by Tracey Ho Lung
This former Bachelorette has come a long way since giving away that last rose. While Jillian Harris works as a designer for an extreme home-makeover show (with extreme hours!), she also runs her own successful design practice while doling out practical design, fashion and lifestyle advice on her website. Rouge caught up with Jillian to find out how this modern-day designing woman always manages to look her best, and what’s on her beauty agenda for the holidays.
Rouge: How does work affect your beauty routine?
Jillian: I have a crazy schedule. When I’m on the road, I don’t sleep enough or drink enough water, so my skin suffers. I make sure I have a really good bedtime moisturizing regimen. A good cleanse (every night — no exceptions!) followed by a good serum like Olay Regenerist Fragrance-Free Regenerating Serum Olay Regenerist Fragrance-Free Regenerating SerumOlay Regenerist uses an amino-peptide complex to beautifully regenerate skin's appearance by renewing its outer layer, revealing newer skin - fragrance and colour-free.Buy Now|Add to Beauty Kit , then the Olay Professional Pro-X Hydra Firming Cream Olay Professional Pro-X Hydra Firming CreamThe cream is designed and professionally tested to help optimize elasticity and firmness by plumping and locking in moisture.Buy Now|Add to Beauty Kit , helps when you’re tired, stressed or — in my case — over (ahem) 29.
What beauty must-haves help you through the holiday season?
Hydration! I love using the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing SystemA professionally designed facial cleansing system that gently exfoliates to reveal brighter, smoother skin with each use.Buy Now|Add to Beauty Kit and the Olay Professional Pro-X Wrinkle Smoothing Crème Olay Professional Pro-X Wrinkle Smoothing CrèmeOlay Wrinkle Smoothing Crème combats the look of fine lines and wrinkles, while smoothing uneven textures with moisture.Learn More|Add to Beauty Kit to get my skin feeling soft and looking smooth. And even though it’s winter, I still love that bronzed look, so starting off with CoverGirl TruBlend Minerals Bronzer CoverGirl TruBlend Minerals Bronzer – Natural BronzeOur mineral-enriched bronzer gives a natural, sun-kissed glow for a luminous look.Learn More|Add to Beauty Kit is a must. This, paired with the CoverGirl NatureLuxe GlossBalm CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm - HibiscusWith natural mango, shea and other butters, this lightweight balm helps soften lips.Learn More|Add to Beauty Kit is a current look.
How would you describe your beauty look for the party season?
I love a bright coral or tangerine matte lip and a cute ponytail. I love mixing lip colors and do a combo of Kiss and Flame from the CoverGirl LipPerfection CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipstick - FlameGet soft, smooth lips with a luscious moisturizing formula.Learn More|Add to Beauty Kit line.
What are some of the best makeup tips you’ve learned from the pros?
Fill in your brows, use a good liquid eyeliner — I like to use either a thin liquid liner solo, or a liquid liner paired with a cream eyeliner to get a smoldering effect — and highlight your brow arch and the inside of your eyes to open them up. Oh yes, and don’t forget a good contour with bronzer. I’ve seen makeup artists use a light brown eyeshadow but I haven’t had the guts to try this yet!
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Is there a beauty look that you love but don’t wear?
That super-glamorous look. I’ve tried it before, but felt that it didn’t really look like “me.” I like the natural look, or just one step above it.
What holiday makeup look would you recommend for someone wanting a subtle beauty update?
I really think bronzer and a pop of coral or orange on your lips. I’ve also noticed a big trend in thicker eyebrows. Filling in sparse brows with a smoky brown shadow and the right brush can really give a natural-looking effect.
What’s your favorite hair look for the holidays?
Definitely a bouncy, high ponytail. I’m just so busy during the holidays — I love to entertain and stay busy — so keeping my hair up and curled seems the easiest. I also feel that my hair is naturally drier in the winter, so I like to style it less and wear it up. Plus, it makes me feel a bit more glam, even when I’m rushing around picking up gifts and planning parties.
Can you share some hair tips you’ve picked up from the red carpet?
I like giving my hair a nice, tight curl, then brushing it out. It’s soft, glamorous and bouncy! And for great hold and bounce (yes, you can have both), the Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Touchable Volume Hairspray Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Touchable Volume HairsprayGive fine hair a light, touchable hold while adding shine. Use the non-aerosol formula on damp hair for flexible styles with full volume.Learn More|Add to Beauty Kit is fabulous.