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Beauty editors are often enigmas: they work with, test out, and write about products all day, but what do they put on their face before they go to bed at night? Jane Larkworthy, the beauty director for W, spoke with Into the Gloss about her favorite products and brands, that time she got burned by Vogue's Sarah Brown, and what she still has to learn about fragrance. We plucked out a few of our favorite lines:
1. "I worship the God of NARS."
Don't we all.
2. "I guess you could say my quest for the perfect skincare for my tricky skin is still ongoing. What I often do is test one line on one side of my face, and another line on the other—serum, moisturizer, even eye cream, everything but cleanser (too tricky), and I inspect the “progress” every morning. I once tweeted, ‘Am I the only beauty editor who tries out different products on different sides of her face?’ and Sarah Brown from Vogue promptly wrote back, ‘Yes.’'
It's hard to believe that a Vogue editor would ever be underminery, but there you have it.
3. "I take baths probably twice a day, especially at night. I cannot have enough bath products."
This sounds luxurious, but does it also dry out your skin too much?
4. "Actually, Deborah Lippmann was in my dream last night: I dreamt that she was in a concert, because she sings, too. Some other nail person was there—I don’t know who—and they were trying to steal my attention from watching Deborah sing. Read into that one, Dr. Freud.”
Can this dream somehow be turned into a reality show?
5. "Love fragrance. Live for it—although I think I have a terrible nose. I’d like to think that I know some of the top fragrance people, some of the best perfumers, and I’m well-versed in all the fragrance lingo and everything—but they’ll introduce me to something and I’ll smell it and I’ll be like, ‘?Bergamot?’ and they’ll shake their heads: ‘Uh, no?musk.’ It will be the complete opposite of what I’m thinking I’m smelling. There’s probably a part of me that’s trying to impress them or whatever. I truly am passionate about it, but my nose is terrible."
It's somehow reassuring that someone like her can still get it wrong once in awhile. There is hope for the rest of us yet.
· Jane Larkworthy, Beauty Director, W [Into the Gloss]