When it comes to beauty “rules”, I have to come clean: Despite being a beauty editor, I don’t really have much time for them. Whether it’s skipping bold eye shadow while you’re wearing a bright lipstick, avoiding face oils if you have oily skin, or steering clear of glitter and shimmer if you’re over the age of 25—these old-fashioned takes on how you should (or more oftentimes shouldn’t) enjoy experimenting with beauty products are frankly passé. Instead, I prefer to embrace a more exuberant approach to beauty by mixing-and-matching the products that bring me joy. Sure, there might be some misses along the way but there’s fun to be found in the trial-and-error of playing with different colours and textures—despite what the rule book might say.
However, having said all that, there are a couple of expert-approved beauty rules that I wholeheartedly get behind—particularly when it comes to skincare. First up, a non-negotiable: Always wear SPF. At this point, I’m hoping that this advice is so well-ingrained that it feels more like a way of life than a rule, but either way skipping out on sun protection is a definite no-no. The second skincare rule? Always double-cleanse at night. And there’s one brand that I swear by when it comes to creating the perfect double-cleansing wardrobe: Elemis