“I’m an online editor at Women’s Wear Daily so I help manage WWD.com, updating online content and making sure that it looks good and fresh; it’s a really fast-paced environment. I also do some party reporting and feature writing. I’d say writing is my strongest suit. Before WWD, I was working for the jewelry designer Tom Binns – I helped with the launch of their shop in the West Village and with some PR stuff. And before that, I was at New York Magazine working for their fashion blog, The Cut.
I wake up thirty minutes before I have to be out the door for work, so, needless to say, my beauty routine is pretty minimal. I’ll put on Bobbi Brown vitamin-enriched face base – it smells really good – and some Aquaphor on my lips and concealer under my eyes. Most days I don’t put any eyeliner or mascara on because I’m just in such a rush to get out the door. For concealer, I use this brand called Dermablend – it’s funny, I actually came upon it through reporting for WWD – it’s this company that’s recommended by dermatologists for people with serious skin diseases or discolorations, but they gave me some free samples and I really love it so that’s what I’m using now.
I have big hair and I like it really messy. My mom is always like, “Kris, brush your hair.” I’ve been blow-drying it with a diffuser since high school… It brings out my hair’s natural wave. I’m not picky with shampoo and conditioner – I just use whatever smells good, I’m using Bumble & bumble right now. I get it colored once a year at Marie Robinson by Bryan Thomson-Di Palma who’s amazing. He just gets it – he does it better than I could even imagine in my own head. I usually go in the springtime and he gives me perfect beach hair, just a little lightness towards the ends that makes it look like I’ve been laying out on the beach for too long. And then I just let it grow out.
I get my hair cut twice, maybe three times a year – I like it really long. I go to Erica Bennett at Alchemy Space because she’s the only stylist that doesn’t chop my long hair off or see it as a canvas for creative vanity projects…. (laughs). No, but she’s good. She does exactly what I ask.
It’s outside of work where I’ll actually put in some effort, but still, I don’t want anyone to ever look at my face and notice my makeup; I just try to look as natural as possible. I’ve basically had the same exact regimen since I was like, fourteen. It hasn’t changed at all. I use a dark brown liner on my eyes – kind of a cat eye, and then I also line my inner eyelids. I’m using MAC’s coffee eye pencil right now. I curl my lashes and I always change my mascaras, I’m not really loyal to a particular brand. I like the one by NARS and I also really like this one by Benefit called they’re real! I’m also into Benefit’s cheek stains, which I’ve used for several years. I have two of them now – they just put out a new one that’s kind of peachy. They give a natural glow.
I don’t use foundation. I’ll occasionally wear lipstick, but I still kind of feel like I’m wearing a costume or something when I’m wearing lipstick – it doesn’t quite feel right on me, I usually skip it. I just started using NARS velvet matte lip pencil in dolce vita. I like it because it matches the color of my lips, just slightly enhanced. Two things I totally hate: sticky lip gloss and anything with shimmer or glitter.
I use Cetaphil to take it all off at the end of the night. I have a Clarisonic too which I use sometimes. I use Andrea EyeQ makeup remover pads to take off my eye make up. Even though they’re a little oily, they remove the makeup so thoroughly that I don’t have to rub my eyes too hard. I use Crème de la Mer on my skin overnight – I’m not the biggest fan of the scent, but it moisturizes really well, even though I don’t have super dry skin.”
-As told to The Formula / Photos by Aimee Blaut in New York