Many look to Jenna Lyons for style insight, but we’ve always wondered what lippie she uses for her signature bold lip. Into the Gloss recently sat down with J. Crew’s executive creative director to not only answer out question but to find out a few more of her beauty buys and secrets to share. Here are a few of our favorite highlights and what items we’ll be adding to our shopping list:
It’s Orange-Red – Not every red lipstick is the created the same, and Lyons like to rock a red that has yellow and orange undertones to complement her skin tone. She counts NARS’ Lipstick in Heatwave and Bite Beauty’s Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Clementine as favorites and even wears MAC’s Prowear Lip Pencil in Staunchly Stylish when she wants something subtler.
Less Is More — She’s known for rocking a perfectly polished red lip, but Lyons prefers an effortless approach to beauty. She regularly reaches for Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF for her face and a few drops of Sachajuan’s Intensive Hair Oil after she steps out of the shower. “There’s sexiness in not trying to be sexy,” she told Into the Gloss. “There has to be something that’s a bit undone. You can’t have perfect hair, and clothes, and makeup—you need an element of imperfection to make you feel like there’s a person behind it all.”
Skincare’s Her Sticking Point – J. Crew’s executive creative director turns to celebrity facialist Aida Bicaj, who introduced her to skin care staples like Biologique Recherche Lotion P50. Other major skin musts are Shu Uemura’s Intense Vitalizing Concentrate, Dr. Jart’s Firming Sleep Mask, Estée Lauder’s Stress Relief Eye Masks, Arcona’s Brighening Gommage, and Blistex Medicated Lip Balm. She said, “It’s the only lip balm that doesn’t burn my lips—I know I’m not the only one with that problem. ”
The Eyes Have It – Don’t let her frames fool you; she doesn’t use them to hide her eyes. “I don’t have one general makeup look, but it’s always either a red lip or a dark eye,” she explained. “Those are my only two choices, and I do them pretty regularly.“ When her lip look isn’t front and center, Lyons loves to play up her eyes with Shu Uemura’s Sweet Beige Brown Palette, Tom Ford Defining Pen, and Chantecaille Longest Lash mascara.
Her Son Has a Big Say – She and her son Beckett are incredibly close, and he has a few strong opinions on her beauty buys. He can easily tell when Lyons switches up her lip shade, but he isn’t a fan of the retailer’s new fragrances. “I’ve been trying to wear it, but my son is completely not tolerant because I’ve been wearing the same perfume since he was born,” Lyons shared. “He’s like, ‘You don’t smell like my mom! Where’s your perfume?’”
She’s Not Afraid of Aging –Lyons likes to joke about getting older and feeling the effects of aging, choosing to smile it about than worrying about every little line. “Society is so tough and expectations are so unrealistic,” she said. “I guess I would rather talk about it with a smile and say, ‘Oh God, I’m old!’ than spend all my time at the dermatologist. I approach aging with ice cream and a martini.”