Meredith Duxbury Is In Her “Cushy Woman” Generation


“I have all the time cherished the theory of make-up, however I didn’t actually put on it till I were given to school. I went to Southern Connecticut State College, and I began my stage in biology as a result of I sought after to be a doctor’s assistant; I had even taken EMT classes in highschool and volunteered for my native EMT and ambulance team. However truthfully, I’ve ADHD and the mathematics was once too tricky for me. I switched to nursing, which wasn’t a lot more straightforward, after which I landed on industry management and advertising.

My plan was once to do one thing inside of social media advertising after faculty. In fact, I had a YouTube channel right through my freshman 12 months of school—I simplest had like 500 fans, however I deleted it when an older man I knew mentioned it was once embarrassing that I used to be filming myself. I do know this now, and I understand it’s more straightforward mentioned than achieved, however don’t concentrate to the unfavourable feedback—in the event you’re satisfied doing what you’re doing, then stay going since you by no means know the place it might probably move. I’m so fortunate that I were given a 2nd likelihood with TikTok, however what if I didn’t?

I began my TikTok account as a pair’s web page with my boyfriend. A few of our movies went viral, and other people began announcing they preferred my make-up and requested if they may see how I did it. My boyfriend was once the one that inspired me to do it, and I went complete power with it.

To start with, I simply actually sought after to hide up my freckles. The issue was once that my Beautyblender was once soaking up a large number of my basis. I’d use six to 10 pumps and it felt like an enormous waste, and likewise, I used to be a broke faculty pupil the use of $55 Becca basis. I be mindful pondering that my arms by myself wouldn’t take in the product, and the heat would assist me mix it in additional. That’s why I began making use of basis with my arms. A large number of other people had been—and are—like, ‘You undoubtedly wipe all of this off. You simply observe a large number of basis to head viral,’ however I wasn’t. I simply sought after to hide up my freckles.

My complete factor was once lip-syncing to rap tune, like Nicki Minaj’s ‘I’m Respectable.’ That’s what made my TikTok take off. This was once right through the summer season of 2020, and I used to be portray my mother’s boyfriend’s area and gardening for cash, however I’d get up at 5AM to create the movies. I hit 1,000,000 fans in December, after which by means of January of 2021, I hit seven million. I actually received six million fans in a single month. Thus far, I feel my maximum seen TikTok is the certainly one of me doing my make-up to Doja Cat’s ‘Get Into It (Yuh)’—it has over 137 million perspectives.

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I believe like I am in my comfortable woman technology. My make-up is a lot more herbal. It was once so amusing doing complete glam and recreating avatar appears to be like when I used to be house right through COVID, however now that I’m doing extra type, and I’ve extra conferences and I’m operating round with my canine, it’s actually arduous to do a two hour glam consultation each day. A large piece of my glance now isn’t the use of as a lot—or any—basis. In truth, I used to be actually fearful to discover this facet of items. I believed other people wouldn’t like my extra herbal facet and that my movies wouldn’t carry out smartly, however other people were leaving feedback announcing, ‘We adore this facet of Meredith. New persona unlocked.’ It’s given me extra self assurance to turn extra of myself—and to include my freckles. I’ll all the time love my basis method—and I’ll nonetheless use it every now and then—however other people develop and alter.

I don’t like to scrub my face within the morning, so on any customary day, I don’t do the rest to my pores and skin after I get up, except I’m feeling tremendous dry and want to placed on moisturizer. I lean against a easy skin care regimen as a result of I’ve delicate pores and skin and eczema—right through the less warm months, I am getting dry patches on my eyes and my arms will crack and bleed. The one factor that is helping is a actually wealthy moisturizer—I really like Tatcha’s Dewy Pores and skin Cream as a result of even if it has perfume, it doesn’t sensitize my pores and skin—and Aquaphor. I coat my whole face with a mild layer of it within the wintry weather.

All through the summer season, I all the time get started with sunscreen. I really like Los angeles Mer’s Vast Spectrum SPF 50, Shiseido’s SPF 50+ Transparent Sunscreen Stick, and Supergoop’s! Glowscreen SPF 40. If I’m in a hurry to take out my canine within the morning, I’ll use the Shiseido stick, but when I’m hanging make-up on after, I seize the Los angeles Mer as it feels extra like a serum for pores and skin prep. Supergoop!’s Glowscreen calms down any redness I’ve, so I believe like I’ve make-up on even if I don’t. It’s nice in the event you’re going to the seashore and you need to really feel lovely however don’t need to put the rest on. This may well be bizarre, however I additionally like those 3 as a result of a large number of different SPFs give me a unusual sunscreen style in my mouth, and I can’t stand it.

