California girls—there are songs written about, beauty adjectives named after, and Pinterest boards dedicated to them. Their perpetually bronzed skin, straight-from-the-beach hair, and tanned limbs are inspiring at best and cause for extreme envy (with a tinge of bitterness) at worst—namely, when the rest of the country is knee-deep in snow. Luckily, being Angelenos ourselves, we’ll tell you this: It’s easy to fake it, even if the sun is not your city’s friend. Ahead, you’ll find five beauty tricks we—along with our fellow L.A. girls, Lauren Conrad included—swear by. From eating their beauty to playing mixologist, keep scrolling for five beauty tricks L.A. girls love!
You heard us right: They use the wrong products. L.A. girls know that sometimes, breaking the rules can be the key to that effortless glow. Case in point: PopSugar beauty reporter Kirbie Johnson told us she uses Eve Lom’s Powder Foundation Brush ($45) to buff in her liquid foundation. Why? Because it makes her skin look airbrushed. Other instances of this can include applying your favorite luminizer (ours is Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow, $55) on your legs for Gisele Bündchen–like gams, applying cream blush with a brush, swapping your lipstick for powder blush, and more.
Beauty comes from within—and in L.A., this often means literally. Women stock up on beauty powders (Moon Juice Shop’s Beauty Dust, $65, is a Byrdie editor favorite and, yes, so very L.A.), supplements, vitamins, and even teas in the name of good skin and lustrous hair. But lest you think this all sounds a bit high-maintenance (not to mention expensive), know this: We like things simple, too. Take Silja Danielsen, an L.A. local we stopped in the street because her skin was that good. She told us she incorporates a sprinkle of turmeric, which costs about $3, into her daily routine. “It helps eliminate bloating and other toxins from my body, and I also notice that it helps keep my California glow,” she says.
There’s more about ingestible beauty where that came from, as well as lessons on how turmeric solves all your skin problems. Oh, and here’s a secret beauty brew for glowing skin, straight from the founder of Moon Juice Shop herself. Another thing about L.A. girls: We love a good DIY.
In case you haven’t realized, effortless beauty can be quite the opposite—and no one realizes that as much as girls in Los Angeles do. Sure, the weather here is conducive to perfectly tousled, air-dried strands, but on days when we want a little more finesse, we’ve got plenty of makeup tricks and hair hacks in our arsenal. Take Lauren Conrad, for instance. Known for her signature beachy waves, Conrad told us a little trick she uses to make them last all day: She curls a strand with a curling iron, wraps it up, and pins the curl in place, following with a spritz of hair spray. This allows the curl to cool and retain its shape—in other words, it’ll last way longer when you shake it all out. It’s encouraging to know that even Lauren Conrad puts some effort into her signature beachy waves, yes?
Los Angeles has a stereotype of being filled with organic everything and yoga studios galore… and it isn’t too far from the truth. We consider ourselves well informed when it comes to green, natural beauty and aren’t afraid to shop for beauty goods in the aisles of the nearest Whole Foods. L.A.-based model Zoi Mantzakanis told us that instead of normal body lotion, she uses raw shea butter cream on her body; she reaches for cold-pressed almond oil to hydrate too. We concoct our own eyebrow growth serums with ingredients from our kitchen, and don’t even get us started on coconut oil—sure, it’s popular in other parts of the country too, but L.A. girls love the stuff and generously slather it on from head to toe (Cali native Jamie Chung agrees).
When it comes to products, Cali girls like mixing things up—literally. We know that sun protection comes first, and we avoid cakey makeup like the plague. Thus, we aren’t afraid to mix our favorite sunscreen with, well, anything—but usually tinted moisturizer or foundation. (Kristin Cavallari swears by this technique.) Since there’s always a chance the beach will end up in our daily plans, we play it safe and layer waterproof mascara over our go-to (i.e., no streaks or runny lines). On days we’re feeling particularly lazy, we’ve been known to smudge out our black liner with just a dab of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant ($21) for an instantly lived-in smoky eye.
Our hair isn’t left out of the mixology party, either. Our favorite hair product cocktail involves mixing a light hair oil (usually Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, $39) with a texturizing paste like Kevin Murphy’s Free.Hold Medium Hold Styling Crème ($49). We warm them both up in the palm of our hands and then apply through our strands post-shower, scrunching throughout the day. The result? Shiny, textured, defined waves—there, now you know our secret.
Have you used any of these beauty tricks? Which city’s beauty secrets do you want us to report on next? Sound off below!