To say we’re more obsessed with bareMinerals’ founder Leslie Blodgett than we are with the product itself would be a lie, so we like to say we love both equally. Blodgett just received the WWD Beauty Inc. Visionary of the Year Award for 2014, and it’s really no mystery why. The line itself is addictive, and as female potato-heads ourselves we were proud to find out Blodgett was the first female recipient of the award. Beauty from the inside out? This story gives you beauty every which way, so listen closely ladies…we’ve found yet another legendary beauty guru to call our own (for a fleeting day that is)…
Best and worst foods for your skin…
I’m a total foodie and eat real, fresh food to keep my skin looking great. I hardly eat any dairy which I think might help too.
I do eat a ton of raw, unsalted walnuts, almonds and a ton of berries. I also eat YouBar’s which are custom energy bars that you can create online. It’s fun; you get to name your bar. My bar is named KB, for my husband Keith, since he creates them for me. It has yummy ingredients like almond butter, dates, gluten-free crunch rice cereal, organic flaxseeds and organic cocoa.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
My son has been training in a restaurant with one of the top chef’s in the country so I am enjoying butter, carbs, and every meat along with a farm-to-table approach. Paella is probably my current favorite dish that he’s serving up.
Although I indulge in my son’s cooking, I drink a ton of room temperature water. Hint Water is also great because there is no sugar and no calories. I also don’t drink alcohol very often – I would say less than moderate consumption.
I drink two espressos a day because it makes me ecstatic and when I’m happy, I’m healthy. I recently have been loving Just Chill, which is a relaxation beverage designed to take the edge off without making you tired.
When I’m in the Bay Area, I hit the farmer’s market on Sundays. I fill the basket with shishito peppers, interesting mushrooms, cauliflower, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, duck eggs and whatever else looks good.
Your morning and nightly beauty routines…
I don’t always cleanse my face in the morning. I just use water and a washcloth. I brush my teeth with my Philips Supersonic Electric Toothbrush. I’ll take a shower and shave my legs with Harry’s razor and shaving cream.
I then put my makeup on before my workout (because it isn’t a sweaty class). Usually it’s foundation, concealer and a little mascara. Then I put on Black Milk Hamlet leggings to work out.
I always order a double espresso at Peet’s Coffee and then go to The Dailey Method Barre Class. I love that it’s a full body workout, but I especially go for the huge focus on core strength.
After my workout and before work, I get more creative with my eye makeup at my newly renovated vanity. I’ll layer on another coat of mascara and maybe some eyeshadow (in up to three different shades). Fragrance is a must and I never skip it. From Strange Invisible to Pinrose, I have about thirty options these days. I know exactly what [fragrance] I want and need each morning, but it’s a process – almost like a meditation that sets the mood for the entire day. It’s a deep-breathing exercise around who I want to be that day.
I do the works at night. I always apply an eye cream on my upper and lower lids, and two different serums – any that I can find. I’ve loved skincare since the fourth grade, and with serums it’s all about the lightweight texture.
I always use a lip balm, neck cream, moisturizer and a full-blown body cream, like Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter and Julep Luxe Care hand cream. Often, I will wear scented body cream or rose perfume to bed for sweet dreams.
I always have a glass of water on the night stand and I use a tempur-pedic neck pillow and high thread count satin sheets to avoid pillowcase wrinkles.
A beauty mainstay that hasn’t changed since your teen years…
Come to think of it, there isn’t anything I still do that I did in my teens. I used to be a big zit cream user back then. Glad those days are over. In college I steamed and masked my skin every week. I do miss a good clay mask. I guess you could say the thing that hasn’t changed is that I’ve always worn something on my lips. Back then it was likely a Bonne Bell Lip Smacker and now it’s more likely a lipstick or gloss.
A great middle-of-the-work-day pick me up for one’s skin…
Take a clean synthetic bristle brush and buff in gentle circular motions around your face. It energizes the skin and gives you that “fresh start of the day” complexion.
A sheer rose tone blush on the apples of the cheeks also does the trick.
Products that are always in your bag…
Two lipglosses (usually a really natural soft peach shade and then a pop color)
A small blending brush that I buff across my face to revitalize my skin and give me a healthy glow
One lipstick, usually bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready in case I have an impromptu photo shoot
Tricks for long lashes…
I start with our Lash Domination 10-in-1 Volumizing Mascara (1-2 coats) and then finish with a coat of our Flawless Definition Mascara to comb through for extra definition. I have to say that clumpy lashes are the worst, so make sure your mascara isn’t past its expiration date.
Additional tip – I use eyeliner under the lash line (which means lifting your eyelid). Also, defining your brows will make your lashes look even healthier.
Tricks to making one’s lips pop…
If pop means entering the room before you do, I would suggest a bright lipstick in vivid fuchsia or deep yellow red. If pop means full and voluptuous – lips now are saturated with color but not dripping with wet shine. Use a highly pigmented lip color with a suede finish.
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato in beauty?
Applying all of your foundations – whatever you use – with a rock star brush. Velvety bristles are in. A good brush will give you the clearest and downright most naturally stunning complexion ever. Fingers are out.
*Leslie Blodgett, photographed at Hearth by Danielle Kosann