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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Tatcha’s Victoria Tsai


Shiseido-Liquid-Eye-LinerBeauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Victoria Tsai, founder of Tatcha skincare

The Product: “Growing up in Texas, I worked in Vitativ, my mom’s beauty store in Houston, where we sold high-end skincare and cosmetics. My mother and I usually made our own skincare products, such as rice washes, for personal use, but I didn’t have real skin concerns at the time, so the specifics didn’t mean much to me. The cosmetics we sold, on the other hand, were my wonderland! I was a late bloomer, had an unfortunate perm, and was a bookish science nerd in a land of very blonde cheerleaders. Then, on one rainy afternoon when I was about 14, I discovered the most amazing Shiseido liquid eyeliner. It smelled like tar but glided on beautifully and dried down to a midnight black. As I experimented with the eyeliner, and a defined cat-eye, I instantly felt transformed and empowered by just a little flick of color, and I’ve been doing my eyes the same way ever since.”

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