Many of us know and love Stacy London For her work as a style teacher and co-host for What do not wear. However, these days she is less concerned with looking great than living well. And in her new role as CEO of a company A state ofShe is a line of skin and body products for menopausal symptoms, she is passionate about helping others do the same. Here, she talks about her gray streak and iconic lip color that looks good for everyone …
How did you first get into beauty?
Growing up, I was obsessed with anything shiny, be it clothing or makeup. StageLight Cosmetics I got out when I was in seventh grade, and the coolest thing you could do was get pots of powder eyeshadow. It was very shiny. I had no idea what I was doing; I would have applied it all over my eyelid and I think it looks great.
What other makeup did you like when you were a teenager?
Clinique Almost Black Honey lipstick I was Stringency For my jelly. It remains a staple of Clinique to this day. It is one such chameleon product that looks great on all different skin tones. But my relationship with makeup changed as I got older.
How is that?
Well first, I find that as I get older, wearing a lot of makeup makes me look older. Second, as much as I enjoy makeup, I have never been good at applying it. When I worked at TV, I felt extremely fortunate to have professionals doing this for me. But at this point, I don’t feel the need for this much trick. I always love trying new things, but I usually go back to basics.
What are your basics in terms of makeup?
The only things I’m highlighting nowadays are my lips and eyebrows. I use Brow boy From Glossier in black, and I also use my gray and brown eyebrow pencil from Winky Lux. It’s a miracle pencil, I don’t understand it.
Do you smooth your eyebrows yourself? Because the look is cool.
I don’t pluck it at all! The truth is, they were pressed to death in the 1990s. I met makeup artist Kevin Aucoin while I was working on Vogue MagazineAnd he was like, “Hey girl, I need you to sit in a chair and have those eyebrows on.” I told him, “I don’t want to live with tweezers next to my toothbrush.” But of course he ended up plucking, and of course, it made them really skinny. They got a little older but not much, and I tried to keep in shape. Now they just stay that way. Here’s another plus for getting older: your hair is less!
Do you still enjoy exploring and finding new products?
Oh, yeah, the makeup is still fun – and it doesn’t have to be high-quality to be great. I recently took a walk down the CVS makeup aisle and found some pretty cool stuff. I have Maybelline lipstick called Red Revival, And I’m so obsessed. It is a classic satin red.
Do you always do red?
No, I often wear other Pat McGrath’s lipstick is called Beautiful Creature, And it’s a great plum every day.
Any other drugstore cosmetics you like?
I don’t wear mascara very often, because I wear glasses and the mascara tends to wear lenses. But on the same trip CVS picked up a tube from Covergirl total tease, That remains. It darkens and thickens, but not much so it looks very natural. It is also water resistant. I am in the midst of menopause and the makeup melts off my face when I suffer from a hot flash. Therefore, I never put anything that could end up falling apart on my face.
OK. Let’s talk skin care.
I’ve always been into skincare, because I got psoriasis as a child. Therefore, I have been applying creams constantly to help my skin heal. I’ve been diligent about moisturizing and caring for my skin all my life just because I had to.
What does your morning routine look like?
I wash my face with The Glow Blueberry Bounce Cleanser Recipe, Which is very nice. Then I will wear Tidal Water Cream Sunday Riley, And it’s a great moisturizer but not heavy at all. Finish b Sunscreen SuperJube. I love it because it’s the only solar barrier that doesn’t make me feel like I’m sweating to death underneath it.
What about the night?
Since the pandemic, baths are the new thing for me. I have never taken them before – maybe if I was in a luxury hotel or something. Now, I take one at least three times a week. My self-care routine is all about reducing the discomfort in my body; I didn’t exercise for most of last year, and now I’m back to strength training. On days when I know I’m going to be mentally and physically exhausted, I always plan to finish showering. I am using files Lavender Bath Salts from A state ofAnd when I go out I put myself in CBD body oilFor muscle fatigue.
You’ve been using these products for a while, right?
Yes, I’ve been dealing with premenopausal symptoms for a while, and it has changed the way I think about my body. Nobody talks about these things! I had already had symptoms for years before I knew it was premenopausal. You get insomnia, mood swings, dry skin, and dry vagina! But I thought I was crazy. When I finally learned more about it, I felt like a superhero – because I still had these symptoms, but I was armed with information and could really start managing it.
Do you have a favorite product from State Of?
Yeah Facial oil It is my favorite. All products are designed to absorb perfectly into the skin, so it doesn’t feel sticky. The face oil sinks in instantly, and makes my skin nice, delicious, and moisturized. And if I have a hot flash, it’s not like, oh, oh, there’s oil all over my face.
So, I have to ask about the famous line. Do people still bring it up all the time?
All the time. People used to tell me to dye my hair because it made me look old, but I’ve had a streak since I was 11! I’ve never felt uncomfortable about it. I think it puts me in the same category as Cruella de Vil or Rogue from X-Men. This is so creative! There are really easy ways to hide it – I can separate my hair a certain way and it just won’t show. But I will never do that. It is a part of me. By the way, I don’t have that little gray streak anymore. I’m going to gray everywhere.
Was this an amendment?
Yes, but I try to train myself to look at these changes with amazement and charm, rather than with anxiety. Because the whole world is telling us that aging is a bad thing, and I don’t buy it. Change is scary, and yes, it’s weird to look in the mirror and be like, ‘That’s not me. That’s not what she looked like at 38. “But I want to welcome these changes. So, when I notice more gray hair, I’ll say little things to myself in the mirror, like,” I can’t wait to see more of you.
I’ve been very vocal about the term “anti-aging.” Can you talk about that?
I know it’s pretty cliched to be like, “Marketing anti-aging is bad!” But I can’t stand it. To be anti-aging is to be against the inevitable thing for all of us – if we’re lucky. Therefore, I cannot understand how anyone could write this on a product or in an ad campaign. What I hope is that we start lowering our beauty expectations. And I don’t mean that we should think less of ourselves or that we just aren’t good enough. I mean, I hope we start realizing we’re good enough the way we are.
You have been very vocal about the aging process, especially since you entered your fifties in 2019. How did you feel at reaching this milestone?
Sometimes I feel so excited to get to this point that I want to shout it from the rooftops. I have nothing to prove to anyone! Other days I wake up and feel bad about it. It was a tough year overall. My father got sick and then passed away recently. Here’s another thing about middle age: It was time for me to lose my father. That loss made me feel like a child again. Suddenly I felt like I was 6 and lost at the supermarket. But it really changed my thoughts about aging. It made me think less about my appearance and more about keeping my body strong and healthy. I’ve always been great at skincare, but now I’m getting better at taking care of my bones and muscles. Every day, regardless of how I feel about being in my 50s, I try to remind myself that I’m lucky to be here.
thank you very much, Stacy!
(Photos courtesy of Stacy London).