September 3 2014

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The 411: Bumble and Bumble’s Zoe Wiepert


We are firm believers that to be a truly incredible colorist you have to be a bit mad. The great ones—our favorites ones—always are. And Bumble and Bumble’s lead university educator and all-around color wiz, Zoe Wiepert qualifies. Her Marilyn Monroe-swiped mantra? “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” Since swapping out her original childhood dreams of making it big on Broadway for the high-paced worth of hair, the Buffalo, N.Y.-born colorist has mastered blondes, brunettes, and everything in between and has spent the last six years dreaming up ideas for Bumble as part of their Creative Collective. Her work has been featured in a slew of magazines, backstage at shows like Thakoon and Phillip Lim—and she’s picked up plenty of fans who swear by her precise painting abilities in the process. Here, the sprightly blonde shares some of her own local beauty favorites.

The Favorite Finger-Painting Haunt: Dolce
“I’m not going to lie; I get a mani/pedi ever single week. I’m a colorist, which means I always need change! I like going to Dolce on the Upper East Side and I bring my own polish every time. I mix my colors myself at home.”
1595 Third Ave., NYC, (212) 426-7022;

The Long Lashes Location: Bling Lash
“Eyelash extensions are my weakness; I need to get them done. I’ve been to most every place in the city, but I always go back to Bling because they are the quickest, the least expensive, and the most consistent.”
108 W. 14th St., Suite 201, NYC, (212) 675-2220;

The Daily Ritual: Organic Avenue
“No doubt! My close friend Bea at Bumble turned me onto it and I now can’t go a day without it. I have my coconut milk and green juice daily. I personally prefer to follow an organic and clean diet.”
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The Haute Hang Out: The Norwood
“It’s a great spot to be around creative, fun, talented New Yorkers. And they make a great drink.”
241 W. 14th St., NYC;

The Quick Jaunt: Boston
“When I want to get out of New York I go to the Liberty Hotel in Boston. It’s one of the coolest hotels I’ve ever been to. It’s in an old jail and has great food and people.”
215 Charles St., Boston, (617) 224-4000;

The Hair Routine: In-House Heroes
“I only do my hair once every four months; I like the beachy look! Plus I’m so complex with my formulations when I work, I need to keep me simple. Bumble Color Minded is the best product line for color-treated hair. It adds moisture, preserves color, and keeps all tones true while protecting from UVA, UVB, and styling tools. Then Bb Tonic—because I’m blond, I need the Tea Tree Oil for Moisture—Bb Quenching Complex on my ends to ensure the cuticle is sealed and stays smooth; its Surf Spray at my roots and Color Minded Styling Balm on my ends to add moisture.”
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The Fit Forum: Yoga Works
“The location on 86th Street is my spot. It’s so good. I either go there or to Soul Cycle, which is kind of killing me right now.”
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The Skincare Triple Threat: Personal Favorites
“I can’t live without my Estée Lauder Night Repair, plus my pure almond oil and cleansing with a Clarisonic brush.”
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The Signature Scent: Tom Ford
“I either go au naturel or Tom Ford Bois Marocain.”
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The Makeup Must-Haves: Prestige Picks
“I like Bobbi Brown foundation in a light bisque and Pot Rouge in Coral, MAC powder and lipstick in Pink Nouveau, and Estée Lauder’s Smoothing Cream Concealer, which absolutely does not crease and gives the perfect amount of coverage without being cakey.”
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The Day Spa: Spa Castle
“If you haven’t been there yet, do it, it’s life changing. That’s all I can say.”
131-10 11th Ave., College Point, N.Y., (718) 939-6300;

The Secret Weapon: Dr. Bill Kestin
“[An opthamolic microsurgeon], he is a wizard for the eyes and skin. I go to him for Botox. He does very subtle work, so you still look like you. I take my mom there, too! Look him up; I promise you he is so worth it!”
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Photo: Courtesy of Bumble and bumble

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