AM to PM with Holly Thomas

It wasn’t easy, but after some pretty persuasion and a fun tête-à-tête at Caribou Coffee, Holly Thomas agreed to dishing on her beauty secrets for Politics of Pretty’s AM to PM feature. Here, the DC Editor shares her beauty secrets, getting facials at Alchimie Forever and why everyone needs an Intraceuticals Clarity Blemish Wand.
AM to PM
“Since I work from home, my morning routine is pretty simple: I wake myself up with a hot
cloth pressed over my face, then slather on an intensive moisturizer. I’m currently using Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense Skin Foritfying Hydrator. If I don’t have meetings or photo shoots (as in, I’m working from my couch), I skip any sort of foundation. If I have to be out and about, I use a tinted moisturizer and the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette. I recently picked up Boots Soft & Sheer Tinted Moisturizer, and really love it- I love pretty much all Boots products, because they’re affordable but still feel like a little luxury. In the summer when I have a light tan, I use Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Bronze, because it makes my skin look gorgeous and glowing. I always, always wear mascara (MAC False Lashes) and keep lip balm and Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey handy.
At night, I take off eye makeup with the best makeup remover ever- Lancome’s Bi-Facil. I just went back to using Cetaphil as my nightly cleanser because it’s so gentle and easy on my dry skin. Then I use SKII Moisture Cream (I dread the day when I run out!) and apply a little Boots Organic Super Balm around my eyes and on my lips (if I don’t fall asleep first).
I have very dry skin which I treat by using an extra-gentle cleanser and the most heavy-duty moisturizer I can find. I don’t get facials often, but when I can, I go to the Alchimie Forever showroom and get pampered by Rosario, the wonder aesthetician there- it’s the only facials I’ve ever had that didn’t make me break out afterward. But really, I find that my skin looks best when I drink more water, cut down on coffee and tea (so hard when the tea kettle is always ready) and am really diligent about exfoliating and moisturizing.
“If you have dry skin, Chanel’s Sublimage Essential Regenerating Mask will help you wake up with what looks like a new face. Seriously– it’s amazing and well worth the $200 if you’re plagued with dry, flaky skin. I’m on a major hunt for a new scent these days, and I just fell in love with Acqua di Parma’s Colonia Intensa— never mind that it’s made for men, it’s perfect for me! Here’s a secret: I’ve been using the after shave balm as my daily fragrance because it’s lighter and more subtle than the eau de cologne. BB creams are the hot new thing, and I just started experimenting with Clinique’s BB Cream. Bottom line, I’m in love. It offers more coverage than a run-of-the-mill tinted moisturizer, and it actually feels good on your skin.”
In the Bag
“At least two versions of lip balm– preferable something super-minty or herbal, because my lips get chapped very quickly. Hair elastics, because I’m loving the top knot lately. Band-Aid Blister Block because I have quite the collection of uncomfortable shoes. MAC’s Kissable Lipcolor in Scan-delicious, which I love because it’s very bright and pigmented but it stays put, so there’s little risk of me smearing it across my face. And a Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Cambon, in case of a true emergency.
Beauty Tips:
“Drink more water than anything else; stop touching your face (thanks to my sister for that one); and buy an Intraceuticals Clarity Blemish Wand. You can thank me later.”
Cate Blanchett has the most luminous skin on earth– it’s super human. And aside from all the crazy stuff she injects in her face, Gwyneth Paltrow has a miraculous complexion.”
AM to PM: Holly's Vanity
A former writer for The Washington Post, Holly Thomas is the DC editor for Refinery29 and co-founder of her vintage collective, Butler + Claypool