September 2021

Desperate Housewives’ New Star Emily Bergl:
Fantasy Glamour Meets Reality Lifestyle

Interview by Nancy Rotenier & Lindsay Hahn

Nancy Rotenier: Do you now have a celebrity lifestyle?
EMILY BERGL: People loan me pretty dresses and I stand on a red carpet and get my picture taken. But I try not to live a rarified celebrity lifestyle, because then how can I be portraying real people in my work?

NR: Describe a day on the set of Desperate Housewives.
EMILY BERGL: Sometimes I’m getting up at 3:45 a.m. to go to Desperate Housewives, and the guy goes to the Coffee Bean and gets my latte—just like in the movies! My hair and makeup take an hour and a half. Sometimes 2 people work on me at one time—they are serious about getting glamorous over there. But there’s never a typical. I might be spilling a live goldfish onto the street or pulling a gun on Terri Hatcher or visiting my mom in jail.

NR: Describe your character’s look.
EMILY BERGL: There are mostly vintage clothes from ’30s, ’40s, ’60s, and ’70s, and I can walk right into most of them. They are so flattering. I feel the clothes of that time were designed to flatter a real woman’s body, and a lot of the clothes now are designed for someone my size but 4 inches taller.

NR: Do you ever dress like your character, Beth?
EMILY BERGL: A little bit—I have a vintage flavor, and her style is whimsical and feminine. I shop for her, I’ve borrowed out of her closet. I go to this amazing place in Los Angeles, and there’s also one in New York, called Shareen Vintage. It’s like the best-kept secret in vintage clothes and vintage designers.

NR: Who are your favorite designers?
EMILY BERGL: I really like Phillip Lim. I love Zac Posen. I actually loved his line Z Spoke. If I’m going to events, I love Lloyd Klein, because it’s so feminine. I love Nanette Lapore.

NR: What is your go-to look?
EMILY BERGL: A dress, an interesting pair of tights, nice high heels, and a cute coat. I’m actually not that into shoes, I’m more into coats.

NR: Any favorites?
EMILY BERGL: I have a vintage green woven coat with fur trim sleeves. I don’t buy fur, but I think it’s fine to buy vintage fur. Then I have a plaid coat from Chris and Jamie, it’s a Brooklyn line but I bought it in Chicago. A plaid coat is any girl’s friend. My Phillip Lim raincoat is one of my favorite coats because it’s bright canary yellow and it makes everybody happy.

NR: Have you made any fashion purchases recently?
EMILY BERGL: Two pairs of vintage black gloves. One pair is long with lace appliqué, and I wore them to the premiere of Due Date with a Rebecca Minkoff dress and these crazy Z Spoke by Zac Posen boots that are 6 inches high.
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NR: Favorite shoes?
EMILY BERGL: Brian Atwood. I wear those everywhere. Basically, I’m a big believer in nude shoes. I love Theory shoes. They stopped making them for a year, but they are making them again. And I like Marc by Marc Jacobs.
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NR: At the Gotham Magazine Gala, you stuffed newspaper into your Brian Atwoods to make them fit?
EMILY BERGL: I have to take them to my shoe guy—you know, everyone in New York has a shoe guy—to do something about it. But I’m still rocking the newspaper, or rather, I just switched to paper towels, they’re more comfortable.

NR: Other DIY beauty or fashion tricks?
EMILY BERGL: I’m a walking fashion emergency. I went to an audition the other day and as I got out of the cab, my entire dress split up the back. So, what else could I do? I went to Duane Reade, got the safety pins, and had someone pin me up the back. Sticky tape to hem something, if you don’t have time to go to the tailor. And Top Stick is a girl’s best friend.
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NR: What don’t you leave home without?
EMILY BERGL: Rosebud Lip Balm and my knife—I have a spring-assisted knife. It’s the second fastest legal automatic knife in the United States. It’s good for opening things, it could be used for protection.
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NR: What is always in your purse?
EMILY BERGL: I carry this Marc by Marc Jacobs purse that’s tiny, so it’s got my wallet, my knife, my lip gloss, my Palm, my phone. I have a little good luck charm that I bought at this temple on top of a mountain outside of Tokyo. And I have a map of Central Park.

