When it comes to beauty, Carrie Barber’s stamp of approval is everything. She first made her mark behind the scenes, doing creative at some of the coolest brands out there—including Glossier, Violet Grey, and Sephora, to name a few—and in 2021 stepped into the driver’s seat to revive the cult-favorite brand Make Beauty.
Instead of simply relaunching the brand, she started fresh, keeping Make’s irreverent DNA, but bringing it up to 2022 standards and infusing Barber’s cool-girl vibe. The first order of business? Launching skin care, which the brand never touched in its first iteration. The products were inspired by the best technology has to offer, as well as Barber’s personal approach to skin.
“I would say that my personal philosophy now is to keep it as simple as possible and to use products that do a lot of different things, which directly translates to Make skin care,” she tells Glamour. “I’ve worked in beauty for so long, and I always want to try the new thing and constantly test products. But I think for me, and what I tell a lot of people is try to understand what your skin needs as best as you can. My skin needs different things throughout the month, so when I’m hormonal, there’s different things that I need than when it’s really dry. But when you find a thing that works, don’t fix it if it’s not broken.”
Make is also based on the idea of what a modern routine looks like, and in Barber’s eyes, it’s a streamlined one. “For so long, it was really popular to have a really elaborate skin-care routine, and that’s never been me,” Barber says. “I didn’t wash my face until I was probably 20. I’ve never been a massive routine person, and I think most people overdo it.” Instead, she tends to spend her time and money on treatments and regular facials, which is where she sees the most results.
Though most of her routine is Make, Barber still enjoys finding products on a trip to Sephora or scrolling through TikTok. The two most important things she looks for when shopping are hydration and texture. “It’s so much about texture for me,” she says of what makes her buy a product. “If a serum is really cushiony and slippy, but then is sticky when it dries down, I’m not super into that. But I will do anything for any sort of rich cream. I just could be in rich cream all day. It’s all about hydration for me. And then also so much about how it feels when I’m using it, how it dries down, and then how it plays with makeup, because I wear makeup every single day, I always want my skin care to play well under makeup.”
Below, Carrie Barber drops her routine.
In the morning I try not to wash my face—I’ll put some water on though, and take off any sort of sweat or oil that I have accumulated over the night. But if I do a heavier moisturizer like the Make Hibernation capsule, or slug the night before, I’ll wash my face with Make Succulent Skin Wash, just so that that doesn’t create a residue throughout the day.
At night I always double-cleanse with the Make Oil Cleanser, the Pre-Cleansing Fluid, and the Succulent Skin Wash. I’ve been wearing a lot of waterproof makeup lately, and I’m doing almost two washes of the Skin Wash just to make sure, because waterproof really does what it says.
Make Beauty Pre-Cleanse Fluid
$28.00, Make Beauty
Make Beauty Succulent Skin Wash
$24.00, Make Beauty
Baseline, I’ll do our Lactonic Serum and Super Cell Moisturizer. Those are my go-tos all the time, no matter what. And then depending on what my skin needs, I’ll add in things. I’ll add in the Acid Phase Toner when I’m breaking out or I’m about to get my period, or when my skin feels really dull, I’ll add in a brightening serum—I like the Eighth Day one, or the Azelaic Emulsion from Naturium.
Make Beauty Lactonic Serum
$34.00, Make Beauty
Eighth Day Regenerative Serum
$325.00, Eighth Day
Make Beauty Acid Phase
$38.00, Violet Grey
Naturium Azelaic Emulsion
Day and night I’ll put on Super Cell moisturizer. Sometimes when my skin is super, super dry, I’ll layer in something on top of Super Cell, like Sublimage from Chanel Beauty. That is thick. So that’s a heavy hitter, the Sublimage, but I go through Super Cell so quickly. It’s everywhere all the time. I love it so much.
Super Cell Deep Moisture Cream
$38.00, Make Beauty
Sublimage La Crème
I don’t wear sunscreen every day, but everyone should. I’ve always had such a hard time with sunscreen because of the smell. And it’s getting so much better now, especially with mineral sunscreen. I’ve been using the Charlotte Tilbury SPF primer that’s SPF 50.
