The only thing
Our series The only thing is a Sparknotes version of the products, rituals and moments your favorite celebrities and influencers swear by in their must-haves, must-haves and must-haves. So go ahead, take a brief, intimate look at the lives of your favorites through the things (and people and moments) that are important to them.
Quinta Brunson has had quite a year. Her new show Abbott Elementary School- on which she writes, produces and performs - has been a resounding success with both critics and Twitter users. The show, a Office-A mockumentary style set in a Philadelphia elementary school, not only stole the hearts of viewers, but also earned Brunson three Emmy nominations, making her the first black woman to win three nominations in the same year in the comedy category.
Now Brunson has added another accomplishment to her ever-growing list: her first-ever beauty campaign. As of August 1, she is the new face of Olay's Retinol 24 + Peptide collection. As it turns out, Brunson's relationship with the brand runs deep. "It was a brand my mom and I always trusted," she told Byrdie. "She used the moisturizers and cleansers. for body and faceSo it came back to me in Olay. I was stunned and thrilled when they asked me to be the face of their campaign."
"I couldn't believe it. It was very Kismet because Olay is always in my bathroom," she continues. "It's a brand I trust, and a lot of people trust it. It feels good to be part of a campaign where I can say I use the products."
Coming soon, learn more about what makes the day of the multi-trait union start, its must-have skin care products and how to it remains anchored.
The only thing that changed her skin care routine
"My relationship with skin care is interesting. It's super important to me, and I love taking care of my skin. But it's also important that I don't use a bunch of crazy products-there are a lot of them. I feel like I was here about 10 years ago, there was an explosion of products. There were so many choices; you'd run to beauty stores to find these super expensive products and try them all, which I did. But I had to get back to basics, which is what my relationship with Olay is."
The one step of care she never skips
"I never skip the most important thing, which is washing my face. I can't believe people don't do that. You have to wash your face, especially people who wear makeup and go out and fight the elements. After that, I love applying moisturizer.
"In concrete terms, the Night moisturizer (30 $) from the Olay Retinol 24 + Peptide collection, and they have the Retinol 24 Night Serum (30 $) which I like to use before putting on this moisturizer. I never skip these steps. The Retinol 24 + Peptide collection has been perfect for me. It's a line of products that I can use in a row before I go to sleep. They recharge my skin while I sleep, so I wake up with a fresh face. It's just super important to me because I like not having to overdo it."
The hair brand she swears by
"I like Supply of bread beautyand their whole line works for me. The shampoo, the conditioner, it was like everything was made for me. But then I found out that a lot of other girls felt the same way. The brand is fantastic, and [I love] the hair oil too. It's my favorite. I always make sure I have the whole line, and if I run out, I panic a little bit."
The only product always in her handbag
"I always carry an eyebrow pencil with me. Anastasia Beverly Hills makes the best eyebrow pencil. The advantage has a eyebrow gel I love it too."
The only thing she still has on the set
"Okay, this is going to sound cheesy and like I'm plugging away at this brand that I work with, but I keep a moisturizer on me. And that's because when I take my makeup off at the end of the day, which could be 11:00 or 5:00 - and I take it off, I need a moisturizer. I just can't accept that dry skin feeling. So I'll keep a moisturizer in my bag because I don't have to apply a whole new face of makeup to go out to dinner with friends or something. When I put this moisturizer on, I feel safe to face anything after the day.
The only scent she keeps coming back to
"I always like to sprinkle a light fragrance. Marc Jacobs Daisy (86 $) is my favorite. I carry a small package of samples, so that's how I started to like this perfume. Now, because I travel a lot, I'll carry a sample in my travel bag, so I always have this fragrance."
The only makeup tip she learned on set
"I'm not the greatest makeup artist, but looking at my makeup artist, April Cheney, on the set helps me figure things out. Like you know how to apply blush, right? I didn't know it hurt. [She said I should be] brushing out and in, instead of a circle like a cartoon character.
"Eyebrows are important to me. My eyebrows continue to be the struggle of my face. It's a focal point of my face and I'm very expressive. So knowing that there are different ways to do your brows helps tone them. or down. That's something I learned that I never thought about.
The only thing that keeps it grounded
"My family. I like to stay in touch. I talk to everyone in my family at least once a day, including my partner. I think the people in my life help keep me grounded."
The one thing she does every morning
"It's pretty easy. I wake up and wash my face. I like to give my face a fresh start with a serum and a good moisturizer. And that's pretty much the routine. It varies daily with how much makeup I have to put on if any. But these are the steps I take to prepare my face for the day.
The one beauty look she can always count on
"A natural look is my signature look. It was what I had time for most of the time and what I felt most comfortable in. A lot of times I don't feel comfortable with a ton of makeup, and I know I have to wear it for events, TV and red carpets. But I often feel more comfortable with a moisturizer, a lightly tinted moisturizer, a good eyebrow, eyeliner and mascara. That's pretty much it, and it makes me feel good."