NR: Are you a natural blonde?
EMILY BERGL: I was born a blonde. I became a redhead in college and was one for 10 years. Now, in my 30s, I have the confidence to be a blonde without worrying about people taking me seriously.

NR: Have any backstage beauty tips?
EMILY BERGL: In the theater, I learned if you’re wearing a dress with some cleavage, put blush between your boobs. And on Desperate Housewives, they all wear those sticky NuBras, it adds a little cleavage, and you can wear it with or without a bra.
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NR: Fallen in love with any beauty products from Desperate Housewives?
EMILY BERGL: I have and I’m pissed, because they’re all really expensive! La Mer—of course I’m hooked now, but what am I going to do when I’m no longer on Desperate Housewives? It’s so much money!

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NR: Were you surprised to be cast on Desperate Housewives?
EMILY BERGL: Part of me is always surprised when I get the job, because I know how hard it is. This felt like it was the right fit though, the character. I wasn’t familiar with the show.

NR: What do you watch on TV?
EMILY BERGL: I’m sorry to say I don’t watch TV. I’m a total hypocrite.

NR: Has being on a hit show changed your life?
EMILY BERGL: I’ve been on shows before, I’ve been recognized before, but this has brought it to a new level. I went to a Top Shop. I had to take a lot of pictures until finally I said, “I have to go.”

NR: How do you feel about fame?
EMILY BERGL: The 5% of people who can’t distinguish me from my character is off-putting. The other day, I was walking up my stairway, and this woman turned to me and said, “You’re on Desperate Housewives. You’re a horrible person.” I also do cop show called Southland, and people on the street will tell me, “You’re such a bitch.” It’s really weird to hear.

NR: Is your routine the same in New York and Los Angeles?
EMILY BERGL: Desperate Housewives would be my longest day, 15 or 16 hours, and sometimes I do it again the next day. Some days I don’t work, so I can come back to New York. On my days off, I do cabaret shows, so I’m trying to book gigs and work on my songs or take voice lessons.

NR: What are your favorite L.A. discoveries?
EMILY BERGL: The Korean food in L.A. is spectacular. The hike to the Hollywood sign—the best kept secret in L.A. The Angeles National Forest, Sequoia National Forest, Joshua Tree National Park.

NR: What’s a great night out in New York?
EMILY BERGL: I love going to the theater, maybe grabbing a quick bite in the Village beforehand.

NR: Your go-to restaurants?
EMILY BERGL: I love Petit Abeille, a mussels place. And I love Little Branch for drinks afterward. If I’m in midtown, I like Bar Centrale for a drink after work. And then, I love coming back to my apartment and hanging out. People smoke on the fire escape, we have ice wine that I smuggle from Canada, listen to some records.

NR: Favorite music?
EMILY BERGL: My record collection is pretty eclectic, but lately I’ve been really into records from my childhood, the Less than Zero soundtrack and this ’80s hot tracks album.

NR: Do you travel a lot?
EMILY BERGL: The past few years, I’ve made traveling a priority. I traveled with Habitat for Humanity to Thailand, and when I was there I also went to Laos, Cambodia, Singapore. Then I traveled with them to Borneo, and I went to Indonesia, Java, and Bali. I also went to Japan. I’m going to Costa Rica for the New Year.

NR: Favorite vacation destination?
EMILY BERGL: I went to this island called Gili, which is off of an island called Lombok, which is off of Bali. You can’t even have a motor scooter there. To go around the island, you walk, ride a bike, or take a horse cart.

NR: Do you go down and dirty or luxe?
EMILY BERGL: I think it’s good to have both on a vacation. You start roughing it and then appreciate the luxury at the end. One time, I went to Maui and hiked this dormant volcano. We started at the top, at 10,000 feet, and hiked the entire thing—it was like going to 6 different planets. Then, I went to the Four Seasons!

