Beauty editors are an obsessive—nay, focused—bunch. Get us all in one room and the conversation will shift quickly to highlighters and wave sprays, tiny needles and jade rollers. (We can attest to this because it’s actually happened.) Some of us may have started with modest beauty routines that blossomed with time on the job; others have been beauty buffs from the beginning, only widening their knowledge and prowess through their profession. Either way, we now all do some pretty weird things in the name of beauty, things that might make the average woman blanch (or doubt our sanity).
Team Byrdie isn’t an exception to the beauty-editor rule, which is why we’re letting our (glitter-adorned) freak flags fly for all to see. Ahead, you’ll find 10 strange, secret parts of our routines that we swear make our hair shinier, makeup more airbrushed, and skin more radiant (like it’s constantly swathed in Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003). In the name of beauty, keep scrolling to see the weird habits we started only after becoming beauty editors.
“Have you ever seen those memes joking about how you talk yourself through your own daily makeup routine like you’re in a YouTube tutorial? I catch myself doing that all the time, especially now that we've been streaming more Facebook Live videos and I need to talk about products and how they work on camera. I’d be pretty embarrassed if I ever got caught.” — Lindsey Metrus, associate editor
“Ever since Alicia Yoon told us we need to start putting serum under our sheet masks, I’ve been doing that, as well as putting under-eye patches underneath my sheet masks. I look totally cuckoo, but I’m home, so whatevs. My boyfriend’s learned to accept it and doesn’t even react now when I’m masking.” — Lindsey Metrus, associate editor
“The lengths that I go to with my at-home hair treatments have become utterly absurd. To strengthen and tone my poor bleached strands, my weekend hair-care routine looks like this: First, I apply a generous amount of Olaplex No. 3 ($24) all over my hair. Then I slap on a giant shower cap and walk around the house like that for hours on end (sometimes all day, if I don’t have to leave the house). After rinsing, I double-shampoo with a purple shampoo and a strengthening shampoo, followed by a 10-minute hair mask and a leave-in brightening cream. It's ridiculous, I know, but it’s the beauty-editor way.” — Amanda Montell, associate features editor
“I consider myself an eyeliner expert, and part of the reason my wing is always expertly flicked is because of a tip I learned from makeup artist Erik Soto at a Kat Von D event last year: Always clench your toes. This magically prevents your hand from shaking when you’re applying—try it! The best part is no one will ever know your secret.” — Faith Xue, editorial director
“It’s not exactly weird, but it’s definitely excessive: When I first became a beauty editor, I got my hair blown out every single Friday. I had a standing 6:30 p.m. appointment with my favorite gal (Halli at the John Barrett Salon), and I left looking like a polished, well-kept woman (even though in reality, I was a broke 20-something who was late on rent).” — Hallie Gould, senior editor
“I never got (or even really knew about) the extensive body treatments available. There is so much more than just scrubs, massages, and wraps. There's cellulite, toning, tightening, and even laser treatments that are quick, easy, and oh so effective.” — Hallie Gould, senior editor
“I’ve also come to start smacking my face as a part of my nighttime skincare routine, to get the blood flowing, you know? French women do it; Korean women do it. It's a 100% free way to encourage that rosy glow. (I would do it throughout the day, but people might find that disturbing.)” — Amanda Montell, associate features editor
“Considering I give it a mention on Byrdie basically on a weekly basis, it’s pretty clear that this is a habit I swear by—even though, yes, rolling needles into your face on a monthly basis might not exactly be considered the norm. But doing so regularly has helped me get rid of my under-eye bags and dark circles, diminish my laugh lines, and plump up my upper lip. And since I have no plans to do Botox as I get older, I’m so glad I’ve found a more natural, less invasive way to target signs of aging.” — Victoria Hoff
“Maybe it’s not necessarily the weirdest thing ever, but I’ve always been terrible at taking vitamins and supplements regularly—not exactly a great confession as a vegan who needs to ensure her nutrients are always in check. But the rise of ingestible beauty market has made it easier to get my daily fill, especially since I have a variety of odd potions and pills at my desk. Now, mixing up superfood-packed concoctions that benefit my body inside and out is an afternoon ritual, and I’ve never felt better.” — Victoria Hoff, associate editor
“A while back, esthetician Kerry Benjamin disclosed to me that she shaves her face. Every few weeks, she grabs an eyebrow shaver and glides it down her entire face. I’d tried dermaplaning before, but it had never occurred to me to shave my face at home. Benjamin assured me it was an excellent form of exfoliation and that my skin would feel baby-soft after. She was right. I went to the beauty supply store, picked up a three-pack of eyebrow shapers, and never looked back. I now shave my face about every three weeks or whenever I feel like it needs it.” — Deven Hopp
What weird beauty habits do you swear by? Sound off below!