A trio of local beauties-or fashion biz pros share their secrets.
3 Women…80 Beauty Secrets
We asked these local women in the beauty or fashion business to share their beauty secrets with us—how they get that lustrous sheen to their hair, that glow to their complexions. We tell all.
Co-owner of Static Hair Salon,
Model and director of sales and marketing for the Jarbo clothing line in
Spa Director of Monteverde Inn and Spa in Cortlandt Manor. Lives in Cortlandt Manor. Age: 45— two teenage daughters.
Skincare regimen: I love the Sircuit Cosmeceuticals line of products, which we carry at Static (also available at www.sircuitskin.com). They are all made with natural, pure ingredients and they all smell delicious. I wash twice daily with X-Trap cleanser and use Daycare for my daily moisturizer and sunscreen; Dream Weaver at night. Twice a week, I use the P202 exfoliation pads, which are sold exclusively at Static.
Makeup: I use Trish McEvoy cream powder foundation and eye shadow, and Bobbi Brown blush powder. I like the lip liners lipstick from Bobbi Brown and MAC. They are all widely available at department stores and beauty shops.
Procedures: Every six to eight weeks, I have a dermaplane facial. It’s similar to microdermabrasion as a great exfoliating treatment, but less invasive and gives you maximum results that are immediate—you don’t have to go through a series of 10 to see improvement.
The one thing I couldn’t live without: Hair color!
The most important skincare advice I’ve ever received: Whatever regimen you do on your face, do on your hands.
My biggest splurge: Teeth whitening. I have the trays and do it at home whenever my teeth start looking a little dull.
Hair-care regimen: I shampoo every other day alternating between Crede Pliant SA, Eufora Pure Cleanse, and Liquid Crystal shampoo (a sulfate-free hair bath by Sircuit). The Sirkuit brand is exclusive to Static, but all the other products I use can also be purchased at other high-end salons. I use Nigelle DS Treatment as a deep conditioner once a week for moisture and tons of shine (smells great too) and Eufora Daily Balance the other days as a general detangler and light conditioner every time I blow-dry my hair. I use F101 by Static, a leave-in conditioner. I use Power Dose, a salon-only sealer and repair treatment by L’oreal, every time I color. It only takes a few minutes at the sink and it helps revitalize color-treated hair,. The pomade I use is Eufora Fixation. I love this product! After I blow out my hair, I rub a tiny pea-size amount through my hair. It gives my hair shine and helps keep the ends from looking frizzy. On days I put my hair up, I use Eufora Final Scene hair spray. I like the Elchim Professional hairdryer and the Chi flat iron, available at salons. The Chi is truly the best iron I have ever used.
Tips for in-between coloring: Schedule a half touch-up around the hairline and in the part in between regular color appointments.
Skincare regimen: I use Benzaderm facial wash, available through most dermatologists, along with glysol pads, which I use instead of cotton pads with astringent. They get rid of dead skin and keep minor break-outs at bay—they keep my skin glowing. Moisturizer is a must: I use La Roche Tolerian oil-free fluid moisturizer with SPF 15 to protect from sun damage. At night I use a very light skin serum called Vivelif that repairs my skin while I sleep without clogging pores. All these products are very concentrated so you can use them sparingly; they last me between two and three months.
Procedures: Once a month, I get a facial or glycolic peel. I have received great facials at Skin Centre (220 S Central Ave, Hartsdale, 914-949-6200). Drinking plenty of water is key for great skin—the old eight-glasses-a-day rule does not apply for everybody. When I was studying for my certification in Holistic Nutrition, I learned you should drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day.
My biggest splurge: I can’t live without my Sisley eye cream and lip contour balm that costs $150 an ounce. It’s worth it because the product works on both eyes and lips. You can find it at Neiman Marcus.