NR: What are you reading right now?
EMILY BERGL: I just started The Brothers Karamazov. I read a lot of classics because there are so many out there that I haven’t read. I’m into British and African-American lit. I was an English major in college, and I specialized in 19th-century British novels.

NR: What’s your favorite all-time book?
EMILY BERGL: I might have to say Atonement. It’s one of the great books that I’ve read in my lifetime.

NR: As far as the whole Hollywood scene, do you have a crush?
EMILY BERGL: I’ve always crushes on British actor Allen Rickman and Joshua Jackson—he’ll always have the biggest place in my heart in Hollywood crushes.

NR: Anything we didn’t cover?
EMILY BERGL: I’m a fan of your site.

Desperate Housewife Emily Bergl Reveals . . . ___________________________

    3 Things No One Knows About Me
    I have a phobia of ketchup
    I have a Jimmy Carter memorabilia collection
    I have a problem talking and singing to myself walking down the street

    If I Weren’t an Actress . . .
    I might be an English professor

    3 Things I Can’t Live Without
    My books, New York City, my family

    In a Former Life, I Was . . .
    Oscar Wilde

    One Person I Wish I Could Meet
    I met Jimmy Carter, but I’d like to meet Abraham Lincoln

    My Guilty Pleasure
    When I’m on Jet Blue, I love watching Millionaire Matchmaker


Emily Bergl Plays PageDaily This or That

High-Heels or Flats? High-heels. LBD or Jeans? LBD. Red Lipstick or Chapstick? Red lipstick. Blow-Out or Wash ‘N Wear? Both. Fitness Buff or Couch Potato? 50, 50. Paint the Town Red or Saturday Night In? Paint the town red, but stay home Saturday. Going out Saturday night is for amateurs.


My Holiday List
Emily Bergl: What I Want, What I’m Giving, Where I’m Donating

What I Want I need more sweaters, I like Uniqlo, because I’m hoping to be in New York. I would really like an iPad. They are handy on set, but some people who have iPads are really anti-social. I don’t want to be hunched over my iPad all day. I’m going to give myself these really cool artificial flowers for my mantle.
What I’m Giving I’ll give my dad a book on architecture. I’m going to get my nephew the movie Tron, and I’m hoping that over Christmas he’ll want to see the sequel because I want to. And I’ll give my mom Clarins beauty flash cream.
Where I’m Donating Habitat for Humanity. I went to their annual Builder Awards recently. It was exciting, because I sat next Todd Oldham and Susan Sarandon.

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Interview By Nancy Rotenier & Lindsay Hahn

Matchmaker Marni Galison’s Dating Dos & Don’ts:
How to Land Your Love Match

Nancy Rotenier: Why can’t people find The One?
Marni Galison: I direct clients to people I think would fit even if it isn’t a perfect match. I hate to use the real estate analogy, but you aren’t going to get the apartment by the park and the apartment with downtown edginess. People who are way over the top in what they want aren’t going to get what they are looking for. You either have to change your expectations or alter yourself to match what you are looking for.

NR: Are looks important?
MG: If you are not taking care of yourself, you are at a serious disadvantage. Harsh stuff, but it’s the reality, at least in New York. There are so many smart, attractive, AND fit women to compete with. And I’m not dealing with men who are looking for perfect. I know good men, and they’re hard to find in the city. On being in shape, just be the best you can be. On your date, you will be a more confident version of yourself.

NR: What are your first-date tips?
MG: Dating taps into insecurities and family issues, and I give clients the first-date-toolbox lecture. One small thing isn’t an issue, but several small things can be a deal breaker. Don’t talk about an ex or politics. Pop an Altoid before you walk in the door, and bring a small mirror to take one final look before arriving. Simple things can help a date run more smoothly. You have 7–10 seconds to make a first impression, and 6–8 subsequent interactions to undo it.

