YOU ARE A BABE
TAYLOR BARRINGER, BEAUTY EDITOR, ELLE.COM
“I started out at Refinery29 as a project manager and worked as a liaison between ad sales and their creative team. Somehow they had found out that I had been a makeup artists for ten years and asked me to do the instant makeover video and it so well with the thirty second up do that we kept doing them and eventually I became the Assistant Beauty Editor. I was there for a while and I just applied for the job at Elle not thinking I was going to get it and they emailed me back within five minutes to set up an interview. So after about a week of interviews they offered me the position and I took it because that’s my dream job, working for Elle (laughs).
I’m the beauty editor of the dot com so I work really closely with the print beauty team as well as online. We mirror what print does but we move at a faster pace posting things every day. I will be revamping their dot com beauty section and making it a destination for people to come and get tips and how tos, interviews, everything dot com that you can think of (laughs) if that makes sense, does that even make sense.
I love doing the videos, that’s my passion, and coming from a makeup artist perspective I really enjoy giving tips. A lot of sites give you the newest and the best and I like to get a little bit more into it and go beyond the press release. I test everything so I can speak to them all. The beauty industry is so fickle so a lot of people have a hard time choosing products; there is a new red lipstick every five minutes so having a good knowledge of it helps.
I don’t have brand loyalty, but I tend to stick to brands that are more independent. They can really devote their resources to making their products better. I love Chanel skin care because before they send anything to market they send it to a lab outside of ones they own to test it. A lot of the brands that I use are more independently run.
In the winter I like to mix Jergens unscented body lotions with a Tocca body balm. The Tocca balm smells really nice but it can smell overly scented so that’s a really easy way I counterbalance the smell. I don’t like unnatural scents and my nose is really particular so I can smell the alcohol in a lot of fragrances. I actually mix two perfumes together The Commes de Garcons Red Series fragrance called Sequoia and then Miller et Bertaux fragrance called For You. I do three squirts of each and that’s my signature scent, I’ve been wearing it for years. It’s really layered, kind of spicy, kind of floral, kind of light. I can’t smell it throughout the day but I can smell it on my clothes and it smells so good to me.
I have so much lip stuff. I tend to wear Laura Mercier Natural Lips lip liner with a balm the most. I like nude glosses and darker lipsticks. The Aerin Lauder nude lip-glosses are beautiful. If I’m going red, a favorite is Dolce and Gabbana Iconic or Tom Ford Violet Fatale for something deeper. The best red I have probably ever tried in my life is Victoria Secret’s Showstopper. I had never worn their lipsticks before and a few months ago I discovered this amazing red. The color looks good on everyone. It’s rare because it’s orangey but also blue, it’s beautiful.” _ For more pictures and to read the rest of Taylor’s beauty routine click here.
Photos by: Aimee Blaut