Sean Garrette Wants Your Skin to Look as Good as His

Growing up, I was a loner. Everything about skincare, fragrance, it became like my life.”I hope moving forward that there’s more intuitive inclusivity and not such a quota being met, especially for people that look like me.”How would you quantify what you do?By trade I’m an esthetician, but I’m almost a skin therapist. I’ve always loved the color of my skin. I couldn’t play outside in certain clothes. And beauty needs to be more inclusive of sex, gender, race. And also take into consideration their price point with the pandemic going on, and then make sure it’s something that they can continuously afford to repurchase and they’ll follow in the future. I’m consistently reeducating myself. Login • Instagram
When did you start getting interested in beauty as an adult?Around like 2013-2014. As something of a skincare enthusiast myself — and by “something,” I mean I have an entire skincare drawer in my dresser and an Opening Ceremony tote full of extras of my favorite products in the closet — I’m always on the lookout for new experts to follow. So that would be my cleansing step. And the peptides, if I bring it up under my eye, it will help with the wrinkles and dryness.As a Black esthetician who works primarily with Black women, what kind of ripple effect are you hoping the current movement to dismantle white supremacy will have on the beauty industry?I’m hoping for a more authentic change. I’ll go over what they’re using, do a quick 30-minute interview and then create a new plan and routine moving forward for them. For me, the biggest challenge is tailoring it and making it more concise for clients because there’s so much on the market and so many products — so many ingredients that target the same thing. My mom has the most beautiful, caramel skin. His love of beauty was also directly inspired and fostered by the Black women in his life — namely his mother, grandmother and an aunt whose beauty rituals he observed reverently. Login • Instagram
What’s your favorite thing about your skin?I love my skin tone. Certain medical things or stressors or hormones trigger certain skin issues. Super, super hydrating, but also the niacinamide helps with some hyperpigmentation, a little oil control. In a world where influencers are beat and Facetuned to perfection, it’s refreshing to follow someone who knows that we all have acne, razor burn, sun damage and hyperpigmentation — and isn’t afraid to share his own.Although after seeing his gorgeous skin over Zoom, I can’t imagine Garrette ever looking less than 100% snatched… She always made sure she looked great and that passed down onto me. So it has peptides, niacinamide, peach extract and yam extract. The most important skincare rule I’ve ever learned was from my mother who told me to never go to sleep without washing my face. And so with that comes a lot of trauma, a lot of insecurity about image, especially skin, because those women aren’t as represented in these industries as they should, or even marketed towards. Her signature was red lipstick and she had 80 different wigs. So as I got older, she would tell me about taking care of my skin, make sure I’m washing my face, just hygiene, deodorant, things like that. She had about 50 perfumes from Chanel, Dior, Givenchy. Login • Instagram
How has your business changed during the pandemic?Since March, I’ve been doing virtual consults. A hydrating toner, of course, a hydrating serum, an SPF, and a good moisturizer I can use morning and night.”You can’t really be inclusive if you’re not including Black trans people, Black nonbinary people, Black gay people.”No eye cream?I don’t really use them. That’s when I discovered makeup and different fashion choices and things like that. My hyaluronic acids usually have three or four other ingredients that treat things that I want. It draws you in, but you learn something and can take from it and apply it to yourself.What is your favorite part about interacting with your audience?Just the connection. I’m always trying to make sure I’m tailoring it and making it as digestible as possible. That’s why I’m always glowing and I look like I’m sweating all the time because I’m overly moisturized. I literally did not have any skin issues or major breakouts until I turned 21 and had adult acne. Login • Instagram
Do you feel like you’re taking this insider knowledge and bringing it to people who don’t normally have access to it?Yes, and that’s really what started my Instagram and what I think made people gravitate towards me, mostly Black women, because I would take things that I learned in school and by trade and the spa and would simplify it to make it more digestible for my audience. And I love during the summer, when we get a little tan because the more red and golden tones come out. That’s what led me to Sean Garrette, an esthetician and skincare specialist who has built a following on thoughtful product reviews all while building an IRL clientele primarily made up of Black women. Login • Instagram
