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Before starting at Cup of Jo, I worked as a beauty editor for years. Surrounded by experts in the industry, I discovered exactly what beauty obsessives swear by, which drugstore items actually work and how to do your brows once and for all. Here are the top five things I

ve learned

The Best Way To Moisturize

Even before my beauty editor days, I was pretty fanatical about my skincare routine, but I rarely moisturized my body. Now, it

s the first thing I do when I turn off the shower, after lightly toweling off, when

my skin is still damp


s the secret!). Skin tightens when it dries, so it

s best to get right to it. Plus, the water left on your body helps lock the moisture in. I keep a bottle of

almond oil

in the shower (I use it instead of lotion because it leaves my skin so so soft). Now I never have dry patches on my elbows or knees, and I

ve grown to love this little daily ritual.

The New Lipstick

When Emily Weiss of

Into the Gloss



, most of the beauty editors I knew were skeptical. Could a beauty blogger really create a legit makeup and skincare line? But very quickly, we were all converted. The products are that good. And the

Generation G lipstick

is the superstar. It

s like no other lipstick out there: it

s sheer AND matte. So it goes on like a tinted lip balm, but without the shiny finish

like you just ate a cherry popsicle. I wear it in


(the perfect subtle rosy shade) basically every day.

The Spot To Remember

Your face starts at your nipples,

a wise

celebrity facialist

once told me. Our neck and décolletage are one of the first places to show signs of aging, yet it

s an area that doesn

t get much skincare love. Now when applying

my facial moisturizer

, I always make sure to put it on my neck and chest in an upward motion. Lately products made specifically for this area have been popping up, but the ones for your face will do the trick just fine.

The Power of The Brow

The eyebrow is the dark horse of facial features. Sure, red lipstick or curled lashes will demand attention, but it

s the brows that truly define a face. (

Science agrees

.) A poorly


shaped pair can age someone, while full, more natural brows look youthful and fresh. Like many of us who lived through the

90s, I

m dealing with the patchy aftermath of years of over


plucking (thank goodness for

brow powder

). I

ve since kicked my tweezer


happy ways, and now am growing out my brows (with the help of a



just plucking rogue hairs along the brow bone and trimming with


when they get too long.

The Trick For Lazy Nights

The number one rule of wearing makeup (and having great skin) is you must take it off before you go to bed. I heed this pretty seriously, but there are nights where I can

t rally for my multi


step regimen. This is when

micellar water

the beauty product French women swear by

comes in. I dab it on cotton rounds and use it to remove all the makeup from my face and then again to cleanse. While cleansing wipes (which I still use on vacation) basically just rub stuff around on your skin, micellar water actually removes the dirt


moisturizes in the process.

Thoughts? Any other beauty tips to share?