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The Two Step: Prep, Then Perfect

In beauty, as in life, it pays to take an extra bit of time to do something properly. Don’t worry — you won’t have to spend hours primping: we’re talking about small steps with big payoffs. Here are our everyday tricks to get polished from head to toe.

Face: Laura Geller Spackle in Bronze + Jouer Glisten Brightening Powder

Foundation alone will even out your skin, but for a healthy glow that lasts all day you’ll have to work a little harder. Try a tinted primer like Laura Geller’s Spackle in Bronze, which evens out skin texture and gives you the subtlest tawny hue. Unless your skin is misbehaving, skip the foundation and opt for a light-diffusing translucent powder instead. Jouer’s Glisten Brightening Powder has light-reflective pigments to give skin a diffused, radiant finish.

Lips: Befine Lip Exfoliator and Serum Duo+ Anastasia HydraFull Gloss

There’s nothing worse than parched, cracked lips. Add peeling and flakiness, and even the most potent balm can’t help. You need to start fresh. Turn to Befine’s Lip Exfoliator, which uses enzymes and ground almond meal to gently buff lips. The matching Lip Serum, with collagen-boosting botanicals, is a soothing follow up. Let the serum sink in for a few minutes, then layer on a sexy gloss like Anastasia’s Hydrafull Gloss — just one swipe takes your lips from plain to va va voom.

Hair: Ouidad Leave In Conditioner + Orofluido Elixir

When regular shampoo and conditioner just aren’t enough, it’s time to call in the big guns. Ouidad’s super-hydrating leave-in treatment helps manage the most unruly curly hair, while Phyto 7 revives straight strands. Post blow dry, tame errant flyaways with a silky hair oil like Orofluido’s Beauty Elixir. Not only does it calm frizzies, it adds shine and smells incredible.

Skin: AHAVA Cleansing Cream + Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

The first step to flawless skin is using the right cleanser. AHAVA’s mineral-rich cleansing cream removes excess oil and leaves skin baby soft. Once your face is clean, don’t just skip right to your makeup. You need to moisturize first! Caudalie’s hydrating Vinoperfect Radiance Serum preps your skin for other products.

Outfit: The Laundress Stain Solution + The Laundress Delicate Wash

Taking proper care of your clothes can be just as tricky as perfecting your beauty routine. The Laundress’s Stain Solution is a miracle worker that eliminates the toughest stains (think wine, coffee, grass). Once you’ve spot treated, it’s time for detergent. We’re obsessed with The Laundress’ Delicate Wash: it lets us care for our slinky silk dresses and tricky dry-clean-only fabrics at home. Plus, it smells amazing, and isn’t that the best part of doing your own laundry?

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