August 27 2014

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Here’s What the Pros Pack for the Emmys


Tonight’s Emmy stars are likely putting the finishing touches on their hair and makeup, downing that final flute of nerve-canceling champagne, and getting zipped—or for many, sewed into—their designer gowns. Here, the tools three top pros are using on TV’s elite.


The pro: Pati Dubroff, makeup artist
The handle: @patidubroff
The nominee: Allison Williams
The Must-Haves:

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream: “It’s important to make sure the skin [from the neck down] looks just as flawless as the face. This cream adds sheen and blurs out imperfections so I don’t have to layer on body makeup—nobody wants that all over their gown.”

Tarte Not So Slick Oil-Absorbing Blotting Papers: “I keep these stocked in my kit. I would rather my girls blot away shine than add layers of aging powders throughout the night.”

NuFace Trinity: “This mighty, microcurrent tool tones and lifts the face. Every woman wants more defined cheekbones!”


The pro: Kylee Heath, hairstylist
The handle: @kyleeheathhair
The nominee: Sofia Vergara
The Must-Haves:

Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo: “I keep this shampoo in my kit just in case a client needs their hair washed before we begin the glam process. I love it because [the formula] leaves hair smelling delicious and feeling soft.”

Ibiza round brushes: “These add shine and volume whether hair is worn up or down.”

Croc Greenion eco-friendly blowdryer: “I use this on every client. It’s efficient without being too loud or heavy.”


The pro: Fiona Stiles, makeup artist
The handle: @fionastiles
The nominees: Sarah Silverman and Sara Bareilles
The Must-Haves:

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream: “This beautiful moisturizer leaves skin plump and dewy, and lends just the right amount of sheen.”

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Illuminator in IL-01: “I add this to the bridge of the nose and the very tops of the cheekbones to bring life and light to the face. The shimmer is very finely milled so skin looks moist and dewy—not sparkly.”

Dior Manicure Essentials: “I always have an edited nail kit including a nail file, polish remover, nippers, and a few basic colors. You’d be surprised how many times I’ve done a glamorous 30-second, three-toed pedicure!”

Liner Notes


If you’ve taken a flip through the second issue of, you know that we’re particularly excited about the proliferation of colored cat-eyes on the Fall runways. After classic black iterations of the winged liner technique made a big showing for Spring, makeup artists came up with all kinds of newfangled updates on the retro flick at the shows in February. There was Pat McGrath’s thick scrawl of cobalt blue at Anna Sui, Francelle Daly’s slick of glossy red at 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Romy Soleimani’s custom mix of Obsessive Compulsive Liptars in shades of chartreuse and mustard, which she multitasked on eyes backstage at VPL. But getting that perfectly clean point—no matter the color—is easier said than done. We got a good liner lesson during a recent chat with celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff that’s definitely worth sharing: “Always use a pencil first to guide the shape.” Cream shadows and liquid liners will provide more stark opacity, she admits, but pencils are invaluable as a first step to getting a catlike effect—which is why we’ve been loving Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup’s new Crayon Intense liners of late. Part of its new floral-inspired Bouquet collection, the six-piece range includes three easy-to-wield existing shades like the deep green Agave, purple Lilac, and rose-gold Shimmer, as well as three new “fashion” shades in Acqua, a bright azure; Mint, a seafoam green; and Lemon, a bright yellow. After you sharpen the pencils, be sure to round the tip, then trace your upper lash line at will (editor’s note: keeping a makeup remover-soaked Q-tip on hand to correct any slip-ups is key). The three new shades happen to look pretty cool dragged straight out beneath the lower lash line as well.

$29 each, available April 2012 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Photo: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

Pati Dubroff Decodes The Mysteries of Holiday Makeup


Now that the holidays are upon us, there are parties to attend, Champagne flutes to clink, and all manner of bold makeup to experiment with in the spirit of the season. Still, a few slip-ups with eyeliner and lipstick can spoil the fun. With that in mind, we challenged Clarins celebrity beauty artist and face painter extraordinaire Pati Dubroff to resolve our trickiest holiday makeup situations. Here, a permanent member of Gwyneth Paltrow’s go-to glam squad shares her tips for navigating the social scene with aplomb.

The Challenge: The invitation card says “festive.” What does that mean in makeup terms?

The Solution: “Go for bright lipstick for sure. There is no better way to dress up and be ‘festive’ than with a shock of color. I’d recommend a red like Clarins Rouge Prodige True Color & Shine in Red Prodige, a bold pink like NARS Pure Matte in Carthage, or a tangerine, such as Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in True Coral.”

The Challenge: The occasion calls for some celebratory glitter. Is there a way to oblige and keep is classy?

