Feeling like Ernest.

Ernest Brockenberry

On acne, taking chances, and Lidstar

If I was ever to get in a time machine and go back to high school Ernest, I would just whisper in his ear, “It's okay, just try it. Just try the thing and you'll be so happy.” When I was younger, I let a lot of what people said influence me, and I've shed a lot of that as I've gotten older. And so I'm like, “Just try it. Why not just try it?”

It all started with my skin. I used to have bad acne. It was something that I struggled with for a while and I didn't really know who to talk to about it. My dad was super helpful—as much as he could be—but for a minute his recommendations made my acne worsen. I thought, “What am I supposed to be doing?” I got a cleanser from the drugstore and it helped so much and just felt so good. I felt a little tingle in my skin and I was like, “Oh my gosh, this is amazing. I love this feeling.”

“I remember looking at myself and being like, ‘You know what? I feel really good about this.’”

Ernest recommends

“My favorite Glossier product is Invisible Shield. I was never good about wearing sunscreen before because I was always self-conscious about any sort of cast that sunscreens typically leave. It's super transparent and make my skin feel so good.”

My makeup journey began when I started working at Glossier. Boy Brow came into my life. It took me like a day to get used to it and now, when I don’t wear it, I feel like my brows are naked. After Boy Brow I dived into Lidstar. When I tried it, I was like, “I don’t know if I feel confident enough to wear this every day.” I would try it at home, or try it in the showroom, and then there was a day where I just put it on, and I remember looking at myself and being like, "You know what? No. I feel really good about this, and this is amazing, and I feel so comfortable and so confident and really just ready to explore this."

“Not knowing how to use the products is really one of the most amazing things, because you're not looking at them any specific way.”

I think beauty is about really looking at it as, these are just tools and anyone can do anything with them. Not knowing how to use the products is really one of the most amazing things, because you’re not looking at them any specific way. That’s how creativity is born. There is no right or wrong. There doesn’t have to be rules, confines, or walls around beauty. Beauty can just be whatever you want it to be.

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