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April 21 2014

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The 411: Marie Robinson

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Marie Robinson has pretty much cemented her position as one of the city’s top colorists. She got her start as an apprentice at Pierre Michel at the age of 19 and put in stints at Danilo, John Frieda (where she became famously adept at balayage highlighting), and Bumble and Bumble, before spending seven years as the head colorist at Sally Hershberger Downtown. Last spring, Robinson sent shockwaves through the beauty community when she abandoned the queen of the $800 cut to open her own eponymous salon with a chunk of the staff following suit. Besides having her own fancy new Fifth Avenue flagship, Robinson also has an impressive celebrity client roster (Liv Tyler, Natalie Portman, Rachel McAdams, and Anne Hathaway all trust their tresses to Robinson, and Kristen Stewart went strawberry blond at her suggestion this summer). She also recently added an enviable title to her CV: color director for Clairol (that’s her in the brand’s latest round of TV ads). Despite these achievements, Robinson remains refreshingly (make that shockingly) down-to-earth, which, along with those legendary highlighting abilities, makes her very easy to love. Here, she divulges who cuts and colors her own platinum blond crop, along with her favorite beauty destinations and must-haves.

The Pilates Instructor: Benjamin Degenhard at Equinox

“In three years, he has completely transformed my body. I love that he’s not extremely chatty and just wants to focus on working with me.”

Benjamin Degenhard at Equinox, 97 Greenwich Ave., NYC, (212) 620-0103, www.equinox.com.

The Makeup and Eyebrow Artist: Landy Dean

“Landy works fast! He can do my makeup in only 20 minutes, and in just that short amount of time, my face is complete perfection for a shoot. And his eyebrow shaping can transform and refresh my face even when I’m not wearing any makeup at all.”

Landy Dean at Marie Robinson, 155 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC, (212) 358-7780, www.marierobinsonsalon.com.

The Derm: Pat Wexler

“Pat has the most delicate touch, and she is seriously able to make my skin look rejuvenated and years younger like nobody else.”

Dr. Patricia Wexler, 145 E. 32nd St., 7th floor, NYC, (212) 684-2626.

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EXCLUSIVE: Iman Talks Eye Shadow, Reality Shows, And Her New Icon Status

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The CFDA may have just crowned her a fashion icon, but after seeing an almost 55-year-old Iman in the flesh, goddess seems more appropriate. Looking ridiculously, almost incomprehensibly attractive, the radiant Somali-born model-turned-entrepreneur was getting her face painted yesterday at Industria Studios for her Iman Cosmetics’ fall campaign shoot. The business itself, which falls into the high-end side of drugstore offerings (or “masstige,” as it’s called by those in the know), is booming. “Fortunately for us, even with a bad economy, this has been our best year,” Iman explained. Thus far, foundation has been the brand’s big seller (its new Luminous Liquid Makeup launched a mere three weeks ago and has already become a consumer favorite), but Iman hopes to take over the color market as well come November, with her massive new Eye-Con Kit that includes liner and 12 different shadow shades spanning the spectrum from muted to vivid.

Asked about her own beauty secrets, Iman credits two people: her dad (you know, for those amazing age-defying genes) and Dr. Patricia Wexler, who has had her on a strict diet of SPF 50 for a decade (“she’s the only one I trust with my face”). As for that famous face, it was in the hands of makeup artist Valenté Frazier yesterday. Frazier worked with shades of plum and bronze (all pulled from the line’s new eye kit) on Iman’s eyes and those of the three models on hand. Lips were painted either a vampy eggplant or burgundy, or a more neutral brown-based glossy hue. “Iman also always loves to put a little gold shadow on the inner corner of her eye,” said Frazier. “It really adds dimension, and boy does she chew me out if I don’t remember to put that gold on!”

So how does Iman feel about her new icon status? “It’s definitely good for the ego,” she said, laughing. “I was totally taken by surprise! I had no idea the Fashion Icon Award even existed. I was very flattered and also extremely nervous.” Iman infrequently finds herself at fashion events anymore, and she thinks much has changed since her modeling days. “Models use to be real muses for designers,” she said. “I remember when I was working, designers used to ask you, ‘how would you wear that outfit?’ You had a rapport with them, and I think that relationship is missing now.” A few months from now she’ll find herself talking high fashion much more frequently when she joins Isaac Mizrahi as the new co-host of Bravo’s The Fashion Show. “After surviving this long I definitely don’t want to go down with a bad show,” she admitted. “I trust Isaac and my own instincts, but I just don’t want it to become a typical reality show that’s all gimmicky. Otherwise all the drama becomes the show and the clothes are secondary. Really, I’m just hoping to bring chic to Bravo because I think that’s been missing.” (Any given episode of the Housewives franchise is certainly proof of that.) Stay tuned.

