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Makeup Bag: Joanna Vargas

Makeup Bag: Joanna Vargas

“I grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and I’ve been a product junkie ever since I was a little girl. Creams, bath products, and fragrance are all things I used to play with and use from very early on – skincare was absolutely what I was born to do.

I had an enormous collection of bubble bath, and my mom was really into beauty. She modeled when she was younger and was always done up. The first makeup I remember purchasing was a set of those Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. I had one in every flavor of soda: Orange Crush, Coca Cola, etc.

My journey to becoming a facialist was a winding road. I went to the University of Chicago and majored in Women’s Studies/Photography. I came to NYC originally to pursue a career in photography, but found my personality wasn’t really well suited for it. I knew I needed to regroup and figure out my life, so I thought I would try doing makeup. I went to aesthetics school to embark on that, but while I was there, I fell in love with doing facials. I love taking care of people, I love figuring out the skin, and I love that people turn to me for the most important events in their lives. I know that I add to a woman’s confidence in herself, and that is so rewarding.

I developed my own skincare collection in 2011 because I wanted good nutrition for the skin and products that multi-task when I use them. All the products in my line do a variety of things and are made for everyone – they are the foundation for healthy skin! I am known for vetting the latest technologies and putting together a customized protocol for each individual client. It’s that quality that made my salon successful and makes me excited about my work every single day.

The reason I use non-invasive treatments in my salon is that I truly believe it’s the right path to real beaut, and every woman I know will tell you that real beauty comes from how we feel about ourselves, not from what people tell us. My focus has been, and will always remain, on restoring confidence! I preach to people every day that there is no magic solution – anyone can achieve the skin they want by doing the steps every day.

Here’s what’s in my makeup bag:

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Carmen – I love to wear a bold lip when I’m working.

Hourglass Veil Foundation – This foundation looks great on camera; it’s smooth and the coverage isn’t overwhelming.

Chantecaille Total Concealer – It’s great when my eyes are looking tired.

Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Highlighting Powder – I love that this is a universal highlighter for all skin tones, and it works for night or day.

Kevyn Aucoin Brow Pencil – I love how natural it looks, and I never leave the house without it!

Kevyn Aucoin Lip Liner – A defined lip looks good for my on-camera moments, even when I’m going for a more natural color.

Nars Blush in Deep Throat – It’s a cult favorite color of theirs and a go-to of mine.

Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – It does what it promises: It’s easy to apply and stays in place until I wash it off.

Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème – I like the consistency and they have great colors.

Joanna Vargas Revitalizing Eye Cream – The best, most exciting ingredient in my eye cream is sweet potato. Oddly enough, sweet potato as an ingredient is really amazing. It has vitamin A for cell renewal, vitamin B to tone and soothe the skin, vitamin C for collagen production, beta-carotene for healing, and anthocyanin for puffiness. It’s amazing!

Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum – I love the fact that no matter how little sleep I have gotten, I put on this serum and my skin is glowing and dewy looking again. It’s a working mom’s secret weapon!”

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Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas skincare


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