The Solution: “A dash of glitter on the eyelid can look cool when it’s not overdone. The trick is to match or harmonize the sparkle to the eye shadow color on your lid. Make Up For Ever makes great loose glitters in a big shade range. But it doesn’t belong on the brow bone, and be careful with the face—for this area, think products with shimmer, not glitter.”

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Mother Knows Best


Mothers may occasionally drive us batty (and can be more critical of our wardrobe choices than anyone else in our lives), but they tend to also be a pretty wise bunch—particularly when it comes to beauty matters. With Mother’s Day right around the corner (put your flower orders in now), we asked some of our favorite beauty insiders to share the wisdom, tips, tricks, and secrets their own maternal figures have passed along to them. The overlying advice? When in doubt, D.I.Y.

Pati Dubroff, Clarins celebrity beauty artist

“My mother always taught me not to forget the neck, the skin behind the ears and the chest when applying masks, face creams, even eye creams. Anything left on the fingertips goes beyond the face. Recently an actress who is my same age remarked that my neck was ‘holding up well,’ and I’m sure it’s a result of this practice.”

François Nars, founder of NARS Cosmetics

“Blush is one of my favorite products and it’s because my mother used to be so fond of it. She would never leave the house without it. And if she ever didn’t have blush on, she would pinch her cheeks. It always made her feel better.”

Alexandra Balahoutis, founder of Strange Invisible Perfumes

“My mother introduced me to authentic Turkish rosewater. She would always make sure I had a bottle and encouraged me to mist it on my face and hair. I don’t know if she even knew of the powerful antiaging components of rose, but I still use rosewater every day. And my great grandmother who lived to be 104 always told me to wash my face with buttermilk.”

Cynthia Chua, founder of Strip Ministry of Waxing

“One of the best things [my mom] has taught me is this wonderful remedy of myrrh oil for a mouth abrasion, which always works almost instantaneously. She also taught me to drink a glass of hot water infused with lemon first thing every morning to aid your liver in flushing out unwanted toxins from your body.”

Vincent Longo, makeup artist and founder of Vincent Longo cosmetics

“My grandmother always had the most beautiful-looking skin and gorgeous silver hair; it was long down to her buttocks and she would keep it braided and wrapped perfectly around her head. I remember how every morning before braiding it she would wash it and then comb a little almond oil through. She would then take an extra dab of almond oil and rub it over her face. To this day it’s my favorite product for my hair and skin and one of the only ones I always use!”

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The 411: Pati Dubroff


If you were to scan your favorite red-carpet photos from the past few years, a great number of them would likely bear the handiwork of Pati Dubroff. The widely respected makeup artist has counted leading ladies like Naomi Watts, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Eva Mendes, and Hilary Swank as clients. She’s collaborated with photographers like Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, and Annie Leibovitz, and is responsible for a number of our favorite recent cover beauty looks, too, including Emma Watson on December’s Marie Claire, Julianne Moore on November’s Allure, and Lindsay Lohan’s Grace Kelly-inspired turn on October’s Vanity Fair. When she’s not tending to a bevy of boldfacers, Dubroff is busy in her new role as official makeup artist for Clarins USA (she previously spent a number of years as an international spokesperson for Dior). Besides having a ridiculously impressive résumé, Dubroff also happens to be one of the coolest, most positive-minded ladies we have ever had the pleasure of knowing—with a freakishly radiant complexion to boot. Eager to find out more about her own routine, we asked Dubroff—who splits her time between New York and L.A.—for a few of her favorite bicoastal beauty destinations.

The At-Home Spa products: Clarins Relax

“My bathroom is my sanctuary. This is where I go daily to decompress, refresh, and restore my body, mind, and spirit. My favorite products are from the Clarins Relax body line. I especially love the jar of body scrub followed by a self-massage with the body oil. This oil is the very first product developed by Clarins and it hasn’t changed in over 50 years. Don’t mess with perfection!”

Clarins Relax Body Treatment Oil, $52,

The Hair Team: Chris McMillan and Negin Zand

“I’ve been very fortunate to be able to work with the best hairdressers in the world. I’m very low-maintenance but I know that a great haircut and color make a huge difference. Chris McMillan is the only person who I trust to cut my hair. He recently gave me ‘the Freja’ and he was right; it’s perfect for me. And for many years I have entrusted my color to Negin Zand at Sally Hershberger. She gets it right every time, whether it’s rich chocolate or beachy highlights.”

Chris McMillan Salon, 8944 Burton Way, L.A., (310) 285-0088,; Negin Zand at Sally Hershberger Salon, 760 North La Cienega Blvd., L.A., (310) 854-4922,

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