When did you realize that your skin was something that you had to actively take care of?Probably when I was in middle school. But, must haves is: a good oil cleanser or balm cleanser at night. I had moved to New York the first time or when I was like 21, 22. I think Black women are very excluded, but also Black men are excluded as well. And I was interested in getting to the fashion industry. About 90% of my clients are Black women. So my diet had changed, my lifestyle had changed, but I think all of that shifting in my hormones just freaked my skin out. My mom was very image obsessed. I really do love my skin tone, it’s like my favorite thing about myself, honestly.Did you always have good, clear skin, growing up?Yeah, I pretty much always had clear even-toned skin. I was always obsessed with beauty. For me it’s conflicting because I love the beauty space and the beauty industry so much. Instead of paying for a virtual consult and having to buy products on top of that, you can go to my Instagram and get something from it and be able to create a little routine for yourself.When you are recommending products, how do you tailor that to your patient?When you’ve been doing this for a while, you know what works with what, but again, depending on the certain issues or personal constraints, you tailor that to that. Login • Instagram
If you’re traveling — obviously no one’s going anywhere right now — what are five skincare products you have to bring with you?I actually just went on a four-day trip and I took three bags of skincare. My mom did not play with that ashy shit, you had to make sure you brushed your teeth, have fresh breath, your hair was groomed and that you were moisturized. I have like 50 eye creams and I probably use like three of them. Of course, my image and the way I presented myself became very important. Also, I’ve been trying to bump up my online content to be more educational because virtual consults can be a little pricey for certain people. Especially with my mom because she was in corporate America. As a career, I would say around 2014, I started working at a beauty counter and I just became obsessed with beauty. You trust Garrette because he’s not just recommending his favorite face wash (Youth to the People’s Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser), but because he’s sharing candid photos of the days when his skin isn’t looking flawless. In his own words, Garrette is a “skin therapist.”Related | Bob Scott on the Secrets to Celebrity MakeupGarrette is especially passionate about sharing his knowledge of skincare with Black women because the beauty industry so often neglects to make and market products specifically for them. What was the most important beauty rule you learned early on?To never leave the house ashy. So I’m literally the worst at packing because I’m like, I need everything for every situation. The consumer has become more aggressive with their demand to be recognized by brands.It’s sad that you have to almost attack and bully people to just do the right thing, but unless you hit them where it hurts, which is these brands’ pockets and their profit margins, your voice isn’t heard. I went through almost a second puberty, but I had lost like a ton of weight. I hope moving forward that there’s more intuitive inclusivity and not such a quota being met, especially for people that look like me. Most of my creams are pretty rich, so I look for things that have a little bit more advanced formulas. But she was using, like, Noxzema. So it’s like I’m counseling women in my spa, but I’m also giving them the building blocks to help them achieve better skin, lighten their hyperpigmentation, control their acne, for more confidence for them to do things like go for job interviews or dates. I always was a very isolated person, and now my work is a way for me to connect with people on a more personal level, learning people’s stories and expanding my knowledge of skin because everyone’s skin is completely different. When she’d leave, I’d be in her closet, trying perfumes and makeup and hair.” This fostered Garrette’s love of beauty and an understanding of its transformative power.Related | Get DSLs With These 8 Must-Have Lip BalmsThe skin therapist has earned the trust of his audience by providing them with his favorite products and the science behind them — I’ve learned about the importance of lactic acids from his posts — and also by being vulnerable with them. But it’s also a very divisive environment, and we’ve been having this conversation for years and years at this point. I grew up mostly as an only child until I was 12 years old and my mom had my little brother. And then also like a gentle cleanser I can use morning and night. My mom is a type A parent. When you come from a Black family, you always have to put your best foot forward. A lot of people don’t know why you need sunscreen if you have more melanin in your skin or why certain products work for acne versus hyperpigmentation. And that’s what led me into my obsession with skincare and products. It’s almost like I’m a skin coach. I’ll do Zoom consults and they’ll do an intake form. So she wasn’t even on to the good shit, she just would just cleanse her face and put lotion on.Those are the building blocks! I was her little doll, she always dressed me to a T, my hair had to be a certain way. I took my Instagram as an aesthetic medium to also be educational to people. It really goes beyond race, honestly, because you can’t really be inclusive if you’re not including Black trans people, Black nonbinary people, Black gay people, it has be intuitive and authentic across the board.Welcome to “You’ve Been Served,” Rose Dommu’s alternately irreverent and incisive look at beauty, ranging from the deeply personal to pop cultural — essays, product guides, interviews with artists/influencers/specialists and deep dives into the beauty industry’s impact on internet culture.Photo via Instagram Login • Instagram
“She used to be a jazz singer,” Garrette recalls, “and I used to sit on her bed and watch her get ready.

