What’s in this makeup artist’s medicine cabinet?! Part 1…
As a New York based makeup artist, I am frequently asked for product recommendations. As a product JUNKIE, I am happy to oblige and offer as much advice as anyone is willing to listen to. Over the years, I have tried numerous products-dozens of face creams, eye creams, toners, oils, serums…you name it, it’s spent quality time on my face. I am the happiest product guinea pig you will ever meet!
After spending years working on a wide range sets-from Balenciaga, to Alexander Wang, to Givenchy, to Izod and Lane Bryant-I have had my fair share of time face-to-face with some of the industries top models and makeup artists. You can be damn sure that I peruse all makeup bags, and inquire in every which way I can to broaden my product junkie horizons.
One of the things that brings me the most joy in this world is traveling. Traveling opens my eyes, and awakens my spirit; traveling the world has made me who I am today. Along my various journeys, I am always seeking out new beauty regimes and-you guessed it-products that are ubiquitous to the region. In Australia I discovered Lucas PaPaw, in Thailand, (toasted!) coconut oil, in Hawaii, BioAstin, and in France, Bioderma-to name a few. Here in the United States, I am all ears seeking out the best of beauty. This brings me to my bathroom. As you can imagine, my medicine cabinet is a rotating fiasco, but there are always some staples I just can’t live without. Check out my list below, based on the above photo, Left to Right:
*Olay Fresh Effects Eye Awakening Cream: This brightening tube is my morning essential: the metallic roller balls that dispense the creamy serum/cream are always cool, and have an uncanny ability to eliminate puffy tired eyes. It’s a go-to that never fails me (target.com, $12.99)
*Olay Fresh Effects Hydrating Gel Moisturizer: I have been using this all summer, and I love it! The gel/cream is very light, yet gives you all the hydration you need. In the summer we fear getting too greasy from our skincare regime, but this little guy really does the trick, and it leaves my skin silky. As someone with combination skin, I have really enjoyed this guy. (target.com, $12.99)
*SkinCeuticals C+E Ferulic: As a fair-skinned gal, I am OBSESSED with protecting my sun-sensitive skin. When I was in college, my aesthetician swore by this product, claiming “if you use this with a high SPF, you’ll never age.” I was sold; Skinceuticals is at the top of their game in the skincare/science department, their antioxidants being no exception. This is a splurge that I’m willing to make, because it’s worth it. As we all know, antioxidants protect us against free radicals that break down the protective barrier within our skin. This little guy neutralizes those free radicals, thus protecting us from photoaging. I use it after toning, before moisturizing. (skinceuticals.com, $157
*SK-II Facial Treatment Essence: This is my toner, and I swear by it. I love it. Yes, it’s another splurge, but as I tell my clients: “your skin is your largest organ, and it’s the only skin we’ll ever have, so treat it right. Put your best face forward.” Lecture, I know, but it’s true. Japanese women seem to have unlocked all of the beauty secrets known to man, and this must be one of them. It has a rice-based ingredient in it called Pitera. As the story goes, rice patty workers always had youthful, beautiful hands; scientists did some digging, and discovered the root of all beauty (!!) and come up with Pitera. Pat it in, and enjoy youth in a bottle. (skii.com, $165)
*Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serums (eye and face): I was on set with Liu Wen and Constance Jablonski a few years ago, and as I do, I ask them what they really use on their skin. (and who wouldn’t, in the presence of two babes with cosmetic contracts!). They both mentioned these two products. The serum has been around for what seems like a million years…because it’s brilliant. It’s hydrating, it’s silky, it’s fantastic. (esteelauder.com, $65/$62)
*Bioderma Products: Hydrabio Sérum and Sérum Global: Bioderma is tough to find in the US if you want to avoid spending a fortune, but you can find it, and it is worth it. (www.frenchcosmeticsforless.com ships for free over $35!) If you happen to be traveling to France, (or have a french relative!) have them stock up for you, as it is completely affordable over there. The Hydrabio serum is rich and luxurious; I use it under my moisturizer for an extra hydration punch in the winter, or alone on a hot summer night. The Sérum Global has been, I can say with confidence, my favorite product of the year. I suffer from the occasional breakout and blackheads on my nose. This little wonder product helps tame the beast. It relieves breakouts without redness or irritation. Vive la Bioderma! (I also use the Crealine Micellar, but that’s a whole new post!)