You may not know Erin Parsons’s name, but you've certainly seen the makeup artist's work, whether on the red carpet (she's the go-to for both Hadid sisters and the genius behind Gigi's Met look), in Maybelline ads, or on some of the most exciting runways at Fashion Week. Or maybe you've seen her pop up on your TikTok For You page, showing off her insane vintage makeup collection with the knowledge of a museum curator. Wherever you know her from, there's no denying she's one of the most influential voices in her industry.
For Parsons, beauty has been a lifelong love, and it was working at a Lancôme counter as a teen where she learned the importance of great skin care. “I've been using really good skin care since I was 18, and I really kept that up,” she tells Glamour. “Also, because I always loved wearing makeup, I would always wash my face in the morning, wash my face at night, and do some type of moisturizer, even if it was cheap. So I have taken care of my skin my whole life basically.”
When it comes to shopping for her combination skin, Parsons is lucky to try tons of new products as part of her job. However, she likes to keep things consistent, and has recently been following a facialist-recommended routine. “I'm a real routine person,” she says. “The other day I ran out a few of my creams and so I used some other things. I liked them for a minute, but then I noticed my skin…it wasn't having it, so I went back. It tells me right away.”
Her only other rule? Don't be afraid to invest. “Your readers are going to hate this, because everything's basically expensive,” she says with a laugh. “But I'm 42, honey, and you know what? I've worked hard to get that money, I'm going to spend it on my skin care.”
Read on for the products Parsons can't live without for the latest installment of Drop the Routine.
I used to always use a foaming cleanser, but as I got older, I started to notice more fine lines on my face. The facialist I started going to told me it's too harsh and to try a milk cleanser. I was like, “Ooh, milk cleanser. I don't know about that.” But I really love it. A lot of the products I've acquired this past year that I love are Biologique Recherche, so I use their milk cleanser, the Lait U.
$36.00, Rescue Spa
I use the Biologique Lotion P50 in the day; it's an exfoliating toner. And at night I use the 1970 version, because my facialist told me to use the more harsh, strong one at night. I really only exfoliate once a week though. I also like the MDO exfoliator; it's a liquid, so not a scrubby scrub. You put it on, wait 10 minutes, and you wash off. I love it. I always used to do scrubs, but I feel they're too harsh for my skin now. So I'll do that once a week, or once every two weeks even now, because I find that with using the P50 and the P70, I don't really need to do as much.
$70.00, Rescue Spa
$70.00, Rescue Spa
$49.00, MDO Skin
I've been told by facialists that your skin will get used to something, so it's good to switch it up, so I like to do different things morning and night. In the morning I love this product called Dermopore, also from Biologique Recherche. People are going to think this is sponsored, but I swear, I buy all the stuff—it's so fricking expensive.
My pores are my biggest issue; they get enlarged easily. So I use the Dermopore every day in my T-zone, and I think it's amazing. And then the next thing sort of depends—this is where I switch it up every now and then. Because I might use a different serum, like a hyaluronic serum in the daytime, or sometimes I'll use that at night. At night I'll use Dr. Devgan's Vitamin C Serum instead on the Dermopore.
There's another product by Recherche that's called Tissulaires, and that's supposed to only go on the perimeter of your face. The biggest thing that I found for my skin, because it's combination, is to use something on the outside, and then use something different on my T-zone, like the Dermopore. It's, like, life-changing. All my life I always just slathered on everything. But I'm like, My pores are getting bigger and bigger, and then the facialist told me, and that helped me so much.
$82.00, Rescue Spa
$145.00, Dr. Lara Devgan Scientific Beauty
$69.00, Rescue Spa
This goes back and forth, but if I'm feeling a little dry, I love Augustinus Bader the Rich Cream. I noticed that it really makes my skin look hydrated, and I really feel like I see a difference in the fine lines. If I'm not feeling so dry, if it's a really hot sticky day, then I'll go back to the Biologique Recherche Crème VIP O2. It's a cream, but it absorbs really quick and there's not a lot of slip. And then I put one more serum on top—it's called the Yall-O2—just to add that extra layer of moisture just when I'm feeling really dry in that area. At night I'll use a heavier cream. That could be a few different things, but one that I'm really loving is Omorovicza. It's like slathering yourself in butter. I just love it.