Social Circkle – Finger On The Switch Lyrics

At the hands of selfish men
The switch – the switch
They’ve got their fingers on the switch
The switch – the switch
Got their fingers on the switch At the hands of selfish men
The switch – the switch
They’ve got their fingers on the switch
The switch – the switch
Got their fingers on the switch
There’s no use to try to fight
Just hide out every night
War planes fill the darkened skies
It’s not a dream believe your eyes
Panic starts to hit the ground
T-minus ten they’re counting down
So this is how it’s gonna be? There’s no hope for you and me
The switch – the switch
They’ve got their fingers on the switch
The switch – the switch
Got their fingers on the switch
4321
Paper headlines scream in fear
It’s coming down the end is near
USSA’s the new Iraq
Just wiping cities off the map
So this is how it’s gonna end? There’s no use to try to fight
Just hide out every night
Paper headlines scream in fear
It’s coming down the end is near
USSA’s the new Iraq
Just wiping cities off the map
So this is how it’s gonna end?

Daniel Groove – Longe Lyrics

[Letra de “Longe” com Daniel Groove]
[Verso 1]
Nunca é muito longe
Se a tarefa é buscar
Um grande amor sem fim
Nunca é só espera
Se na festa teu batom
Vai desbotar em mim
[Refrão]
Você foi mais longe, eu quis buscar
Você foi mais longe, muito longe, muito longe
Você foi mais longe, eu quis chorar
Você foi mais longe, onde a dor tira o juízo
[Verso 2]
Não, não tem desculpa
Foi minha culpa que forjou
Nela teu novo olhar
Nunca é só espera
Se na festa teu batom
Vai desbotar em mim
[Refrão]
Você foi mais longe, eu quis buscar
Você foi mais longe, muito longe, muito longe
Você foi mais longe, eu quis chorar
Você foi mais longe, onde a dor tira o juízo
[Refrão]
Você foi mais longe, eu quis buscar
Você foi mais longe, muito longe, muito longe
Você foi mais longe, eu quis chorar
Você foi mais longe, onde a dor tira o juízo
[Verso 3]
Não, não tem desculpa
Foi minha culpa que forjou
Nela teu novo olhar sem fim
Nunca é só espera
Se na festa teu batom
É teu batom enfim
[Refrão]
Você foi mais longe, eu quis buscar
Você foi mais longe, muito longe, muito longe
Você foi mais longe, eu quis chorar
Você foi mais longe, onde a dor tira o juízo
Você foi mais longe, eu quis buscar
Você foi mais longe, muito longe, muito longe
Você foi mais longe, eu quis chorar
Você foi mais longe, onde a dor tira o juízo

Florent Marchet – Rio Baril Lyrics

Son clocher, son école
Sa place, ses cafés
Son crédit agricole
Et juste à côté
Sa mairie fleurie
Son microclimat
Sa gendarmerie
Pas de cinéma
Son hôtel le Lion d’or
Son camp de manouches
Quant la ville s’endort
Pas de quartier louche
Ses concours de pêche
Le long du canal
Ses gens dans la dèche
Son artiste local
Bienvenue à Rio Baril
Ses courses à vélo
Dans la rue centrale
Le fils du véto
Champion régional
Ses champs, ses pylônes
A mesure qu’on approche
Ses vieux aux dents jaunes
Et l’ombre des boches
Son terrain de foot
Ses méchouis de Septembre
Très souvent je redoute
Ce qu’on peut y entendre
Ses petits commerçants
Ses bas-rouges qui aboient
Ses adolescents
Qui ne reviendront pas
Bienvenue à Rio Baril…

