According to sticky note brand, Post-it, you’re over 40 percent more likely to reach a goal if you simply write it down. If I had known this sooner, I have a feeling I’d be a lot richer and well-known, but I digress. If I had to guess, though, I’d be willing to bet singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld has made a habit of writing down her own goals. Aside from her music and acting accomplishments, Steinfeld’s also got her beauty routine on lock, but not without some help along the way. In fact, Hailee Steinfeld’s best beauty hack is one you’ve most likely tried yourself before.
I sat down with the “Starving” singer at a Post-it Brand event celebrating everyone’s favorite season — back to school — and the power of setting goals and making them “stick.” (Ha, see what they did there?) While I desperately wish I were going back to school instead of back to work for the rest of my life (hahaha HELP) one of the most memorable aspects of preparing for back to school, for me at least, was spending hours watching new beauty tutorials so I could make sure my ~lewk~ was straight fire when I walked through those doors.
Believe it or not, despite working with lots of makeup artists over the years, Steinfeld tells me one of the best beauty hacks she’s learned actually came from a YouTube tutorial. And come to think of it, I’ll pretty confidently assume that most beauty lovers have tried this tip at least once in their lives.
“This is actually kind of embarrassing,” she says. “This was learned on YouTube: using tape for eyeliner.”
In case you were confused, Steinfeld’s referring to using tape as a kind of straight edge to ensure your eyeliner wings are straight, fierce, and could cut someone if they got too close. (OK, maybe not that last part.)
Lest we forget, there is nothing embarrassing about using tape as an eyeliner guide. After all, haven’t we all tried the handy-dandy tape trick? Don’t we all want fierce AF wings? Let those of us with steady hands and always-perfect-on-the-first-try eyeliner wings be the first to cast a stone.
Still, though, even some of the best beauty hacks out there take a little practice to master. “I was doing it, and I taped my eye shut,” Steinfeld jokes, “and [I was like], ‘I don’t think I’m doing this right.’” Honestly? Relatable.
Research reveals that we’re 42 percent more likely to achieve a goal if we tangibly write it down, something that rockstar actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld knows to be true:
“Writing in general is a form of expression … I could be on a plane or in a car or literally anywhere and I do not leave my house without Post-It Notes and a pen … I have to write it down physically.
I have my phone on me at all times, but there’s something more satisfying about writing it down and if it’s ideas that I sort of find I’m inspired by through my travel, I write it down so that when I’m in the studio, I can reference back to it. I’m constantly writing.”
This year, Steinfeld is teaming up with Post-It brand to “encourage students to dream big and write their goals down as they get ready for back-to-school. I’m a huge believer in writing everything down including my goals.”
This concept of visualizing what you yearn for, almost in a seeing-is-believing type manner, was put into action on July 23 when Steinfeld treated students from the NYC chapter of non-profit After School All Stars to a Q&A centered around goal-setting followed by an acoustic performance at NYC’s Bathhouse Studios.
Whatever Steinfeld is doing as far as goal-setting and dream-casting is clearly working — the 21-year-old is currently on a nationwide tour with musician Charlie Puth and set to star in the upcoming “Transformers” spinoff, “Bumblebee”, alongside John Cena.
And though she always dreamed of making it in the industry, Steinfeld has always put her education and schooling first and foremost:
“School was always my first priority and everything else came after that. When I graduated high school, I made the decision that this is the time in my life that I can figure out what I want to do with myself and figure out who I am. I had already been working a ton up until that point, and so I decided to take a couple years off and focus on my work. And you know, there were people that were supportive and people that weren’t. But I am so happy and I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to do what I’m doing.”
Hailee Steinfeld is not slowing down! The “Capital Letters” singer and paid spokesperson for Post-It’s “Back to School” campaign chats with Access’ Natalie Morales and Scott Evans about balancing music and acting, enjoying Comic-Con 2018 and why she writes all of her dreams down on paper:
With an Oscar nomination, singles on the pop music charts, and a starring role in the Pitch Perfect franchise, it can be hard to believe that actor-musician Hailee Steinfeld has struggles of her own; really, between her touring and movie premieres, how does the 21-year-old even have the time to wrestle with self doubt? But it’s true; despite her busy schedule and celebrity status, Steinfeld deals with challenges just like the rest of us — and she has some seriously on-point advice for how to handle them.
“When it comes to facing setbacks and challenges, you’ll probably find that you’ll run into that quite a bit,” Steinfeld says, speaking at a recent event sponsored by Post-It. “If there’s not one person doubting you, there’s another person telling you that something else will work better for you. But only you know what’s best for you and if it’s something that makes you happy, then it can never be the wrong thing.”
Preach. It’s solid advice, regardless of your career choice or passions. For Steinfeld, days are filled with exciting events like Comic-Con and promo for her upcoming Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee. But there are still plenty of days when she finds it hard to feel inspired or believe in herself — and that’s when she prioritizes what fulfills her and tries to adopt a brighter attitude.
“Sometimes you can be your own worst enemy,” Steinfeld says at the event. “But I think that it’s important to remember whatever it is that you’re doing, if it makes you happy, then nothing should come in the way of that. And, of course, you will face setbacks but it’s important to stay positive and keep going.”
And keep going she has. Steinfeld is determined to do anything to achieve her goals, as shown in the way she had to go about filming the upcoming Transformers movie. Bumblebee is being released on Dec. 21, 2018, and no one is more anxious to see the final product than Steinfeld herself, who reveals she had to face new acting terrain while making it. “[Filming] consisted of me acting with a tennis ball on a stick for about three months because he was the transformer Bumblebee,” Steinfeld says. “So I can’t wait to see how that comes to life because I had no idea while we were making it.”
With another few months of new music and major acting projects ahead, (including a killer-looking feminist TV series), Steinfeld is clearly eager to keep making her mark one song or scene at a time. And no matter what industry she decides to conquer next or any challenges she may face while doing so, it’s obvious she takes her role model status to heart and leads with her happy place.
She may face challenges just like anyone else, but Steinfeld also knows how to face the world head-on and never lose sight of her dreams. Any haters or self-imposed doubt won’t keep her down for long, and we all could follow her lead.