Beauty Q&A: Bee Shapiro’s Favourite Fragrances and Skincare Routine

As a renowned beauty editor and founder of fragrance house Ellis Brooklyn, Bee Shapiro knows a thing or two about skincare. She talks to STYLE about her favourite fragrances, skincare routine and the beauty advice she’s passing on to her daughters. 

Your desk must be inundated with the worlds most interesting products. How do you decide what makes it into your routine?

I start with the ingredient listing. I want to see it’s interesting and uses quality ingredients – is there some ingredient I haven’t seen before? I’m interested in clinical trials as it shows that a brand is not just claiming things out of the blue. I then look at packaging and assess texture. It’s only after all that try the product. I try it for a 27-day period which is a full skincare cycle. It sounds technical but it’s also fuelled by gut and emotion. sometimes I love something because it feels good on!

What is your day-to-day Ellis Brooklyn scent?

I wear MYTH and Iso Gamma Super together. I always wore MYTH but I’ve found that Iso Gamma Super with it gives the scent even more depth and complexity.

What does your current skincare routine look like?

I currently love the Dr. Barbara Sturm Cleanser or the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm. I usually go for something with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C fora serum. Innisfree has a very affordable hyaluronic acid serum. I also like those by Versed and Skinceuticals.

For a cream, I like richness but I try to avoid silicones when I can. I’ll also use a liquid acid-based exfoliator about three times a week. The Biologique Recherche one is still the best but I know it’s not clean!

What beauty advice will you be sharing with your daughters?

I’m a product lover and always have been. But rather than teaching them to buy buy buy, I want to share the fun aspects of beauty, which is that you can have these rituals like DIY face masks at home together. I also want to highlight to them that for me the best parts of beauty are the wellness aspects and also the freedom to be creative. I love that today’s makeup can be all over the place –how freeing.“I’m into the idea that we’re releasing a scent because it’s so terrific and compelling that I feel I need to share this with the world.”

The Best Tinted Lip Oils to Try This Summer

With the intense shine of a gloss and the nourishing care of a lip balm, lip oil is a relatively new category of lip colour that makes an ideal easygoing option this summer.

Chances are if you love the skin-nourishing effects of adding a face oil to your evening routine, you’ll love the smooth, soothing tints that the latest releases have to offer. 

Made with plant oils infused with a sheer dose of colour, they feel slippery but not sticky and won’t trap your hair the way some glosses do.

Intense patent shine is back in a big way for lips, but if your lips tend to be on the dryer side, some glosses can dry them out even more, especially if they have ingredients like mint or menthol, designed to give a plumping effect. Gloss also tends to catch around flakes, making them even more obvious. 

If the nourishing feel and soft glide of a lip balm appeals, but you wish there were better colour options, we highly recommend trying one of the new lip oils.

Unlike the rest of your body, your lips don’t have any oil glands, meaning they’re seriously lacking in both nourishment and protection and one of the first areas to feel dry. 

Many balms are made from occlusive waxes designed to protect your lips from the elements while preventing loss of moisture. Lip oils on the other hands are made of oils like almond, olive, jojoba, avocado, hemp seed, castor oil, and rosehip. Because these natural ingredients contain fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants, they’re better at providing natural nourishment for your lips.

This Season’s Must-Have Lip Oils

This season’s popsicle-hued tints are perfect for pairing with lush, bronzed summer skin, but there are more neutral and colourless options available too. They are ideal when your pout feels parched after a long day in the sun.

Clarins Intense Lip Comfort Oil in Burgundy ($45), Kiehls Love Oil ($39), Morphe Glassified Lip Oil in Flutter ($16), Tarte Maracuja Glossy Lip Oil ($27), Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss in Jellyfish ($48) and Dior Lip Glow Oil in Cherry ($60)