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At night time, I all the time use Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleaning Balm or Tatcha’s Indigo Cleaning Balm to get the entirety off. For a double cleanse, I exploit Tatcha’s Delicate Exfoliating Cleanser religiously as it’s by no means frustrating for my pores and skin. I apply it up with my Dewy Pores and skin Cream and Laneige’s Lip Drowsing Masks. I really like the crimson one, Gummy Endure, however I additionally like the unique Berry, Vanilla, and Mango.

Just lately, I made up our minds to dissolve part of my lip fillers. I first were given my lips achieved right through my sophomore 12 months of school as a result of I used to be actually insecure about them. For some time, I’d actually get lip filler each and every week—an excessive amount of. Now, I’m going to Maintenance Med Spa each and every six to seven months—I used to head extra steadily, however my woman was once like, ‘You want to forestall or you wish to have to dissolve all the filler and redo it as it’s migrating.’ I believe like the volume I’ve at the moment doesn’t have compatibility my face, and likewise, after I’m hanging on lip liner, I will’t really feel the place the herbal ridge of my lips is.

However right here’s the item: If you wish to get filler—or some other beauty remedy—opt for it, particularly if it makes you are feeling happier or extra assured. It’s no person’s position to speak down to those that get remedies. It’s now not their frame. It’s now not their face. I believe the similar method when other people say, ‘Oh, you’re simplest dressed in make-up to really feel extra assured.’ So what if I’m?

My one piece of recommendation is to do your analysis. I actually counsel going to a board-certified physician. I imply, I really like the woman that I see, however you by no means know with some med spas. I additionally get eye filler, and I’ve heard such a lot of horror tales of other people’s eyes drooping after. Additionally, my boyfriend’s in dental college, and he, after all, had to be told the entirety concerning the face. He advised me, ‘You want to watch out. Anyone may just hit the incorrect nerve or a blood vessel.’

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I all the time have a lip on—that’s my primary factor—however highlighter and blush are the anchors for my comfortable woman make-up. I’ve actually toned down the contour and the lashes—when I’ve falsies on, I believe like they put the point of interest on my eyes, however I need the point of interest on my cheeks at the moment.

I all the time get started my make-up prep with moisturizer—it’s so essential or your make-up’s now not going to seem just right in spite of everything. Then I exploit my Morphe X Meredith Duxbury Foaming Face Primer, which is so amusing to make use of, and Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter out within the coloration 2 Truthful. The Flawless Filter out is the important thing to a glowy glance as it covers your redness however it’s now not basis, so you’ll nonetheless see your freckles and the heat of your pores and skin beneath. For concealer, which I simplest do underneath my eyes and a dot in the midst of my brow and possibly my chin, I both use the Kosas Revealer Concealer in 02 W or the Dior Behind the curtain Concealer in 0CR. Armani Good looks’s Luminous Silk Concealer is just right, too. I exploit each sunglasses 1.5 and a pair of.

Then I’m going in with the Charlotte Tilbury Highlighter and Blush Wands at the top issues of my cheekbones as a result of I need to elevate my face. I feel that placement appears to be like the most efficient with my options, however it’s other for everyone. I additionally put a little bit dot of blush on my nostril to deliver the heat in combination, and a dot of the highlighter above my brows and on my chin, however I should be cautious as a result of I will move overboard every now and then. I apply that up with a little bit little bit of powder underneath my eyes. It’s humorous as a result of after I did my complete glam appears to be like, I’d contact far and wide my face with my arms to verify there have been no sticky spots, however now, I exploit very minimum powder. I then set the entirety with the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Surroundings Spray. It provides me hydration and makes me even glowier.

I haven’t been the use of any bronzer in recent times; I understand it’s so other from what I used to do. If I had been to seize some regardless that, my go-to is the LYS No Limits Cream Bronzer and Contour Stick in coloration Unity. It’s so buttery and simple to mix.

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For my brows, I exploit my Morphe X Meredith Duxbury Forehead Sculpting Wax And Brush Duo. I really like a feathery cleaning soap glance, however I don’t have very coarse brows, so after I check out to try this, it simply seems like I brushed them up, which is okay. I simplest fill them in on the tail, possibly relatively beneath, and a tiny bit on the entrance as a result of in the event you’re filling for your brows a ton however the remainder of your face is tremendous gentle, it’s now not going to seem nice. Huda Good looks’s #BombBrows Microshade Forehead Pencil—I exploit coloration Impartial Blonde—is superb as it’s tremendous, tremendous skinny so you’ll get an overly herbal glance.

