Kimberly Dawson Duckworth is the stylish woman behind the beautifully curated vintage shop ROARDROBE. She has incredible personal style, an eye for well-crafted clothing and an affinity for glitter. Today, Kimberly talks about the best foundation for glowing skin, the one product she keeps in her purse at all times and the moment she fell in love with vintage clothing.
What's your morning skin care routine?
I've always been a night owl, so mornings for me are always rough. That's why I like to keep it simple and quick. I wash my face with Murad's Refreshing Cleanser — it's gentle and smells kind of like Fruity Pebbles (my favorite cereal!). Then, I aggressively spray my face with Murad's Hydrating Toner a couple of times. I don't drink coffee so this step usually peps me up nicely. Next, I moisturize using Origins Eye Doctor around my eyes and Murad's Perfecting Day Cream on the rest of my face.
What makeup do you usually wear?
Most days, I keep my makeup very simple. I aim for a fresh, natural look. I begin with Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer (in Madeleine) to brighten under my eyes and spot correct any blemishes or any annoying hyper pigmentation spots from previous blemishes. I really love the formula because it's so creamy and I can easily blend it with my fingers.
Then, I buff a thin layer of tarte's Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation to my entire face using Real Technique's Expert Face Brush. I really love this product! It feels like you're wearing nothing and makes my skin look even and glowing all day long. Next, I sweep a little blush on my cheeks. Right now, I'm using Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio in Spirited.
I do my brows using Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade. I recently switched over to this product, and yes, it lives up to the hype. Years ago, in one of my Polynesian dance companies, I had to take a makeup seminar on how to apply stage makeup. It was led by this fabulous drag queen and she taught us how to fill in our brows and I remember thinking to myself, "Wow, this is so odd." Flash forward to now, and I feel naked if I leave the house without my brows on!
So, that's five things I put on my face to make myself feel presentable to the world, and I can accomplish this look in five minutes flat. Boom.
What's your hair care routine?
I wash my hair once a week using shampoos that are sulfate free. A friend recommended Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Conditioner to me, and I just finished it and loved it. It made my hair feel softer and more manageable. When my hair is wet, I comb through a hair oil (right now I'm using Oil Potion by Schwarzkopf Professional) and then I let it air dry over night while I sleep. In the morning, I flat iron the top and use a curling wand on the rest. I don't brush my hair throughout the week because it'll get too poofy. I'd say around day three or four is when I really achieve that "beachy wavey #Iwokeuplikethis" look that I'm going for.
How do you style your hair most days?
It's so much easier to have my hair pulled back in bun or a ponytail when an occupational hazard of mine is hair pulling. But work aside, I've always preferred to have my hair out of my face and pulled back. My hair has always been a stressor for me, the "mane" of my existence, if you will.
Growing up, I hated my thick curly hair and did everything I could to make it pin straight which included harsh chemical treatments and daily hair straightening. It was bonkers. Nowadays, I am learning to love my natural hair but it's a work in progress. I still haven't found a "holy grail" product that allows me to go completely natural, but I'm looking! One of my best friends is a hairdresser and whenever she gives me a blowout and styles my hair it's literal magic.
How do you do your makeup for a special occasion?
I really like to have fun with my looks. I'm super into sequins and sparkles, and when I was in Japan, I bought these tiny glitter stars that girls were putting on their faces there. Now, I buy different confetti packs from party supply stores and use Ben Nye's Glitter Glue (way better than eyelash glue!) to stick them on my face. I also love brands like Colourpop and NYX because they are great quality, affordable and their products come in so many fun colors — so it won't break the bank to try something new like green lipstick or gold glitter brows.
Are there any special accessories you wear to dress up your look?
I love to accessorize my outfits with earrings from my big collection of vintage clip on rhinestone earrings or with one of my hand made moon crowns. My "normal" special occasion look is most people's "Halloween" — haha.
What's the last product you used 'til there was nothing left?
