Kosas’ Founder Is Working On Her (Facial) Health

“I did my undergrad in biology. Just about proper after graduating faculty, I had a second the place it turned clear to me that my truest want was to have my very own magnificence model. I knew that I had a powerful viewpoint on coloration, formulation, make-up, and the general strategy to magnificence as a result of I used to be everybody’s go-to magnificence particular person rising up. I used to be the one that you’d go to and ask, ‘I’m going someplace. Are you able to do my make-up? What lipstick ought to I purchase? How do I do that? What are the steps?’ I ended up going to enterprise college not lengthy after coming to this realization. I graduated in the course of the Nice Recession and had a very tough time. I couldn’t discover any work, and I nonetheless had this love affair with coloration, so I made a decision to spend a while doing the one last factor that I hadn’t actually gotten an opportunity to do, which was working with a nice artist in Los Angeles and getting an artwork schooling. Then I used to be at a crossroads and needed to ask myself if I needed to pursue nice artwork as a profession or begin this magnificence model that I’d had inside me for thus a few years.

I didn’t go into Kosas with an enormous model plan or advertising and marketing technique. It began with lipstick. I used to be at all times reaching for that ‘your lips however higher’ shade, however it was onerous with my olive pores and skin tone. I needed shades that look really human—not beige, however precise flesh tones. I additionally needed to formulate merchandise in a really particular means. I needed to place these two issues collectively and put it out on this planet with a lot love and intention. The title of the model is definitely based mostly on the Vedic philosophy of koshas. The phrase kosha actually interprets to sheath in Sanskrit, and in accordance with the philosophy, there are 5 layers to the self and your essence—your true capital ‘S’ self, not the self that we put out on this planet—emanates outward into your look. Primarily, magnificence is a mirrored image of who you really are. And that’s very a lot the story I wish to inform with Kosas. I acquired a number of messaging from the sweetness business about protecting or fixing myself and that by no means resonated with me. I believe that it’s very pure for us to wish to specific ourselves to disclose who we really are. I do truly suppose we’ve got performed that.


I strategy skincare actually fastidiously as a result of I’ve extremely acne-prone and extremely reactive pores and skin. Cleaning is an important factor to me, particularly with all of the make-up I put on every single day. I double cleanse at evening. Bioderma Sensibio H2O is the very best micellar water—it could actually lower by way of so many layers of make-up. I take advantage of it with cotton ovals which can be form of giant. That’s actually essential as a result of they provide me a really mild bodily exfoliation. The Paula’s Alternative Resist cleanser could be very, very gentle however actually thorough with out being stripping. It additionally has ceramides, that are nice on your pores and skin barrier. Typically I’ll layer on an oil or a balm cleanser, like Dwelling Libations’ Seabuckthorn Greatest Pores and skin Ever, if I have to triple cleanse.

Angelia Caglia has given me facials earlier than, and she or he has a very mild strategy to pores and skin. I found her Cell Forté serum inside the final six months, and it’s outstanding. My pores and skin was extra toned and clean proper after the primary use. It’s an enormous splurge, however it’s made with human stem cells—I take advantage of it to the final drop. It was additionally love at first sight with Shani Darden’s plumping serum. I stop utilizing conventional moisturizers possibly two or three years in the past—I naturally have giant pores and fairly a little bit of texture, and conventional heavier moisturizers had been nearly enlarging my pores. As soon as I stepped utilizing them, I noticed a number of enchancment. The plumping serum has sufficient hydration for me with the glycerin and snow mushroom. Actually although, I’ll use it possibly as soon as every week. And I take advantage of Joanna Czech’s C+ serum possibly twice a month as a result of it may be actually sensitizing for me. Twice is sufficient for my pores and skin to get the brightening impact that I need. The serum that I do use usually is our Kosas Plump + Juicy serum. I formulated it for my very own pores and skin sort. If I ever see anybody with an energetic breakout, I’m like, ‘Give up all the pieces, solely double cleanse and use our serum spray.’ That’s my take—and it really works. It has artemisia flower extract, which is very soothing, peptides for therapeutic, and probiotics to assist your pores and skin’s microbiome. And I solely not too long ago began utilizing eye cream. I by no means thought the day would come; It’s nearly such as you don’t know you’re going to age till it occurs. I’ve been utilizing Related Magnificence’s Beam + Glow eye serum. It’s not heavy or greasy like different eye lotions I’ve tried, which gave me milia.


If I needed to go to a abandoned island, I might take the Kosas DreamBeam sunscreen with me. It has 21.7% zinc. I formulated it once I put my daughter in surf camp over the summer season. They wouldn’t let her go within the water except her face was fully lined in zinc; if you wish to know what works, ask a surfer. They wouldn’t settle for different kinds of sunscreen—they usually had been even particular about which zinc-based sunscreens the children used as a result of it needed to have a selected focus of zinc. Zinc is hard as a result of it’s very white, so it nearly displays a blue purple in your pores and skin. We added a peachy-pink hue to neutralize that to an extent, and it’s definitely minimized, however it’s not going to fully disappear. It’s an important base for make-up. Actually, I by no means wore sunscreen earlier than DreamBeam, although it’s the one factor that you just’re speculated to put on. It broke me out and it made my make-up look dangerous, so I simply wouldn’t. DreamBeam actually hits all of my standards: It feels good, it really works effectively below make-up, and it doesn’t trigger any breakouts.

