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Beauty 411: Penny Lovell


Penny LovellLondon-born stylist Penny Lovell has been trolling the various facets of the fashion world since the tender age of fifteen, when she landed her first job outfitting the mannequins in a local boutique. Lovell also logged time as a publicist for Burberry and, in the editorial realm, assisted the fashion director at British Elle before setting her sights on New York and a styling career. Since crossing the pond in 1999, and then crossing the country for L.A. in 2004, she has built a steady editorial and celebrity clientele: Emma Watson, Rose Byrne, Taylor Schilling, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, among them. Lovell also lends her styling wisdom accrued from many years in the biz to Harper’s Bazaar’s website, for which she writes a bimonthly “Tricks of the Trade” column. Here, the woman behind some of the most well-heeled celebs on the red carpet shares her own beautifying favorites.

The Pout Outfitter: Bite Beauty

“I love this lipstick store on Prince Street in New York. You can customize your own lipstick—both the color and the scent—and everything in the formula is organic and edible. It’s so fun! I take a girlfriend every time I am in NYC for an after-lunch treat. I can easily spend an hour in there mixing up new colors, and I generally leave with at least three. For those not in New York, Bite’s standard lipsticks are also great and available online at Sephora.”


The Skin Expert: Kate Somerville

“My go-to facial place. I can’t wait for my next Ultimate Kate facial. In between visits I use the Dermaquench Liquid Lift and Cytocell Dermal Energizing Treatment at home to keep the benefits going. My husband always comments on my skin and how ‘young’ I look after this facial without knowing I had an appointment! He also steals the Derma quench lift….”


The Getaway: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

“I just returned from another spa weekend here and can’t recommend this resort enough. The spa is lovely and the staff lovelier; the resort itself is so lush, gorgeous, and peaceful. It has its own microclimate so the weather here is good pretty much all year round. Bike rides, hiking, delicious organic food, gorgeous little town down the road—there are way too many options to cover in one weekend, but next time I am determined to take the Apothecary Aroma Custom Blending class to make some bath oil. Most of all, it’s perfect for my three-year-old daughter, with a large children’s pool and multiple activities—all far, far away from the adults.”


The Signature Scent Purveyor: CB I Hate Perfume

“Until I discovered CB I Hate Perfume I, well, hated perfume. Then, my client Bella Heathcote bought me Mr. Hulot’s Holiday for my birthday and it smells just like the beach—a fresh, evocative, not-cloying, scent that improves my mood immediately and is perfect in the summer or year round to remind me of the season. Now, I’m obsessed. Recently I added Burning Leaves, Winter 1972, and Fire From Heaven to my collection, and I not only use them as perfume, but also in the office as a room scent before fittings, selecting one depending on my mood. Bella tells me his shop in Brooklyn is amazing and I can’t wait to visit next time I am in the city.”


The Skincare Brand, Par Excellence: The Organic Pharmacy

“There is not much I don’t love about this U.K. brand, but I am never without their Carrot Butter Cleanser, which takes off my makeup (including waterproof mascara) in a second and never feels dry or stings. I am also a huge fan of their supplements and buy all my vitamins and homeopathic remedies there—the one for stress is particularly effective, as I discovered during award season one year!”


The Daily Regimen

“Elemental Herbs All Good Lips lip balm is the best ever; I cannot live without it. And I wear Arbonne Water Resistant Sunscreen—which is all natural—all year round, no matter wherever I am, whatever the weather.”

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The Makeup Musts

“I love the Chanel Perfect Brows all-in-one compact. There are three colors to mix together to match your eyebrows, and mini tweezers and brushes. A magnifying mirror seals the deal. Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Color in Sugar Frost is my go-to for everyday; it’s a sheer subtle gold-beige sparkle and looks great with just mascara or over another eye color as an added highlight. I use it all the time. And for nails, Marc Jacobs Beauty polish in Gatsby—it’s a rose gold, the perfect new neutral, and it’s long lasting.”

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The Multipurpose Miracle: Body Bliss Mood Melt

“The essential oil has multiple uses for me; this blend is balancing, and I put a drop on my pillow at night and a few drops in my bath. It really chills me out and smells divine.”


