Karuna Girl is a monthly profile featuring dynamic women who inspire with their creative pursuits and compassionate lives.
Name, profession & passion?
Megan McIntyre, Senior Beauty Editor at Refinery29
What’s your number one beauty rule or tip?
MM: Don’t be afraid to try something new - you’ll never know what you’re missing out on if you stick to the same makeup routine or hairstyle day in and day out. I love to look online for inspiration for new looks or techniques from some of my favorite sites, and from some of the talented and passionate bloggers in the beauty world. Our new Beauty Nation site features some of the most inspiring, gorgeous girls in the blogging game, all sharing their best tips - I’ve picked up quite a few ideas from reading their latest posts.
What’s always in your handbag?
MM: I’m the Murphy’s Law of human beings, so I make sure I always have a Pinch Minimergency kit in my bag to tackle all my unexpected beauty mishaps - blisters, popped buttons, chipped polish, food stains, and the like. I try to keep a brightening concealer handy to touch up my dark circles midday, so Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat is a must. Belmondo’s The Balm, to keep my constantly chapped pout hydrated and a bright lipstick, because they are the only thing that makes my pasty pale complexion look refreshed and awake. Finally, Almay’s makeup eraser sticks, because I always manage to smudge my eye makeup and I don’t fancy looking like Taylor Momsen’s mean older sister.
What’s your favorite Karuna mask and why?
MM: The Skin Restoring Mask is my go-to. As I approach my 30s, my usually oily, acne-prone skin has started to dry out and I’ve been noticing some flaky patches and fine lines. The Skin Restoring Mask feels hydrating, but not so heavy or greasy that it cases me to break out.
How do you wear your Karuna (i.e. what is your preferred Karuna time and place)?
MM: I like to pop it in the fridge for a few minutes, then settle in on my couch with my dog Elly and catch up on back episodes of “Happy Endings” - I call it the de-stressing trifecta.
As we are headed into summer, Karuna masks can be the perfect companion for summer travel. Any destinations in your summer future?
MM: I turn 30 on July 5 (eek), so my husband, our dog, and a few of my closest friends are all heading up to my husband’s family cabin on Lake Champlain for a week of low-key fun in the great outdoors. I’ll definitely need to pack some Karuna Renewal Eye Masks to erase the evidence of my birthday festivities.
What has been the proudest moment in your career thus far?
MM: The very first time I saw my name published in print. It was at my first job, as an assistant at “Women’s Wear Daily,” and I showed that piece to EVERYONE. I stopped short of framing it, but I won’t say I didn’t consider it.
What did you aspire to be when you were growing up?
MM: I was one of those nerds who knew what she wanted to be from a very early age. I blame Melissa Joan Hart: I worshiped “Clarissa Explains All” growing up, and she was a reporter for her school newspaper on the show. That made me want to become a journalist, and I’ve never looked back since.
What is your ‘go-to’ motto?
MM: Enjoy the moment. If you’re constantly worrying about the future, or dwelling on the past, you miss out on some of the amazing things that are happening in your life right now. I think we get so wrapped up in other things, we forget to appreciate what’s right in front of us.