According to The Beauty Girl, beauty shouldn't be a bitch—and we agree. Nicole Pearl, a.k.a. The Beauty Girl, is an expert on all things beauty, and one of our fave hometown heroes. Her resume is flawless, including gigs at Us Weekly and Marie Claire. R29 spent some time with this busy lady and snagged totally easy ways to upgrade our beauty routine this spring.
Our makeup bag is overstuffed. What can we clear out?
"Plummy red lipstick. Trade it in for a cherry red gloss that's softer and brighter for spring." The Beauty Girl also calls us out on a cardinal cosmetic rule: "We're supposed to get rid of mascara every three months, because it can be a breeding ground for bacteria."...busted. "You'll notice that after about three months it tends to dry out anyway."
We're seeing tons of new products for spring. A little guidance, please?
Start with sunblock. "Both Aveeno and Neutrogena just launched sunblock formulas that can be applied to wet skin, I'll switch off between the two." For nails, The Beauty Girl took a cue from spring runways: "I'll be wearing MAC nail lacquer in Frost Soiree. It's an amazing rose gold shade that takes peachy nude nails up a notch."
Ok, spill it. What is the one must-have product for Chicago ladies?
"Never leave home without Aquaphor or Vaseline...they have a million uses: soothe chapped lips, moisturize brittle nails, add a glisten to cheekbones, the list goes on." Excuse us while we run to the drugstore.
Where can we find your favorite beauty services?
"My favorites rotate as quickly as a teen crush, but here's a few that make the list."
1) Get a haircut from Pascal at Delle Amiche Salon.
2) Try a color service from Elizabeth at Luxe Salon.
3) Enjoy a massage at The Trump Hotel (The Spa at Trump).
4) Get your brows shaped at Exhale Spa.