Beauty 411: Anna Sheffield


Anna Sheffield's openingDesigner Anna Sheffield has, over the course of her career, succeeded at redefining the meaning of statement jewelry—specifically, that it need not occupy its own zip code to be impactful. In fact, some of Sheffield’s most iconic pieces are quite the opposite: astonishingly delicate creations that still manage to be attention-grabbing. It’s a fine balance that the New Mexico-born designer with a studio arts background first struck with her line Bing Bang (chock-full of dainty bands favored by the stylish masses, particularly for their mid-finger stacking readiness), and has continued with her eponymous bridal and fine jewelry line. And just last week, Sheffield opened her first freestanding store, a virtual jewel box on New York’s Lower East Side as precious as her designs, where bauble-seekers can peruse her singular fine jewelry collection. Though she may be constantly surrounded by jewelry, with her own accessorizing, she has a daily uniform. “I am totally a creature of habit when it comes to jewelry,” she says. “I wear a diamond pavé two-finger ring (or sometimes layer a couple), a mix of egg-shaped bangles, and stud earrings every day. I occasionally change things up with stacking and gemstone pinky rings, or vary my necklaces depending on what I’m wearing or feeling that day.” Here, Sheffield shares a few more of her go-tos, all of them—thanks to her mother’s influence—of the natural variety. “I avoid artificial ingredients in everything I eat as well as my beauty products.”


“I love Rodin body oil and use it religiously. The product is amazingly light and the fragrance just makes me happy.”



“I started using only natural and organic lipsticks last year, and for the most part, I’m sad to report, the colors leave a lot to be desired. However, they can be mixed! I like to blend Dollhouse Pink with Starlet, both from the brand ZuZu Luxe.”

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THE HAIR COLOR ACCENT: Manic Panic Hair Dyes

“I sometimes dye my silver [strands] and I have a color-mixing obsession with Manic Panic. Since tertiary colors are my favorites on the spectrum, I blend tones like pink and orange-red, cutting them with conditioner to achieve more of a tint than a full dye. Manic Panic is one of the most successful New York punk products of all time and they’re free of chemicals and animal by-products.”



“For wellness, I tend to like similar natural therapeutic treatments and products. I was recently introduced to doTerra, which has become one my favorite brands. They formulate all of their products with organic essential oils. Generally, I’m inconsistent with daily routines like taking vitamins. However, their xEO Mega and other vitality supplements are pure magic, so it’s easy to remember to take them every day.”


THE SIPPING REGULAR: Harney and Sons Japanese Sencha

“Drinking a cup of green tea is part of my afternoon ritual. Harney and Sons Japanese Sencha is hands down my favorite kind. Plus, the story of the company’s founders is heartfelt and inspiring, and I love that they’re based in the Hudson Valley.”



“When I don’t have time to leave New York City but need a reset, I book a spa treatment at Great Jones Spa. The sauna and steam room are a blissful combination. When I can get away for any length of time, I go home to New Mexico—no matter what time of year. I swear that the waters at Ojo Caliente have magic healing qualities. They’re situated in a river valley just east of Abiquiú, where Georgia O’Keeffe lived and painted many of her most famous works. Another place I love to spend time in is L.A., and luckily I travel there pretty frequently for work (with a dash of pleasure). Also, California is a bastion for all things nature- and health-inspired. When I’m there, I eat at M Café every chance I get (go for the kale!). And if I’ve got any down time, there’s nothing better than a drive up the coast to Big Sur. Nestled in the redwood forest, there’s an incredible place called Fernwood Resort, where you can rent the most adorable cabins. It’s like waking up in a dream with the mist rising up through the forest and making those crazy bands of light…serious majesty.”

Beauty 411: Cher Coulter


Chery-CoulterStylist Cher Coulter may have a long (and impressive) list of editorial and advertising clients under her very fashionable belt, but it is the celebrities she regularly dresses that have earned her the most accolades. They are well deserved—after all, the stars who count themselves Coulter acolytes happen to be among the perennially best dressed (and not in that safe way). Among them: Kate Bosworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Nicole Richie, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. And it is with Bosworth that she launched the jewelry design JewelMint in 2010. London-born and educated (she studied fashion design at the illustrious Central Saint Martins), Coulter has called L.A. her home since the early aughts. Here, she shares some of her local beautifying favorites.


