Taylor Lorenz is a staff writer at The Atlantic where she covers internet culture. She’s written for New York Magazine, Fast Company, People, Entertainment Weekly, and more. I have loved watching her career explode and witness her success. Taylor and I were in the same Hamptons share house in 2011. I remember one poolside afternoon in particular when she showed me this new website I had never seen before. It was called Twitter.
1. What is your skin type?
Oily! I hate it. I thought I would stop having greasy skin in my teens but here I am in my 30s with extremely shiny skin.
2. You covered what could easily be described as the most contentious Presidential election in modern history. Did you have any specific beauty products that were your go-to’s while traveling to cover the events of 2016?
The 2016 upended literally everything in my life including my beauty routine because I was traveling *constantly.* One thing I came to rely on was Aquaphor. I used it to take off my eye makeup at the end of the day and would put it in the corner of my eyes at night for moisture. Aside from that I also quit caffeine with had a great effect on my skin. I felt like I looked less worn down and puffy after I quit coffee because I was sleeping better. I also became an expert in portioning out my skin cleanser into little airport travel containers. SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser is my go to.
3. You sometimes post abusive correspondence that you receive and have been the target of online trolls. How do you manage this aspect of your job and do you think this has made you more cognizant of the need for self-care in order for it to not manifest physically and/or emotionally?
The internet is SO full of trolls. If you told me 10 years ago that I would wake up to daily harassment, threats, and rude messages I’d have probably suggested quitting my job. But now I sort of view trolls as a fact of life. I try not to let it affect me. Mostly I don’t care what random, miserable people on the internet think of me. But one thing I’ve been trying to do is to stay off Twitter on the weekends. That has helped my mental state a lot!
4. What is your favorite aspect of skincare that you practice?
I love sheet masks. I get tons of them at Ricky’s. My boyfriend went to Japan last year and brought me back some amazing charcoal ones that left my skin so smooth. I also sometimes put two wet green tea bags in the freezer until they’re really cold, then lie down and place them on my eyes. It’s very relaxing and reduces inflammation.
5. Okay, I saved the best for last. I love when you post about your TV looks. Which network gives the best hair/makeup?
FOX! Hands down. Fox News makes everyone look like a super model. They have really got hair and makeup down to a science there. They also go all out with the lashes (which I love), and always make sure your lips look glossy. MSNBC is a close second, there’s one guy there who is a hair god. He really teases it up to give it so much volume. One thing I’ve learned however, is that TV makeup rarely looks good off camera. It’s sort of like stage makeup, you have to wear so much of it to look normal. If I’m going back to work or doing something after I usually take a makeup wipe and rub a few layers of foundation off before leaving. TV hair though, always looks good. I have definitely done some media appearances just for the blowout.
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