On my eyelids, I’ve been the use of MAC Cosmetics’ Mineralize Skinfinish Spotlight Face Powder in Cushy and Delicate, a peach bronze coloration. I put on it at the top issues of my cheekbones, too, however it acts as a just right eyeshadow with out supplying you with coloration after which making you are feeling like you wish to have to place on mascara. You’ll simply have a glow to your eyes. Dior’s Behind the curtain Glow Face Palettes are just right for this, too. I particularly just like the 001 Common model.

I’m so used to doing an overly nude lip, {that a} dark-ish liner and a few gloss is my model of daring. If I desire a extra impartial, lighter coloration, I seize the Morphe Soulmatte Filling Gel Lip Liner in Groove from my Lip Liner Glaze Duo. I most sensible off the lining with Ole Henriksen’s Pout Maintain Peptide Lip Remedy—it roughly seems like lip gloss however it’s now not sticky—or my Morphe Lip Glaze in Groove, a impartial beige tone. If I’m going for a pink lip—I really like Dolce & Gabbana’s Devotion Liquid Lipstick in Devozione and Audacia—I will be able to all the time seize a matte coloration although the remainder of my make-up is tremendous glowy. I don’t need lipstick on my enamel, so I simply play it secure as a result of I do know {that a} matte coloration will keep all day.

If I do need to do extra of a complete glam herbal glance, I really like Glossier’s Stretch basis—it has just right nourishing substances in it and is like your pores and skin, however higher. Or I’ll use the Patrick Ta Crème Basis and Completing Powder Duo in Mild 1. What’s great about this product is that you’ll construct it up as a lot—or as little—as you need. I observe it with a Beautyblender, however persons are all the time asking why I don’t observe it with my arms like I did with my liquid basis. I don’t need to dig my nails into the compact, but in addition, there are other ways for various merchandise. I do know that everyone knew me as the basis woman, and it was once so amusing and it’s what introduced me so far, however I need to remind everybody: It’s OK to check out one thing new, whether or not that’s with make-up or one thing else.

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My hair is of course darkish blonde and I dyed it bleach blonde for years, however I had such a lot hassle with it in contemporary months. It stored breaking, and the ends had been so cut up as a result of I used to be getting it achieved such a lot for occasions. So I made up our minds to cut it, which is a dedication as it takes some time on your hair to develop again, but in addition, you simplest are living as soon as. Hair grows again, so why now not?

I began taking the Vegamour GRO Biotin Gummies, and so they’ve in fact helped my hair develop such a lot since then. My boyfriend even requested if I were given extensions. Vegamour has a shampoo and conditioner that I really like, too—my hair feels fitter after I use them.

So far as hairstylists, Dimitris Giannetos is the most efficient, and I agree with him with my lifestyles. He dyed my hair pink in September. My staff and I sought after to do one thing amusing and new, and we made up our minds to head complete steam forward and make a observation. I will be able to say, I should be much more cautious about discovering merchandise to make use of now. Despite the fact that I used to be already the use of merchandise for color-treated hair, it’s so other. I went from washing my hair each day to as soon as per week since the coloration rinses out so briefly. I used to be simplest going to stay it for Type Week—I used to be fortunate sufficient to stroll Christian Cowan’s Spring 2024 display right through Paris Type Week, and it was once so cool seeing my pink hair at the runway—however I’m so obsessive about it, so it’s staying pink. I in fact suppose the colour appears to be like very herbal on me as a result of it really works with my freckles; my sister has freckles and strawberry hair, and my cousin’s a ginger, too. That is how I must’ve been born. [Laughs]

I actually like heat scents. I’m now not a lot of a floral woman. I imply, I’ll put on floral scents, however the very first thing I normally seize is vanilla-forward fragrances. My primary fragrance in highschool was once Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium, however I’ve since came upon Kilian’s Love, Don’t Be Shy. This sounds creepy, but if I stroll by means of other people on the street, I straight away know if any individual is dressed in it. It smells like sweet, and it’s now not for everybody as it’s so candy, however it’s my primary.

I latterly came upon Parfums De Marly’s Delina Exclusif. It’s arduous to explain as it’s candy however recent and a little bit powdery, however now not actually floral. I don’t know what it’s, however I adore it. I additionally just lately came upon Tutti Twilly d’Hermès, which is a extra fruity form of candy but in addition wealthy.

And I all the time want a odor in my area—in fact, Anthropologie has such just right candles. My sister presented me to the Capri Blue Volcano candle, and I feel I overdid it as a result of I burned it such a lot. In truth regardless that, I normally get all of my candles on Amazon as it’s simple, however I’m cautious to reserve simplest soy candles. I imply, I really like Diptyque, however their candles are so pricey, and I burn my candles all day. I as soon as purchased the candle model of a fragrance I cherished, however it was once long past in two days. By no means once more.”

— As advised to Daise Bedolla

Photographed by means of Alexandra Genova in New York on October 10, 2023.



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