“Since moving to L.A., visits to the Korean spa have been a ritual, and believe me, I’ve tried many places. My latest obsession is the Crystal Spa. You could quite literally spend an entire day there. Start with steam and sauna, followed by dips in the hot and cold tubs, then [opt for] the aqua body polish. They use Aveda products, which I love. When you finish, grab a traditional Korean-style bite followed by even more treatments. You leave feeling like a new person; it’s especially good after a long flight or a big job.”

Crystal Spa, 3500 W. 6th St., suite 321, L.A., (213) 487-5600,

THE MASSAGE: Antonio Hendricks

“It’s hard to go to another masseur after having Antonio work on you. He comes to your home, so it’s even more relaxing knowing I don’t have to get into a car afterwards. He works deeply into the muscles and really knows what you need without having to ask any questions.”

Call (323) 240-6819.

THE WORKOUT: Pilates Plus Silver Lake

“This place has a cool vibe and the music is always interesting and new. The teachers are young and enthusiastic and will kick your ass into shape. Taking Sorel [Carradine's] class on a Sunday morning is the perfect way to counteract the night before and prepare for the week ahead. And the workouts on the reformer are never the same so you don’t feel like you’re on a treadmill counting down the minutes until you can get off.”

Pilates Plus, 2630 Hyperion Ave, L.A., (323) 660-0300,

THE BLOND-ER: Lorri Goddard at Rossano Ferretti

“I’ve always admired a natural beach blonde and never want my hair to look ‘highlighted.’ Lorri is meticulous about her work, which I appreciate. It’s nice to be pampered there and, if you’re lucky, you might be able to [snag] a quick cut from Adam Campbell, who also works on shoots and the red carpet.”

Rossano Ferretti, 345 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 598-6780,

THE FACIAL: Carasoin Day Spa

“I’ve recently gotten into their stem cell and microdermabrasion facial. They are the only ones in L.A. to offer the service and I am hooked. My skin feels so soft and smooth [post-treatment].”

Carasoin Day Spa, 120 N. Robertson Blvd., L.A., (310) 855-0105,

THE ROAD TRIP: Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur

“Just six hours from my home in L.A., Big Sur is a wonderful part of the country untouched by billboards, boats, or too many people. I like to stay at the Ventana Inn & Spa, which is situated in the northern part of Big Sur and is close to many great eight-mile hikes across epic landscapes. You can swim under the stars and eat in an amazing hilltop restaurant. It’s a very relaxed yet active place in the middle of unrivaled beauty.”

Ventana Inn, 48123 Highway One, Big Sur, Calif., (800) 628-6500,

THE CLEANSE: Café Gratitude

“Eating on the go or on shoots is not the most conducive diet for a healthy lifestyle, so sometimes I reset with a cleanse. The version offered by Café Gratitude is by far one of the most satisfying cleanses I’ve done to date. It’s mostly raw, organic, and vegan and can be picked up from one of their locations every day. With other brands I tend to feel hungry, but that’s not the case with theirs. After I finish, I feel like I’m back in control of my nutrition.”

Café Gratitude, 639 Larchmont Blvd., L.A., (323) 580-6383,

Photo: Courtesy of Cher Coulter

Beauty 411: Charlotte Tilbury


Charlotte TilburyFashion weeks (yup, plural) just wouldn’t be the same without the magnificent work of Charlotte Tilbury. The London-based makeup artist with a more-than-two decades-long career has become a ubiquitous backstage presence—her Marisa Berenson-inspired creations for Donna Karan just this week were particularly killer—and an immediately recognizable one at that, with her flame-colored lioness mane and omnipresent pair of heels. Besides tending to basically every single notable model’s visage, Tilbury also counts celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, and Penélope Cruz as regulars and has, over the years, collaborated with an impressive list of style luminaries, Katie Grand, Carine Roitfeld, Stella McCartney, and Tom Ford among them. And this month, Tilbury launched her very own meticulously curated line of makeup at Selfridges in London. Needless to say, we were eager to pick her beauty brain.

“My number-one must have is a facial from the incredible Sarah Chapman. She gives you the most relaxing and youth-boosting facials, which are essential after the craziness of the fashion weeks.”

