The One Product I Haven't Stopped Using Since I First Became a Beauty Editor

The story goes like this: I was an intern for Time Out New York's Shopping & Style section during the summer of 2011. I had just graduated college and was attempting to navigate that in-between phase of pre-adulthood—mostly drowning but dog-paddling somewhere near the surface. I was holding down a job for the first time (I worked seven days a week to afford rent and my unpaid internship) when my then-boss asked me to cover a fashion show during NYFW. At the time, I couldn't believe she would pass up such an incredible opportunity to me—that's how green I was in the industry. But nonetheless, I accepted her offer, giddy, and went on my way.

It wasn't until I stepped out of the subway (my budget certainly didn't cover cabs) that I realized I looked like an intern. I didn't feel cool enough or like I'd fit in anywhere where style and beauty choices were marketed like currency. So I stopped into Sephora. Maybe I'd be able to add a few gleaming, fresh-looking products to up my confidence. I certainly didn't have the time or money to buy a new outfit. And even then, there was something about beauty that enchanted me.