Makeup artist Kate Norton not only has a quick English wit, but a modern, artistic sensibility and vast product knowledge, so it’s easy for her to dish tips for achieving glowing skin. “Staying hydrated and using hydrating products are the keys,” she says.
“This time of year I recommend a chemical peel by Paige at Hollyday Med Spa. After I give my skin a week to simmer down, I’ll have glowing skin, smooth as a baby’s bum,” she says. “I’m a huge fan of the cult skincare company Deciem, which has ten product lines, including my favorite, The Ordinary. With no-frills packaging, it’s ridiculously well-priced, especially considering the scientifically complex product structures. My favorites include Buffet, a multi-technology pep-tide serum which targets all signs of aging; Organic Borage Seed Oil, which offers a calming effect for dry skin, and Hyaluronic Acid 2%+B5, which is a brilliant hydrator. HIF (Hair Is Fabric) Hydration Support cleansing conditioner is another fabulous Deciem product that’s like dry cleaning for your hair, only with water.”
For face cleansing, Norton recommends Pre Cleanse Oil by True Botanicals because it leaves skin feeling quenched and refreshed. “And I love glowing skincare and makeup products during the holidays. I swear by Nars Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer and the versatile Farsali Rose Gold Elixir 24K Gold Infused Beauty Oil, both at Sephora. Weleda Skin Food at Whole Foods is an evergreen staple for naturally hydrating the face and body. I also prefer cream-based blush and love Glossier’s Cloud Paint for the great colors and shine. For the lips, I am obsessed with the new Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm—a bit of a splurge, but a nice holiday treat! For long lashes I adore the new Glossier Lash Slick mascara, and on special occasions I might apply individual lashes (from Target or Ulta) to the outer corners of my eyes for extra glamour.”
Norton also suggests stocking your fridge with some hydrating and detoxing beverages, such as Unbakery Juicery’s E-3 Live Shot or H2O 2 (activated charcoal, chlorella, lime, alkaline h2o, and turmeric) should you “accidentally get sloshed” the night before. “Oh, I just heard that works…” she says with a laugh.