Charlotte Tilbury Invisible UV Flawless Primer SPF 50
My eye cream
I sort of go back and forth on eye cream. I was getting milia when I was using eye cream consistently, so I haven’t used eye cream in a while. However, the Naturium Multi Pep Eye Cream is one of my favorite creams of all time. When I met the founder, Susan Yara, she gave me that, and I was like, “I’m going to need more because this is going all over my face.” I love this cream. And then they made the face-cream version.
Naturium Multi-Peptide Eye Cream
I love face masks. One of my favorites is the Mara Volcanic Sea Clay Detox Mask. That is the first clay mask that I’ve ever used that has not dried my skin out. I’m glowy and hydrated after. I was like, “Allison, what is this witchcraft? How did you do this?” It’s so good. I love Hanacure. That’s one of my go-tos. I like the Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask from Fresh, that’s a good one. And I still use the VIP O2 Biologique Vivant with just a little bit of baking soda when my skin is just blah.
Mara Volcanic Sea Clay Detox Masque
Hanacure All-In-One Facial
Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask
Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant
My spot treatment
My skin was really good for a long time and I was like, “What’s going on here?” I test product all the time, eat cheese, don’t sleep that much. My skin was too good. I really pared back and was doing the least. But now I’m definitely getting some irritation around my chin, which I think is hormonal, and some whiteheads.
Now I’m kind of like, “What is going on?” I had cystic acne really bad, for a long time. It was awful. Absolutely nothing helped. No hormones, no spironolactone, nothing. I started to get facials regularly and that helped. When I get a big pimple, usually before I get my period or if I’m really stressed, I’ll use a ZitSticka patch, or this product on Amazon called End Zit. It’s skin-tone color, but a liquid pastelike texture like the Mario Badescu spot treatment, but you can wear it during the day because it’s flesh-colored. And I try to not touch it and I’ll do some spot treatments with Acid Phase, around my nose or jaw line.
ZitSticka Killa Kit
End-Zit Acne Control Drying Lotion
I love devices; they are my favorite skin-care thing aside from rich cream. I love microcurrent, so I have all of them—Ziip, NuFace, Sola Wave. Ziip is my “I have 20 minutes, and I’m not doing anything else” thing. NuFace is if I have 5 to 10 minutes in my bathroom, and then Sola Wave is at any time when my skin is clean and I have a serum on and watching basketball. I love it for that reason. It really works too. The clinicals are kind of crazy.
Ziip Beauty Device & Golden Conductive Gel
$495.00, Neiman Marcus
NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device
SolaWave Red Light Therapy & Microcurrent Wand
$149.00, milk + honey
I have a Dr. Gross LED mask, which I don’t use that often, but when I use it consistently, it changes my skin. I think that is the most effective of the LED masks that I’ve tried. When my skin is really inflamed with a lot of redness or sensitivity, red light really helps calm it—I do a mix of red and blue. It’s three minutes, and it’s the most effective, powerful, and quick.
I also use a dermaplaning tool, the Stacked Skincare one. I’ve had to learn the hard way how to use it—I had a whole chunk taken out my jaw and I’m like, whoops. It helps so much with product absorption. I did not start to do that myself until my aesthetician had done it, and I felt like I could understand how she was doing it. Dermaplaning, whether you do it yourself or an aesthetician, really helps product absorption and glassy-skin makeup application. It makes everything so smooth, but proceed with caution.
Dr Dennis Gross SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro
StackedSkincare Dermaplaning Face Exfoliating Tool
I like microdermabrasion or dermatologist-level sort of treatments like microcurrent with a dermatologist. The aestheticians I see in L.A. are Vanessa Hernandez and Camille Fields. And then sometimes, if I’m in a rush or need an appointment day of, I’ll go to Heyday. It’s nice to have someone massage your face or give you a nice deep cleanse and put a mask on and rub your scalp. I also get Botox because I’m in my 30s. Or Dysport because I metabolize Botox really quickly.
Bella Cacciatore is a beauty writer in New York. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.
Originally Appeared on Glamour