The Glossier Engineer With A Secret Make-up Artist


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“Hello there! I am Breana Bekris. I’m at present Glossier’s Website Reliability Engineer, however earlier than that I used to be within the magnificence business for over 10 years. I went to cosmetology college and interned at a salon for my senior yr of highschool, so my first introduction to magnificence was via hair. After getting licensed I ended up touching varied sides of the business. I began as a hairdresser, moved on to wedding ceremony make-up, after which did particular results make-up, which is what I believed my ardour can be. I moved to Vancouver to comply with that path, although I in the end found that it wasn’t for me. After shifting again residence to Seattle I continued exploring make-up whereas working at a studio doing hair removing. On the similar time, my accomplice was going to high school for laptop science—I knew I wanted a brand new problem, so I stop my job and went for it too. Whereas I utilized to quite a few applications for minorities and profession changers, I began studying with free on-line programs. And after months of questioning if quitting my job possibly wasn’t one of the best transfer, I received accepted right into a six month bootcamp!

My first interview for a job in tech was with Microsoft, and I received fortunate once more—they supplied me the place. I labored there for a few yr earlier than discovering a job posting from Glossier. Speak about a dream job! My favourite half about being a make-up artist was serving to folks discover the fitting shade or be taught a brand new method. I’ve at all times loved serving to others, and that didn’t change once I switched from magnificence to tech. I really feel extremely fortunate to work for a corporation that aligns with my passions. Plus, working in numerous magnificence realms and making great pals in each previously-held place means I at all times have tremendous educated pals instructing me new issues. (Typically I really feel like a low-budget magnificence guru.)

My skincare routine is just about set in stone, however I like attempting new make-up merchandise. I used to be caught in a make-up rut for the previous two years, however since beginning at Glossier I am again to attempting new colours and strategies. I am slowly shopping for all of the lip merchandise that The Lip Bar has to supply—I like their formulation, and the lip liners are so easy and long-lasting. I exploit shades Straight Up and Straight Lovin most continuously. I additionally love lip gloss—the gold man from Glossier is my favourite. My trick for making use of lip gloss with a wand applicator, particularly a light-colored gloss that you just need to put on over lipstick, is to wipe the wand in your thumbnail and apply it from there. It will hold your wand and tube trying pristine.

I’ve tremendous oily hooded eyelids, and eyeshadow has by no means been a buddy—I normally really feel most snug with simply eyeliner and mascara. I haven’t discovered my holy grail for both but, although. I had a fling with Lancôme’s Artliners for some time, and I’m utilizing Nyx Epic Liner for the time being, which has nice coloration payoff and stays put. However… I’m over pens now. I believe I’m going to return to utilizing a brush. The most effective mascara I’ve ever used was from Clé de Peau. It is $55, and I am not truly certain if I actually beloved it or if it felt very particular as a result of it was costly. However I do keep in mind that it truly saved my lashes curled, which is a large deal for me. My lashes hate being curled. I additionally began utilizing an eyelash comb from Glamnetic. That’s nice, as a result of I can placed on a bunch of mascara actually messily, after which comb it via to get any clumps out. However all of that being mentioned, attempting Glossier’s Skywash in Echo modified my complete world. It’s so good for shiny eyelids! Echo with Monochromes in Almond on high seems to be stunning on my pores and skin—and my second favourite to pair with Echo is Monochromes in Prairie.

My hair is fairly straight naturally and would not maintain a curl, however I’ve discovered a extremely good routine. After washing it, I exploit Shimmer Shine and Blow Dry Ever Bounce, two sprays from Kevin Murphy. The salon I interned at in highschool used Kevin Murphy merchandise, and I’ve beloved the model ever since. Shimmer Shine seems to be beautiful, which might be why I purchased it within the first place, however it additionally has nice substances to maintain hair wholesome and powerful. I’ll spray extra in the course of the week so as to add a lift of shine. The blow dry spray was really useful to me in-store whereas I used to be procuring—it’s warmth activated, and it does a extremely good job at defending my hair. And I additionally use EVO’s Liquid Rollers, which is principally the identical concept. With Liquid Rollers alone, my curls do not final over two days. However utilizing the merchandise collectively has actually labored! I like that I’m each spraying all through my hair after which utilizing the cream to verify my ends received sufficient product. (Sidenote: I additionally love EVO’s dry shampoo for brunettes, however I can’t discover it in Seattle for the time being, so I’m utilizing the one from Moroccanoil.)

