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June 21, 2012

Megan McCarty’s 24/7 Beauty Secrets

Photos: Gina Zeidler

When she’s not overseeing the websites for five regional bridal magazines, including Minnesota Bride included, or writing her monthly column for METRO magazine, Megan McCarty is serving the best damn corn bread waffles benedict in town at Tilia or playing the role of Tickle Monster while nannying the two smartest little Mr.’s she knows. Time is short, sleep is shorter and preparation is key for Megan to save face while hopping from one job to the next. She relies on a well-edited makeup bag and a seriously diligent skincare routine. Take notes; these are her no-fail products of choice:
MAC Impassioned ($14.50) – I swear by several shades of MAC lipstick. Morange serves as my, well, orange. Lady Danger is my dependable red. But more often than not I reach for Impassioned, the pink of all pinks. It stays in place from breakfast to dinner, with only an occasional bathroom check to confirm that, yes, it’s as bright and beautiful as when you first applied it.
Clinique Perfectly Real Compact Makeup ($24) – Right after my keys, credit card and phone, this compact is the next thing tucked into my purse for the day. So light and oil-free you won’t even feel it, but the results last for hours. It also polishes my face’s wild terrain of red splotches and blue veins while letting summertime freckles shine through.
Clarisonic ($195) – Everyone says it, but it’s true: the Clarisonic is a life-changer. Mine will be clutched in my right hand ‘til the day I die. I just add a dab of my trusty Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser ($25) on the brush and let it run its minute-long course, often as I’m falling asleep at the sink.
Dermalogica Precleanse ($26) – Before my Clarisonic gets a chance to work its magic, my skin gets a nightly treat from this yummy-smelling cleansing oil. A dime-sized dose removes even the most stubborn sebum and trace of makeup.
The International Dermal Institute – I thank my lucky Taurus stars for getting hooked up with skin master Holly Stoviak through downtown Minneapolis’ Dermal Institute. She cheerfully answers my pesky “what’s going on with my skin?’ emails and lets me pick out products in person. Though not open to the public, the Dermalogica teaching center occasionally offers free treatments as practice for their students. I just may be bundled in the robe next to you.
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