Different features, different hair types and different preferences. One thing entrepreneurs do have in common though is this: they’re busy.
So how do they get ready in the morning?
I talked to five celebrity women entrepreneurs who told me all about their beauty routines.
1. Lindsay Jang
Serial entrepreneur Lindsay Jang does not shy away from getting things done.
She is the co-founder of the restaurants Yardbird and Ronin, Sunday’s Grocery, an online liquor and lifestyle-goods shop, and MissBish, an online publication focusing on fitness and apparel.
Jang is also a yoga practitioner and teacher, and a mother of two.
I invest a lot in skincare so that I don’t have to wear make-up
Lindsay Jang, entrepreneur
“I invest a lot in skincare so that I don’t have to wear make-up,” Jang says.
She wears eyelash extensions and has her eyebrows microbladed.
“So I basically cleanse, moisturise and go!” she says.
“If I need to go out or be photographed, I will put on a thin layer of foundation – I mix it with my moisturiser – some highlighter under my eyes, blush, eyebrow gel, and a light pink/brown lipstick.”
When it comes to her hair, Jang says the less often she washes it, the better.
“I have more and more grey hair every day, so I try to only wash it every two or three days so that I don’t have to dye it too frequently.”
Working out is a staple in Jang’s life, so her hair is often in a ponytail.
“If I have to look nice, I’ll straighten my hair or treat myself to a blowout!” she says.
2. Cara G McIlroy
One word that describes Cara G McIlroy is fun. She’s fun to be around, and she’s fun to shoot with on set.
Yet most of all, she’s dedicated. McIlroy is one of Hong Kong’s top models and television hosts, and is the founder of Genie Juicery.
As a busy mother of two, McIlroy keeps her beauty routine simple when she’s not working.
“My make-up routine is basically concealer, a tinted moisturiser with SPF [sun protection factor] and cheek tint,” she says.
When she is working, McIlroy uses foundation, a light sweep of eyeshadow and eyeliner, and a tinted lip balm.
“If I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll add a red lipstick!” she says.
My make-up routine is basically concealer, a tinted moisturiser with sun protection factor and cheek tint … if I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll add a red lipstick
Cara G McIlroy
When it comes to her hair, McIlroy gets ready in just a few steps.
“My hair routine is wash, towel dry, a little hair oil and I’m good to go. Occasionally I’ll comb it.”
3. Rosemary Vandenbroucke
Having personally worked with Rosemary Vandenbroucke previously, I know first-hand that she has beauty, brains and talent.
I like to avoid putting on make-up whenever I can, but that’s not to say that I don’t love getting all glammed up!
She is a model, actress, singer-songwriter, certified yoga instructor and a holistic health coach.
You can catch her classes at PURE Yoga, attend her “wake up and dance” Daybreaker events around Asia, and see her work her magic at music festivals such as Wonderfruit.
Vandenbroucke describes her routine as quick, easy and natural.
“I like to avoid putting on make-up whenever I can, but that’s not to say that I don’t love getting all glammed up!” she says.
She likes to use Kiehl’s tinted SPF moisturising base, NARS’ concealer and Guerlain’s Lip & Cheek Tint.
“For more of a glow, I’ll blend in a bit of Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat with my concealer to reduce unflattering dark lines, and use a bronzer and highlighter for contour,” she says.
An avid lover of eyelash extensions, she follows a specific skincare routine.
“I like to use natural products from Caudalie, Purearth and John Masters Organics,” Vandenbroucke says.
She has her hair professionally done from time to time. And at home, she likes to indulge in a ritual once a week.
I’ll wash my hair and leave in an argan oil and keratin treatment as I soak in my hot tub
“I’ll wash my hair and leave in an argan oil and keratin treatment as I soak in my hot tub with bath oils from Aromatherapy Associates,” she says.
“I surround myself with candles and ambient music.”
4. Christina Dean
Christina Dean is a force to be reckoned with.
She is a sustainable fashion advocate and founded Redress, the NGO with a mission to reduce waste in the fashion industry.
Dean is also co-founder of The R Collective, a fashion brand that uses luxury brands’ waste, which can be found in the department stores Barneys New York and Lane Crawford.
She was selected as Britain’s “Top 30 Inspirational Women” by British Vogue.
So how does she get ready for a busy day?
I use random leftover soaps from hotels or whatever I find in my husband’s washbag for a quick facial scrub while I’m in the shower
“I use random leftover soaps from hotels or whatever I find in my husband’s washbag for a quick facial scrub while I’m in the shower,” Dean says.
“I balance my poorly planned beauty regime with emergency facials every four months.”
For conferences and important meetings, Dean likes to wear make-up.
Her go-tos are a Bobbi Brown foundation with SPF and a Chanel mascara.
“And any lip gloss that I can get my hands on that my eight-year-old daughter hasn’t used up.”
Dean keeps her hair routine simple.
“Despite the expense thrown at my [fake] blond hair from years of highlights, I’ve thrown it up into a bun every day for around 20 years non-stop,” she says.
“I wash my hair in the morning and let it dry naturally.”
5. Utah Lee
Utah Lee needs no introduction – just take a look at her Instagram and you’ll understand why.
She’s a Nike Master Trainer with fierce beauty and fashion sense.
Lee is a rock-star mother of two who does everything: personal trainer, group fitness instructor, dance choreographer, instructor trainer, business consultant and model.
I like to apply concealer and blush, but when I want to kick it up a notch, I’ll add waterproof eyeliner
Lee’s make-up routine has to keep up with her busy workout schedule.
“I like to apply concealer and blush,” she says. “But when I want to kick it up a notch, I’ll add waterproof eyeliner.”
When Lee has an event to go to, however, she goes all out. “I’ll do my eyebrows, add eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, blush, highlighter and lipstick.”
I’ve seen Lee wear bright lipstick colours – and look amazing.
When it comes to her hair, Lee likes to keep it simple.
“For work, I’ll put my hair up in a ponytail as is,” she says. “For play, I’ll make it a sleek ponytail.”