AM to PM with Poor Little It Girl

I’m not going to lie—every time I read Cathy’s stellar style blog, Poor Little It Girl, the first thing that usually pops up in my mind is, “gosh, her hair and makeup always looks flawless in her photographs. How does she do it?! Better if I just ask her myself. Today, Cathy spills her best application secrets, her affinity for red lipstick and how she gets her makeup to stay put.

Cathy of Poor Little It Girl

Photo courtesy of Poor Little It Girl

Her AM routine:

“The first thing I do when I wake up is wash my face (either in the shower or at the sink) with my Clarisonic and Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser followed by Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I also take my vitamins, of course!”

Her beauty mantra:

“When it doubt, wear red lipstick.”

Currently in her makeup bag:

“My makeup collection is quite minimal. I use my favorite Stephanie Johnson Miami Pink Medium Zip Cosmetic that holds my everyday essentials like Benefit Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer, Dr.Jart+ BB Makeup, Neutrogena Brightening Eye Perfector, Revlon Photo Read Powder and Benefit “They’re Real” mascara. If I use eyeliner I love L’OREALs Telescopic Liquid Liner.”

Current obsession:

“Skipping the eyeliner. I used to never leave the house without a little liner but I’m trying to go for a more natural look lately and totally loving it!”

Favorite go-to salons in the area:

“I go to Salon Cielo in Dupont to get my hair cut. I moved to DC in February so finding a new hair stylist is always a challenge when you’re in a new place. I’m SO happy to have found Jasmine there, she’s the best!”

Cathy’s skincare essentials:

“I drink water and LOTS of it! Helps keep my skin clear and it’s the cheapest/easiest thing to make me look my best.”

Current hair routine:

“I’ll wash my hair at night and braid it so when I wake up all I have to do is a little touch ups with the curling iron for an easy everyday look. Plus washing my hair at night lets me sleep in a little in the morning which is always is a plus!”

Best makeup application secret:

“Start your face with Benefit’s Stay Flawless Primer and finish with a couple spritz of Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray…your makeup will stay put all day!”

I feel naked when I’m not wearing…

“Concealer. I am always self-conscious of my dark eye circles so couple dabs under my eyes makes me feel and look awake.”

Red lipstick of choice:

“I’m a red lip-addict…there are so many brands/shades I love, but right now I have Maybelline’s “On Fire Red” on me at all times it seems.”

Go-to nail polish:

“I change my nail color constantly because I’ll pick it off/get bored of it. But I am loving a new line I just found called Duri Cosmetics…they make great nail colors!”

Cathy’s PM routine:

“Same as the morning, but I also use Visine Soothing Eye Wipes to remove any stubborn eye makeup and Clinqiue Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector.”