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The 411: Linda Cantello

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In the annals of makeup geniuses, Linda Cantello ranks very high. The international makeup artist for Giorgio Armani cosmetics has been sharing her beauty wizardry with the masses since the latter part of the eighties, when, after graduating from London’s Harrow Art School she moved to Rome to build a beauty career. Since then she has worked with literally every iconic photographer in the biz—Klein, Avedon, Penn, Roversi, van Lamsweerde and Matadin et al.—playing a crucial role in building some of the most groundbreaking fashion images the world has ever seen. Here, the beloved makeup artist who splits her time between New York and a farmhouse outside of Paris gives us a peek inside her own beauty black book.


The Hair Hero: Christophe Robin
“I was one of Christophe Robin’s first clients; he calls me his godmother. I couldn’t live without my ritual every six weeks of a salon visit to get my blond back. He has a suite in the Le Meurice hotel, very chic, and very much like The Women. I wash my hair daily with his rose shampoo, and soak it once a week with his rose conditioner.”
Christophe Robin at Le Meurice, 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France, +33 1 44 58 10 10.

The Signature Scent: Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
“I have worn Frédéric Malle’s Carnal Flower since 2000, but have recently started wearing his Mediterranean Lily; I go to his store on rue de Grenelle, and spend hours talking to the guy who works there about old fragrances, new fragrances. I want to buy the entire store; I am a fragrance freak and have a weakness for buying it, even if I wear the same fragrance every day. Literally I am a sucker for anything that smells good…perfume, bath oils, candles. I have cupboards full.”
Available at www.fredericmalle.com.

The Makeup Essential: Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation
“In my capacity as international makeup artist for Giorgio Armani cosmetics I do get to visit the amazing labs with Mr. Armani. It’s high tech and security is crazy, but I do pick up some incredible things there; pigments and bases to mix them with so my kit becomes a kind of portable lab. I get very excited before a visit. Maestro Foundation is my must-have foundation. It’s a whole new generation of makeup that feels incredible, looks invisible, and makes skin appear luminous every time. Anyone can wear it!”
Available at www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

The Tip Pros: Blush Nail Lounge
“I like fast speedy fixes in New York, and I only love getting my nails done there. I go to Blush in the East Village; they do a great job and are lovely people.”

Blush, 218 East Fifth Street, NYC, (212) 375-1340.

The Liquid Lunch: Juice Press and Healthfully Organic Market
“My life is very schizophrenic, slow and indulgent in Paris, fast and healthy-ish in New York. I love Juice Press for juices, and Healthfully, my local health food store is great. They have a great range of organic beauty lines and a big selection of organic and raw products for such a small store. My latest obsession is shea butter; they have a wild, raw shea butter, karité, that’s amazing. I used to use emu oil years ago, and then progressed to argan oil, but now I use camellia oil on my face, and the raw shea on my legs and arms.”
For more information, visit www.juicepress.com and www.healthfully.com.

The Yearly Ritual: Panchakarma
“I have to confess that I don’t do yoga, and I am not a gym bunny, but I do try and get a Panchakarma every year. It’s a total detox for mind, body, and spirit, and very full on. The place I was going to, the Lancaster Health Center in Massachusetts was founded by the Maharishi, and was a total time warp; I loved it, but sadly it closed down a few months ago. They have a sister clinic in Germany so I might go there, or I would love to go to Kerala.”
For more information, visit www.ayurveda-germany.com.

The Regular Restaurants: New York and Paris Standbys

“My hands-down favorite restaurants in New York are ABC Kitchen and Omen. And in Paris my favorites are Prunier for its wonderful seafood and laid-back atmosphere. And Stella Maris has a Japanese chef cooking French food that is amazing.”

Omen, 113 Thompson St., NYC, (212) 925-8923; For more information, visit www.abckitchennyc.com, www.stellamaris-paris.com, and www.prunier.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani Beauty

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