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Bathing Booty: Bryan Smith of Starworks Artists

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Last week I brought you The Wall Group’s Kim Meyer (refresh your memory here), so I only thought it fair that this week I bring you Bryan Smith Director of Public Relations at Starworks Artists, the equally fabulous and renowned agency representing an elite crop of beauty and fashion experts (Tracey Cunningham, Kate Lee, Molly R. Stern, Mark Townsend, Adir Abergel, Mai Quynh, and fashion styling dream team Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, to name a few). And yes, this is a first for Beauty Banter as we’ve never featured a man in our Bathing Beauty section before (note the title change from Beauty to Bootie, Bryan’s idea – and a good one).

A favorite part of my job is getting the chance to interview talented makeup artists, hair stylists, manicurists, facialists, and the like. Learning their tips and secrets, watching their artistry come alive, and their careers grow is truly a wonderful perk of being a beauty editor. And the men and women behind these talented artists – the agents and publicists that I work with on a daily basis – have grown to be friends. Full disclosure: Bryan is one of my favorites. He’s funny (and it’s hard to be witty over email), he’s quick (which is an attribute that I very much appreciate when working on a deadline), and, most importantly, he has an altruistic love for his job and his clients which is evident – even over email.

So, once again, when it comes to great products, beauty secrets, and insider tips, there really is no one better to ask than the person who has devoted their career to building the career of a beauty industry artist.

Here are Bryan’s favorite beauty products and tools and the ones that he can’t live without.

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1 – Kiehl’s Sun-Free Self-Tanning Formula – 9 to 6 Monday through Friday I’m (grateful to be) trapped at the office, and don’t get to see the outside world as much as I’d like to. This self-tanner is non greasy and gives me the natural glow I’m looking for in about an hour.

2 – Le Labo’s Santal 33 – This fragrance is my jam. Masculine, but not overly so, the mixture of Australian Sandalwood, Papyrus and Cedarwood creates an addictive scent that in some cases has literally drawn people in for a closer whiff.

3 – Diptyque ‘Baies’ Scented Candle – The scent of this candle is perfect. I light it the second I walk in the door every night. It just makes any space feel instantly clean & beautiful.

4 – La Mer’s “The Hand Treatment” – This stuff is GREAT. Super Luxe. I use it almost obsessively.

5 – Marvis Toothpaste Jasmine – Great flavor and a very satisfying texture: Light grit, just enough to scrub, and a great foaming quality – not enough to be soapy, just enough to really clean your mouth.

What is your all-time favorite product? 
Moore Unique Razor Rash Relief Bump Eliminator Cream – This product I discovered in a Waco, TX grocery store about 6 years ago and haven’t been without a tube since. I put it on after I shave and it completely prevents irritation. The smell is a bit intense but the effects are worth it & you can’t beat the price at $7.99.

What product do you buy in bulk?
Malin & Goetz Mojito Lip Balm – I have to buy these in bulk because: a) I misplace them constantly; b) I can’t live without them. I’m seriously addicted to this stuff! It’s a super soothing gel that tastes great and provides long-lasting moisture.

Favorite hair product? 
I can’t/won’t leave the house without Oribe’s Crème for Style. With it, my hair is always frizz free & stays in place all day without being too stiff.

You moisturize your face with…
La Mer’s Moisturizing Gel Cream – I don’t love heavy cream moisturizers and this one is a lighter weight version of the famous Crème de la Mer. Unfortunately, I’m out right now so I’ve been using Fresh’s Soy Face Cream (which I also love.)

Favorite body product? 
Kiehl’s Original Musk Lotion – This moisturizer is lightweight and can be used all over the body. It has such a sexy and rugged scent that lasts for hours.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way? 
Live well – hydrate, sleep, and exercise. And be nice to people.

Beauty icon you admire? 
I’m going to have to go with Paul Newman on this one. I realize he isn’t your traditional “Beauty Icon,” but damn that man was beautiful.

*follow starworks on twitter for tips from their artists, @swartists

Trend Alert: Freckles For Fall

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Can you believe it? It’s almost Fall! I’m sad to see summer go. While I may complain about the heat and humidity, it sure beats the approaching trauma of wind, rain, sleet and snow.

Alas, we’re not here to talk weather – we’re here to dish on trends. And this is a rather interesting one, and so easy – something that everyone can achieve within minutes: freckles!

As a child, I had freckle envy. I thought that girls with freckles were so cute and so lucky. As an adult, I had flawless complexion envy. I wanted a pore-free face. Instead, I grew up with pores, the occasional break out and sun spots (that looked a lot like freckles). The grass is always greener, my friends…

image from Chloe Fall/ Winter RTW 2011/ 2012 

I recently did an interview with Chanel celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee (love her) for Interview Magazine, and while mentioning her favorite Fall trends from last season’s RTW Fashion Shows, she references the Chloe show (pictured above), saying: “Chloe always seems to lean towards that beautiful, fresh-faced ’70s ideal of beauty. This season was very tonal and innocent. I love the way freckles have been added to this look.”

Kate goes on to explain how to achieve this trend, “To enhance your own freckles, or cheat a few in, brow pencils work amazingly well. Remember to be very subtle. Apply tiny dots randomly and then pad with your fingers—you’re looking for a light sprinkling across the bridge of the nose. If you keep the tones natural with all the elements of this look together, it will work for every skin tone.”

This is fabulous news as we move from summer to fall. While the sun has (hopefully) left us with a golden glow, chances are, the after effects – no matter how much sunblock you use – will be a few freckles forming on your face (and if not freckles, sadly, sunspots, that look quite like freckles, but have more long term damage). So…. this trend will be easy to fake come autumn as most of us will already have a base.

Let’s get real: freckles are cute. They’re natural. And they’re a new, fun facial accessory!

Here are some inspiration photos for fabulous freckles (obviously, you can do as few or as many as you wish):



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