$265.00, Augustinus Bader
$194.00, Rescue Spa
$126.00, Rescue Spa
My eye cream
I love Shiseido Benefiance Eye Cream. It's so rich and amazing.
My lip balm
During the day I use Dr. Devgan's lip plumper. It's so good, wow, it really works. Then at nighttime I'll do different lip plumper. I use the Sara Happ Dream Slip; it's like silk, even when you wake up, and it doesn't move around.
$50.00, Dr. Lara Devgan
When I do the hyaluronic serum, whether it's morning or night, I'll mist my face with the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist first. It's been around for centuries, it's crazy. I've read that hyaluronic serum needs some water molecules to actually work, so I'll mist it, and then I put the hyaluronic on.
The Supergoop sunscreen is really amazing. They've sent me everything, so I use that. I don't use it consistently, but when I'm using sunscreen, I use that.
My spot treatment
I love the ZitStickas—they're the best. If you catch that thing in time, you can wake up and it's totally gone. Sometimes you need two days of them, but those little stickers work. I was extremely acne-prone back in the day. I don't know what caused it, but I had boils on the bottom of my jawline. It was awful. And the only thing I found at that time, because ZitSticka didn't exist, was getting extractions.
I use so many masks. The SK-II undereye ones are amazing [Editor's note: These are discontinued]. Same with the 111 ones. Guerlain has a full-face one that's made of something with bees—oh my God, it's amazing. There was a moment where I was trying masks every single day. And I'm like, “Well, you know what? I'm going to go on the treadmill and I'll either put a full mask on, or I'll put one under my eyes.” The fine lines and the wrinkles were disappearing. It really does work, but who can afford to wear a mask every day? I couldn't. Once I ran out, it was over. But it worked!
$115.00, Saks Fith Avenue
I don't do this stuff as routinely as I should, but for things that work, I use the NuFace. It 100% works. I like red light therapy. I have a mask from Georgia Louise. It was $1,000, and I paid for it. That stuff works! I find that, between those two, you get the lift and you get the evenness. I still have a lot of freckles, especially during the summertime, but I find that the light helps most. I also like microneedling. There's one by Stacked. You wash your face, do your microneedling, and then finish with all your serums. I'm not as good about using that one, but I noticed the difference when I do. I love gadgets. I just am not so good with using them all the time—except the great thing about the LED mask is I can lay in bed and watch TV with it on, so that one I can do more often.
$990.00, Georgia Louise
I try to get facials once a month. I'd go more if I could. Extractions are really important. I've been seeing Kristyn Smith, who Bella goes to—she's great. And then the other place that I would go, where I learned about Biologique Recherche and I've stuck with, is Georgia Louise.
I also do PRP. It's plasma that they take from your blood, and then put it in a vile, and then microneedle it in. I swear to you, it's the only shit that works. This is like the third time I've done it, and every time, after about three or four days, I'm like, "Wow, my skin is glowing.” It's the only actual treatment that I've ever seen make a difference in my pores, it really makes my pores disappear. And at 42, and maybe not always being so healthy, that's almost impossible. So it definitely works.
Dr. Devgan does my PRP, but I also do Evoke by Dr. Levine. I haven't done it in a while, but it's a nonsurgical way to get the lift. They put these heat things on you; it does the cheekbones and the jaws. Who can't use a little sculpt? I mean, come on. I've actually sent a couple of supermodels to her, to be honest. It really does work. You just have to keep up with it, and you have to go once a week, every week for, like, a month. And I can't ever keep up with it. But when I do go, one of my friends was like, “Did you do something to your chin?” It's painless, quick, and it works.
I'm not against Botox and filler and all that either, not even at the least. But I personally would never do it more than once a year, because I think it gets out of control. And the only other thing I would say that really helps me with my forehead lines would be the SiO patches. I sleep in the SiO patches. When I'm in between Botox, because I only do it once a year, sleeping in the patches, is the only thing that works. Besides Botox. That works.
Bella Cacciatore is the beauty writer at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.
Originally Appeared on Glamour