The Lineup is a monthly series where we’re giving you an inside peek at the beauty lineups of cool fashion people, editors, makeup artists, hairstylists, and estheticians—all the people we trust the most. Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at all the can’t-live-without products that make their worlds go ’round.
Makeup or skincare? It’s the question I find myself most eager to ask anyone working in the beauty industry. Some might call it cruel. Take Melinda Solares, one of Sephora’s beauty directors, who says it’s the equivalent of asking her to pick a favorite child. It just feels wrong. But with a little more probing, Solares offers up the perfect response: “Skincare is a form of self-care for me, and makeup is a form of self-expression. If I had to choose, I would pick skincare because what is art without a canvas?”
Solares’s deep passion for skincare education came to be after her mom passed away from skin cancer. “I wanted to learn about how I could keep my skin safe,” she tells me. “And as someone who struggled with acne for most of my life, I was already invested in learning everything there is to know.”