NR: What complaints do you hear most after dates?
MG: Women complain that men don’t know simple manners: they text after a date instead of calling, they don’t walk alongside them, they’re not holding doors open. Women are acting too needy, too available, and put themselves down too much.

NR: What’s the best first-date look?
MG: Find balance—don’t dress too conservatively or too risqué. The universal go-to outfit: if you have good legs, wear a skirt or a wrap dress; if you don’t have good legs, wear pants but only jeans if they look great. And wear a nice top. Whatever you wear, tailored, simple, and elegant is key, no big jewelry, no big bags. And consider getting your hair and makeup done.

NR: Where should you go for a first date?
MG: I normally set up brunch dates. It’s ideal, because you’re taking alcohol out of the equation, and you’re meeting in a very relaxed daytime attitude. And you can’t go somewhere with slow service—if you’re not connecting, it doesn’t work. An hour or hour-and-a-half date is good.

NR: What about ordering food?
MG: Choose something simple and make eye contact. That is more important than the food—that’s not what you’re there for.

NR: Who pays on a first date?
MG: There is no universal rule, but before they go on the date, I tell the couples I set up that the man will pay. I tell women, don’t go for your wallet, don’t do the fake pay move. After the first date, women should make gestures like paying for a cab or drinks when men pay for the rest of the meal. Guys want to see that you aren’t looking for a free ride. Men should do the majority of the inviting, and the person doing the inviting should be the one treating.

NR: Are there dating-manners deal breakers?
MG: If a guy picks a girl up at her house, he is going the extra mile, but it shouldn’t be expected. And if he picks his neighborhood for a first date without offering to pick her up, he’s self-centered. It’s a red flag—don’t go.

NR: And what about that perennial favorite—did he call?
MG: Men often err on the side of too long. You could wait a day or 2, no more. A week, and the girl has written you off.

NR: Should women follow The Rules post-first date?
MG: Have a life and be busy. Let men chase you, they like to chase a little. Men want women who have boundaries. And have open body language but don’t be needy. The principle of The Rules is good, but don’t drive yourself crazy.

NR: Should you play the field or be exclusive?
MG: Maximizing options and having certain expectations sooner as you are older is more important. And you are allowed to ask questions at a certain stage of the game. But everyone should date several people at a time. Until you have the conversation that you are exclusive, you should stand on a neutral field.

NR: How do you decide if a date is relationship material?
MG: Do you turn away the person who has everything in common except for one major thing? What is worth giving up? What do you need? What has to be there? You will know what you need and what would be nice but is not a necessity.

NR: Are men or women more tolerant?
MG: Women generally tolerate more. Men have more options, so they are quicker to rule out people. And, men tend to be more decisive than women. They are more basic, and they know what they want.

NR: What should women know about men?
MG: One, it’s really not about whether you’re a nice person or not. It’s all visual. Body language is huge. It’s attraction, and men react primally. Two, guys want to meet a woman who is cool with things. Women gain so many points by being easy-going and taking pride in their appearance.

NR: What don’t men realize about women?
MG: Women were brought up with a sense of a fairytale guy. Men should realize that chivalry goes a long way. A thoughtful card is just as nice as a big present—it’s the thought that counts. Women aren’t materialistic or demanding—they want to see that the man cares. Money isn’t enough to hold someone. And men should realize that a quick call or text to a girl they like would give them so many more options.

NR: What should everyone know about finding The One?
MG: There is no evil sex—you should just learn the tools to interact with the other sex. Some people have lost faith, but you can change your situation. The most important thing is being happy. Life is stressful, but if you can’t bring happiness into a date, you shouldn’t be going out until you can.


