Welcome to Beauty Around the Clock, Marie Claire's weekly peek into the daily lives of some of the most game-changing women in their industries. Ever wonder how they get it all done in a day? Here's your answer.
Makeup artist Danessa Myricks has built an empire on her terms. After developing products for top brands like Benefit Cosmetics, the entrepreneur took on the industry's inclusivity problem by launching her own namesake brand. Here, the CEO shares a day in her life.
Rise and Shine
I wake up between 4:30 and 5 a.m. daily, and the first thing I do is drink eight ounces of water. I turn on some devotional music (my current morning soundtrack is “R I S E,” by Willow Smith and Jahnavi Harrison) and write down five things I’m grateful for. I follow this up with a brief workout and 20-minute meditation.
I do intermittent fasting, mainly for mental clarity. My diet consists of black coffee and water until noon.
A.M. Hair Situation
My deceivingly high-maintenance hairstyle is actually pretty low-maintenance. I sleep in a silk headband and bonnet, which protect my hair and style through the night. When I wake up, I simply spray it with a touch of custom hair oil, and I’m good to go.
Zoom Beauty Hack
My signature look is polished yet natural and fresh. I sport a fluffy groomed brow using a combination of Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow Pencil and Brow Microfilling Pen, then add one drop of my brand’s Vision Cream Cover Foundation to my under-eyes and T zone. Then I add shape and dimension using my Balm Contour and finish off using Dew Wet Balm on my lips, lids, and cheekbones.
Mugler’s Angel has been a go-to for decades. It instantly makes me feel powerful and strong!
Forever in love with the lip-soothing power of Lucas’ Papaw Ointment.
Angela Bassett and Naomi Campbell.
Work From Home
On a daily basis, I work to balance my business and my creative side. As a CEO, I have loads of Teams meetings and Zooms. I make sure to leave a few hours a day to focus on product innovation and at least two hours for private group check-ins with my mentorship group and to connect with the supporters of my brand through social media. Then at least two days a week are dedicated to creating in my photography studio and doing makeup with my model playdates.
After I cleanse, I apply eye cream, followed by my brand’s beauty oil all over my skin.
On a good day, I’m in bed by 9:30. The last thing I do is throw on a Deepak Chopra or Wayne Dyer nighttime meditation.
This story appears in the April 2021 issue of Marie Claire.