Hype Hair: How do you care for your skin and what products do you use?
Desiree Ross: I use Kiehl’s Ultra face wash with Mario Badescu rosewater facial spray and then rosehip oil to moisturize. It’s my basic routine, but it keeps my skin clear and glowy.
HH: What about makeup?
DR: I have lots of makeup essentials—I practically live at Ulta—Becca Champagne Pop Pressed Highlighter, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, NARS Orgasm Blush, Laura Mercier BB Cream, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. If I have those, I have my basics for a regular day out—I don’t care what type of look. But to add a little more, I would use the Full Exposure Eye Palette by Smashbox, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner and MAC lipstick.
HH: What beauty advice can you share with our readers?
DR: One thing I do after baking my undereyes, is to spray my beauty blender with setting spray till it’s slightly damp, then I go over the set translucent powder with it. And blending is key. Also, finding a good foundation color can be hard—my face is lighter than my arms during summer, so I look for a color in between—I like to use the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.
HH: What is the source of your inspiration?
DR: My family—they always encourage me to work harder, do better and be myself. They have such high hopes and standards for me, so I have high hopes and standards for myself. They’ve drilled them into me.
HH: What do we have to look forward to from you next?
DR: My YouTube channel! I will be starting one for beauty and lifestyle so you can see into my life—working on a TV show, hanging with friends, traveling and eating good food—and watch how I do my makeup and hair for every day and for events.
A version of this article originally appeared in the Hype Hair November 2017 issue.