From Lawyer to Matchmaker:
Marni Galison and the Art of the Fix-Up

I’m an attorney by trade. I grew up on Long Island, went to Georgetown undergrad, and Emory Law School. After practicing law for 10 years, I spent my last year feeling there was something else I should be doing . . . Read more


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From Lawyer to Matchmaker: Marni Galison and the Art of the Fix-Up

Marni Galison-01Interview by Nancy Rotenier

Nancy Rotenier: Have you always been a matchmaker?
Marni Galison: I’m an attorney by trade. I grew up on Long Island, went to Georgetown undergrad, and Emory Law School. After practicing law for 10 years, I spent my last year feeling there was something else I should be doing.

NR: Why did you decide to start Sunday at Noon?
MG: I lived like my current clients. I was in the office all the time. I had tried online dating, but it wasn’t for me. So, I fell into matchmaking when I realized my own need for it. Sunday at Noon started 2 years ago. At a dinner party, I was talking to a friend who was in his mid-40s who said he wanted a family. I said, “I know people I could set you up with.” He suggested I do it professionally—and he was right. I knew this was something I could do, would be good at, and would be able to help people with. It’s hard for career-minded people, even those who are attractive and well-educated.

NR: Are you married?
MG: No. When I decided to leave law, I realized that since I’m not married and have no children, it was time to do this. I’m 37 years old, so I’m in the trenches with my clients.

NR: Who comes to you for matchmaking?
MG: My clients are well-educated, professional, career-minded people looking to meet someone, but they have left it to the end. For clients in their 40s, I say: “You need to focus on this.” They are at a stage where they want something real. For clients in their 20s, these girls are smart and beautiful and they are getting started, but they don’t want to be the 39-year-olds feeling pressure. And I tell everyone: “Use your time wisely.” It’s being strategic without being desperate.

NR: What do you charge?
MG: The price range is $5,000 to $20,000, and caters to specific needs and budgets. There is no guarantee of marriage, but I do guarantee you will meet quality people that you want to date.

NR: Why are you good at finding Mr. Right?
MG: There is a lack of honesty in a lot of forums. A lot of people are straying from online—it has too many options. But I love helping, and I really care. Many clients don’t want to tell people they met through a matchmaker. I wish I could invent another word for matchmaking; it does have that elderly babushka feel. And it doesn’t help the stigma that caring is totally missing from a lot of matchmaking services. Having a legal background also helps—relationships are a negotiation.

NR: How do you compare with other matchmakers?
MG: I have a different personality from a lot of other matchmakers. I like to take time to get to know my clients, to learn their personalities, to know what they like and dislike. People need to know similarities to find dates more attractive. I also plan the dates to make them as easy as possible, given career-minded people’s schedules. Differences—not everyone loves the Sunday brunch, and many other matchmakers don’t arrange dates.

NR: Do you throw singles parties?
MG: They do not feel like singles events. I threw 1 big launch party for the company, and everyone had such a great time, I decided to do it once a month. They are invitation-only, so people meet like-minded people. There is no meat-market feeling, and guests who meet at my events are still dating.

NR: What’s your edge over a blind date with the neighbor’s grandson?
MG: I get to ask all the tough questions that you shouldn’t ask on the first few dates, then I give clients the background information on potential matches. It’s gathering general information, like who this person is, prior relationship information, were they immediately attracted to the person in their last relationship. I ask about their families, what they are looking for. I explore both prior history and a person’s forward thinking. I get truly excited when I find people to match, and it takes a year to work with each client.

NR: Is everyone ready for love?
MG: The people I work with are usually late 20s to mid 40s. Every matchmaker has a different style. Mine is very subtle. It starts with a phone conversation to see if the person is someone I can work with. I ask: Who are you? What are you looking for? What is going to make you happy? And some people need makeovers, some need to learn manners. Then, I help people to see the patterns in past failed relationships. I’ve seen a lot “Eureka!” moments.

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Nicky Hilton: Her Latest Design Venture and More!

By Katrina Caspelich

Crazy busy hitting the fashion-designer high notes—bag designer, clothing designer, and now jewelry designer—Nicky Hilton recently sat down with us to discuss her latest venture, the Nicky Hilton Collection. This L.A.-based socialite-about-town and sister of Paris just launched her own designer jewelry line. Her fashion-forward necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings work with styles from edgy to classic. Nicky also reveals some of her must-have winter items, go-to fashion pieces, and favorite places to shop in NYC.

