"I'm a big fan of going out on a Friday night. Then you still have the full weekend ahead of you, and you can stay in all day on Saturday because you already went out, and it feels OK. The only thing is that, coming from work, you might not have much time. Sometimes I'll get ready at the office, but I like to go home first. Typically I don't take a shower, but I usually make sure there's a bunch of dry shampoo in my hair. The best is Aveda Shampure, which is so funny, the way [the product] puffs out. But it really absorbs all the oil, and it smells so fresh. I'll curl some pieces after dry shampoo to give it a little wave. Usually I'm good on volume, but if I want more, I just put in the Living Proof Dry Volume Blast. And a bit of Oribe Supershine Light on my ends. But I always have to have dry shampoo in. Otherwise, it looks weird.
Ultimately, the look depends on where we're going. Really, I prefer anywhere there's a dance floor because I like to dance badly. The best music to dance to is Top 40—today’s is OK, but '90s is better. I like going out—I like to be surrounded by music. Tonight, though, I’m going to dinner with my boyfriend at Estela, which I haven’t been to in a long time. You know what, I can do my blue light tonight! It's this Skin Inc Tri-Light, not too crazy, and the blue light is for acne-prone skin. I just use it on my cheeks. When my boyfriend sees it, he’s like, 'What are you doing and why are doing it for 20 minutes?' I just think it's hard for someone who's not a believer to understand. [Laughs] Before makeup, I massage Glossier Priming Moisturizer all over my face and neck. I do put on eye cream, Chanel Le Lift. It's lighter than a lot of eye creams, and it's never failed me yet.
So I'm mixing Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint and Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup. I love our tint, but it's a bit too lightweight for me at night, so I mix foundation in. I buff with the NYX Total Control Foundation Brush. I don't know how good my technique is, but I like the finish. Then I put on Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer and use a Beautyblender all over. Except, you know what I was doing wrong with my Beautyblender? I didn’t realize you were supposed to puff it up [with water]. I was just using it for two months dry, and I finally read the instructions and realized, oh, it’s supposed to be three times the size. It works much better now. I use the YSL Touche Éclat as a concealer-highlighter hybrid, in the corner of my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, and above my eyebrows. I also put Laura Mercier Powder under my eyes over concealer—otherwise I look shiny in photos.
For blush, I use Glossier Cloud Paint in Haze, the darkest one. I wasn't expecting to like it so much, but it's my favorite. You put a drop on your pointer finger, press your other pointer finger into it, and you tap both fingers onto your cheeks. It's easy, and it always looks natural. I use that with this Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium, on the edges of my face and under my chin, too. Then some Glossier Topaz Haloscope, too—I think it adds some warmth to my skin. And I like a gold tone, because it reminds me of summer. That's why I like Tom Ford's Nude Dip for eyes, too. I just mix some of the lighter shades and apply them to the lid with a brush. To add a little definition, I put black Marc Jacobs Highliner on the outer corner of my eyes. It's easy for people who prefer a pencil, but has a gel finish. And it stays put, which is important, because my eyes always water when I laugh.
I'm wearing this Balenciaga fragrance tonight—I actually put some in my hair because I want my hair to smell good. And I'm dressing up, too, a little bit. I bought this tank at a consignment store not too far from here, in downtown Brooklyn. It's Helmut Lang. I think I'm going to wear jeans with it—is that boring? [Laughs] I always end up buying things that I can picture myself wearing out. I’m like, ‘Oh, next time I’m at a party I’ll wear that, the next time we go to a wedding I’ll wear that, the next time I have to give a big presentation, I’ll wear that,’ and then I never wear them. I always end up wearing iterations on the same outfit. I've got to be comfortable. But a little glam, too."
—as told to ITG
Claire Knebl photographed by Tom Newton at her home in Brooklyn on March 10, 2017. Claire is Glossier's Senior Manager, Brand and Campaign Strategy.