In all the mess that is the World Wide Web, Instagram, when used without obsession, provides a bit of levity amidst the dark. When I need a little escape or some inspiration, there are a handful of accounts that I can always turn to that light a spark in me. Maintaining myself is one thing that always brings me peace, and these eight accounts never fail to bring me a huge sigh of relief.
There two women taught me everything that I know about skincare. From the importance of regular facials and oil cleansing to the power of Golde products, Amity & Crystal know exactly what a face needs and aren’t afraid to share their wisdom! As former aestheticians at green beauty pioneer, CAP Beauty, these two understand that beauty is not skin deep, and thoughtfully preach what they practice. Not only will you get great tips, but you’ll be introduced to products that turn into rituals to clear your pores and mind.
My takeaway: Practitioners are the best teachers.
Jenna Rennert aka @itsjennarennert
If listening to Vogue is wrong, I’ll never be right. As the former beauty editor of the fashion writ, Jenna Rennert doesn’t simply tell you what’s best: it’s her job to define the word. Always suggesting the finest things, I trust Rennert’s judgement implicitly, as I would any of her contemporaries at 1WTC. I’m not much of a makeup boy, but if I were I’d look no further than her 5 minute tutorials to master a perfect (and Wintour-approved) face.
My takeaway: Once you know, you know.
Jimena Garcia aka @jimenabrows
Eyebrows — so delicate and important to the framing of one’s face. Unfortunately, they’ve always eluded me. Thankfully, I found Jimena Garcia and her signature thick black frames. As Chanel’s resident eyebrow artist, Jimena might possibly be the hardest appointment to book in the US and Paris, but she’s so worth the lengthy wait. In the meantime, sift through her Instagram for browspiration. See what silhouettes are fit for your face and shape accordingly!
My takeaway: The only thing worse than a furrowed brow is an unkempt one.
Eleanor Bryden Turner aka @eleanorbryden
I love finding things before anyone else, and Eleanor Turner is my hidden gem. For a social media manager (she’s touted Erewhon as a client…IYKYK), she doesn’t post much, but every product, restaurant, and wellness recommendation is pure gold. From her quiet stories I’ve picked up hair pills, lip care, shower filters, and adaptogenic beauty blends, all of which I now swear by.
My takeaway: Excellence is understated.
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Garrett Munce aka @garrettmunce
As a boy (yes, boy, because I don’t think any of us become men before age 37), it’s hard to find good beauty accounts to follow that resonate. Thank goodness for Garrett! Some years ago the former GQ fashion editor ditched bowties for botox, and my world is eternally better for it. His recommendations are varied — everything from Heretic Parfum candles and Biologique Recherche masks to skin tightening facials and Dove hand sanitizer — but his taste is consistent perfection.
My takeaway: Why not try it all at least once!
Jenny Ong aka @jennyong
I aspire to be Jenny Ong. She oozes perfection, and is a very begin within beauty girl, which I love for her, me, and anyone else smart enough to heed her advice. Jenny posts the ultimate food porn, like vegan dishes that are clearing up your complexion with every bite. While sharing her masks, skincare, and clean makeup she always looks so natural, a feat she’s mastered like a fine artist. There’s no way a farmer ever looked so fresh.
My takeaway: Begin within and the rest will follow.
Patrick Kelly aka @pmkellyjr
Patrick Kelly is the founder of Sigil Scent and my go-to perfumer. Again, it’s hard to find men’s beauty influencers I can connect with, but Patrick’s dainty approach to self care is the inspiration I need after a long day of ogling computer screens. His bath time recommendations have all proven heavenly, and the scents that he’s concocted for his brand are equally remarkable. I’m over the word “glow”, but when it comes to describing his skin, the idiom fits.
My takeaway: Good skin knows no pronouns.
Dr. Lara Devgan aka @laradevganmd
So I did a bit of research and I think that I found out who Lauren Santo Domingo has seen for her skincare in New York… Dr. Lara Devgan. Dr. Devgan is very open about the cosmetic work she does from nonsurgical rhinoplasties to under eye filler and more on some of Manhattan’s finest. Good cosmetic aesthetics takes more than skill — it requires a level of taste, which Dr. D has in spades. I’m game for just about any procedure she co-signs. Plus her skincare line, used by the likes of Molly Sims and Gucci Westman, is a must.
My takeaway: Always trust The LSD.
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