Anoushka Shankar – Reunion Lyrics

You are
You, you are
You
You, you are
You
You, you are
You
(you are)
You, you are
(you are)
You, you are
You are
You are
Free now
You are
(you are)
Free now
You are free now
(You are free now)
You are free now
(You are free now)
You are free now
(You are free now)
You are free now
(You are free now)
You are free now

League Of Legends – Volibear, The Relentless Storm Lyrics (feat. Einar Selvik)

[Verse 1]
Teimir, himnir, rømnur kendirheim
Åskanda en helt, Valhirr
Æn vinde var on melter jeðir
Frón kalhirr ásþisk fjerner mjaer
[Chorus]
Vorrijaard kalhirr, veltur vé hertnås
Se tånhåg meg króna tyrr
Van Vorrijaard, bæoft, bæs marka lån
Nær isåg vír saman, vír stak
[Verse 2]
Teimir jørður rønmen tí vetirhiem
Os jørnår heilt vindrings, spaldnid
Jor kónger hon ærer skaldreinhorr
Regnås stremnor rei evaasist
[Chorus]
Vorrijaard kalhirr, veltur vé hertnås
Se tånhåg meg króna tyrr
Van Vorrijaard, bæoft, bæs marka lån
Nær isåg vír saman, vír stak

Ella Mae Morse – Seventeen Lyrics

Seventeen, seventeen
Cool and solid seventeen
Young enough to dance and sing
Old enough to get that swing
Past sixteen, done been kissed
Graduated and got that twist
Kind of love I can’t resist
At seventeen
Now sloppy shirt, old blue-jeans
Dirty shoes by all means
Patch of blonde, peroxide hair
Jukebox, baby, ain’t no square
Seventeen, hot rod queen
Cutest girl you’ve ever seen
Tell the world I’m really keen
On my hep-cat doll of seventeen

Bobby Pulido – Vive Lyrics

Se fue de su casa lleno de coraje
Ciego y salvaje
Fue creciendo su ira a toda
Velocidad
Y se fue sin decirle a nadie ni un adios
Pisandole fuerte al acelerador
Mientras maldecia
A su familia por no comprenderlo
Y se fue
Por la carretera sin control
Y no vio al camion que se le atravezo
Que se lo llevo al otro mundo
Para nunca regresar…. Vive todos tus dias
Como si fuera tu ultimo dia
Porque no sabes cuando te toca
Tu despedida en esta vida loca
Juan se fue de su casa muy enojado
A su trabajo por una fuerte discucion
Con su familia.. CoRo**
Vive todos tus dias como si fuera tu ultimo dia
Porque no sabes cuando te toca
Tu despedida en esta vida loca
Por eso vive todos tus dias
Sin tus rencores y con una sonrrisa
Con alegria ama la vida
De una manera ke sea positiva
Porque al irte sin despedirte
Lloraran corazones tristes
Y se fue sin decirle a nadie ni un adios
Pisandole fuerte al acelerador
Mientras maldecia a su familia
Por no comprenderlo
Y se fue por la carretera sin control
Y no vio al camoin que se le atrevezo
Y se lo llevo al otro mundo
Para nunca regresar
CoRo**
Vive todos tus dias como si fuera tu ultimo dia
Porque no sabes cuando te toca
Tu despedida en esta vida loca
Por eso vive todos tus dias sin tu
Rencor y con una sonrrisa
Con alegria ama la vida
De una manera que sea positiva
Porque al irte sin despedirte
Lloraran corazones tristes
(Es un pedazo de mi vida
Escalando hacia la sima
Cuando escuches este consejo
No todo es como se mira
Soy un hombre de familia
Hay que vivir con alegria
Porque ayer por la noche
Mi amigo perdio la vida
Y yo no quiero morir
Y no es ke yo fuera un covarde
Quiero recompenzar a mi jefita y a mi padre
Y escucha lo que escribo
Es un lamento y un motivo
Si no me cres a mi preguntale a
Bobby pulido)
Por eso vive todos tus dias
Sin tus rencores y con una sonrrisa
Con alegria ama la vida
De una manera que sea positiva
Porque al irte sin despedirte
Lloraran corazones tristes
(Otra vez mas en el microfono
Hay esta el bobby pulido representando
Con mensajes bueno pa’ mi gente
Para el mundo entero
Agarren onda que no les cuesta nada)

