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Want to know how Hollywood A-listers keep their glow? One of their best kept secrets is Marc Edwards whose West Hollywood eponymous Skincare Spa has been keeping celebs Red Carpet Ready since 1998. Voted Best Facialist in Los Angeles, Marc has many years of knowledge and experience acquired by working with some of Beverly Hills’ most successful medspas, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons. He stays on top of the trends and uses only top-of-the-line professional skincare products and the most up-to-date equipment and technology, from Hydrafacial, Silkpeel, and Dermasweep, microcurrent lift, lactic, salicylic and glycolic acid peels, TCA, VI peels, and Cosmelan peels, facial lymphatic drainage, and specialized facial mask techniques.
Edwards’ facials have been featured in numerous Oscar Award and Grammy Award gift bags, and he has performed nearly 35,000 facials during his career.
When and why did you decide to open your own skin spa and create your own product line?
I became a licensed esthetician in 1999 and started opening medspas and selling microdermabrasion machines when nobody knew what either of them was, so I had to educate them about both. I opened a skincare spa and started my own product line after taking several skincare ingredient classes at UCLA given by Rebecca Gadberry, who has been teaching there for over 20 years. Then I finally opened my own spa and acquired over 30 facial machines of my own.
What are your clients’ fave 5 treatments that you offer?
My 5 favorite treatments are ones that I have created by layering at least 6 of my facial machines of the 30 we own to create a unique, but highly results-oriented clinical advanced facial treatment. However among all of our 30 facial machines, my favorites are Jetpeel, Hydrafacial, Silkpeel, Dermasweep, and our brand new Galaxy Esthetics facial machine.
What is your signature program for Red Carpet Ready skin?
Our signature program for red carpet skin is a minimum of six facials spaced six months apart, done once per month. Then we suggest a peel in between and of course, our amazing home skincare program of cosmeceutical-grade products under the Marc Edward skincare brand. We always offer free shipping from our website to anywhere in the United States.
What technology do you use to get the best possible results?
The high technology we use at our skin spa is vast, including Oxygen Infusion, Hydrafacial, Dermasweep, Jetpeel, Silkpeel, Biov2, Vibraderm, LED Light Therapy, Ultrasound, Ultrasonic, Microcurrent, Wrinkle MD, NuFace, Clarisonic, Opal, Foreo Luna, Crystal and Crystal Free Microdermabrasion, Galvanic, High Frequency, Dr Lucas, Radiancy, a lymphatic drainage machine, dermal rollers, and more. When I learn about a new technology, I test it out and if I like the results, I will bring it into the spa.
Share your personal philosophy for treating oily, acne prone skin?
We treat oily and acneic skin using the following home care program; some type of acid, mineral powder only, gentle cleansers only, and limit Clarisonic to once per week. We also recommend that clients come in to check their iodine levels and avoid foods as broccoli, asparagus, table salt, sushi, and vitamins as they are loaded with iodine. We suggest that they also avoid meat and dairy as cows are injected with hormones and by eating them, you can get an acne flare up — unless it is organic or grass fed meat or dairy and then it is okay. Finally we recommend monthly acne facials using enzymes, acids, oxygen, light therapy, deep hydrating treatments, and pore extractions to clean and remove blackheads and clogged pores. We also have clients bring in all of their products on their first facial visit to examine what they are using, and see what is hot and what is not.
Dish with us about your top picks for THE best skin in Hollywood.
My top picks for gorgeous skin are Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, and Nicole Kidman, all of whom I have had the pleasure of meeting.
What kind of lipstick wearer are you? An avid lip biter? Do you only go for the matte? Lip liners — friend or foe? Gloss or no gloss? Do you use balm before color? These and other burning questions can make the difference between flawless or failed lipstick applications.
Four experts offered BITB their best tricks for how to keep your lipstick looking great all day long.
Elizabeth Arden Global Makeup Artist Rebecca Restrepo -- “I always recommend women use a lip liner, like Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner ($21). It helps define the lip and give a perfectly defined pout. It works as an anchor and ensures everything is symmetrical. The color doesn’t need to match your lipstick exactly, but should match your actual lip color.”
Amanda Gabbard, beauty expert and makeup specialist at the Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York -- “We often have a thin layer of dry skin over our lips that prevents color from staying put. To avoid this, when brushing your teeth gently run the toothbrush over your lips. Do this after you have rinsed and brush lips while they are still moist to help slough off dry or uneven areas of the skin. It is a better alternative to picking the dry areas which will cause more problems. When applying lipstick, use a light lip balm then apply a lip concealer such as the Guerlain Kiss Kiss Liplift. This will act as a base to hold the liner and lipstick on -- like using primer before the foundation. After using a lip balm, apply a light-colored lip liner (I suggest Guerlain Bois de Santal #44) around the lips. Avoid using dark lip liners since they tend to make lips appear thinner. Now that the lips are primed and ready to go, apply lipstick and dab a light layer of gloss over. My favorite optical illusion trick is to outline the lips with Guerlain's Precious Lights Highlighting Pen (or use Lingerie De Peau Concealer Compact). Gently dab a Q-tip and enhance your pretty pout with a lighter hue around the lip's outer edge.”
Ellie Malmin, Makeup Director, Anushka Spa, Salon, Cosmedical Centre, West Palm Beach, FL -- "My clients are loving the Glo Minerals Perfect Color Duo for a beautiful soft pink, ideal nude or a gorgeous bold red lip, depending on your coloring and style. This product does double duty by pairing a gloss with a creamy lipstick. First, I recommend dabbing some powder or foundation on your lips so color adheres well. Then I like to line lips with a neutral liner shade that complements the natural lip color. Next, apply the creamy lipstick formula and follow with some gloss for added dimension and shine."
Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco -- “Personally, I like a classic semi-matte lipstick texture and a blue based red. I think it’s so chic and timeless. However, lately it’s been so in to wear an orange-red that I really love how it brightens complexions.”
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When you think of Brioni, the sensuality of fine Italian cashmere, silk, and wool come to mind. It is a label that speaks to prestige and elegance, most notably for finely crafted luxury menswear. A made to measure Brioni suit is the ultimate male status symbol — a mark of quality for a man who won’t settle for less than perfection.
The Italian couturier has launched a brand new fragrance, simply named Brioni. As you would expect, the hand fashioned bottle is a work of art in itself, and suitable for the Brioni man with discriminating taste. Designers Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard created a modern bottle by hand that captures the movement of light and fabric in motion. Inspired by the Italian sculptures in Rome, the unique bottle is capped in hand brushed bronze which adds to its male character with a touch of antique charm.
The fragrance captures the essence of Brioni’s heritage of masculine grooming and elegance since 1945. “When a man wears a custom Brioni suit, he exudes a sexiness because he feels confident and protected,” says Brendan Mullane, Creative Director. “We wanted to bottle that feeling with a sensual and elegant scent.”
The new Brioni eau de toilette is comprised of three rich complex accords: Citrus (Sicilian lemon), Boutonniere (floral notes of magnolia, iris, and violet) and Woody (smoky, saffron, black licorice).
Brioni eau de toilette (75ml, $280) is available at Brioni boutiques, Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus stores, and Selfridges in the U.K.