After the product is in, I blowdry my hair with a diffuser. I exploit a diffuser as a result of I’m lazy—if I actually need to blowdry it correctly I want each arms, one for a spherical brush and one to dry, and my arm will get drained. After I diffuse, I simply seize sections of hair and place the diffuser below it—I haven’t got to fret concerning the route of the air, brush, or pressure with the comb. I additionally suppose it offers me higher quantity. Then I make unfastened seaside curls with a wand. I don’t need them to look too uniform, so apart from the hair framing my face, the curls change forwards and backwards in route all throughout my head.

There are 4 Seattle magnificence locations I frequent to get my self-care wants met: Golden Bubble, Cake Skincare, Varnish Seattle, and Woman Wolf Studio. Golden Bubble takes a scientific method to skincare—they carry a line known as DMK Skincare, and my favourite facial to get there may be the DMK Enzyme Remedy. Please seek for footage of people that’ve performed it! It seems to be loopy at first, however the outcomes are superb. Cake Skincare handles the opposite half of my facials and all of my hair removing sugaring. My buddy Carney, who works there, can at all times determine precisely what my pores and skin wants. She just lately launched me to Fixzit from Sircuit Cosmeceuitcals, and it’s by far one of the best zits spot therapy I’ve ever tried. Varnish Seattle’s proprietor Kim created a one-stop studio for brows, lashes, and nails, and I like to get nail artwork there. And eventually, I get everlasting freckles tattooed at Woman Wolf Studio. Earlier than I received critical about SPF, I might get these beautiful freckles in the summertime! I missed them dearly, and thought of getting them tattooed again on for years. I am so grateful that I waited for the fitting everlasting make-up artist—Ashley did a tremendous job. I can’t reward her sufficient! I truly did not herald any footage. My mother’s freckles seem like one thing in between Lucy Liu and Sandra Oh’s, so I simply defined that’s precisely what I needed. Ashley drew them on and let me look earlier than she made them everlasting, they usually had been good on the primary attempt. I even have a bit of heart-shaped freckle on my left cheek, which I requested. I’ve different tattoos, and as compared these didn’t damage a lot. And, oh my God, I’ve by no means felt so fairly. I’m in love with my sun-safe freckles.

As a result of I’m spending cash on providers, I attempt to be strategic with my day by day skincare. Paula’s Alternative 2% BHA is what began the skincare obsession for me. My blackheads had been extinguished—I used to be so impressed. However now once I’m residence I exfoliate with Glossier Answer, and once I’m touring I exploit Moss Mornings’ Sleep Peel. It’s principally an at-home mini peel that leaves my pores and skin glowing. Bonus: I’m fairly certain the packaging is compostable. I can not go with out The Peculiar’s Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%, which is so soothing. I undoubtedly noticed a distinction between this one and the unique Buffet, with out the peptides. My pores and skin has been extra easy and plump since I began utilizing it. And Hylamide SubQ spray is a cheap technique to hold my pores and skin moist. At evening, I am going to mattress trying shiny and slimy—a real slug. I begin with CeraVe’s Moisturizing Cream, and end it off with some face oil. I’m at all times shopping for new ones. Proper now it’s the CBD Facial Oil from e.l.f., which has the proper texture combo—it’s wealthy and moisturizing, however dries down in an affordable period of time. I am nonetheless determining the way to not contact my face a lot whereas I am working and the way to get sufficient water and sleep every single day, however all in all, I am pleased with my journey with magnificence and the place it took me. I get into mattress, open up e book, and attempt to keep off my cellphone for the remainder of the evening. Want me luck.”

—as informed to ITG

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