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'My name is Diana del Río [@ddelriobud] and I live in Glendale, California. Currently, I work as an ecommerce product stylist for NordstromRack.com and HauteLook—that means I prep and style handbags, shoes, clothes, cosmetics, and other products for shoots that live online for two to three day flash sales. On a daily basis I’m working with seamstress scissors, sticky glue dots, gaffer tape, lint rollers, and a bunch of other tools that ensure my lines are looking good, straps are not wrinkled, and everything is ready to be shot. When I describe what I do, the usual reaction is, 'That’s a job?'...which I get. It's a very creative job—we're trying to engage the shopper with beautiful images. But you have to be obsessed with details.
My approach to makeup and skincare is about what’s functional and part of my everyday work routine. I give myself 20 minutes in the morning to do it all—brush my teeth, clothes picked out the night before, food packed, let’s go! I splash my face with cold water, wash with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Cleanser, and tap my face dry with a soft towel. Then I'll grab Mario Badescu’s Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 17, with a dab of Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream or Clinique’s All About Eyes on each ring finger for under my eyes. The last step is lip balm. I usually head out the door with Blistex Simple and Sensitive Balm or Glossier’s Balm Dotcom.
In the evening, I’ll use a moisturizer sans-SPF because of possible flash-back in photos. The one I’ve been using for about a month now is Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer because it’s gentle and calms down any redness from washing or patting dry my face. I let my products soak in while I pick out my clothes and water my plants, and then I'll put on Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer to control my oily T-zone. For eyeshadow primer, I love Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base because it dries clear, and the applicator is great.
For base, I only keep it to a tinted moisturizer or a BB Cream—my favorites are Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz or Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Light/Medium, which I apply with a damp Beautyblender—and I'll treat uneven skin tone with a Nars Concealer Stick in Biscuit. On my eyes, I’m a neutral eyeshadow fanatic. I’ll put MAC’s Groundwork Paint Pot over my lids because it cancels out any redness or veins, but I also like MAC's Eyeshadows in Kid, Espresso, and Satin Taupe. I’ve never been too picky with mascara, though I will say that I’m more about separation and length than I am about volume—and that's where L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara gets it in.
My favorite blush shades are Tarte Amazonian Clay in Exposed and MAC Harmony or Rosy Outlook, but my all-time favorite, the bees-knees of blush for me is Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Rose Petal and Plum Wine. It's perfect for me because the pigment is strong and only needs a light hand—it’ll last forever—and it sits on my skin nicely. For lips, nude lip life. So far my favorite nude lips for my skin tone are Clinique's Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazelnut and Nars' Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park. And the best lip liners include MAC’s Stone and Boldly Bare. I’m also really into liquid lipsticks. I picked up a travel duo set of Kat Von D’s Lolita & Lolita II—the formula is wonderful and the colors are just enough of a step for me to break out of nude lip territory. There's no tugging on the color. But out of habit, I would suggest putting on some lip balm beforehand.
For my hair, I read that you should sleep in a satin cap. The material makes such a difference in controlling the frizz and shape of my hair—I got mine at Naimie's in Studio City. I only wash these curls once a week or my hair'll get so dry. I'll use a clarifying shampoo like Suave Daily Clarifying or Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Shampoo. To style it, I start off with Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Treatment Oil, and after that I'll use a mousse or a cream. I like Rene Furterer’s Mousse Végétale and R+Co Jackpot Styling Crème. One of my closest friends told me that after I style, I should flip my hair upside-down and pat my hair with the wet towel I just used. Something about this step, plus the satin cap, just takes care of the frizz situation. That tip is a godsend.”
—as told to ITG
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