Meet the Father-Daughter Beauty Dream Team
Dr. Steve Mandy has a successful cosmetic dermatology private practice on Miami’s South Beach, and serves as Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Miami. When he isn’t perfecting complexions, he enjoys culinary, artistic and athletic endeavors. He became a passionate lover of food and wine during his residency at the University of Miami under the mentorship of the late Dr. Louis Skinner, a dermatologist and world renowned gourmet. Dr. Mandy’s artistic inclinations include painting, sculpting and photography. He is also a lifelong equestrian, scuba diver, karate teacher and skier.
Ashley Mandy combines her love for art, fashion, beauty and business with a well-rounded portfolio as a makeup artist. It includes fashion shows for Victoria’s Secret and Swarovski; ads for Sony Cybershot and Canon Power Shot; and editorial for top tier consumer media. As the daughter of a world renowned cosmetic dermatologist, Ashley grew up surrounded by skin care and cosmetics. She is currently pursuing her dreams while writing an instructional book, developing a high end makeup line, running her makeup studio, working on sets of photo shoots, and educating young makeup artists at the International Makeup Career Center.
Dr. Mandy’s work addresses the “art of cosmetic dermatology” and Ashley’s work addresses “the art of makeup.” Is art a big deal in your family?
He Said: Art has been a tradition in our family and I have painted, sculpted and photographed most of my life. Ashley studied fine art at University of San Francisco and Visual Arts at the Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing in LA. My father was a talented artist/physician and my brother was a professional (commercial) photographer and interior designer.
She Said: Art has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. My father always made sure that I was exposed to many artistic influences, and encouraged me to follow my passion for the arts. Before getting into makeup artistry I went to school for fine arts. Painting and sketching were my preferred mediums, and the human form and faces were my subjects of choice. It was a natural transition for me to go into makeup artistry, considering my knowledge of skin from my father, and my love for sketching faces.
Since you both work in the aesthetic industry, do you ever work together?
He Said: Ashley has a “studio” in my office (I guess it’s her office too). We do discuss our respective fields all the time and she has attended the AAD and I Cosmoprof.
She Said: Yes, currently I have my makeup studio inside of my dad’s dermatology office in South Beach. Since many of his clients are there for cosmetic procedures, it is nice for them to have the option of learning how to best enhance their newly refreshed faces. I am constantly learning from him, and I think every now and then I teach him a few things. We also have plans to one day collaborate on a cosmetic line together.
Does Miami’s vibrant cultural mix influence you?
He Said: Our vibrant multicultural city is a cosmetically challenging place as there are many different senses of the aesthetic, and many different skin tones and issues (such as pigmentary) that are race specific.
She Said: Absolutely, I work with many Latin singers and have been brought along to the Latin Grammies, Latin billboards, etc. I have also had work published in many Latin magazines such as, Vogue Latino America, D’Latinos, and People Espanol. Working with the different cultures has made me a more versatile artist, and I am now able to adjust my style to whatever my client requests.
What are your respective professional specialties?
He Said: I cannot speak for Ashley; mine are primarily facial rejuvenation (injectables, lasers, topical therapy and other energy based devices), liposuction, dermabrasion and skin cancer.
She Said: I would say that one of my specialties is making skin look flawless while also making it look like you have no makeup on. I am known for enhancing my clients’ features, not hiding them. It’s very important to me that even when you wear a dramatic evening look, that you see the face before you see the makeup. I also specialize in designing makeup looks for ads, events, new seasons, etc., which must come from my artsy background.
What are your must-have products, personally and as you recommend to your patients/clients?
He Said: Topicals – Renova, Nia 24, Olay ProX, Triluma, Anthelios
She Said: I have so many products that I love, but here are a few I can’t live without:
Skincare: Olay ProX skin serum, daily moisturizer, and rejuvenating mask.
Self Tanner: L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Spray and Lotion
Primer: Makeup Forever HD primers
- Cream Makeup – Make Up Store studio foundation
- Liquid – Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation, and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
- Blush – Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge
- Eyes – Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes waterproof pencils, Tarte Lash Hugger Mascara, Stila Kitten Eyeshadow
- Lips – Jane Iredale lip pencils, YSL lip glosses
With wedding season in full swing, how can brides-to-be prepare their skin to look flawless on the big day – in the months, weeks and days before?
He Said: Many do neuromodulators (Botox/Dysport) one month before; some, depending on age, will do fillers. Many will do last minute microdermabrasion and IPL (at least 10 days before) and maybe take oral antibiotics and/or antivirals (Valtrex) to prevent acne or herpes breakouts due to stress.
She Said: In addition to what my dad said, I suggest that they start a consistent exercise regimen, cut out greasy foods, take vitamins, and drink lots of water. Then I always recommend that you do a trial with your makeup artist at least a month before your big day. You want to try out everything that you will have on your skin, (including spray tans and false lashes) before your wedding day to make sure you like how it looks and that you don’t have any allergic reactions. Also, don’t forget the power of a good night’s sleep; they call it beauty rest for a reason.
What are some of the biggest trends you are seeing in your respective fields?
He Said: In dermatology there is a continued movement in non invasive technologies, so things that hurt less, do more and have no down time will be the winners. However, no pain no gain will always be real, so minimal down time will be acceptable for better outcomes if the risks are acceptable.
She Said: A big trend in the industry as a whole would definitely be that there are more natural ingredients in products, and the extraction of parabens, talc, and other cancer causing suspects. As for seasonal trends: a bronzed, healthy look is always a must for summer; a popular trend this season is pairing that tan with a fun, bright lip color for a playful, fresh look.
What defines the Miami aesthetic client? Does she have specific tastes, preferences, demands?
He Said: Their preferences are very clear. “I don’t want to look ‘done’. I don’t want ‘sausage lips’. I don’t want ‘fat cheeks’.” All of these are the results of poorly executed fillers, neurotoxins, etc. They see it and don’t like it. Neither do they like the over tight windswept look of face lifts. They are all looking for natural, gradual improvement.
She Said: Her preference, much like many women these days, is to look naturally perfect in about 5-10 minutes. I help design quick and easy makeup routines for my clients that best fit their lifestyle. Pretty much every woman I work with has a limited 5 minute window in their morning for makeup. So the key is to find multipurpose products that cut down steps, like a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. Three steps in one: coverage, moisture, and sun protection – can’t beat that.
Ashley – Are you a mom?
No, not yet, only been married one year.
Ashley – What’s your favorite bag?
My favorite bag is my Jimmy Choo ‘Riki’ bag in crushed patent leather. It’s a muted gray color that goes with everything… and it happens to be a gift from my dad, which makes it even better! 🙂