Photo: Courtesy of Iman Cosmetics

Tory Burch Talks Summer Beauty Staples

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As evidenced by the hordes of women who carry her gold emblem-emblazoned handbags and wear her easy ballet flats, Tory Burch has a great sense for what we all want to wear. Her beauty savvy is spot-on as well. The designer sticks to classics that keep her looking pretty and polished no matter where she travels—think dark eyeliner, tinted foundation, and a fragrance that brings back memories of her equally stylish family. On the eve of opening her latest boutique in her home state of Pennsylvania, Burch talked shop with Style.com and shared her favorite summer essentials, iPad included.

Your skin is flawless. What’s your secret?

Patricia Wexler. She is my dermatologist and I love her Universal Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 30. It’s great—and inexpensive, too!

So you don’t wear any foundation? I’d need a magnifying mirror to tell.

[Laughs.] Yes, I don’t wear a lot of makeup, really. I pretty much stick to a tinted moisturizer from Bobbi Brown.

Your lip color is the perfect shade of soft strawberry. It would look fantastic as a cardigan, actually. What do you swear by?

NARS has the best colors. The sheer lipstick shade I wear is called Mitzi. I know; I didn’t name it!

What about your eyes? Any tricks for accentuating them?

My favorite thing is this Eye Intensifier Pencil from Sue Devitt. It’s super-thick, so you can do a smoky eye really easily.

You’re out and about quite a bit these days. How do you deal with the sun?

I stay out of it! When I have to be outside, though, there’s this Sunforgettable Mineral Powder from Colorescience that’s so convenient. I carry it around and put it on over my makeup.

Not to invade your personal space, but you smell amazing! What’s on your wrist?

Thanks! It’s Vetiver from Guerlain. It’s the same thing that my father and brothers wear.

Anything else that goes in your tote when traveling?

A baby pillow and my iPad. I just downloaded The Summer We Read Gatsby, which my friend Danielle Ganek wrote. I’ll be reading it on the plane tomorrow!

Photo: Courtesy of Tory Burch

Word Of Mouth, From Dr. Wexler

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

Is there any way to curb fever blister outbreaks so that I don’t have to clear my social calendar every time I have a flare-up?

Fever blisters are really just a strain of Herpes Simplex Type I. Ninety percent of the population carries the antibodies for the disease, so even if you’ve never had a flare-up, you could get one at any point in time. The easiest way to stop recurring fever blisters is with preventative therapy. One Valtrex a day will suppress the blisters. You can also take lysine, which is more of a natural remedy, or apply Zovirax topically five times a day to prevent the blister from spreading. I recommend that my patients start this kind of therapy before stressful periods in their life, which is when these outbreaks typically occur.

An expert in dermatology and dermatologic surgery, Dr. Patricia Wexler brings over 22 years of skincare experience to the Counter this week. A board-certified dermatologist with a successful private practice, Dr. Wexler is based in Manhattan and also serves as associate clinical professor for the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Milia And Syringoma: Big Words You Should Know

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

I often get small, hard white bumps around my eyes, but they are somehow unpoppable. What are these and do I need to be concerned?

They are likely something called milia—little calcifications that look like whiteheads but have gotten hard. You cannot squeeze these so typically they need to be lanced by a professional. This condition frequently occurs from using too heavy an eye cream or sunscreen around that area, where it’s easier for these things to surface because the skin is very thin. However, it could also be syringoma, a condition in which enlarged glands grow under the skin. These are treated with a number of different removal methods, from acid to lasers.

An expert in dermatology and dermatologic surgery, Dr. Patricia Wexler brings over 22 years of skincare experience to the Counter this week. A board-certified dermatologist with a successful private practice, Dr. Wexler is based in Manhattan and also serves as associate clinical professor for the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Photo: Leland Bobbe/Getty Images