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Chances are you know Lo Bosworth as Lauren Conrad’s sidekick on MTV’s Laguna Beach and The Hills. But the California-raised beauty is currently making a name for herself in New York City, running her lifestyle site, The Lo Down, and filming super fun beauty, fashion, and food videos for her YouTube channel.
We caught up with Bosworth at a recent press event for Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (she’s a spokesperson for the brand) and got the scoop on what beauty tips she picked up working on reality TV, how she’s styling her new lob haircut, and more.
What she learned about makeup from being on TV: Since there were no makeup artists on Laguna Beach or the Hills, Bosworth says that she and Conrad had to figure out how to get camera-ready on their own. “We both went through this process of learning the importance of loose powder and a primer and a ton of foundation,” says Bosworth. “The thing about being camera-ready is you have to be comfortable with wearing more makeup than is generally acceptable in public and being comfortable with being able to see makeup on your face—that was the biggest thing for me to get over.”
How she styles her lob: “I have to style it everyday, otherwise it looks kind of flat or crazy,” reveals Bosworth, who says that she usually gives her hair a quick blow dry and then uses hot tools on it. “I see photos of myself with the long hair, and I just think to myself, ‘How could I have such long, stringy hair for so long?’”
The affordable way she takes care of her skin: Bosworth is a big fan of exfoliating—she says she does it at least once a day. And one of her favorite ways to get rid of the dead skin is with baking soda, of course. “Exfoliation is a critical step in skin maintenance,” she says. To try it yourself, just mix a little water with baking soda to create a paste, and gently rub it on your face in circular motions before rinsing off.
Her tips for getting a good night’s sleep: “I have had insomnia ever since I was a kid,” says Bosworth. “And it’s something that in the past year has sprung up for me again, so it’s something that I’ve been really focused on trying to fix.” To ensure she gets enough shut-eye, Bosworth says she downloaded f.lux, computer software that adapts your screen’s light depending on what time of the day it is. She also uses a white noise machine and practices meditation before bed.
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