After which I like my Nuface. Each time I’m according to it—if I truly use it two or three days every week for even 5 or 10 minutes—it seems like my face is getting a exercise. I’ve been desirous to get a Ziip due to the totally different face workout routines on their app. I like the founder, Melanie Simon. Talking of face exercises, I like FaceGym. I really feel like I can by no means get a deep sufficient face therapeutic massage, and that is the one place the place they’re totally devoted to it. There are such a lot of muscle tissues in our faces and we stock a lot stress. There’s one near my home, so I’ve began going as soon as a month. The final time I went, I did a cryo therapy and liked it. I used to be so clean and vivid for weeks after.

After sunscreen, I do one pump of BB Burst in Medium Heat 24 throughout. Then I add on a second later—I very strongly consider in working in a number of skinny layers. I take advantage of our concealer in 3.8 below my eyes. I’m at all times after plumpness and raise for my total look, and concealer is unquestionably part of shaping that antigravity. [Laughs] I take advantage of fairly a little bit of Cloud Set setting powder in Feathery and Cozy as a result of it offers you this stunning filter with out flattening your face. Then I take advantage of an enormous quantity of Solar Present bronzer in Beachy as a result of I may sculpt and raise with it.


For my brows, I do both two or three steps. I take advantage of Forehead Pop Nano in Darkish Brown and feather the highest of the tail of my forehead as a result of that additionally creates a little bit of a raise. I go away the entrance of my forehead fully bare to stop boxiness. Then I take advantage of Air Forehead gel in Medium Brown totally on the tail finish of my forehead and Air Forehead in Clear on the entrance half so it doesn’t look heavy.

I began carrying eyeshadow a 12 months and a half in the past, and it’s been life-changing for me. I consider very strongly in maximizing each function, and for a few years, I wasn’t doing that. I wasn’t permitting myself the time to focus on my eyes, and I used to be additionally afraid of wanting an excessive amount of, so eyeshadow scared me. However once I began utilizing the Undressed palette, I felt like I used to be lastly maximizing all of my actual property. That’s how I felt about my lips, too. Proper now, my obsession is our Moist Sticks. They’ve an exquisite balm-y texture. I’ve a number of favourite shades, together with 100 Levels, and I seize one relying on how I really feel. Then after all, I at all times have a LipFuel in Baseline round.

I usually get a lower and coloration from Tauni Dawson. That’s the premise for all the pieces. I wash my hair each two to 3 days, and I solely use Davines MOMO shampoo and Coronary heart of Glass conditioner. I’m so minimal with hair merchandise as a result of my hair will get weighed down simply, and I even have acne-prone physique pores and skin, which most hair merchandise exacerbate. I take advantage of a Dyson hair dryer to blow it out, and I do a tender wave with the T3 Curl X 1.5” curling iron.

Brittany Boyce of Nails of LA has fully modified my relationship with my nails. She offers me a builder gel manicure in her signature almond form. It’s so flattering and makes me really feel so female. I immediately really feel extra put collectively when I’ve my nails performed, so I’m non secular about it. It’s weird as a result of getting the manicure isn’t that wanting a course of—it’s like two hours each time. I are likely to go in direction of extra impartial shades, often some variation of white, pink, or a beige that matches my pores and skin tone. After I really feel like having coloration, Brittany lets me combine my very own shade. It’s so enjoyable. I like a really particular pink with simply the correct quantity of fuschia or orange. Then considered one of my favourite methods is to place a matte coat on prime. One thing a few matte reddish fuchsia nail could be very highly effective.


I’m obsessive about the scent of leather-based, sandalwood, vanilla, and tobacco. My dad had pipes rising up, and I’ve a really sturdy childhood reminiscence of going into his room only for the scent. Additionally, if I shut my eyes and scent sandalwood, I swear to God I’m going to a different realm. I solely began carrying perfume once more as a result of I found Sunlit Blooms from DedCool. I’m obsessive about it. It has a kind of grounded sweetness, however it’s not sugary candy. It smells like in case you go below sheets and also you see the daylight coming by way of, like the sensation of being in love. I not too long ago obtained Haunted Rose from Future Society. The premise of the corporate is basically cool. They sequence the DNA of extinct flowers to create scents. That drew me in, however a narrative isn’t sufficient. It actually has to scent good, too, and once I picked it up, it form of hit on the coronary heart. I usually can’t stand a lot in the way in which of florals, however it has stability.

I additionally actually love the scent of amber, and Sacred + Divine has a 333 candle that’s stunning. And I like the packaging of the Diptyque Baies candle. It’s an all-black vessel, and it offers me such pleasure. It’s very tender and by no means overwhelming. I preserve it in my bed room.”

—As instructed to Daise Bedolla

Photographed by Brittany Bravo in Los Angeles on April 5, 2024

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