The 411: Gucci Westman
Every international fashion week has its fixtures, and the New York shows just wouldn’t be the same without Gucci Westman. The California-born makeup artist grew up in Sweden, studied makeup in Paris, and cut her teeth working alongside film directors (Vincent Gallo, Spike Jonze) and photographers (Annie Leibovitz) before earning a loyal but understated following among A-listers like Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore. As Revlon’s reigning global artistic director, Westman has redefined the brand’s vision of American beauty with her signature laid-back cool and effortless glamour—and it’s that same combination that allows her to leave her indelible mark backstage each season at shows like Oscar de la Renta and Vivienne Tam. Here, a matter of hours before she’ll debut the Fall makeup look backstage at Rag & Bone, we caught up with the Manhattan-based face-painting superstar to talk about skincare musts, fitness obsessions, and more.—Kari Molvar
The Hair Heroes: Three’s Company
“I have three favorites. I go to Tommy Guns to see my amazing colorist Tim Nolan, Orlo for a lovely catch-up and cut with my friend Orlando, and finally Blow, for the occasional, genius 15-minute blow-out paired with a mega-thorough manicure.”
The Nail Spot: Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spa, New York
“Jin Soon, love Jin!”
Visit www.jinsoon.com for more information.
The Skincare Routine: An (Extensive) Roster
“Are you ready? It’s a lot! I like to combine different brands as much as possible, so my skin has the ultimate response. From La Mer, I swear by The Moisturizing Lotion (I have been using it for the last decade) along with their Lip Balm and SPF 30 UV Protecting Lotion. Also in rotation: Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Serum, Rose Day Cream and Normalizing Day Oil. Eminence’s Coconut Milk Cleanser is heaven, the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant is a gentle exfoliant that I’m obsessed with, and the Clear Skin Probiotic Masque is so awakening. I put it on in the shower after the Dermafoliant and Pear & Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher, leave it on for 10 minutes, then put on Diptyque Rich Butter for the Body.”
The On-the-Go Essentials: Travel-Ready Must-Haves
“I carry a Hermès canvas makeup bag and keep inside Marvis toothpaste, a toothbrush, and a few travel-sized versions of my skincare products since the majority of it stays at home. I also carry Revlon’s new PhotoReady Bronzer, Cream Blush, ColorStay Eyeliner in Black, the Spotlight Tweezer with light (it’s genius!), and the mini Box O’ Files for nails (so cute!). These are the things I need when I’m away. I might also pop in a Clé de Peau face mask.”
“I always and only wear Santa Maria Novella Musk Cologne.”
The Fitness Method: Sculpting, Toning, and More
“When I’m at home, I’m kind of obsessed with exercise and how good it makes you feel. I do three things I love: Physique 57 is the best sculpting class I’ve ever taken with the best teachers. I try to go around three times a week. Then I do SoulCycle—basically any class that Rique teaches I try to go to. It’s the most intense, exhilarating cardio I’ve ever done. I don’t usually sweat that much, and that makes me sweat! It’s fun because my husband likes it a lot, too, so we go together when we can. Lastly I visit the Bari Studio, which is super-fun. They have a trampoline class, which is dance-y, and I love combining that with Physique and SoulCycle.”
“Joanna Vargas is heaven. I go to her and feel like I am floating away on this cloud of lovely scents and concoctions. She’s not only an incredibly talented facialist, but so wonderful as a person. Love her so much!”
Joanna Vargas Skincare, 501 Fifth Ave., suite 2011, NYC, (212) 949-2350, www.joannavargas.com.
The Fashion Week Fix: Comfort Food
“At Cookshop, our friend Richard looks after us. I love that it’s all locally sourced organic produce. And I go to Corsino Cantina for a quick, yummy bowl of pasta. The fusilli with lemon is my favorite!”
Cookshop, 156 Tenth Ave., NYC, (212) 924-4440; Corsina Cantina, 637 Hudson St., NYC, (212) 242-3093.
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