First Brush With Beauty: Rio Viera-Newton Takes a Trip Down Beauty Memory Lane

When it comes to beauty, we all have our firsts—our first beauty lipstick, our first perfume, our first experience of testing a bold eye shadow on the back of our hands before swiping it across our lids with little attention to precision. And it's these early brushes with beauty that help us evolve our own beauty journeys. Follow us in our new series, First Brush With Beauty, as we revisit beauty firsts. Today we're talking to Rio Viera-Newton, a super-cool New York–based beauty writer who is best known for her BS-free beauty column for NYMag's The Strategist. A self-professed beauty junkie, there aren't many things Rio won't try in the name of beauty—she even recently dyed her dark brown hair platinum blonde. Keep reading for her first brushes with beauty.