Eman X Vlooper – Tout’nou Lyrics (feat. Papa T)

Addicted to them, they want come rule the world (x8)
J’m’envais play hard, go hard
Jouer dur comme un hooligan
Mother f*ck the police, lâche mon bunda
Quand tu m’croises, haut les mains
Hold it down, f*ck les guns
Mon gars f*ck ton money, f*ck t’es conne
Quand tu joues aux échecs
Ça sent d’icitte jusqu’au Mont Sainte-Anne
Ça vient de chez nous, c’est rien d’autre comme la poutine
Jamais d’affaire à t’en aller quand on goal sur la routine
Les gars bâtissent des maisons low bow
What’chu know about it, gon’
Ball ‘til you fall, we gon’
Rise ‘til die we die mon gars
Bouge avec tes limites
No digits
Signaux de fumée mauves crépitent
No diss, on médite
J’suis s’ul bateau
Arigatô
J’suis pas venu icitte pour faire le beau
J’veux juste mon boute de gâteau, hmmm
Check it drapeau
It’s all blood
Vire s’ul capot
It’s all god
Quand j’écris des tracks
J’pas encore baptisé
Living good comme une plante de pot
Dans un poste de pompier mon gars
Qu’est-ce tu connais des G mon gars
Ceux là c’en est des G mon gars
Imagine pour une seconde que dans l’armée c’est toute des G mon gars
Hen
Car la loi c’est juste une manette sur une machine à sous
Addicted to them they want come rule the world, (x4)
Yo, deux piastres dans un parcomètre
Qu’est-ce qu’on a en commun avec ceux qu’y attendent encore après la comète? Pardonnez nous pour nos pêchés, dog
On est juste des américains qui vivent comme des superstars
Douze calottes, vingt paires de shoes
Drink that shit, smoke that goose
Fin du monde ça s’passe déjà, rien à voir avec 2012
Les autres smile c’est dans l’mall
S’tapper dans face sur un vendredi noir
Minceur c’est dans tête
Minceur c’est dans tête
Y’a absolument rien sur le marché
Qui s’vend pour rendre le bien-être
Minceur c’dans tête
Minceur c’dans tête
S’t’une idée si tu comprends ben
Tu sais qu’la minceur c’dans tête
Tout’nous, l’idée d’faire le changement
Juste en refusant de fermer nos esprits
Continuer d’espèrer mieux pour tout’nou
Refuser d’oublier pourquoi tout’nou
Poster dans un part du règne [?] (x2)
Addicted to them they want come rule the world, (x12)

Jordin Sparks – 100 Years Lyrics

Cause when we’re gone, I still think
I love you, let me say it again
A hundred years is not enough time with you
I fantasize about all that we could do
I wish you knew how much I really love you
Don’t go nowhere, baby, yeah
All I need is more time, more time
Just a little more time, more time
Need a little more time, more time
With you, hey There’s nothing better than you babe
Can’t wait to kiss you every day
Can it really be, I got that special key
To lock your heart in place
What am I supposed to do? Wishing when you’re in the other room
You’re the only one who can break through
All I think about is pleasing you
A hundred years is not enough time with you
I fantasize about all that we could do
I wish you knew how much I really love you
Don’t go nowhere, baby, yeah
All I need is more time, more time
Just a little more time, more time
Need a little more time, more time
With you, hey
This morning when we kissed
I felt everything you wanted to say
No words even needed to be said
You looked right in my eyes
And I knew
Let me catch you staring at me
Can’t begin to describe that feeling
Things are running through my mind
Chills go down my spine
You take me to bed
I can’t get enough of your smile
One day I’ll see it at the end of it now
You put your hand in mine
We’ll leave the past behind
And start our brighter days
A hundred years is not enough time with you
I fantasize about all that we could do
I wish you knew how much I really love you
Don’t go nowhere, baby, yeah
All I need is more time, more time
Just a little more time, more time
Need a little more time, more time
With you, hey
The seconds, the minutes, the hours
Are just too precious to waste
So when your arms are wrapped around me
I can take on anything
Can love transcend past this place?

