We recently had a chance to catch up with our friend and style guru, Aerin Lauder. We got to take a peek at her routine, her go-to products and more. Aerin is the Founder & Creative Director of AERIN and the Style & Image Director for Estée Lauder. She’s also a wife, mother and one of our biggest inspirations for all things beauty and home.
First things first - what is your morning routine?
I wake up quite early and I am usually out of bed by 7am. I feed the dogs, exercise and sit at my desk to go through emails. If I have time, I love to go for long walks in Central Park – it is the perfect way to start the day. After I get dressed, I like to walk to the office. On the way, I usually stop by Sant Ambroeus for coffee and a light breakfast.
What are your holy-grail beauty products?
I have been using Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair for as long as I can remember. It gives my skin this perfect, healthy glow and it goes everywhere with me when I travel. I also love Crème de La Mer to keep my skin hydrated. As for makeup, radiance boosting foundation and Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer are my go-to products for a sun-kissed glow. Sometimes I even apply Advanced Night Repair on top of my makeup for a dewy look. I love AERIN Rose Lip Conditioner for the perfect natural lip and of course, fragrance. AERIN Rose de Grasse is my absolute favorite fragrance and I wear it almost every day.
When you need to relax and unwind, what does an ideal self-care day look like for you?
I love going for walks surrounded by nature and calling a friend. I find it to be so peaceful, and it is one of my favorite ways to unwind after a busy day. I also love a delicious meal with family and friends. This helps me disconnect from work and reconnect with the people I love most.
What is your nighttime routine?
I must admit, I love taking a bath after a long day. I think that taking care of yourself is so important, so I like to set aside a little bit of time each evening just for me. However, I also always try to spend time with my husband and two sons if everyone is home; my family always comes first. Before bed, I will apply my nighttime skincare products – Re-Nutriv Hydrating Foam Cleanser, Advanced Night Repair Serum and Crème de La Mer. Just like Estée, I am a terrible sleeper, so I often find myself scrolling through Instagram before falling asleep. My son was the first one to teach me how to use Instagram and he always jokes that he created a monster.
What would we find on your nightstand?
My nightstand always has AERIN Rose Hand & Body Cream, AERIN Rose Lip Conditioner, a beautiful carafe of water, a picture frame and a candle.
You run a global, luxury lifestyle brand - how do you stay organized?
My uncle Leonard has an amazing quote – he always says he is only as good as the people around him and he is surrounded by the best. That is the team I have created – I am surrounded by the best and I feel that is so valuable. I would never be able to do any of this without my amazing team.
What book (or books) do you think everyone should read?
Everyone should read Little Women. I read the book years ago and it is still one of my favorites.
What is one universal beauty tip women need to hear?
My grandmother Estée always said, “you only have one face – take care of it.” My grandmother’s advice is so true; women need to take care of their skin starting at an early age. I try to stay out of the sun, drink plenty of water and care for my skin with the correct products.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
Estée was my greatest inspiration; she was a true confidante, mentor and friend. For the world, she was an icon, but to me she was the greatest grandmother. She taught me the importance of being authentic and true, and doing what you love.