10 posts tagged "Marie Robinson"
Besides being a much-loved and -lauded hair phenom herself, Marie Robinson has, since opening her sprawling flagship salon in Manhattan’s Flatiron District a few years ago, also proven to be quite adept at spotting talent. And stylist Jessica Gillin is the best evidence of that. The gifted hair pro has bided plenty of time backstage alongside Orlando Pita and Danilo; contributed to Vogue, W, and Town & Country editorials; and tended to the crops of Michelle Williams, Vera Farmiga, Mary-Louise Parker, and fashion inner-circlers like Tory Burch, Jennifer Fisher (“She has the coolest jewelry in the world!” says Gillin), and Dani Stahl, whose hair I myself always had ample chance to admire while sitting a few desks away when we were on staff together at Nylon. Here, one of Robinson’s star players shares some of her own beautifying (and beyond) hot spots.
“I have been doing a combination of Barry’s Bootcamp, Flybarre, and Pilates classes lately. Barry’s is great for a hard-core workout. It’s high intensity, and I shoot for doing it three times a week. It makes me feel really strong and also improves my pace for longer runs outdoors. I think Flybarre is the hardest barre class in the city. I leave there literally shaking. The instructors are great at correcting your form, and all the little pulses really tone your body. I love my Pilates instructor, Karen Lord, most of all! I stand for at least ten hours a day and lug my kit up and down the subway stairs. My job is really physical and it takes a toll on my body. Karen kills my core, but also realigns my back and releases tension in my shoulders. She’s super-intuitive and amazing at healing injuries. She is opening a huge new studio in Tribeca this month and I’m so excited for her.
THE SIGNATURE SCENT
“I love Le Labo’s Santal 33. It’s pretty masculine, but I don’t care. I like to combine that with a custom scent I had made by Julia Zangrilli. Her studio, Nova, is based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She creates one-of-a-kind fragrances and offers perfumery classes. The whole experience is so awesome. After your initial visit, Julia sends you all these little trials that you test on your skin. You have to try them out because they smell differently on everyone. It has something to do with pheromones. I think she sent me seven different testers before she was happy with it.”
THE HAIR TEAM: Angela Haight and Allison Woodruff at Marie Robinson Salon
“I have worked with Marie for nine years, but when she opened her own salon and had a baby, I couldn’t ask her to stay late and do my color any longer. I have had everyone at Marie’s salon do my color—I’m lucky, as we truly have the strongest color department of any salon I’ve ever worked in. Angela has been doing it lately. She is so talented. She recently took me super-blond and I have zero breakage. Allison cuts my hair. She is a good friend of mine and gives the coolest cuts.”
THE BROW TAMERS: Landy Dean or Joette Balsamo
“I have really light eyebrows, so I color them darker. It’s so crazy when I do it because my eyebrows are so light that you don’t really notice them. Post dye job it’s like, “There they are!” Then Landy or Joette tweeze all the little hairs you couldn’t see before. I wish I had naturally dark, thick eyebrows, but Landy and Joette both totally fake it for me.”
THE SKIN REGIMEN
“I don’t really get facials—I’m really low maintenance in that department—but I’m strict with my skincare regime. I use Radical Skincare exfoliating pads at night; they make my skin really bright. I also use its eye cream. I wash my face with Tracie Martyn’s cleanser and use her moisturizer. I take my makeup off with coconut oil. I use that and oil of oregano for everything. Oil of oregano is a natural antibiotic. I take it in capsules when I feel like I’m getting sick, and I use it topically, mixed with coconut oil, for sore muscles. If I get a breakout, I use Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, and it works overnight.”
THE STYLE ADDRESS: Bird
“In Williamsburg my go-to is Bird. I get anxious in big department stores and prefer shopping in a smaller, well-edited environment. Bird has everything I’m looking for. I also love scarves from this company called Upstate. They hand-dye raw silk in this Japanese tradition called shibori. They’re so beautiful!”
See shopbird.com and youreupstate.com.
THE LOCAL EATERY: Cafe Mogador
“I’m a vegetarian, and my boyfriend is a really picky eater. Everything at Mogador tastes amazing, and it offers items we both can enjoy. It’s a really beautiful restaurant, too. The back is totally enclosed in glass so you feel like you’re outside—makes for a great mood booster in the winter.”
THE DATE NIGHT: Nitehawk Cinema
“My boyfriend and I both work long hours, so I used to hate wasting a date on a movie. Nitehawk changed that for me. It’s the only way I go to the movies now. You sit in these little theaters where there’s a table between the seats with a tiny light. You write down drink and food orders, and the waiters pick them up throughout the film. It’s genius.”
THE MAKEUP ESSENTIALS
“I learned a lot of makeup tricks from working with Berta Camal. She introduced me to Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation, and I am obsessed with it. I mix it with moisturizer and it’s so sheer that it keeps my skin looking fresh. I also use Guerlain bronzer in Blonde because it’s not too dark or shimmery. For lipstick I like Rebel or Lady Danger by MAC. I also love RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer and “Un” Coverup. Rose-Marie’s products are 100 percent organic, so you could sleep in them if you wanted. I put the Luminizer anywhere I want to draw light to—cheekbones, inner corners of the eyes, etc.; it’s so subtle but it really brightens up your face. And the “Un” Coverup is great when you don’t want to wear makeup but need a little coverage.”
