While everyone seems like they’re walking around with half-brushed hair and no makeup, the truth is that there’s a little bit of work behind the seemingly effortless beauty that has “Los Angeles” written all over it. The skin, the bare legs, the flowing hair are all achievable—here’s how to make it happen.
Listen Up: These Are the 5 Beauty Secrets of L.A. Women
Work On Your Glowing Complexion
The sun is so bright and our look is so casual, why would you want to wear 16 layers of makeup? Instead, put all your attention on chasing after luminous, radiant skin.
The L.A. regimen = 1 weekly mask to get that dewy look + daily, collagen-stimulating moisturizer + daily, transparent SPF
Our beauty picks: Crème de La Mer Brilliance Brightening Mask ($250); Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream ($100); Coola SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray ($36)
Create Beachy Waves
Don’t let the naturally tousled look fool you: Her hair has been carefully styled to look like she just kinda woke up like that.
The L.A. regimen = gentle drying + strategic waves + a touch of oil
Our beauty picks: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer ($400); ghd Classic Straightening Iron ($99); Rodin by Recine Hair Oil ($70)
Supersize Your Lips
Whether you’re going to the gym baremouthed or making a bold statement at dinner, you’ll want your lips to be moist and puffy. With a lip scrub and plumper, you’re well on your way to Angelina Jolie territory.
The L.A. regimen = a daily exfoliator + matte plumper if you’re feeling fancy
Our beauty picks: Sara Happ Lip Scrub ($24); Plumprageous Matte Lip Buddy ($24)
Smooth Out Your Body
We live in a body-conscious town that likes its skin free to feel the Santa Anas. So arms, legs and abs need to be moisturized, soft and—if you’re so inclined—hair-free. And pretty much 24-7, because who knows when a pool party calls?
The L.A. regimen: weekly body scrub + warming oils + laser hair removal
Our beauty picks: Caudalie Divine Body Scrub ($38); Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles ($12); LumaRX hair removal ($450)
Work That Nail Art
Everyone enjoys a little creativity at their fingertips, and nail art is a fun way to change up your look. So ask your manicurist for some ombré, metallics or negative-space action on your nails.
The L.A. regimen = weekly at-home cuticle care + 8-free polish + a very helpful corrector pen
Our beauty picks: Bees Naturals Cuticle and Nail Oil ($18); Base Coat 8-Free Polish Salon ($20); Clean Slate Polis Corrector Pen ($10)