When we started Beauty Dummy our vision was to create a place not just to share knowledge, but to share wisdom and experiences. Every month, we feature a human that inspires us, sometimes in the beauty world and sometimes beyond. This week we had a chat with our BFF Moe Dabbagh. He’s a marketing genius for Topman, brand ambassador for Glossier, and instagram cutie @moemoefuku.
Beauty Dummy: You've always had incredible skin and a very put together look. We think people don’t ask enough about men’s “beauty” routines and they totally should. What are the things you always keep in check?
Moe Dabbagh: First of all - thank ewe! In high school, my skin was a mess just like everyone else. I never went on Proactiv and stuck to Neutrogena washes and random ointments here and there. Eventually it all cleared up naturally and I've stuck to simply washing with cold water - that's it. I don't really avoid any foods; in fact, I eat all the chocolate I want. I apply moisturizer every morning and night and sometimes do a moisturizing mask (usually every 1-2 weeks). Currently loving Glossier's Moisturizing Moon Mask. It's definitely worth noting that I struggled with cystic bacne all through college up until this past winter when I went on Accutane. It was a brutal 6 months but it helped improve my skin tremendously. My face also reaped the benefits of it. I was on 120 mg/day.
BD: 2017 has been a relatively progressive year for fashion and beauty in terms of gender. James Charles became the first male face of Cover Girl and we’re seeing more and more trans models in campaigns overall—though we still have a long way to go (there’s a lot of problematic shit out there). Do you see the future of beauty and fashion as genderless?
Moe: 100% and I'm so here for it! Have you heard of David Yi's site Very Good Light? Born from the idea that confidence comes from the inside out, Very Good Light aims to redefine masculinity and men’s beauty standards and the content they've been pushing out is great. I should intro you to each other!
BD: Obviously we can't interview you without asking about your Instagram. You have a very specific aesthetic and you always seem cool and confident about it. Does social media ever make you feel self conscious? How do you balance curating your “brand” while not taking it too seriously?
Moe: I'd be lying if I said it didn't make me feel some type of way, but I'm always happy about what I'm pushing out. I think it's a good reflection of my interests and aesthetic. You just have to remind yourself that Instagram is a highlight reel and not to compare yourself to others. Just because someone's life looks amazing online or they seem to be more successful than you are, it has nothing to do with you and your own personal path. I balance curating my brand while not taking it too seriously by being more candid and having fun on my Stories.
BD: You're a brand ambassador for Glossier which we totally love and want to get more into. Tell us some products we should try right now & how you use them.
Moe: I only use their skincare products - haven't gotten into make up just yet. As mentioned, the Moisturizing Moon Mask is great - totally recommend it. My favorite item is the Priming Moisturizer - I wish the tube was bigger because I can't get enough. The Invisible Shield is a daily sunscreen that should be used year-round. It's easy to spread, is clear and it's travel-size. Great for people with darker complexions as it doesn't leave behind a chalky residue.
To shop Moe’s favorite Glossier products, go to glossier.com/reps/moedabbagh You’ll get 20% off your first order and free shipping when you spend $30 or more. Follow Moe on Instagram @moemoefuku.