August 21 2014

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The 411: Pati Dubroff


If you were to scan your favorite red-carpet photos from the past few years, a great number of them would likely bear the handiwork of Pati Dubroff. The widely respected makeup artist has counted leading ladies like Naomi Watts, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Eva Mendes, and Hilary Swank as clients. She’s collaborated with photographers like Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, and Annie Leibovitz, and is responsible for a number of our favorite recent cover beauty looks, too, including Emma Watson on December’s Marie Claire, Julianne Moore on November’s Allure, and Lindsay Lohan’s Grace Kelly-inspired turn on October’s Vanity Fair. When she’s not tending to a bevy of boldfacers, Dubroff is busy in her new role as official makeup artist for Clarins USA (she previously spent a number of years as an international spokesperson for Dior). Besides having a ridiculously impressive résumé, Dubroff also happens to be one of the coolest, most positive-minded ladies we have ever had the pleasure of knowing—with a freakishly radiant complexion to boot. Eager to find out more about her own routine, we asked Dubroff—who splits her time between New York and L.A.—for a few of her favorite bicoastal beauty destinations.

The At-Home Spa products: Clarins Relax

“My bathroom is my sanctuary. This is where I go daily to decompress, refresh, and restore my body, mind, and spirit. My favorite products are from the Clarins Relax body line. I especially love the jar of body scrub followed by a self-massage with the body oil. This oil is the very first product developed by Clarins and it hasn’t changed in over 50 years. Don’t mess with perfection!”

Clarins Relax Body Treatment Oil, $52,

The Hair Team: Chris McMillan and Negin Zand

“I’ve been very fortunate to be able to work with the best hairdressers in the world. I’m very low-maintenance but I know that a great haircut and color make a huge difference. Chris McMillan is the only person who I trust to cut my hair. He recently gave me ‘the Freja’ and he was right; it’s perfect for me. And for many years I have entrusted my color to Negin Zand at Sally Hershberger. She gets it right every time, whether it’s rich chocolate or beachy highlights.”

Chris McMillan Salon, 8944 Burton Way, L.A., (310) 285-0088,; Negin Zand at Sally Hershberger Salon, 760 North La Cienega Blvd., L.A., (310) 854-4922,

The Yogini: Nikki Costello

“Yoga teachers, studios, and styles are a dime a dozen these days. It’s pretty rare to find a teacher who really knows and embodies yoga in action, one who has a deep understanding of yoga philosophy and can relay the power of the teachings with clear instruction. When Nikki teaches me yoga I feel strong, and I feel the pulsation of clear, shimmering energy.”

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The Cleanse: IZO

“Whenever I feel that my digestion needs a break, and I want to keep it light but still be nourished, I order a few days of IZO Cleanze. The juices are freshly made and delivered early in the morning. They are organic, stored in glass, and totally delicious.”

IZO Cleanze, (866) 961-2139,

The Facialist: Joanna Vargas

“I was recently introduced to the great facialist Joanna Vargas and was totally impressed. She believes in skin health, and uses nourishing organic and clean products. She’s also into finding the best gadgets to incorporate into her treatments, like the microcurrent, infrared, and LED light machines as well as the amazing Intraceuticals oxygen machine. She is the real deal in skin wellness and has a very calm, soothing presence.”

Joanna Vargas, 501 Fifth Ave., #707, NYC, (212) 949-2350,

The Restful Spa Experience: Sphatika

“When I’m in New York and in need of an escape I head to this little gem right off Columbus Circle. Sphatika is all about deep rest, soothing all the senses, and healing beauty. I feel like I’m on a mini retreat every time I go, and I emerge in a meditative state with glowing skin to boot.”

Sphatika, 1841 Broadway, suite 811, NYC, (212) 265-5885,

The Treat From The Far East: Aroma Spa

“I love the ritual and culture of soaking spas. For Koreans this is an integral part of health, beauty, and well-being. I love the super soak and scrub. First you soak in the hot tubs infused with mugwort, then plunge in a cold tub followed by a steam. Then every inch of skin is thoroughly scrubbed until it feels like baby skin. Follow this with relaxing in hot jade or terra-cotta rooms. Heaven.”

Aroma Spa, 3680 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., (213) 387-2111,

The Nails: Cindy’s

“I recently started to get gel manicures. It is amazing that my nails can look so fresh and polished for weeks after being done. I go to Cindy’s on the Upper West Side because they have a clean, professional approach.”

Cindys, 491 Amsterdam Ave., NYC, (212) 769-2222,

The Shoe: Vibram

“Hiking in Los Angeles and jogging in Central Park keeps me connected to nature, burning calories, and feeling strong. And I won’t ever set out without my Vibram Five Fingers shoes. They are literally a glove for the foot, enabling flexion, which is better for the joints. They invoke a lot of stares, but I’ll take them because of how happy my knees and hips feel.”

Vibram Five Fingers shoes, $85,

Photo: Stefania D’Alessandro / Getty Images

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