THE NAIL SPOT: Tenoverten
“I like this place when I want a relaxing manicure and pedicure. They do a super-meticulous job, and it’s so clean.”
THE HAIR REGIMEN: Oribe and L’Oréal Paris Elnett
“I color my hair really blond, so it tends to get a bit dry. Oribe shampoo and conditioner for moisture and control keep it soft and strong. The Supershine Moisture Cream keeps it from looking frizzy and the Dry Texturizing Spray is my favorite thing in the world. It creates volume in your roots and prevents your hair from getting greasy. Elnett will always be my favorite hair spray. You can spray many coats of this on your hair and still brush though it. It is the finest mist in the world, and it never goes on wet or gets sticky.”
THE GETAWAY: Deer Isle, Maine
“My family has been going to Deer Isle since I was a child. It’s this little island off the coast of northern Maine about a ten-hour drive from New York, but you can fly to Bangor in half an hour. I go a few times a year. My grandmother has a cabin there on the water. I’ve done a lot of traveling, but I still think Maine is the most beautiful and peaceful spot in the world. It’s the only place where I feel completely relaxed.”
Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Marie Robinson, hair colorist and founder of Marie Robinson Salon
The Product: “My grandmother rarely wore makeup but when she did, everything was from Estée Lauder. She felt it was a luxurious brand that provided her with a sense of Hollywood glamour. There was a bright, rose pink lipstick of hers that I would sneak [off] to wear when I went to high school. I remember that she would apply this lipstick, very little blush, and no eye makeup. Minimalism was Grandma’s beauty motto—she would always say, ‘Play up an eye, lip, or cheek, but never more than one or it’s not chic.’ Years ago, I was shopping at the MAC counter in Bloomingdale’s and found a similar color called Moxie. It was a special-edition lipstick that reminded me of my grandmother’s go-to Estée Lauder shade. A swipe of bright pink across my lips has since become a part of my identity. I recently moved and lost the last bit of the original MAC Moxie lipstick that I had bought in bulk before it was discontinued. I wanted to have it custom-blended and duplicated. Since then, I’ve found other tubes I love—such as ones from NARS, Tom Ford, and Rimmel London (Kate Moss created a fantastic pink)—but I still hope to get Moxie-ied again.”
Sleeping Easy; Shiseido’s New Antiaging Range for Millennials; and Marie Robinson’s Favorite Brunettes
Research conducted by Chanel revealed women don’t sleep as much—or as well—as they used to. Whether it’s insomnia or a jam-packed schedule that’s keeping you from getting enough zzz‘s, beauty companies and former beauty editors are coming up with new ways to fake a well-rested glow. If you toss and turn, onetime British Vogue beauty editor Kathy Phillips’ collection, This Works, could help. The range includes candles, sprays, and balms infused with lavender, chamomile, and vetiver, all of which naturally soothe restless sleepers. If a dull complexion is more your problem, Phillips’ upcoming night treatments—like No Wrinkles Midnight Moisture and No Wrinkles Tired Eyes—include hyaluronic acid, retinoids, and water-absorbent cactus flower to hydrate and plump your skin overnight.
They say it’s never too soon use antiaging products, and Shiseido is making it easier for millennials to get started. The company’s newest product line, Ibuki, targets women ages 25 to 34 and aims to combat the “typical” twentysomething lifestyle: lack of sleep, oily skin, visible pores after a night on the town, and poor nutrition. The line has seven products, all of which include Shiseido’s innovative PhytoResist Complex, which inhibits cell shrinkage and boosts moisture in surface cells with trehalose and white nettle. The collection is reasonably priced, ranging from $24 to $45, but if you’d rather give it a test run, a Starter Kit containing two-week supplies of the Gentle Cleanser, Softening Concentrate, and Refining Moisturizer goes for $25.
Who says blondes have more fun? Celebrity colorist Marie Robinson, whose clients include Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, and Liv Tyler, says the color of the season is brown, but with a unique twist. “It’s about enhancing, not extremes,” she says. From Emma Watson’s shimmering beachy brown to Salma Hayek’s rich mahogany, Robinson narrowed down her list of favorite brunette celebs. The key, she says, is to stay within two shades of your natural color—and get a really good haircut, of course.
Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in-the-know. To submit a question, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Quandary: My friend and I see the same colorist for highlights. My friend gets much better service—she even gets a mini bottle of touch-up color to use in between appointments—while I get nothing. How can I ask for the same perks politely?
The Expert in Residence: Marie Robinson, hair colorist and founder of Marie Robinson salon
The Advice: “Before you make assumptions, find out exactly what type of perks your friend is getting, as you might just not need them. The mini bottle of touch-up dye might help extend her color in between visits whereas you might not need that. Maybe your friend is prone to getting brassier than you, and you don’t require those tonal tweaks between visits. I actually have two clients that are sisters and had a similar experience where one needed more help with her haircare than the other. The lower-maintenance sister felt that she wasn’t getting the same level of special treatment, but I was happy to explain the situation. Once she realized the differences in her needs versus her sister’s, she completely understood. So don’t be afraid to ask your colorist about the issue—a true professional does not play favorites, and if they do, find a new colorist! In the end, if he or she is making your hair beautiful and you’re happy with the results, then don’t worry so much about the extra perks. After all, it’s the results you’re paying for.”—As told to Kari Molvar