Lauren Taylor is a London-based production assistant who hails from California. She's a nature enthusiast who has a cat named Dame Judi Dench (!) and loves practical footwear and impractical hair volume. Today, she shares the British beauty brands she loves, the post-travel skin savior she swears by and the haircare routine that was 18 years in the making.
What's your daily skin care routine?
I wash my face with Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk morning and night. I also use Shu Uemura Balancing Cleansing Oil to remove any makeup. In terms of moisturizer, I use either Ren Vita-Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream or Tata Harpers Repairative Moisturizer.
What makeup do you normally wear?
I definitely don't wear makeup everyday, but when I do I generally keep it simple. I use By Terry Cellularose Moisturizing CC Cream to even out my skin. It's the best product I've found in years because it provides great coverage while being super light and moisturizing. To hide anything on my face, I use Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. Then, I define my brows with Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil and make sure they stay in place with Eyeko's Brow Gel. My lashes are pretty straight, so I use Shu Uemura's eyelash curler and a coat of Eyeko's Black Magic Mascara. If needed, I'll add blush (NARS Dolce Vita) or bronzer (NARS Laguna), depending on how long it's been since my skin has seen the sun.
How do you dress up your look for a special occasion?
If I'm feeling fancy, I love a good lip color, either Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream or Tom Ford Lipstick, and will add some eyeshadow using Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sand Glow and an eyeliner. To make my skin look a little snazzier, I use Nuxe Shimmering Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse Or.
What are your go-to haircare products and styling tools?
I struggled with my hair for years and it took me about 18 years to embrace my natural texture. The best thing that happened to my curly hair was a diffuser and a hairdresser who told me to never touch it with a brush. I only comb through my hair when it's covered in conditioner in the shower, from then on I don't touch it. With my hair damp, I use Miss Jessie's Multicultural Curls and scrunch it in, then dry my hair upside down with a diffuser. I use Oribe Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray to make sure my curls stay, and if needed some OUAI Hair Oil for shine.
Are there any British beauty buys you've discovered that you absolutely love?
Both Ren and Eyeko are two British brands that I love and use everyday. There is also a store here in London called Content Beauty & Wellbeing that I love. They have everything you could imagine in terms of natural beauty and carry both British-based products and other great brands.
Does your British beauty routine differ from your American beauty routine?
The main difference between my American and British beauty routine is moisture. In the winter here in England the cold and heating can wreak havoc on your skin, so the moisturizing has to be increased profusely. I also rarely had to use blush or any kind of bronzer when I was in the states, however now that my skin has become much paler it needs a little help.
How do you maintain your skin while traveling?
I try not to wear makeup when flying just because your skin is already dealing with a lot. I frost my face like a cake with moisturizer before I get on a plane and usually when I have reached my destination I will use Tata Harpers Resurfacing Mask.
You've lived in London for four years (!). What's one thing you miss from your hometown?
While I have adopted the culturally appropriate tea and biscuits here, I miss Mexican food like an old friend.
What's the last product you used 'til there was nothing left?
I use Aquaphor Lip Repair until its gone.
What's one thing you do every day that makes you feel great?
While I wouldn't claim to do it EVERY day, exercise is definitely what makes me feel great, even if it's just biking around the city.
If you could grab drinks with anyone, who would it be and what would you order?
As cliché as it sounds, I would choose Queen Elizabeth II. The longer I have lived here the more she intrigues me. To be able to speak to a woman who consulted with Churchill and yet has a twitter handle would be remarkable. I would probably order tea, just because I'm boring like that and can't be trusted with a drink of any alcohol content.
When do you feel most comfortable in your own skin?
When I'm with friends and/or family in nature of any kind. The longer I live as a city dweller, the more I realize how much I miss the outdoors, whether it's a farm in Scotland or a beach back home in California.
How would you describe your approach to beauty?
Despite being such a fan of beauty products of all kinds, I would like to think my approach to beauty is pretty simple. It is based on self-care and nurturing more than a source of self-confidence. I like to find what works for me and what makes me feel great. My sister-in-law and I share a love for products that work and are of the natural/organic persuasion, and we always make sure to keep each other in the know.
Thank you, Lauren! Check back next week for the latest installment of 52 Faces, a weekly series that spotlights a real woman's beauty routine. Last week, Veronica Pohls shared the life-changing under-eye concealer she uses every day, the $12 drugstore tanning mousse she swears by and her surprising secret weapon for getting super smooth skin.