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Clinic, 106 Draycott Ave., London, 0207-589-9585,

“My manicurist, Claudine Cooke, gives me the most amazing manicures and pedicures in London. Make sure you follow her on Twitter @claudine_cooke.”

House calls only, 011-44-790-349-3674.

“I live in Notting Hill, in London, and it’s the perfect place [to find] inspiration for my work. I love to browse Portobello Market for vintage treasures and can’t help stopping at Mr. Christian’s on Elgin Crescent for some [delicious] food.”

“I grew up on the island of Ibiza. I try to go home at least once a year, and when I do, I make sure that I visit the local pharmacies, where I find the most incredible Rose Vaselina that you can’t get in London.”

“Mascara is my desert island must-have! I started using it at the age of 13 and I haven’t stopped since. My lashes are instantly transformed from fair and short to long, luscious, and glossy. It’s also so important to curl them to open up your eyes and get that perfect flutter.”

“I have been mixing my own scent for years, and I just can’t live without it. It’s a blend of rose, neroli, and some secret ingredients inspired my childhood in Ibiza and my mother’s rose-scented beauty products.”

“Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and a Mason Pearson hairbrush are my haircare essentials. I am so inspired by sixties icon Brigitte Bardot and her gorgeous, slight beehive hairstyle. I use these products to tease my hair and give it a little bit of height in the back.”

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Beauty 411: Rebecca Minkoff


Rebecca Minkoff

For California-bred, New York-based designer Rebecca Minkoff, it all really started with a bag. Specifically, a very cheekily named bag. Minkoff launched her eponymous line back in 2001, and though she quickly earned major buzz for a series of customized “I Love NY” tees, widespread success would come in 2005 with the Morning After bag. An immediate favorite among cool-girl fashion insiders, the now-iconic carryall essentially cemented Minkoff’s reputation as an accessories guru. After dipping her toe back into apparel in 2009, Minkoff now boasts a fully realized line with countless fans, many a celebrity among them. And they are likely all waiting with bated breath for New York fashion week to commence in a few days so they sneak a peek at her latest spring collection, which, according to Minkoff, pulls inspiration from a range of influential Latin American women—from Bianca Jagger and Frida Kahlo to Carolina Issa and Alice Dellal. “The result was American sportswear-inspired pieces with strong Latin American details, like bursts of color, saturated prints, rich textures, and intricate embroidery,” Minkoff shares. “I’m especially excited about the floral prints; they’re so vivid and fun!” Here, she takes a break from fashion-week prep to share some of her local beauty favorites.

THE MANE KEEPER: Vanessa at Butterfly Studio Salon

“Vanessa is my go-to. She recently convinced me to cut my hair, and I have to say, I’m so glad she did! She also achieved the perfect wave for my hair—no one else does it like her.”

149 Fifth Ave., 2nd floor, NYC, (212) 253-2100;


“I love going to Joanna for an oxygen facial. Once fashion week is over, getting a facial is one of the first things I do.”

501 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2011, NYC, (212) 949-2350;


“I love getting gel nails because I hate when [regular polish] chips. My go-to shade lately has been white.”

THE BROW GROOMER: Christina at Butterfly Studio Salon

“Christina keeps my eyebrows thick and gives them a really great shape.”

149 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor, NYC, (212) 253-2100;


“I love its hot-stone and aromatherapy massages. The new space at The Surrey is so tranquil and chic.”

Cornelia Spa at The Surrey, 20 East 76th Street, NYC, (646) 358-3600;

THE WORKOUT MASTER: Kelvin Gary at Body Space Fitness

“Kelvin is my personal trainer who I go to twice a week for one-on-one intense cardio and resistance sessions.”

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THE REGULAR DETOX: BluePrint Cleanse

“I like to do a juice cleanse at least once every other month. Usually I mix it up with different cleanses, but BluePrint is one of my favorites.”

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“My favorites skincare products come from June Jacobs—I love that they’re all-natural and organic. For hair, I use Tresemmé and Living Proof because they have the greatest antifrizz products. And my most-used makeup items are Stila Lip Stain in Cherry Crush, Stila mascara, and Giorgio Armani foundation.”


“It’s a combination of masculine and feminine scents, and not everyone wears it, so it feels very unique. It has been my regular fragrance for more than a year now.”

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Photo: Danielle Kosann/The New Potato