Take a Page From Aerin’s Book
Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of the legendary Estée and founder of her own eponymous lifestyle brand (Aerin), has added author to her long list of titles. Her newly launched book, Beauty at Home, allows you to explore her Manhattan apartment, Madison Avenue office with a view, and Hamptons retreat. Aside from sneaking a peak at her closet and reading about her tea parties at the Plaza Hotel (she’s somewhat like a real, live Eloise), you get a better sense of her aesthetic and how she brings that to her line of cosmetics, candles, fragrances, furnishings, and accessories. Whether it’s the mix of modern with the contemporary, a love of bold prints and textures, or her willingness to experiment with color—you see all of these themes reflected in her workspace and homes. And since a lady never reveals all of her secrets, I had a few more questions about what was hiding in her drawers and how she keeps her bevy of beauty products stylishly contained:—Amber Kallor
Is your dressing table organized like your grandmother’s? [One drawer for lipsticks, another for eyeliners, etc.]
No, I wish I was that organized! I like to edit my products. I keep one of my shagreen trays full of beauty products and objects.
Are there specific products that you keep in all places—your apartment, office, and country home?
Do you keep any beauty products in your nightstand?
Is there a certain piece of decor that your grandmother referenced for a particular cosmetic or collection?
Estée’s favorite color combination was blue and white—she used it everywhere, from her home to her product packaging. This constantly influences me. The Ikat Jasmine Aerin fragrance box (shown above) is the perfect example.
You love keepsakes, but don’t feel the same way about clutter. How do you keep your bathroom/vanity neat when you’re consistently testing products?
I love using pretty decorative accessories, such as nesting bowls, to store products.
Does your theory on paint extend to cosmetics? ["If you don’t like a paint color, you can always change it. The important thing is to give it a try. If you don't, you'll never know."] Is there a shade you’d never wear?
I don’t see myself in a dark brown lipstick. Some people can pull it off really well, but it’s just not my color.
What was the best tip you learned from your grandmother regarding home decor?
Estée taught me to see gold as the perfect neutral; as a result, I use a lot of gold throughout my collections—it makes everything feel more luxurious.
What about her theories on beauty?
Estée always said, “Everything and everyone can be beautiful if you just take the time.”
Naturally, grandmother knows best.
Photo: Reprinted from BEAUTY AT HOME Copyright (c) 2013 by AERIN LAUDER. Published by Potter Style, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, LLC, a Penguin Random House Company