Quinta Brunson on Preparing for the 2022 Emmys, Beauty Routine, and More

In Bustle’s Beauty Detail, we dive into the beauty kits of our favorite talents for insights into the rituals that keep them glowing and the MVPs (most valuable products) they can’t live without. Here, Quinta Brunson talks to Bustle about preparing for the 2022 Emmys, keeping a skincare routine simple, and creating TV that evokes feelings of familiarity and comfort.

Quinta Brunson wears many hats: writer, comedian, actor, and creator-slash-executive producer of the critically acclaimed series Abbott Elementary School. And while beauty didn’t play the biggest role in her life growing up (save for a heavy eyeliner and mascara spree during her teenage years that she credits Avril Lavigne, Nicki Minaj and Gwen Stefani), her position as the face of Olay is a pretty fitting new role.

On Zoom, the Emmy-nominated star and Philadelphia native tells me her mom always stressed the importance of cleansing and moisturizing. “I’m wearing more makeup than ever, but what’s still the same is getting the basics right,” says Brunson. She adds that she learned more about foundations, concealers and other makeup while getting glamorous for Abbott Elementary School and red carpet events, but always prioritizes skincare. “[F]or me, moisturizer [is] the first step before doing anything else.

At the 2022 Emmys ceremony on Monday, September 12, Abbott Elementary School is up for seven awards, and Brunson is the first black woman to earn nominations in all three major comedy categories: Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. How do you prepare for such an important career moment? She tells me with a laugh that she mainly does two things: not worrying about it and taking care of her skin.

Many Abbott Elementary School fans (including myself) turn to the series for a daily dose of joy in their lives. When I tell Brunson that’s what I repeat when I need reassurance, she says that’s why she created it in the first place. “I have shows that do that for me too, like Office, king of queensand Friends, [that] I can just drop by and do other things, but the familiarity of [those shows] helps you feel comfortable and calm. I love TV like that,” she says. “That was a big part of the reason for creating Abbottto give people more TV like that.

Of course, Brunson’s success didn’t come overnight. She says one of the things she’s learned about chasing her dreams, besides having an unwavering belief in her own abilities, is the importance of letting go of rigid, self-imposed deadlines.

“I think people have this invisible timeline in their head. ‘I have to do this thing at 25 or it doesn’t matter, or do this at 30 or it doesn’t matter. The sooner you get rid of this, the more doors will open for you,” she says. “If you keep doing the job because you love it, the opportunities will come. Maybe in ways you didn’t expect. Maybe in ways that might be better than you think. never imagined.

In a youth-obsessed society where young adulthood (i.e., early twenties) is put on a pedestal, it can be difficult for some to accept the inevitability of growing old. But Brunson, 32, tells me she can’t wait for the final stages of life. “I enjoy and clearly enjoyed my twenties, but there is a comfort that comes for 30 years; You know who you are [and] nothing can change that,” she says. “I think it’s a nice place to be.”

Today, she is in a place where she looks forward to her 40s and 50s. “I just read an article about someone who is 50,” she says. His thoughts ? “I was like, ‘Wow, I can’t wait. That sounds good.‘”

Below, Brunson shares the most beloved treats hidden in her beauty bag.

Her hair hero

“Bread is a small hair business that I really love. I wear my hair natural and it’s my go-to line for all my natural hair products.

Its moisturizing MVP

“It’s really nice to wake up and feel like half the job is done. When I’m not using my nightly routine, I can see the difference in the morning [and] just like my makeup artists. I like to use the whole [retinol] collection – the eye cream, moisturizer and serum – because I really wake up feeling like my skin has been taken care of. it’s hydrated [and] seems awake.

Her ultimate brow product

“I’m going to use a brow gel or brow pencil to define my brows a bit more. I really like Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Her morning must-have

“It’s so important to do my skincare routine in the evening and in the morning because if my skin is cared for, I can go to the minimum [with] makeup and so on. In the morning, I really like using the Olay Vitamin C line. [takes care of my skin] the same way as [the Olay Retinol] night line, but just for the morning.

Her Go-To Minimal Makeup

“My daily life is very simple; I love Pat McGrath – I love his mascara.

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