Jake Bugg – Feel What’s Good Lyrics

Will they say all the things I knew they would? Will they say all the things I thought they would? Maybe they’ll be kind better leave it behind to feel what’s good… (Verse 1)
As in the morning the days reflecting the sun
And on reflection I’m not proud of all I’ve done
Open my eyes and I’ll see all is good
Maybe these feelings are all misunderstood
(Chorus)
What will I find if I leave it behind, will I feel what’s good? Will they be kind? What will they say? Will they say all the things I thought they would? What will I find if I leave it behind, will I feel what’s good? Will they say all the things I knew they would? What will they say? What will they say? Let me leave it behind to feel what’s good…
(Verse 3)
As in the morning the days reflecting the sun
And on reflection I’m not proud of all I’ve done
Open your eyes and you’ll see all is good
Maybe these feelings are all misunderstood
(Final Chorus)
What will I find if I leave it behind, will I feel what’s good? Let me leave it behind and feel what’s good…
(Verse 2)
As in the morning the days look how they should
And all of the people, the people, they all should
Open their hearts and they’ll find all that’s good
Maybe these feelings are all misunderstood
(Chorus)
What will I find if I leave it behind, will I feel what’s good? What will they say? Will they be kind?

Thompson Square – If It Takes All Night Lyrics

Words fly like bullets
Each one aimed straight for the heart
And there’s no take backs
No no no once they start
Let’s lay down our pride
Put our anger aside
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right
[CHORUS]
If it takes
If it takes all night
If that’s what it takes
To make this thing right
Let’s take our time
If it takes all night
I just wanna hold you
And kiss you until we forget
It sounds good to me
Why don’t we put this thing to bed
I’ll fall into you
You’ll fall into me
Oh lets make love till we lose all our strength
[CHORUS]
I’ll fall into you
You’ll fall into me
Oh lets make love till we lose all our strength
[CHORUS x2]

Jimmy Ruffin – Lonely Lonely Man Am I Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Lonely, lonely man am I
As I sit here in my lonely room yeah
People now, nothing’s been the same since you said to me
We were all through
Now, my my telephone never rings anymore (never rings)
And no one ever knocks on my door
Lonely, lonely man am I
[Verse 2]
People now, sometimes I sit and I stare at her picture all day long oh yeah
Wondering how could a woman that I treated so good do me so wrong my my my
Now, no sense in me denying
Ever since she’s been gone I’ve been crying
Lonely, lonely man am I
[Verse 3]
Listen to me now I, haven’t been able to be all right
She said to me to try to sleep at night
Everywhere I look, our picture lies a-face
I’m just a lonely man with a tear-stained face
Lonely, lonely man am I
[Outro]
Oh yeah my life is filled with a whole lotta blue yeah
So lonely
I wanna say I’ll hardly ever leave my lonely lonely

Paul Thorn – Crutches Lyrics

I like my artificial courage
A shot of whiskey and beer
It makes feel like superman
I been leaning on it for years
I take my morning “medication”
“Hair of the dog” and I’m fine
I swear I’m gonna lay my demons down
I really mean it this time
I’m gonna walk without my crutches someday
Yeah, I’m gonna walk without my crutches someday
The prettiest girl I went to school with
Has got a monkey on her back
She traded her husband and children for some crystal-meth and crack
She said I’m checking into rehab cause I can’t quit by myself
I’m gonna get back everything I lost
I’m gonna climb out of hell
I’m gonna walk without my crutches someday
Yeah, I’m gonna walk without my crutches someday
Stumbling block is just a stepping stone
It’s not as hard as it seems
A backbone is better than a wishbone
And nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream
I’m gonna walk without my crutches someday
Yeah, I’m gonna walk without my crutches someday
Yeah, I’m gonna walk without my crutches someday

Air Review – Rebel Lyrics

When we were kids
We believed in everything
There’s only one thing left to believe in
Now that we’re old
And it’s the one thing I cannot ignore
That you’re always on my mind
And you’re always on my mind
My mind
And I can’t help
That this heart beats in my chest
And that the blood fills up
My bones and flesh like home
And it’s the one thing I cannot ignore
That you’re always on my mind
And you’re always on my mind
You’re always on my mind
My mind