6 Beauty Rules RHONY Star Kristen Taekman Swears By
Glam Makeup Moments Always Call for a "Pop of Color"
You'll always see her wearing one major makeup moment on the red carpet. "If I decide to do a pop of color, I'll use POC's liquid matte glosses to make the look all about the lip with minimal eyes," she tells PeopleStyle of her beauty line. "I love the bold red gloss Rags to Riches, especially this time of year -- it goes with everything. Then the other look I go for is a nude, natural lip with a chocolatey, smokey eye. It's definitely one or the other, it's not both. You either decide to go bold with the lip or bold with the eyes."
Buy It! Pop of Color by Kristen Taekman Rags to Riches liquid matte lipstick, $14.99; rickysnyc.com
Find What Works for You
"Everybody wants to try new things, but I feel like you should stick with what works. I've been using Purpose soap for 20 years to wash my face. You get it at CVS for $5. That's the only thing I use; I won't stray from it. I used to have really crazy problems with my skin so I don't like to stray from what my skincare routine is. I'm kind of superstitious."
Buy It! Purpose gentle cleansing bar, $5.35; walmart.com
Make the Most of Your Beauty Rest
"The best beauty advice I've ever gotten is to sleep with a silk pillowcase," Taekman says. "It's good for your hair, it's good for your skin and it's anti-aging. When you're smooshed up all night on a cotton pillow, it causes wrinkles and messes up your hair. When I travel I bring silk scarves to throw on the pillow."
Have a Signature Nail Color
She may have created an entire polish line to chose from, but the one color she returns to again and again is Cry Baby. "It's this really pretty mauve color, a light purple. It goes with everything. And that's the only color that I have that has a matching lip color. If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life it should be Cry Baby."
Buy It! Pop of Color by Kristen Taekman Cry Baby nail polish, $8; rickysnyc.com
A Little Botox Goes a Long Way
Having graduated from the university of crazy skincare treatments (that would be the Real Housewives), Botox is definitely a part of her routine. "I started getting very light Botox when I was 35," she says of her anti-aging regimen. "Just a little bit once or twice a year. And then I get a facial once a month at Frederic Fekkai. It's like hitting refresh on my skin."
Find Compacts That Are… Compact!
As a busy mom of two, she knows the importance of keeping her morning routine easy. And thanks to her favorite compact, she has her makeup routine down to 10 minutes or less. "I'm obsessed By Terry Sun Designer palette. Love, love love. If I recommend anything for you to run out and grab, it's this. I even got my mom hooked on it. Half of it is a bronzer/highlighter/contour plaette and the other side is a blush."
Buy It! By Terry Sun Designer Palette, $82; net-a-porter.com