In Elite Daily’s One Nightstand, your favorite celebrities and influencers show off all the details of their Holy Grail beauty products – the few they always have close at hand on their nightstands. In this episode, Olivia Ponton reveals her top three picks, including the $ 5 skincare product she can’t do without.
For a model and social media influencer like Olivia Ponton, beauty comes with the gig. The 19-year-old, who served as Illustrated sports The Swim social media host and walked with Boohoo during Miami Swim Week, likely spent more time in hair and makeup chairs at opposite ends of the country than she did in her own. bed. “No two days are ever the same,” she told me recently on Zoom. Naturally, her beauty routines never do either, at least not when she is working out. But when the makeup comes off and the extensions come out, beauty is about something more than Ponton’s skin care or makeup routine of the day.
“Beauty, for me… could be something as simple as taking care of myself. Every now and then I like to do the 45 minute routine in my bathroom, where I have billions of products, go over each one, and … massage my face for 20 minutes and so on. ‘is like, “Olivia, what are you doing?” she said. “But it gives me confidence. And it’s good for my sanity to click that reset button.
Using beauty as an act of self-care has not only introduced moments of calm into busy days at Ponton; it became a common thread for her and her girlfriend, Kaila Novak, a varsity athlete and social media influencer. “When we started talking and hanging out all the time, I would wash my face in the morning, in the evening, or in the middle of the day, and [Novak] was like, ‘Why are you washing your face so much?’ I was like, “It’s not a bad thing to do,” “she said, joking that she would make Novak wash his face more than once a day. Eventually, Ponton started recommending Novak to try some skin care products, setting her up with her own routine. Ponton literally “makes sure” that Novak does this before bed. “Now it’s just our little inner joke that we have, where we always do our skincare in the evening or in the morning.”
Ponton’s skin health has long been a a priority for her, especially given the industry in which she works, and maintaining a healthy complexion is no walk in the park. Previously, Ponton had spent seven months on Accutane, an intensive acne treatment known to make skin incredibly sensitive. And now, with the amount of products being applied and wiped onto her face every day, her skin is taking a hit. After a particularly grueling day, Ponton’s skincare routine might resemble the hour-long skincare session she described. Other times, it will just focus on the basics. After using micellar water to remove any forgotten makeup – “I woke up this morning and had dark eyes from my mascara. I was like, ‘Oh, no, that’s not good,’ ”she says – she cleanses with Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap for Oily Skin ($ 19, Clinique), which has always worked for her. even when it goes from wet Florida to drought Los Angeles Weather.
If her skin is dehydrated, she will then apply Tatcha’s Dewy Skin Cream ($ 68, Tatcha). But if not, she uses the “simple” CeraVe SPF ($ 19, Ulta Beauty) recommended by her dermatologist. Most of the time, it will stop there. “When I’m having a good skin day and my skin is glowing, I don’t even feel the need to put on makeup,” she says. If she does, however, she doesn’t do much outside of a bit of concealer, blush, and eyebrows, which are a relatively new development for her. Growing up in Florida, Ponton’s hair was so blonde that his eyebrows weren’t even visible until about two years ago, when they started growing dark brown.
After their debut, Ponton and her toddler eyebrows became the new stars of Benefit’s recent campaign for the brand’s new Gimme Brow + shades, as well as the brand’s BrowBar at Ulta Beauty, a frequent stop for Ponton. . ” I used [Benefit’s] literally produced since I was in eighth grade, ”she says. “I always stole the bronzer from my sister when she put it in her Ipsy bag.” Knowing this, the partnership feels even more kismet.
After trying “every [beauty] produced in the book, ”Ponton has a few that she holds well above the rest. Forward, she breaks down the three key products that she always has close at hand on her bedside table.
Elite Daily: A refreshing choice! How do you use it personally?
Olivia Ponton: I use it for my lips, and I don’t think it is for your lips. I’m not sure what exactly this is for, but I’m telling you, when I burn myself in the sun or go out in a very cold and dry place and my skin starts to flake off, I will put Aquaphor all over me. . It looks weird because it’s, like, an ointment. I use it every day on my lips as a natural gloss. i just became [obsessed] with her at this point. I have, like, 10 around my house, in all my purses. I take them everywhere I go.
ED: When did you first start using Aquaphor?
OP: OK, so it started when I was on Accutane because, on Accutane, your skin gets super, super dry, especially your lips. … My dermatologist said to me, “Hey, try this product”, and I’ve been literally obsessed with it ever since. I think I took Accutane about two years ago, so I’ve been using it for a long time now, and have put all my friends in there, which is really cool, so if I ever forget Aquaphor one of the my friends have it.
ED: Yassss, your favorite cleanser. Why is this one of your top picks?
OP: I am very picky with my facial cleansers. I have probably used about a thousand in my life. Normally, [cleansers] dry my skin super fast. I think my skin is also at this point where it’s very used to the facial cleanser I use, so … I just have a special place in my heart [for it] and I literally bring it everywhere I go – all my trips, all my vacations, everything.
ED: How does your face feel after using it?
OP: Honestly, it was a weird feeling at first, but now it’s just a very natural feeling. I would say I really feel like it’s all out of my face. It removes all of my makeup, which is really good because some facial cleansers don’t – the one I used when I was on Accutane was just a moisturizing cleanser and didn’t remove any of my makeup. Then, [the Clinique cleanser] is obviously for oily skin I have. It removes my excess oil, but it doesn’t strip my whole face.
ED: And you said your mom uses it too. Did you learn it from her?
OP: Yes, I was about 14 or 15 when I started taking care of my skin, and my mom said, “Okay, you should probably start washing your face because of the hormones and the oil you have. Before Accutane, I had super, super oily skin, and I was always like, “Mom, why is my face always so shiny?” »She helped me [get into a] routine. … She’s my queen, so I thought, “She’s probably right about everything.” I started to follow his lead on all of these skin care steps. Finally, she gave me this facial cleanser and said, “Try this.”
ED: A solid choice. How long have you tried it?
OP: I’ve been using it for about a year now, and it’s my all time favorite.
ED: And why this product for the eyebrows in particular?
OP: Benefit’s line of brow products is just plain wild. I would say that compared to other brow products that I have used – which sometimes leave a residue or peel off and you can see on your brows or on your skin – this one is almost like a gel, so it goes on and then there is no residue left. There is nothing that could stick or come off on my forehead or anything.
ED: How does this product fit into your current brow routine?
OP: Personally, I hardly ever do my eyebrows, like plucking and plucking. I really only let Benefit do that. They have a little salon in LA where I’m going to go, where they do my unibrow and all that. But other than that, I don’t really like touching them. I sort of put the same products, which would be the [Benefit Gimme Brow+] or the Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter and just let them do their own thing. me too [like to] using this one on the go, like when I’m at the airport, when I’m about to go to castings, and so on. I’ll drag the formula through my eyebrows and then fill them in if they need to.