Welcome to You Look Moist, a regular column wherein Man Repeller asks cool people with glowing visages how they achieved their supreme hydration (amongst other things). Today’s installment features Julie Schott, former beauty editor and co-founder of the new skincare brand Starface.
How would you describe your skin?
A lot like a jellyfish, in that every vein and blood vessel is visible, and also, my skin is super reactive. If it likes something, the results are tremendous, but when it doesn’t, there’s a tendency to act out.
How would you describe your skincare approach in general?
I will try anything once—I’m a beauty hypebeast—but my day-to-day is never more than three products at once for a few reasons: One, they tend to pill when I layer more and two, I want science or immediate results (ideally both). That’s part of how I became obsessed with hydrocolloid pimple patches because there’s a rewarding reveal.
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What skincare products are integral to your routine for achieving your ideal, glowing, well-moisturized complexion, and how/when do you use each of them?
My skin is oily and acneic, so I’m not big on moisturizer. At night I use Biossance Vitamin Serum and during the day I always wear sunscreen. Supergoop Glow Stick gives a nice gloss without making me break out.
What about makeup products?
I have patchy eyebrows from trichotillomania, so I use a few products to fill them in every day. Urban Decay Brow Blade is a double-ended marker/pencil combo that gives a believable fill, and Benefit Gimme Brow Eyebrow Gel adds extra body so they don’t look like anime brows.
What’s the cheapest product you use regularly and love?
Aquaphor—I use on my lips, eyes, eyebrows, as makeup remover, and on my legs. It works for everything.
Is there anything you try to avoid, skincare or makeup-wise?
I try to avoid anything permanent like laser hair removal because I did that when hairless was a look and now I wish I had pubes.
Any next-level tips, tricks, or services that you swear by to help you look “lit from within”?
I’m obsessed with Dr. Idriss and recommend her to anyone in New York when I get questions about Botox, fillers, etc. She is the most wonderful dermatologist and person for anything cosmetic.
What’s your go-to product or trick for fixing a skin disaster?
The Starface Hydro-Stars got me to stop skin picking and pimple popping. I used to do insane things with a metal extractor tool and now if I see something, I put a star on it.
Do you do anything differently skincare-wise when you travel?
Not really, I just pack any minis I’ve accumulated and incorporate wipes because they travel well, but I don’t use them on a regular basis.
What’s something you wish your teenage-self knew about taking care of your skin?
To appreciate it!! Stop smoking cigarettes and tanning, dummy. I didn’t get acne until my early 20s, which was a huge bummer and made me feel especially self-conscious at work as a young person. At the time, I got cortisone shots, took antibiotics, and tried every as-seen-on TV system. Now I would say “do less” and be gentle.
Photos provided by Julie Schott.