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“Hi! I’m Earlecia Richelle (@earleciarichelle). I began my profession within the style trade, working as a contract stylist, editor, and on-camera host. However, after I went again to highschool to get my masters in style and movie, I wasn’t actually positive what my subsequent transfer must be. I made a decision I’d bartend whereas figuring it out. My job search didn’t pan out like I’d hoped, however I really didn’t thoughts as a result of I discovered I actually appreciated the artistic facet of bartending. A coworker really useful I enter a cocktail contest, and that have was an actual ‘aha’ second for me. What I liked about working in style was the storytelling, and competitions turned a spot the place I might specific my love of storytelling by way of taste and styling. Once I found that, I moved into the model facet of the enterprise fairly shortly—I met a Bacardi consultant who turned my mentor after which I turned a model ambassador for Grey Goose. Eventually I used to be promoted to nationwide ambassador for St-Germain, the artisanal French elderflower liqueur.
I do loads of model technique alongside mixology. I get to decide on the cultural touchpoints utilized in our content material, and create experiential model experiences to higher join with our viewers. For instance, I’ve created cocktail occasions round cinema actions. I’ve additionally created socially engaged cocktails like Strange Fruit, meant as a mirrored image on America’s ugly relationship with the hanging tree. In addition, I lead St-Germain’s international training programming and symbolize the model in nationwide media.
Quality substances are all the things for me, each in cocktails and in skincare. I liked the limitless provide of magnificence merchandise once I was working at style magazines, however now I perceive there are solely so many stuff you want. The actuality is, once I was younger, my pores and skin was most likely going to look good no matter what I placed on it. I’m an advocate for what I name ‘mindful drinking’—while you sip slowly and savor, you find yourself having fun with drinks extra and ingesting much less. But as we’ve all heard advert infinitum alcohol dries out the pores and skin, and my job solely exacerbates my pores and skin’s pure dryness. I’m additionally not excellent at ingesting water all through the day. I attempt to make up for all of that by consuming meals which are exceptionally hydrating, and including moisture again in with skincare.
I begin my day with my Ritual vitamins and a golden smoothie to spice up wellness and hydration. Evolution 18 Beauty Collagen has Bobbi Brown’s stamp of approval, which implies it will get mine too. And I additionally put in half a teaspoon of ashwagandha powder that I make myself—I purchase the foundation at my native farmer’s market, and mix it right into a powder with my Vitamix. Brewing some contemporary ginger root tea to drink all through the day additionally helps me keep in mind to drink water.
I wash my face with Drunk Elephant E-Rase Milki Micellar Water. It doesn’t have any drying alcohol or harsh detergents, and I like that it’s mild sufficient to not take away my pure facial oils. Three mornings every week I tone with the Ren Ready Steady Glow AHA, which makes use of a mix of azelaic and lactic acids. That makes my pores and skin tremendous supple and glowy. I get facials at Heyday as soon as a month, and my facialist really useful Hyper’s vitamin C serum to assist with my darkish spots. I’m blown away by the outcomes—I even used it on a scar I had on my shoulder, and it completely light after two weeks. I additionally love that the model is Black-owned, based by a lady of coloration, and retains totally different pores and skin tones in thoughts. Next is 4 layers of hydration: Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist goes beneath the Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum, after which I take advantage of Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme and Biossance Squalane and Omega Repair Cream to lock within the moisture. Finally, I defend my pores and skin with Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen—as I’m getting older, sunscreen is a big precedence.
I’m all about ‘90s model looks—I love how a full brow, a lip, a radiant face, and sleek hair gives me definition without looking too fussy. And I’m fortunate to have my buddy and make-up artist Ruthie Weems to show me the methods I have to get the take a look at house. For my base, I take advantage of the brand new Gucci Natural Finish Foundation in Medium Deep. Gucci has a tremendous vary of basis colours, and I like that I don’t want to make use of powder on high, which tends to age me. Before I placed on my Pat McGrath Sublime Perfection Liquid Concealer I prep my undereyes with the Tula Glow Hour eye balm—it has a tingling impact that helps with puffiness. On my cheekbones, the bridge of my nostril, and the internal corners of my eyes I often layer MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul over their Strobe Cream in Pinklite for a J. Lo glow. Or I additionally like Tower 28’s brown tinted balm blended with Nars Orgasm X. That one works fantastically on my pores and skin tone in a means the original Orgasm by no means did. I brush up my brows with a bit of Make Up For Ever Brow Gel after which often full my ‘90s vibe with Bite’s Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon in Brandy. I at all times end with the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ spray to set the work I’ve executed.
I wash my hair utilizing Briogeo as a result of I really like that they’re Black-owned and operated. I often use the Curl Charisma Hydrating Shampoo and Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask within the bathe, alongside Nécessaire’s Body Wash and Exfoliator on my physique. When I get out I take advantage of my favourite physique lotion, Biotherm L’Original Body Milk. I fill up at responsibility free at any time when I’m not in America. Then I take advantage of a spherical brush to offer myself a blow out—I’ve bangs proper now, which might be excessive upkeep. Just a little Aveda Anti-Humectant Pomade and Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray helps cope with frizz.
At night time I’m going again to the micellar water once more to take off my make-up, and comply with that with the Tula Purifying Face Cleanser, which is sudsy however not stripping. I’ll both use the Biossance lactic acid serum, which has a better focus of lactic acid than my morning toner, or a retinoid, and hydrate my lips with the Laneige Sleeping Mask. That’s it! I do know It looks as if lots, however I promise you that I don’t want greater than 10 minutes within the morning or night time.”
—as instructed to ITG
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