Over the past year, many of us got creative when it came to expressing ourselves through beauty. Think: electric eye makeup for a pop of color on Zoom screen or impromptu, DIY at-home haircuts that ran the gamut from minor trims to full-on bobs. Although we’ve proven that we can be resourceful in a virtual landscape, there’s nothing like wearing your favorite eyeshadow IRL or taking a fresh-from-the-salon haircut out on the town. There’s also no denying that restorative beauty treatments, such as a facial or massage at your favorite spa, and in-studio workouts, like group yoga and pilates, have been sorely missed as well.
As more and more people get fully vaccinated in the U.S. and business continue to reopen, we can finally start to experience more of the in-person pleasures that beauty brings on the streets and at our favorite wellness destinations. Here, 10 Vogue editors share what they’re looking forward to doing beauty-wise, from finally getting to rock that perfect red lip at a dinner with friends to once again feeling the face-transforming effects of a Bio Lift Facial appointment.
Virginia Smith, Global Head of Fashion Network
“I can’t wait to get back to Rescue Spa and the magic hands of Diana Yerkes. After the last year, I’ll never take the Bio Lift facial for granted again! I typically use a mix of Biologique Recherche and Augustinus Bader products. I’ve long been a fan of The Cream and Rich Cream but the Cleansing Balm is a new favorite.”
Alexandra Michler, Director of Fashion Initiatives
“I am excited to get a Keratin treatment. I have super thick, straight hair—and a lot of it. Keratin helps tame my hair for the summer, so when I am active, swimming, and running around, my hair dries in a tame manner instead of a triangular Christmas tree shape.”
Ella Riley-Adams, Senior Living & Beauty Editor
“All I want this summer is to be outside without a cloud of fear. So to prolong my time in the sun, I’m stocking up on SuperGoop sunscreen and baseball hats. (Treatment-wise, I’m looking forward to a trip to the new hotel Piaule upstate, where I plan to gaze at the trees as I alternate between the hot and cold plunge pools.)”
Christian Allaire, Fashion & Style Writer
“I have been utterly lazy about my skincare routine over the past year—and it didn’t matter because nobody saw me! Now that I’m starting to see friends again, though, I need to get back into it. I’m excited to charge up my Nuface again and start incorporating it into my morning routine. After a few days, I instantly notice my skin looking firmer and more sculpted.”
Zoe Ruffner, Contributing Editor
“FaceTime sessions with Pilates guru Amy Nelms have been my saving grace throughout the past 14 months, but nothing beats a one-on-one at her oasis-like Flatiron studio, where her minute hands-on adjustments will leave you feeling longer, taller, and straighter—not to mention in possession of a rosy glow that I’ll recreate on my off days with Olio E Osso’s tinted balm in French Melon.”
Lauren Valenti, Senior Beauty Editor
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there’s nothing more cathartic than a deep-tissue scalp massage by a different set of hands. I can’t wait to visit my hairstylist Mischa G at her East Village salon Tree House Social Club. Not just for one of her pre-shampoo scalp exfoliating and nourishing treatments using Act + Acre’s cold-pressed, plant-powered wonders, such as their delicious Detox oil and cooling Renew exfoliator, but also to sip a piña colada and listen to Martin Denny records on their outdoor patio while it sets in. A true feast for the senses! Healthy hair really does begin at the root, so here’s to heading into summer with a lighter, more refreshed scalp and in turn, a more sprightly head of curls. A true bounce back!
Clarissa Schmidt, Commerce Producer
“Thanks to Meejee’s facial cleansing massager, my face has never felt softer or looked more radiant. With soft silicone bristles and gentle vibrations, the massager helps clean clogged pores, remove skin impurities, and promote collagen production. The back side also serves as a toning and massaging tool for your favorite serums and moisturizers! As an added bonus, it’s made of recycled plastic, and for every cleanser sold, the company will remove 4lbs of plastic from the ocean. For less than $100, this feels like a true steal.”
Emily Bukowski, Assistant Visuals Editor
“After a year of basically nowhere to go, my ‘get ready’ routine has been fairly minimal and low maintenance. This summer, I am looking forward to trying the Revitalash eyelash conditioner and the Olaplex No.0 Bond building treatment for an effortless no-makeup makeup look and salon-level hair at home.”
Ivette Manners, Fashion Credits Editor
“I’m excited to give up my trademark nude lipsticks and glosses (I have way too many) and finally go with a pop of color, because it is time! I recently found a perfect red hue for me by mixing Chanel’s Rouge Coco Bloom in Unexpected with the shade Chance, a neutral peach. I can’t wait to wear this lip color while dining outdoors by the beach with two of my closest friends this summer.”
Michella Oré, Beauty Assistant
“I’ve tried a number of serums with hyaluronic acid and the RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Hydrogel has by far delivered the quickest boost of hydration my dehydrated skin has ever seen. I love the texture, jelly-like and not too sticky, and the cooling sensation it gives my skin immediately after applying. This serum is definitely an investment, but totally worth it especially given the summer (and blazing temps) are right around the corner.”