This past weekend, Byrdie Beauty Lab went digital with all the beauty experts you’d get to experience IRL dropping their best gems and beauty tips online. Unlike past in-person Beauty Labs, attendees may not have had a chance to swatch, swipe, or spritz any editor-approved products IRL, but the good news is you can still shop our faves online and walk away with some sage advice from the pros themselves.
If you didn’t get a chance to tune in over the weekend, don’t worry. From how to shop for the most effective skincare products to a K-Beauty secret to add to your skincare routine, we've got you covered here. Below, see what experts had to say and our picks to achieving the look.
Look at the Top 5 Ingredients in Your Skincare
Cosmetic chemists Gloria Lu and Victoria Fu of Chemist Confessions dropped plenty of tips for decoding complicated skincare ingredients, but this one quick tip is the tip to know before you add any skincare to your cart. When you’re scanning the box of your next skincare purchase, check for active ingredients in the top 5 ingredients listed for effectiveness. This will ensure potency rather than just a small fragment of an active, which would be listed toward the end of the list.
When it Comes to Retinol, Start Low and Slow
Retinol is a real skincare power player that has proven to be effective for diminishing wrinkles and breakouts, but we also know getting started on a retinol regimen isn’t the easiest journey. If you’re considering adding it to your routine, Lu and Fu recommend starting low and slow, using a product with 1% to 3% retinol once or twice a week, preferably at night. Patch testing is also a good way to figure out how you’ll react: Skip the acids on nights where you use retinol, but never skip sunscreen in the daytime.
The Skincare Step You Shouldn't Skip
Calming and soothing skin is an important and often forgotten skincare step that Lu urges not to skip, especially if you’ve been using a lot of actives to combat maskne and stress (guilty!). One ingredient she says to look out for is centella (also known as tiger grass) which is perfect for relieving irritation and helping repair skin. “In order for skin to stay healthy and do its job, you need to keep it calm and healthy," she explains.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
You should be sure to get your recommended water intake daily but there’s only so much drinking water can do for dehydrated skin. The key? Hydrating essences and toners. Alicia Yoon, the founder of Peach & Lily, explains that so many things attack our skin’s barrier daily from pollutants to temperature changes which can cause water loss.
To maintain the health of your skin barrier, look for formulas with humectants like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and collagen at different molecular weights. These bind to water, drawing it into the skin and helping it penetrate and hydrate deeply. Alicia shares that she occasionally layers up on Peach & Lily's Wild Dew Treatment Essence ($39) while watching her favorite shows, pressing a few layers into her skin with clean hands.
Add Ice Into Your Skincare Routine
When Erin Pulley, makeup artist and aesthetician for Omorovicza, demonstrated a super-luxe facial to DIY at home, she grabbed an unexpected beauty tool—derma globes. You might have spotted them in Tracee Ellis Ross’s skincare routine where the cooling globes went viral. After applying Omorovicza's Illuminating Moisturizer ($155), Erin grabbed two cooled globes and rolled them gently around her eyes, lightly sliding and tapping the globes across her skin. Pulley explained that ice rolling constricts blood vessels, helps reduce pore size, and aids with lymphatic drainage.
Layer on Products for Longer Wear
Celebrity makeup artist Nikki DeRoest broke down a full day and night makeup look for us in her masterclass, but there's one tip that can be used anytime: layer your products to make them last. One of the ways she demonstrated this was with her lip products. She pressed on a layer of Wet n Wild Mega Last Stained Glass Lip Gloss ($3.59), dusted it with translucent powder, and then pressed on another layer of gloss. By doing this, you get longer wear and less product waste from continuously applying all day long.