Here’s a sneak peek into the life of a beauty writer featuring Andrea Karr, Flare magazine’s very own beauty blogger! Read on to find out Andrea’s beauty advice and some of the perks of being a beauty writer!
Current Favourite Beauty Product?
It is so hard for me to pick a single item, because I have ten favourite lipsticks, five mascaras that I use depending on the day, thirty different eyeshadow palettes. I love everything! But I guess I would say my CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Hot. It is the perfect red for my skin tone and it stays on for hours and hours. I can eat just about anything without worry and it doesn’t smudge if I accidentally whack myself in the face.
Current Beauty Trend You Love?
Pale, velvety skin and dark burgundy lips.
What are your beauty kit essentials?
I use my Clarisonic Mia2 once a day to exfoliate. I cleanse and moisturize morning and night, but apply eye cream only at night – right now I’m using Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Eye Contour Cream. Every celebrity, magazine editor, dermatologist in the world insists on the importance of sunscreen, so I use SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50. Every single day, I wear concealer to even my skin tone and cover blemishes, vibrant blush and a shimmery highlighter to give my skin a healthy glow, and black mascara (my eyelashes are really blonde). If I’m going out, I really love primers – for foundation and eyeshadow. I would never apply eyeshadow without using a primer first. Since my skin tends to get a bit oily throughout the day, I apply a powder in the morning and use blotting papers in the afternoon or evening.
What is the most important beauty advice you would give to everyone?
Pay attention to yourself and how you’re feeling. If you feel stressed, angry or anxious, one day it is going to show up as lines on your face. I’m working on taking deep breaths and chilling out. I don’t want my face to turn into a road map of despair! Also, wear blush. It brightens the complexion.
What do you love most about your job?
A lot of things! The flexibility: For the most part, I just need a computer and access to the internet, so I can spend time with my puppy, meet friends for lunch, or plan trips home to Winnipeg if necessary. Meeting polished, put-together women. Testing out new beauty products. Reading about beauty constantly and not feeling guilty – I have to do it. It’s my job!
What advice would you give to aspiring beauty editors or writers?
Intern at a place where you get to write.
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