I'm A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine


I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

For the past 11 years, Lindsey Leigh has been an adult film actress. It's the kind of profession that comes with certain aesthetic expectations — despite many feminist directors working to make them more inclusive. Boobs, for the most part, tend to be big. Makeup tends be heavy. Hair tends be luscious, just like the lips. Skin is largely free of not only wrinkles, but also scars, body hair, and bumps.

As Leigh has worked her way through this industry, she has spent thousands and thousands of dollars on makeup, hair, and plastic surgery. By her estimate, 25% of her yearly income has routinely gone towards her appearance. "As I’ve aged through this industry, it’s become more about keeping a youthful look," Leigh, 29, says. "Not so much that I want to look 18 when I'm 29, but I don't want to be put into the M.I.L.F. category. As I've progressed, it’s been about taking off years, and enhancing things like my butt and boobs and lips."

Last year, Leigh shifted her career to include camming, using her own personal camera, laptop, and phone to film videos and chat with her clients. Leigh's approach to makeup is radically different when she's working as a cam girl. "You're able to look like yourself more," Leigh says. "In the porn industry, you’re more pressured to update your look, and in cam, it's more about your personality. It only takes me 20 minutes to get ready now, as opposed to the hour it did for porn."

With camming offering her more professional freedom, Lee says that her annual beauty expenses have dropped significantly. That being said, Leigh is still a person whose appearance earns her money. She naturally has to spend more on things like injectables, manicures, spray tanning, and, of course, makeup. Ahead, she breaks down what she uses every single day, and the monthly and yearly beauty purchases she makes for her job.

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I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

SKIN

"I do injectables once a year: Botox and Juvederm. I just recently started doing Botox under my chin and neck area; I'll FaceTime for my job and I'm always trying to avoid that bad angle under my chin."

$1,300 a year

illustrated by Anna Sudit. I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"I’ll remove my makeup with Almay's liquid eye makeup remover and their cleansing towelettes. Then I’ll just go and splash my face with water and wipe it with a wet washcloth to get all the makeup."

12x a year: $114.96


Almay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover, $5.99, available at
Almay Oil-Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $3.59, available at Target I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"I use the St. Ives scrub once a week if I want to take a lot of dirt and makeup off my face."

6x a year: $21.84


St. Ives St. Ives Fresh Skin Face Scrub Apricot, $3.64, available at Target I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"I use No7 Early Defence cream [in the morning] because I'm at that age now — and it's got SPF in it, which I always need."

6x a year: $125.94


No7 Early Defence Day Cream SPF 30, $20.99, available at Ulta Beauty I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"I’ll use my No7 early Defence Night Cream [at night]; it's a really rich cream that I love."

6x a year: $125.94


No7 Early Defence Night Cream , $20.99, available at Target I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"Right before I go to bed, I use Latisse to grow my eyelashes longer. I’ll use one drop because it’s expensive and $200 for 2 packs."

6x a year: $1200 (with a prescription)

I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

BODY

"I'll do [spray tans] once a month, and it helps cover things like stretch marks really well. That costs $23 each time."

12x a year: $276

illustrated by Sydney Hass. I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"I'm really a minimalist when I'm getting ready. I wake up and I use Dove body wash all over my body, and then a loofah of it on my face and scrub that in."

4x a year: $23.96


Dove Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash, $5.99, available at Target I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"I like to have a pube hairdo option. I just shave and hopefully it has a straight line around it. I’m using this Schick Quattro You razor for sensitive skin. I can get three uses out of it until I’m like, OK, stop. Time to move on. "

12x a year: $71.64


Schick Quattro You Sensitive Disposable Razor, $5.97, available at Amazon I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"I'm constantly changing, so I need a deodorant that’s not gonna streak onto my clothes. I use the Dove spray."

12x a year: $65.88


Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant, $5.49, available at Target I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"Once I get out of the shower, I use Aveeno sheer hydration lotion [all over] my body."

6x a year: $37.14


Aveeno Sheer Hydration Daily Moisturizing Lotion, $6.19, available at Target I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"We have to do nails in this industry. I do a mani and a pedi every month, with acrylics [on my hands] and gel on my toes. That runs me $140."

12x a year: $1,680

modeled by Kimberly Truong; photographed by Tegan Davis; produced by Yuki Mizuma. I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

MAKEUP

"I have my eyebrows tattooed. It was $500 the first time. I see her every five months, so maybe twice a year, and it’s $200 to redo them."

$900 a year

Caroline Tompkins I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"I do eyes first and I've been using Kylie Jenner's eye palette for the past year and a half. Right now, my favorite is the burgundy [shade]."

2x a year: $84


Kylie Cosmetics The Burgundy Palette, $42, available at Kylie Cosmetics I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"I use the L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise to finish off the eye look. I’ve been really impressed with it. It doesn’t run and it adds more volume and length to my lashes. Water doesn't make it flake, so it's great for filming."

6x a year: $59.94


L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara, $9.99, available at CVS I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"I’ll put Revlon ColorStay Prep & Protect on as a primer, and then I have two different liquid foundations I use — depending on the kind of shoot I'm doing that day."

3x a year: $41.97


Revlon ColorStay Prep & Protect Primer, $13.99, available at I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"If I'm just going to cam, I’ll use No7 Airbrush Away foundation. My computer only goes to a certain resolution so I can get away with less makeup."

3x a year: $53.94


No7 Airbrush Away Foundation, $17.98, available at Target I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"The foundation I use for filming days is Revlon ColorStay for combination and oily skin. It's heavier and more professional-looking."

3x a year: $38.97


Revlon ColorStay Makeup For Combo/Oily Skin, $12.99, available at Ulta Beauty I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"The KKW concealer is more blendable and less cakey-looking [than other concealers]."

3x a year: $54


KKW Liquid Concealer, $18, available at KKW Beauty I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"I use the Too Faced powder bronzer because it gives light definition."

2x a year: $60


Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, $30, available at I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"For highlighter, I like Kylie Cosmetics. I use Santorini for my skin tone, but only on shooting days; I can be lazier with cam."

1x a year: $14


Kylie Cosmetics Santorini Ultra Glow, $14, available at Kylie Cosmetics I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"Instead of any setting spray or powder, I use Almay Smart Shade and dust it where I typically get oily."

6x a year: $83.94


Almay Smart Shade Pressed Powder, $13.99, available at Ulta Beauty I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"I stick with Kylie Jenner lip kits. I prefer her mattes, because if I'm shooting all day long, I want it to stay on there — [though] it may fade on the inside if I'm doing an oral scene. Right now, my favorite shade is the KKW Kimberly from one of the first collabs they did."

2x a year: $90


Kylie Cosmetics KKW Crème Liquid Lipstick, $45, available at Kylie Cosmetics I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

HAIR

"Right now, I have fusion hair extensions in. I pay my girl $500 to put them in, and the hair is $500. So I’ll buy the hair once a year and then reinstall [them] twice a year, because my hair doesn't grow out very fast."

$2000 a year

I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"For my hair, I use the lemon sage thickening shampoo and conditioner from Paul Mitchell."

4x a year: $240


Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner , $60, available at Amazon I m A Porn Star — & I Spend $8,790 A Year On My Beauty Routine

"Not Your Mother’s leave-in conditioner makes my hair silkier and helps it blend in with the fresh extension hair."

4x a year: $26.36

Total spent: $8,790.42


Not Your Mother's Leave-In Conditioner, $6.59, available at Amazon

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