smallest dab of product to get the fullest coverage and long-lasting wear.
For my brows, I use Anastasia Beverly Hills' Brow Wiz in Taupe. If I want more of a 'strong brow,' I'll use the shade Soft Brown instead. I finish them off with Anastasia Beverly Hills' Clear Brow Gel and highlight my brow bone with Benefit’s High Brow. I've been lining my eyes with a MAC Eyeshadow in Greensmoke since I discovered it my freshman year of high school. My most recent beauty trick, and one that I don’t intend on ditching any time soon, is swiping my eyelashes first with either a blue or purple mascara. I go over it with black mascara for a multi-tonal effect.
Oh and contouring! I love it. I challenged myself to learn how to do it, and I will only ever use Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sculpting Powder in Medium to shade under my cheekbones and The Celestial Powder to add some sparkle to my temples. I then use either Tom Ford’s Cheek Color Blush in Ravish or Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed to add some much-needed color to my sometimes-pasty skin. I finish off my lips with Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Colorin Bare Pink, my go-to neutral shade.
—as told to ITG
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