The 411: Marie Robinson
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,
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,
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.
The Colorist: Bryan Thomson-DiPalma
“Bryan has done my hair color for the past six years, long before I recruited him to work at my salon. He creates total platinum perfection!”
Marie Robinson, 155 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC, (212) 358-7780,
The Stylist: Tom Gallagher at Snip N Sip
“Tom and I met at Bumble and Bumble ten years ago. I just love the way he cuts my hair, and he also happens to be a wonderful guy, so getting my hair cut is also an excuse for us to see each other.”
Tom Gallagher at Snip N Sip, 204 Waverly Place, NYC, (212) 242-3880,
The Massage Therapist: Dr. Trish Dean
“Admittedly, massages are very infrequent, but when I do I have time I always use Dr. Trish Dean. She is both an amazing chiropractor and massage therapist.”
Dr. Trish Dean, e-mail email@example.com for an appointment.
The Touch-up Product: Clairol Perfect 10 in Runway Blonde
“I recommend this Clairol product to my clients for touch-ups in between visits with me. It’s bright and very easy to apply.”
Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Perfect 10 Permanent Haircolor in 9G Light Golden Blonde (Runway Blonde), $12,
The Lipstick: NARS Lipstick in Schiap
“It really is just the most fun, happy color!”
NARS Cosmetics Semi-Matte Lipstick in Schiap, $24,
The Skincare: ReVive
“The ReVive Intensité Volumizing Serum is my favorite. It’s expensive, but I’m addicted!”
ReVive Intensité Volumizing Serum, $600, www.spacenk.com.