As a fashionable New York “it” girl, Rachel Chandler knows a thing or two about working a lens. But this blondie prefers to be on the opposite side of the camera – shooting the pictures (her work can be seen in Purple Magazine and on Vogue.com) – as opposed to in front of it. Besides her budding photography career, Rachel is also a highly in-demand DJ and a fixture in both the fashion and art scenes.
While I’m a big fan of Rachel’s eclectic style, I’m also quite impressed by her effortless beauty. There’s something very old school about her look: the imperfect bob, pristine skin and focus on eyes are all reminiscent of the 1960’s and 70’s icons. A bit Debbie Harry, a bit Penelope Tree (sans the long hair), Rachel’s look can be described as a mix between rock and hippy. Take, for example, her adoration of blue mascara, yet the rest of her makeup routine is undeniably low maintenance.
Read on the discover the secrets behind Rachel’s flawless skin, beauty icon, and the one product she travels across the globe to buy.
What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1 – Cle de Peau Concealer – I often mix this with my moisturizer as an allover coverup.
2 – Laura Mercier Tinted Moisterizer – I use this for day because it has SPF and really evens my skintone.
3 – Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil – I don’t wear much makeup but I like to strengthen my brow.
4 – Azur Blue DiorShow Mascara – It brings out my eye color and I wear it day and night. I don’t wear any other eye makeup.
5 – Argan Oil which I buy in Marrakech – I use it for everything: in my hair and on my skin. It’s very moisturizing. It has worked for Moroccan women who live in the desert for centuries!
What is your all-time favorite product?
This changes regularly but at the moment I am obsessed with Kheil’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate which I use not only at night, but all the time. When it starts to get cold in NY, the air gets very dry and this is the only thing that seems to give me instant relief.
What product do you buy in bulk?
Dove Bar Soap.
Favorite hair product?
Marrakech Oil which is a combination of Argan and Hemp oils. I highlight my hair and this keeps it healthy.
Favorite body product?
Bamford’s Organic Rosemary Body Oil. It works better than any moisturizer I’ve tried.
Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
Less is more! It is tempting to go nuts with products, but I find that the simpler my regime, the better.
Beauty icon you admire?
Veronica Lake for that hair!!