Katrina Caspelich: When did you discover your love for fashion?
Nicky Hilton: I was drawn to fashion at a very young age. I was always going through my mother’s closet, trying on her jewelry and shoes.

KC: When did you realize you wanted to be a designer?
NH: I did a lot of modeling as a teenager, and my favorite part of it was dressing up in all the beautiful clothes. It was always a dream to design my own collection.

KC: As a designer, what inspires you?
NH: I’m constantly inspired by other fashionable women. The glamorous style of Elizabeth Taylor was a huge influence for my jewelry collection.

KC: You were a handbag and clothing designer. Why jewelry?
NH: Jewelry is so much fun to design because it’s such an investment for a woman’s wardrobe. Clothing trends come and go so quickly, but jewelry is something you keep forever. It’s timeless.

KC: What is your favorite piece?
NH: I love the Bryant Park ring with the turquoise stone. It’s the perfect statement piece. I mix it with my fine jewelry and diamonds, and people always think it’s one of those super-expensive pieces!
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KC: What is the price point of your jewelry line?
NH: Pieces range from $70 to $960.

KC: Who would you love to see in your jewelry?
NH: Women whose style I admire, like Gwen Stefani and Sarah Jessica Parker. They’re such risk takers on the red carpet, and they always have the coolest accessories.

KC: What type of person do you design for?
NH: When designing the collection, I kept in mind that I wanted to design for women of all different styles, so there’s something for everyone—edgy, classic, and contemporary.

KC: Who are your favorite designers?
NH: I love Balmain, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, and Prada.

KC: Who in the fashion industry inspires you?
NH: Diane von Furstenberg is very inspiring to me. She has been in the industry forever and

has gracefully maintained an incredible balance of family and work. Her brand has expanded so much over the last few years—fragrance, luggage, footwear, eyewear, swimwear, etc. She has really built a lifestyle brand.

KC: What is your favorite thing to wear?
NH: My daily uniform pretty much consists of skinny jeans, a leather jacket, ballet flats, and a couple of my jewelry pieces.
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KC: Where do you like to shop?
NH: When I go to New York, I always make it a point to go to Bergdorf Goodman for lunch and some shopping. I’m also loving the new Isabel Marant boutique in Soho.

KC: What is your must-have fashion item this winter?
NH: Great booties! My favorites this season are from Tory Burch and Louis Vuitton.
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KC: What fashion item should we all own—and splurge on?
NH: A quality leather jacket. Rick Owens makes the best ones.
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KC: What look makes you feel most confident?
NH: A short, sexy black dress. What girl doesn’t feel good in an LBD?
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KC: Name your favorite vacation purchase.
NH: My Hermes Kelly bag that I bought in St. Barts. The bags are hard to find, so I was lucky when I came across a black leather one with silver hardware. I couldn’t pass it up!

KC: What 5 things can’t you live without?
NC: Water, my Blackberry, Rosebud lip salve, my boyfriend, and my kitties.
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Makeover Your Makeup:
A Guide for Cosmetics to Toss, Makeup to Keep & Products to Buy

Interview by Lindsay Leff

Watch me survive as Raychel Wade makes me kiss half my makeup collection goodbye—and keep the must-haves we all need.

Makeup and beauty-product hoarding has become an epidemic! OK, while it may not be on par with, say, global warming, it certainly is an issue for women who love makeup (including myself) and lack a Sephora-sized vanity. Enter professional makeup artist and consultant Raychel Wade, who does the usual weddings and photo shoots, and also is La Prairie’s Colour Ambassador, the brand’s in-house makeup artist and spokesperson. Wade gives us the makeup dos and don’ts, must-haves and throwaways, and everything in between for getting your makeup stash in tip-top shape.

