Ready in a Flash
Real Beauty: We see you're setting up shop on the floor. Is this where you typically get ready in the morning?
Cindy Barshop: I don't usually start there, but I end up there. Since my girls are on the floor, it's just easier if I'm on the floor with them. [Jesse and Zoe] love to play with my makeup and brushes, and they love the hairdryer, usually they'll help me brush my hair.
Makeup in Minutes
RB: With twins, we know you're rushed for time. What's your typical makeup routine to get you out the door in a flash?
CB: I don't typically wear a lot of makeup, I think it's more important to pay attention to your skinI want to make sure it looks okay without anything on. When I do put on makeup, I use foundation to even out my skin tone. If I have a spray tan, which I do now, I'll mix my Makeup Forever and my T.LeClerc to get the right shade. That's pretty much what I do in the house. The rest of the makeup happens in a cab, or in my office.
RB: You mentioned that you spray tan. How often do you do that?
CB: I like to do things that make a difference on the way my skin looks. I'd say I upkeep every two weeks. We actually just got a new type of spray tan in, we're the first ones in the country, it's amazing! Have you ever gotten a spray tan?
RB: Yes, they're freezing and smelly.
CB: Not these. Seriously. It is 100% scent free, with a warming property to take the 'chill' out of bi-weekly spray tans. We're also coming out with a Completely Bare fragrance spray tan -you could literally go out on a date right after.
RB: Sign us up! When is it available?
CB: In early May 2010 at select Completely Bare locations nationwide. But, check our site for more information at www.completelybare.com.
Cindy's Favorite Products
RB: Do you mind if we take a peek inside your makeup bag?
CB:Not at all!
Some of Cindy's favorite products include: Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine, Smashbox Eye Shadow Trio in Panorama, T.LeClerc Lip Gloss in Reflect d'Or, Sephora Buxom Lips lip plumper, Almay Smart Shade Anti-Aging Concealer, and Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Mascara.
Must-Have Skin Care
RB: Let's talk skin. Yours is amazing (as if it wouldn't be)! What do you do to keep it looking so healthy?
CB: I do a lot of microdermabrasion and, the truth is, I don't use face wash, I wash my face with baby body soap and a washcloth. I'm probably not supposed to say that, but it's true and it works really well to take off my makeup when I wash at night.
I'm also addicted to Collagen Re-Inforce Crepey Eye Lift by Elizabeth Grant ($40; elizabethgrant.com). I use this when I'm traveling or on the go, this keeps my whole face moisturized. If it's pure and clean enough to put on the delicate skin around the eyes, it's good enough for the face. But, you can't use your face moisturizer on your eyes. So, if you're on a budget, splurge on a great eye cream and use it everywhere.
And, I also use our Bikini Bump Blaster Pads ($32; completelybare.com) everywhere. They are useful not only to combat and treat ingrown hairs and bumps in the bikini area, these pads come packed with glycolic acid to exfoliate skin and salicylic acid to treat blemishes. Alone, they're great for treating skin, together, they're the dynamic duo for acne and giving skin the ultimate clean-up.
Stealing Products from a Baby
RB: What other baby products do you use?
CB: I just told my friend to use triple paste on her cheeks—she had a slight burn from a hot-towel treatment. I also never use regular sunscreen, I use ones that are formulated for babies - they're usually SPF 50 or higher, hypoallergenic, and if it's safe for them, it's safe for me.
Keeping Your Skin Healthy
RB: We know that you can never be too young to start taking care of your skin. What tips do you have for maintaining a clean, healthy glow?
CB: Wash your makeup brushes every single time you use them. I love the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner. And, use products that have glycolic and salicylic acid in them—the glycolic acid will help exfoliate away dead skin that can lead to breakouts.
RB: What about getting rid of acne? Can we use toothpaste as a spot treatment?
CB: No. Don't use toothpaste. You need something that's going to exfoliate and prevent the breakout from happening. I like our Bikini Bump Blaster Pads. I use them on my face about once a week.
My whole thing is that you don't need to buy tons of different products. Familiarize yourself with the ingredients in each product and what they actually do when applied to your skin—just by knowing what's in the products you can use them for other things.
RB: How many times a week should someone exfoliate?
CB: It really depends on your skin type, but a good rule of thumb is: the darker the skin, the more frequent you should exfoliate because it's thicker. Lighter skin shades should probably stick to once a week.
Products to Avoid for New Moms
RB: Anything new moms should know about their current makeup routine?
CB: I always screw up with my lip gloss. Right now I'm wearing a lip plumper and I can't kiss the babies goodbye. You have to be really careful.
Tips for Thick Hair
RB: Let's talk hair care. What's your typical wash-and-go routine?
CB: I wash about every two days - I have really thick hair, so no more than that. And once a week I treat myself to a blowout at Eva Scrivo's. That salon is amazing! I think that it's important to get your hair blown out because a professional dry can last a while which means less damage. It really makes all the difference.
RB: Do you have any favorite shampoos, conditioners, or treatments?
CB: Not really. In my job I'm constantly trying new things, so that carries over to my hair care, too. I really have a range of products in my shower—everything from expensive salon products to drugstore ones.
RB: Anything you use in a pinch when you don't have time for a blow out?
CB: A&D works great on my ends when I'm running late. It also helps to tame my flyaways.