I use all my products to the very bitter end! I hate to waste anything.
Are there any beauty treatments you absolutely love?
I really struggled with acne growing up so the one thing that I have no problem investing in is my skin. I have an amazing facialist who I see once a month. She's the one who introduced me to Murad and Le Mieux products and will keep me looking young for, hopefully, a long time. :)
How do you feel about nail polish?
I love painting my own nails. I've been known to get a little carried away with some designs.
What's one product you keep in your purse at all times?
One of my favorite products of all time is Palladio's Rice Paper Blotting Tissues. I use half a sheet to blot my oily T-Zone in the middle of the day. You can also use them to set your makeup. They're the best and I always have them in my bag.
You have such amazing style! Has fashion always been a passion of yours?
Aw, thank you! I would say that fashion has definitely grown into a passion of mine, but it wasn't always. I went to Catholic school for nine years, and although I'm a big supporter of school uniforms, they really stifled my personal style from emerging. When I was in high school, I started going to thrift shops as a hobby. I didn't care that it wasn't a "cool" thing to do, I think I was trying hard to just be different and you can accomplish that with vintage. Every garment is essentially one of a kind. I remember wearing a vintage 70s cream dress and 50s fur fascinator with a birdcage to a dance junior year and feeling so beautiful. I've been hooked ever since. I can get lost vintage shopping for hours, it's like treasure hunting for me!
How did your vintage shop ROARDROBE come to be?
ROARDROBE came to be partly because I needed a creative outlet and wanted to curate something that was uniquely my own. I love the opportunity to share my excitement over my garments and pass them along to their next owners. And partly because I wanted an excuse to shop for vintage more (don't tell my husband! ;) ).
What's your most beloved piece of clothing?
That's like asking someone who their favorite child is — lol! I have a couple of dresses that belonged to my Lola (my maternal grandmother) that I cherish. I have a sundress that my mom wore on her honeymoon that I wore on my honeymoon. And my wedding dress is pretty special to me, too. I believe that what we wear, what we choose to live our lives in, harnesses our energy. That's a big part of why I'm so fascinated with vintage clothing — it all has a story, a past and a destination.
In addition to curating a vintage store, you work with developmentally disabled children to help them and their families address challenging behaviors. How did you decide to become a behaviorist?
I love kids, so I always knew that I wanted to work with children in some capacity. When I graduated college with a degree in psychology, my mom, who is a social worker, suggested this path to me and I followed it. Being a behavioral therapist is absolutely challenging but incredibly rewarding. I always say, "Never a dull moment!"
What's one thing you do every day that makes you feel great?
I sing in my car. And I don't mean like humming along to the chorus. I mean like windows down, dance moves, I-don't-care-who's-looking, full-on musical experience. Honk at your girl!
What's your evening skin care routine?
I wash my face with Murad's AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. Then, I mist on Murad's Hydrating Toner. If I have any pimples coming in, I use Le Mieux's Beta Acid as a spot treatment and zap em! Next I put a thin layer of Le Mieux's Vita-C Serum on my whole face followed by Murad's Perfecting Night Cream. Lastly, I put some vitamin E oil on my lips before I go to sleep. The nighttime routine is quite the ritual, but it's worth it.
When do you feel most comfortable in your own skin?
When I'm with my husband, family, and/or my friends, joking around and laughing.
How would you describe your approach to beauty?
I would describe my approach to beauty as practical and playful. Always beware the sun, drink lots of water and have fun. The true key to beauty is confidence!
Be sure to follow Kimberly on Instagram, and check out ROARDROBE to shop her cool vintage finds. Check back next week for the latest installment of 52 Faces, a weekly series that spotlights an inspiring woman's beauty routine. Last week, Kelly Thwaits, a university recruiter for Facebook, shared the affordable body scrub she's been using for years, the pricey beauty treatment she doesn't feel at all guilty about spending money on and her obsession with "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."