Lindsay Leff: What gave you the idea to become a makeup consultant?
Raychel Wade: My first job in the industry was behind a makeup counter, and I saw countless women get frustrated with the vast selection. They were overwhelmed and looking for that personal touch. I saw a niche that wasn’t filled and decided to be that liaison between the woman and the counter.

LL: What types of products should you always have in your purse?
RW: You don’t need to carry around a lot—a lip gloss, blush, and mascara should do the trick on the go. Think of what you will really need to touch up with and leave the rest at home. I see women carrying around shadow palettes and dozens of brushes, and all that just weighs you down!

LL: What are the top products everyone must own?
RW: I think every woman should not be without mascara, brow gel, bronzer, concealer, and lip gloss. And a bright blush!

LL: How do you know when to throw out makeup?
RW: Anything that has a creamy consistency (cream shadows, foundations, mascara, etc.) can easily carry bacteria and should be replaced every 6 months. Powder products can last up to a year. But to keep them lasting longer, make sure to wash your brushes with shampoo.

LL: Why should you part with an over-stuffed makeup collection?
RW: Think of it like cleaning out your clothes closet. It will make you feel so much lighter, and you can make room for new goodies!

LL: What one look can work on most women?
RW: The universal flattering look is the one where you look like the best version of yourself. Nothing is too heavy, and everything looks clean and polished.

LL: What products can you use to get the look?
RW: Use a neutral palette. Start with a light foundation and use a little bronzer on your cheekbones and a bright pink blush on the apples. On the eyes, stick with 1–2 light-color shadows like champagne and taupe, and 2 coats of thickening mascara. Add a light gloss and you are complete.

LL: What are your best makeup tips for night?
RW: It you want to bump up your makeup look for nights, add a bit of shimmer on your cheekbones and some black liner inside your lid for instant smoke.

LL: What should you have multiples of?
RW: I like to have 3 colored glosses, 2 blushes (1 peach and 1 pink), and some different shadow colors.

LL: What products don’t you need?
RW: You don’t need multiples of mascara, concealer, bronzer, or foundation. Makeup is such a reflection of your personal style; there is a product for everyone!

LL: What tools should you own?
RW: The most useful tools of the trade are an eyelash curler, a slanted liner brush, a blending brush, a bronzer brush, and a blush brush. I tend to leave those at home and opt to carry a product that comes with a great brush, like La Prairie’s Cellular Treatment Illuminating Face Powder.
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LL: What are your favorite drugstore brands?
RW: I love anything by Sonia Kashuk and Revlon.

LL: What products do you pick up on your travels?
RW: When I go to London, I love looking in Boots. They usually have fun lip balms that we don’t!

LL: What’s your favorite makeup remover?
RW: I love La Prairie’s Cellular Cleansing Water!
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LL: What are your favorite makeup organizers and carriers?
RW: For makeup storage at home, I think Lucite trays are fantastic since your can see everything and there are little compartments to separate all your products. For travel, I like a bag that can hang on the back of a hotel door, and for a purse, I love the little nylon Prada bags. I know they are pricey, but they last forever and hold a lot.
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  • Soft nylon case with front logo hardware and leather zipper pull
  • Nylon lining and inside zipper pocket
  • 8″ x 5″ x 3½”
  • Available in Black, Red, and Blue

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  • 12″ x 30″ (open); 12″ x 10″ x 2.5″ (closed)
  • Faux leather and inside nylon lining
  • Organize your beauty products for easy access and use

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Buy The Container Store Large Acrylic Makeup Organizer, $34.99


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  • Organize and store your entire makeup collection
  • Chic enough to leave on your vanity countertop
  • Made of durable, heavyweight acrylic
  • Lipstick organizer is removable

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Buy La Prairie Cellular Cleansing Water, $80


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  • Removes makeup from face and eyes without water
  • Softens skin while retaining water for optimum moisture
  • Infused with plant extracts that balance the tone of skin
  • Works best with cotton balls or makeup remover pads

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