I’m Rae of The RAEviewer, and This Is My Makeup Life

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The radical Rae of TheRAEviewer

The radical Rae of TheRAEviewer!

The My Makeup Life series asks beauty biz insiders, bloggers, makeup mavens and artists to share their holy grail products, tricks, tips and favorite beauty tools. Is there anyone you would like to see featured in My Makeup Life or questions you think I should ask? Let me know here.

Name: Rae
Location: Orange County, California, in the U.S.
Hangouts online: The RAEviewer, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram
Current favorite product: It’s a tossup between Giorgio Armani’s new Flash Lacquer lip gloss and Lancôme Hypnôse Star Waterproof Mascara!
Beauty inspirations: Rose gardens, San Diego sunsets, Impressionist art
One word that best describes your outlook on beauty: Traditional

What makeup/beauty products can’t you live without?

I cannot live without my Le Métier de Beauté ‘Peau Vierge concealer for my blemishes, Bobbi Brown’s Retouching Powder in Peach to brighten my complexion, Cle de Peau’s Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Black 204 to define my brows, Lancôme’s Hypnôse Drama Waterproof Mascara and Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Giorgio Armani’s Silk Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil, Tom Ford brushes and lipsticks, Chanel lip glosses and nail polishes as well as Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani eyeshadows (all varieties).


Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour

New Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer lip gloss

New Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer lip gloss

Tom Ford Brushes

Tom Ford brushes

Tom Ford Lipsticks

Tom Ford Lipsticks

When did you start getting into makeup?

I was 16 or 17 when I started wearing makeup regularly (mostly Lancôme and Bobbi Brown), but I did not start collecting designer makeup until I was 19. It all began with Dior. 

What’s your best beauty time-saving trick?

A bright lip! A deep pink or red lipstick will perk up the complexion and add instant ‘wow’ factor. Skip eyeshadow and pair with defined brows, eyeliner, and mascara for a sophisticated look that takes mere minutes to achieve.

What’s your favorite beauty tool (brush/tweezers/curling iron/cleanser)?

My Sedu blow dryer is my favorite tool. I rarely curl or flat iron my hair these days, so I love to dry it upside down for volume. My Tweezerman’s are a close second, though, since I shape and tweeze my own eyebrows.

What’s the best beauty advice you ever received?

Stop obsessing over perfection. And always wear sunscreen!

What’s your skincare routine?

My skincare is pretty elaborate and always has been. I currently use Kenzo Ki products in the mornings and cycle through all different ranges at night depending on what I feel suits my skin’s condition best. My mainstays, however, are by Kiehl’s and Lancôme. My favorite cleansers at the moment are Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Cleansing Gel and Peter Thomas Roth’s Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel. The best treatments for my skin are the Fresh Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar, Juice Beauty Full Strength Apple Peel, and Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Mask.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve tried in the name of beauty?

I’m constantly trying new makeup, but nothing will dethrone OCC’s green Lip Tar called Power Plant. It is intriguing in the tube, but it is just too weird a lipstick color on my complexion. 

Do you have a trademark look (hair/styling/makeup)?

Yes, long dark hair with a short manicure, winged eyeliner and glossy lips!

Are there any beauty decisions you’ve made that you look back on and ask yourself, “why?!”

I probably should say skinny eyebrows, but I think circle/colored contact lenses take the cake. They might still be popular and really add variety to makeup looks, but I look back at photos and wonder why I wore them for so long!

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Nordstrom, Sephora, lululemon athletica, Nordstrom Rack, and Neiman Marcus. I’m a beauty girl and still enjoy shopping for cosmetics the most.

Anything else you want to share?

I’m an old soul. I love to eat and lift weights. My life is simple, despite all the makeup, and I am a proud Aunt to my best friend’s cats Turkey and Crissie!




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  1. Alison M says:

    I’m so glad someone wishes they hadn’t worn circle lenses. I just can not get used to seeing them! Love the video…I have stubborn lashes too!
    Alison M recently posted … NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation Review, Swatches, and Comparison

  2. Minsooky says:

    Woo, another beauty blogger that lifts weights. I hope that means heavy deadlifts and squats…? 😀
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  3. Eileen says:

    I’ve been following Rae for quite awhile now and am continually impressed by the level of sophistication and elegance that she has achieved at such a young age. Not only is she physically beautiful, but the grace, charm, and wit that comes out in her videos and reviews is particularly endearing. I highly recommend The RaeViewer to everyone who is interested in tutorials by a pro who really does know what she’s doing.

    • RAEview says:

      Wow, Eileen! Thank you so much for the kind, encouraging words. Readers like you continue to fuel my drive and inspire me to bring you the best. Have a great week <3

  4. sarahc says:

    OK, loved this interview. Love this whole series! Keep them coming please!

  5. Rachel says:

    Beautiful! Instead of just being a kitty aunt, you should become a kitty mother! You will love it! Then you can become a CCL like Karen and many of her followers (including me!)

  6. Lauren says:

    The wings are a go-to for me too! Yours are absolutely lovely. Your skin is beautiful.
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  7. Liuyi says:

    Always loved Rae, and loved this interview!

  8. Love your signature look Rae!
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  9. Miyuki says:

    Have been following Rae for quite some time. I just listening to her talk and I don’t see reviews like hers much which makes love her even more. Would have loved to see you with the green lip tar :p

  10. Gowthami says:

    You look very pretty ray and loved your signature look!
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  11. Denise S. says:

    Your lashes look great! I don’t like waterproof mascara I find it harsh on my lashes and hard to get off.Love the name Turkey for a Kitty!

  12. Lydia L. says:

    Karen, thanx so much for doing a feature on Rae!!!! She’s BADDDDDDDDD just like you and i get to enjoy some of the BEST info on makeup DELICIOUSNESS!!! Luv ya and God Bless!

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