Kerry Diamond, heading to the Met Costume Institute Gala. Next to her is Andrew Sotomayer, her favorite make-up artist.
I’m kicking off my Beauty of the Week series again, and I want to introduce you to an extraordinary woman. Kerry Diamond is the author of one of my favorite books, “A Beautiful Life” written about celebrity make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin. His untimely death was such a tragedy but his good friends never forgot him, and Kerry really made sure she captured his essence throughout this amazing and incredibly well-written read. But not only is Kerry a gifted author, she’s the current Vice President of Lancome Public Relations. Before that, from 2001-2005 she was the beauty director of Harpars Bazaar Magazine, and before that she was the beauty director of WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) as well as the founder and editor of WWD Beauty Biz. Can we say POWER WOMAN! I’m honored that Kerry took the time out of her very busy schedule to answer my Beauty of the Week questions. Thank you so much! Oh and she’s also providing Beauty Logic with our biggest giveaway yet. You can win a few of Kerry's Favorite Lancome Items right here (worth over $500).
So Kerry, What’s your beauty regimen?
I’ve had a skincare regimen since I was 13 when I used Noxema and I think it’s paid off. For the a.m., I splash my face with water, then apply Lancome Collaser-5X Serum —my absolute favorite—and moisturizer. I change my moisturizer from time to time so I can try new things in our line. Right now, I’m loving High Resolution Refill 3X day cream. It will be out soon! I also apply eye cream. I must have about a dozen in my bathroom. Rénergie R.A.R.E is my current fave . Then I apply sunscreen. Lancôme sells one in Europe that I stock up on every time I go overseas because it’s super light and has a high SPF. At night, I remove my eye makeup with Bi-Facil then I cleanse with Secret de Vie Cleanser . It’s pricey, but it’s great. I don’t like soapy cleanser. Soap really does strip your skin, which is not good if you have dry skin—but not all creamy cleansers feel like they’re getting your skin clean. This one does the trick. Then Collaser-5X again and Secret de Vie night cream, which I’m road-testing. It comes out in March. If I have any blemishes, I dot on some Proactiv.
What makeup do you use?
Concealer, cream blush, translucent face powder, under-eye powder, powder blush, eyebrow pencil, liquid eyeliner, mascara and then a lip product, either a lipstick or a Juicy Tube! Everything is Lancôme, except for one thing. (I know I work for Lancome, but we really do have amazing products!) The non-Lancôme product is Laura Mercier’s under-eye brightening powder. It’s great if your concealer tends to sit in the fine lines under your eyes. I change products around a lot each morning because I like to use different things from our line and try different shades, but the one constant is my blush brush. It’s Lancôme Brush No. 7 and it has a flat top, unlike a traditional blush brush, so you can blend as you apply. If you spend money on one good brush, that’s the one to get. It’s brilliant.
What beauty product can’t you live without?
To be honest, I’ve had so many favorite beauty products discontinued that I don’t get too attached any more! It happens to me now and it happened all the time when I was an editor. At Bazaar, I used to get letters from women devastated that their favorite perfume or lipstick had been discontinued. There are so many great products out there, try something different! It’s a waste of time getting in a beauty rut. This is a boring answer to the question, but I’d say Le Crayon Poudre Eyebrow Pencil in taupe. It’s so perfect in so many ways, from the shade to the texture to the bristle brush at the end of the pencil.
What beauty advice can you give us?
If you’re young, DON’T TWEEZE YOUR EYEBROWS! So many women over-tweezed when they were in their teens (like me) and that hair DOES NOT GROW BACK. I know it’s hard not to tweeze, but use restraint. Look at the eyebrows on women like Arlenis or Natalia Vodianova. They did not go Tweezerman crazy. Next, don’t drink soda if you can avoid it. I honestly think people who skip soda have better skin. Lastly, if you have curly hair, learn how to deal with it. I wasted so much money on curl creams and other products that do nothing. A few years ago, I figured out that a large-barrel curling iron works wonders! Beauty blogs are a great place to get advice about dealing with your hair. People can tell you what they’ve tried and what really works.
What’s the best advice someone ever gave you?
This isn’t something anyone told me, but rather something I learned working for Glenda Bailey, the editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar. Always follow your instinct! Whenever I neglected to do that, or second-guessed myself or didn’t listen to my gut, something would go wrong. Trust yourself!
Lancome & Kerry are providing us with our biggest Giveaway Ever-over $500 worth of products. Win Some of Kerry's Favorite Items which are:
1) Lancome Secret De Vie Cleanser $55.00
2)Lancome Bi facil Eye Makeup Remover $26.00
3)Secret De Vie Moisturizer $240.00
4)Renergie Microlift R.A.R.E Eyecream by Lancome $60.00
5)Color Design Cream Blush in Petticoat Pink, Blush Subtil, and Miel Glacé $81.00
6)Precision Cheek Brush #7 $46.50
7)Juicy Tube in Beach Plum $18.00
8)Artliner in Noir $28.00
9)Defincils in Black $24.00
Send an e-mail to BeautyLogicBlog@yahoo.com with the subject being, "DE, I need Kerry's Favorite Lancome Items in my Beauty Arsenal" then tell me your favorite Lancome product and why. Winner gets announced Wednesday November 26 (right before Thanksgiving).
Have a great weekend!