ESC: Beauty Beat, Katie Stevens

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She was the eighth finalist on season nine of American Idol and now she's three seasons deep starring in MTV's Faking It.

If it isn't clear already, Katie Stevens is a self-made woman. She's also refreshingly relatable when it comes to her simple, yet (somewhat) strict beauty routine. You won't catch her before a red carpet event without her face mask and wearing makeup to the gym is a big faux pas. What else can you learn from her? A lot. Just don't ask her to choose between bronzer and blush...because she can't. 

What's your everyday makeup look?
I like to look effortless, so I just accentuate my favorite features. I go subtle on the eyes using neutral colors and smudge a little brown liner on my top lid. For my cheeks, I love a peachy bronzer to highlight my cheek bones and a tinted lip balm on my lips.

What's your signature lip color?
My favorite lip color for daytime is Rouge d' Armani Sheer Pink 502 lipstick. It looks like it would be super pigmented but it's sheer. It just gives your natural lip color a boost while keeping the lips hydrated. I can't live without it. 

Bronzer or blush?
I'm pale, so I need a little of both! Bronzer keeps me glowing and a little blush makes it look natural. Nars has a great duo kit that I always keep in my purse.

What's your best non-product related beauty tip?
Take care of your skin! Wash your face every morning and night, and be sure to moisturize! SPF and moisturizer are two things that will ensure you stay younger-looking longer! I moisturize my entire body right when I get out of the shower and I always use makeup with an SPF.

What are your daily hair products? Any styling tips?
I use Living Proof Prime Style Extender while my hair is damp, to protect it and smooth the texture of my hair. And I am obsessed with Evo's Water Killer Dry Shampoo; it works so well and smells amazing!

Any current product obsessions?
I've been really into face masks! I have combination skin: I get oily but my skin is dry, so using a face mask keeps it neutral. The Dr. Jart Dermask Brightening Solution Mask is so great and refreshing. This mask is my go-to before red carpet events.

What product do you think is overrated/underrated?
I think hair extensions are overrated. And they hurt! I prefer to rock my natural length, whether it's long or short. I've only used hair extensions a handful of times and they've actually damaged sections of my hair. And I think bath soaks are underrated. Nothing beats getting into an aroma bath with candles after a long week. Jo Malone London has an Amber & Lavender Bath Oil that's to die for!

What makeup do you wear to the gym, if any?
I never wear makeup to the gym! I sweat too much and don't want my makeup running down my face. Plus, your pores open up when you're sweating, so if you wear makeup you're just clogging all those pores and asking for a breakout.

What's your signature scent?
I'm not a huge perfume person; I prefer to wear something light. I just discovered this fragrance that I'm OBSESSED with: Clean Reserve Velvet Flora, it has floral notes (jasmine, lily and saffron flower) with hints of musk and amber. It's named perfectly because it smells so clean and pretty! I love it!

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