August 20 2014

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Beauty 411: Rose-Marie Swift


In the case of the famous faces that makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift is known for tending to—like, say, supermodels Gisele Bündchen and Miranda Kerr—the canvas is pretty phenomenal to begin with. But even those of us whose cheekbones don’t pay the bills can benefit from Swift’s beauty wisdom, much of which is gathered into the products she creates for her line, RMS Beauty. A few years back, Swift began experiencing health problems due to toxic levels of heavy metals in her blood, which were caused, as it turned out, by exposure to lots of nasty stuff in cosmetics over two decades as a makeup artist. And thus was born the idea for RMS Beauty, which is based entirely on pure, raw, and organic principles. For the uninitiated out there, we prescribe a combination of the “un” cover-up, Living Luminizer, and raw coconut cream; prepare to get hooked fast. Here, the avowed naturalist with the round-the-clock radiant complexion shares some of her own favorite beautifying people, places, and products.

The Morning Ritual: Organic Green Juice
“Every morning I get up and make four to six cups of my own organic green juice. No matter how tight my morning schedule may be, I’m sure to always do my juice. If I am away, I use a powder version by Health Force Nutritionals called Vitamineral Green.”
Available at Live Live, 261 East 10th St., NYC, (212) 505-5504,

The Beauty Routine
“I attribute my nice skin to never having used soap. My skin regime is raw coconut oil and a filtered water system (both shower and sink). I have now packaged the oil for my line RMS Beauty; it’s called Raw Coconut Cream. To this day it is one of my best sellers and is effective even for acne-prone skin due to its natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. I also use my far-infrared sauna at home to help detoxify the whole body.”
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The Facial: Ildi Pekar
“When I need to relax, nothing feels better than having a facial. I go to Ildi Pekar, who is genius. She has an abundance of knowledge and is doing some groundbreaking procedures with stem cell therapy.”
Ildi Pekar, 315 Madison Ave. #2600, NYC, (212) 682-6080.

The Doctor: Dr. Manganaro
“We all know that everything around us is getting more polluted (air, water, food), and our bodies are being over-burdened. Most of us just concentrate on the outsides of our bodies, but I also believe we need to concentrate on the inside. I try to eat as much raw food as possible (hard while shooting) and also go to Dr. Manganaro to get a complete inner-body overhaul by cleansing out toxins and heavy metals. It completely protects the system long term and nothing will make you feel better.”
Dr. Manganaro, Manhattan Advanced Medicine, 333 E. 57th St., Suite 1B, NYC, (212) 421-0886,

The Escape: The Bahamas
“I’m so very fortunate with my job to get to travel all over the world to some extremely unique locations, but nothing beats the pink sand, warm sun, and blue ocean of Harbor Island, in the Bahamas. I love to stay in my own private little bungalow at the Pink Sands Hotel—there’s no place better.”
Pink Sands Hotel, Bahamas,

The Makeup: RMS Beauty and Shu Uemura
“Some people think makeup artists love to play with makeup, but for myself I’m a complete minimalist. I use my RMS Beauty “un” cover-up in #22 and #33 as a contour, and I never forget my Living Luminizer on my eyelids and cheekbones. If I’m feeling wild, I will use a Shu Uemura red lipstick and mascara.”

The Scent: Rodin Olio Lusso
“I like Linda Rodin’s Olio Lusso, which I add on my pulse points behind my ears and neck and on my wrists. Just that subtle hint of jasmine is so nice.”
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The Restaurants
“My favorite places to eat in New York City are places that are organic or raw. My favorites are Pure Food & Wine and ABC Kitchen. I love the falafel from Pure Food & Wine and the crab toast at ABC Kitchen is a winner. Angelica’s Kitchen is another great, healthy place but more casual.”

Photo: Courtesy of RMS Beauty

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