Hair-care regimen: I love DevaCurl and Devapoo shampoo and conditioners, which you can find at most major salons. I can wash my hair every day without drying it out, my curls stay bouncy and well moisturized, thanks to DevaCurl gel, which I use after shampoo and conditioner. When I want to go straight, I head straight to Ana’s Salon (209 Post Rd, White Plains, 914-997-7651). Ana transforms my curls into a straight mane without any chemicals or permanent processes. Since I work in the city, I often go to Sally Hershberger for cut and color, but I also go to Premier Atelier Salon at Neiman Marcus in The Westchester (914-428-4141). All the colorists there are amazing and I get the best manicures and pedicures there from Noel Parker.
Best hair-care tip: Moisturize your hair with a deep conditioner like Devacurl at least once a week. I sometimes run olive oil through my hair to treat dead ends.
Makeup: Mess cosmetics (www.MessNewYork.com) is an all-mineral-based makeup line; the makeup goes on smoothly and absorbs into skin. It doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts. The lip glosses do double duty as moisturizers.
Beauty tip: The key to beautiful skin and hair is to keep it simple and as healthy as possible. Always consult a skincare specialist—after all, they go to school for this. Once you find a skincare regimen that works for you, stick to it. The product name or line doesn’t always have to stay the same, but the kind of ingredients you use should. The fewer the chemicals, the better. My last tip is, eat well and drink plenty of water. Everything else we do is just icing on the cake.
Skincare regimen: All the products I use can be purchased at the Monteverde Spa, at skin centers and dermatologists offices, or via the Internet. In the mornings, I use the Ytsara (www.ytsara.com) cleansing facial gel, followed by a gentle facial scrub to exfoliate my skin. Ytsara products contain green tea, considered one of the strongest antioxidants. Then, I use SkinCeuticals (www.skinceuticals.com) Vitamin C and E serum to increase collagen production, followed by SkinCeuticals B5 which binds moisture to the skin and can be applied under or over makeup; it’s great for airplane trips to return moisture to the skin. Finally, I finish off with Ytsara rejuvenating facial cream that has green tea and noni leaf extracts, all high antioxidants for the skin. In the evenings, I use Osea (www.oseaskin.com) all natural, marine-based Ocean Cleanser with Seaweed, which is good for hydrating and nourishing the skin. I use a white algae mask once a week for deep hydration, soothing irritated skin, and to even out skin tones. I spritz a bit of Osea Sea Mineral facial mist for added hydration. Osea eyes and lip cream restores damaged skin while fighting free radicals. And I use the heavier moisturizer Advanced Protection cream, which is a heavier moisturizer, nightly for intense firming and repair.
Makeup: I keep it light and natural. I use MD Skincare (also available at Sephora and Nordstroms, www.mdskincare.com) all-in-one tinted moisturizer with sunscreen—most important. I stick to
natural lip and eye colors to enhance a natural look.
Procedures: Every other month. an MD Skincare Alpha Beta Peel is a must! This two-step, at-home peel created by Dr. Dennis Gross comes in ready-to-use pads and delivers both immediate results and long-term benefits. It also helps keep my rosacea under control.On alternate months, I have routine facials.
The one thing I couldn’t live without: Daily yoga and exercise and meditation rituals.
My favorites: Dark chocolate, red wine, blueberries, seaweed, juicing with fresh greens, green tea, and great sex! They all promote youthful, radiant, and healthy skin.
The most important skincare advice I’ve ever received: Keep exposure to sun minimal, but do get 15 minutes of direct sunlight each day to receive the natural Vitamin D that your body needs for overall health.
My biggest splurge: Going on weekend retreats to destination spas to escape, do yoga, and nurture my body and soul.
Hair-care regimen: I go to Warren-Tricomi Salon (1 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT, 203-863-9300) for all my hair needs. My hairstylists are Jessica Reardon and Margo Levitin, Jennifer N. Cloke does my color, and Tamara Palumbo does my makeup and eyebrows. For touch-ups in between coloring, I have the salon apply a glaze, which helps to freshen color, shine, and condition. To maintain color and promote healthy hair, I use Warren Tricomi’s Purestrength three-piece-set of shampoo, conditioner, and daily mask for all hair types. The products are available at the salon or online.
Best hair-care tip: Go to someone who is passionate about what they do.