This post is the first in a new series about Beauty Uniforms. The idea is to sit down with women and ask them about their beauty philosophies and routines. This series is inspired and influenced by Joanna Goddard’s Beauty Uniform series, which can be found on her blog, Cup of Jo. (The questions with a star behind them are questions taken directly from her series. All other questions are my own.)
Ben and I are staying in Des Moines with his sister, Sarah, for a few days. This morning I got the chance to sit down with her and have an honest conversation about beauty, health, and regrettable blue eyeliner.
How do you define “beauty”?
I think a beautiful person is someone who has time for themselves, and time for everyone else. They take time to care for themselves, but with an outward focus. Their look and physical beauty isn’t the center of their lives.From a physical aspect, its someone who understands that makeup isn’t as important as the health of your body. The health of your body is the most important part of your physical beauty as opposed to a certain makeup style or look or weight. Healthy is beautiful. Embrace who you really are and what you really look like.
What is your daily beauty routine?*
I use an exfoliating scrub and toner every day. Then I use lotion with 30SPF. And that’s it. Everything else is different every day!
How do you style and care for your hair?
I have a perm because it is so wash and wear. I don’t even have to brush it anymore. I always use conditioner on the ponytail part, but other than that its just shampoo. I often use an anti-frizz cream. Whether I have a perm or not, I have fuzzy hair. I blow dry my bangs with a large, round brush to keep them from going their own way in the world.
How long have you been getting perms?
I got my first perm in March of 2015. I get them every 4-6 months because I don’t like spending money on them that often.
Do you have a skincare routine?
In the morning, I use the scrub, toner, and lotion. I always take off my makeup before bed.
What do you love about your look, whether or not it’s something classically beautiful?*
I feel like the things I love about my look are things that I also dislike about my look. I have a dimple that has been there since I was born that never went away. I also have lines under my eyes when I smile- lines like that are not Hollywood beautiful- but they are constantly present on my face because I am constantly smiling.
Do you have a “secret weapon” beauty product?
Clinique foundation. On the days when I don’t feel like being asked if I’m sick, it really covers dark circles and evens out my skin tone.
Has your beauty routine changed since becoming a mom?
I never ever didn’t wear foundation before I came a mom. I was tired of people asking me if I was sick when I wasn’t wearing makeup. But I needed to become comfortable with what I actually look like, and let the makeup become an accent to the thing that people really see. My beauty routine has simplified dramatically because I would rather enjoy the quiet moments I have than spend them primping.
Favorite nail polish color?
It’s a dusty grey OPI shade called “Berlin there done that”.
Do you have any regrettable trends you’ve tried?
I was really into blue eyeliner when that was popular, and I wasn’t very good at applying it so it was never a good look. I was never into the super straight hair… but the blue eyeliner and eyeshadow was probably the worst one. And the one looong strand of hair pulled out of an updo. I did that a lot, and it was bad. It was so gross.
When are times in your life that you’ve felt the most beautiful?
When I was dancing a lot in college, I felt really graceful and in-shape, and my posture improved dramatically. It made a big difference.
Tell me about your go-to wardrobe staples. (The things that make you feel the most comfortable and beautiful)
Long tunics, because they go with every type of pants/shorts/or leggings. Also skirts that are long enough to feel like you can move however you want in them. They’re really easy to throw on and they don’t wrinkle or have to be ironed.
Lastly, do you have an overall beauty philosophy?*
Healthy is more important than expensive. And, the classic “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30) The beauty just comes out of her and overflows. It doesn’t even matter if they’re physically attractive- you just want to be around that person.
Thanks for your insight, Sarah!
I’m looking forward to hearing from more women about their beauty philosophies and routines. Do you have a beauty philosophy? I’d love to hear from you, too!
Thanks for reading!
(All photos used with Sarah’s permission)