Name: Taylor Leigh
Location: New York, NY
Day job/current gig: Full-time dog momâ€¨
Hangouts online: , , and .
Current favorite product: . is a very close second.
Beauty inspirations: ’60s mod, late ’60s and ’70s rock and roll, the ocean and the runway
One word that best describes your outlook on beauty: Natural
What makeup/beauty products can’t you live without?
I cannot live without an antioxidant-rich, natural and organic facial oil and serum. I am currently obsessed with . Other absolute musts are the paired with , the only two products that add definition on my otherwise invisible lashes. concealer is the absolute best at concealing my dark under-eye circles with a natural finish. for my signature cat-eye.
When did you start getting into makeup?
I have always loved makeup, along with painting, and I found a similarity between the two. I didn’t start wearing makeup until I was 14, and it was just mascara. At 16, I discovered black liquid liner and started to draw a cat-eye, which later evolved into the one I wear today.
What’s your best beauty time-saving trick?
Tinted moisturizers and BB Creams are huge time savors for the ease in which they apply, but I never use either as a substitute for skin care or SPF. Also, a multi-use cream blush for both lips and cheeks and everything applied using your fingertips. I recommend spending the most time defining the eye area with mascara and liner.
What’s your favorite beauty tool?
What’s the best beauty advice you ever received?
Wear your SPF. I have diligently worn sunscreen and kept my face out of the sun since I was 18. I am thankful that I did so.
What’s your skincare routine?
I have a natural approach to skin care, using only products with natural and organic ingredients. For me, a natural skin care routine has been the most effective. I never, ever fall asleep with makeup on and always properly cleanse and hydrate my skin, no matter what.
In the mornings, I cleanse with . I use twice in the evenings, one time to remove makeup and again to thoroughly cleanse. I use a Clarisonic 2-3 times a week with the Honey cleanser. After cleansing, I tone with the or . I keep both toners cool in the refrigerator. I then apply RMS Beauty Oil both day and night. For a serum, I use , and if I need additional moisture I use in the evenings. For weekly treatments, I alternate several different masks and exfoliating treatments. I adore the . I also use , , and Origins Plantscription mask.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve tried in the name of beauty?
I’ve done some strange DIY beauty treatments when I was younger, like mayonaisse in my hair, egg white facials, and I added some very colorful streaks to my hair using Kool-aid.
Do you have a trademark look (hair/styling/makeup)?
I like to play around with new looks and trends but I definitely maintain a defining â€˜look’. My look is long straight hair, side-parted to the right, black winged-liner, a nude lip and a dewy complexion.
Are there any beauty decisions you’ve made that you look back on and ask yourself, “why?!”
There aren’t too many, but there certainly are a few. I once cut my hair very short, my inspiration being Gwyneth Paltrow in ‘Great Expectations’. It wasn’t a look that worked well for my naturally curly, frizzy hair. I thought I could somehow maintain the look but you can’t really straighten really short hair well. That was the year of the bandana. I also wore the shade Bubbles from MAC for a good amount of years that gave me that “white lip” look.
Where are your favorite places to shop?
For beauty, I love Sephora, Barneys, Neiman Marcus, and . For clothing and accessories I frequent Century 21 Department Store, Bloomingdales, a number of small boutiques in Soho, and online at , , and .
Anything else you want to share?
I have many hobbies, including making jewelry, playing guitar, drawing and painting. I also have a great passion for alternative medicine, aromatherapy, and herbs. I believe that dogs are people too and this includes my 9 y/o Maltese Blu, whom I love to spoil.