As a dedicated beauty editor for the last nine years, I’ve voluntarily subjected my face to the slathering of various skin care concoctions. The list of ooey, gooey and, at times, stinky skin care ingredients I’ve experienced is long: argan oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil (basically every essential oil imaginable), snake venom, tomato-garlic paste (I love pizza, but I do not love pizza sauce as a face mask), 24 karat gold, and so on. The jars, bottles, tubes and mists lining the shelves of my medicine cabinet swiftly overflowed into the cabinet under the bathroom sink, then over to the linen closet and, finally, a drawer in the dining room (in my world, precious eye creams trump silver serving spoons).
After months of careful testing and evaluating against the standards outlined in The Violet Code, the complete VIOLET GREY skin care curation consists of 154 products from 26 brands that address all skin-types. Out of the millions of skin care products available in the world, we have selected the industry’s leading all-stars for your own cosmetic wardrobe.
Over the next weeks, The Violet Files will be brimming with invaluable skin care advice beginning with A Guide to Building Your Skin Care Routine, in which L.A.-based aesthetician Vanessa Hernandez outlines a guide to building your own skin care collection of essentials. Makeup artist Beau Nelson, who is often responsible for Kristen Stewart and Gigi Hadid’s red-carpet beauty looks, shares his list of must-haves for every skin type to prep for special event makeup application. Later this week we will share the anti-aging secrets of over a dozen industry top makeup artists and next week, Amy Adams’ makeup artist, Stephen Sollitto, divulges his tips to yielding a dewy, glowing complexion year-round and, for those who prefer it, a 3-step technique for maintaining a matte finish.
With VIOLET GREY by your side you will soon be an expert in good skin. You will know the difference between a toner and a mist, an emulsion and an oil, and in which order they should be applied. You will know when to mask and when to exfoliate. You will understand why it’s important to cleanse everyday and apply sunscreen religiously. Everyday will be a good skin day, and for those rare but inevitable blemish moments, VIOLET GREY has an answer for that, too — Indie Lee’s Blemish Stick.
Editorial Director, The Violet Files
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