Gwen Flamberg's Most Indispensable Beauty Advice
Because if there's one person we trust when we invest in our beauty cabinet, she's it
03 September, 2014Makeup
When it comes to taking advice for where to go and what to buy at the beauty counter, there’s very few people whose word we’ll take as truth, but Gwen Flamberg, or Glamberg (as she's become know among those of us at Cov HQ) is one. We mean, we guess we should expect as much from the woman who knows the ins and outs of Hollywood's most high profile stars (she is the beauty director of at US Weekly after all). Get out your pen and paper, people: this is beauty advice for the ages.
On the skincare she swears by...
“I’m loving skincare by La Prairie, SK-II and Guerlain right now. I create a big cocktail every morning and evening. I swear by Tracie Martyn body care. It’s amazing stuff. Facialists Sonya Dakar and Tracie Martyn taught me so much and I’m indebted to Dr. David Colbert who eradicated my basal cell skin cancer sans surgery and introduced me to his magical Triad facial.”
On how she keeps her long hair in check...
“For hair, that cleansing conditioner, Wen, is the best for my sensitive scalp. And I love Fekkai’s Technician’s Mask: it gives my long hair shine and body—a hard combo to come by. More than products are the pros I’ve been fortunate to work with in my role and now call friends and staff members! I couldn’t live without my haircutter and colourist, the genius Harry Josh. I love Philip B products—the Drop Dead Straightening Baume is awesome—and I love Living Proof’s Straight. Couture Colour Pequi Oil is pretty rad too for smoothing split ends.”
On her extensive fragrance layering system...
“I love scent so much. I usually create my own by mixing a few favourites. For years I blended Kiehl’s Musk with Kai, which is gardenia based. Right now I’m loving By Kilian’s Don’t Be Shy and Back to Black and also Dior Patchouli Imperial and Oud Ispahan. Then I touch up throughout the day with Angel. It sounds crazy but people are always asking me what I’m wearing and I think that’s because it smells exotic and they’ve never smelled it before.”
On her manicure mainstay...
“I used to always be a dark nail girl, but I’ve been loving an opaque nude [lately]! For manis and pedis, I love Jin Soon Choi’s Natural Hand & Foot Spas: they’re relaxing and clean, they have the best polish colours (CHANEL Vendetta—my all-time fave!) and they serve this super delish citrus tea. I’ve also just gotten into [going to] tenoverten: it’s pretty convenient, but still a little slice of chic."
On her must-carry-on travel products...
“I’m a fan of hot weather—I love visiting Buzios, Brazil and try to get there every year. When I travel I always bring my favourite sunscreen: Skinceuticals tinted fluid and SunBum SPF 50 clear spray. Also I won’t get on a plane without an SK-II mask; it’s the only way to look human when you arrive.”
5 beauty maxims to live by...
1) "Wear sunscreen. It really will make a difference later on.
2) Sleep with a humidifier: it gives you dewy skin and helps your breathing to boot!
3) Use a cloth mask like SK-II’s once a week; you won’t see your pores anymore.
4) Stop washing your hair more than once a week.
5) Ditch powder and use blotting papers to refresh skin.”
And one more for good measure: "SMILE MORE… Oops! That’s 6!”