By Fiorella Valdesolo
Photo: Alessandro Viero / InDigital / Gorunway.com
The 411: Mara Hoffman
If there were a designer for each season, Mara Hoffman just might have the corner on summer. Thats thanks in great part to those ecstatic psychedelic prints, which have, over the years, become her calling card. Hoffman, who holds degrees from both Parsons and Central Saint Martins, launched her first line, Circle by Mara Hoffman, with idiosyncratic hand-dyed and batik dresses that were an immediate hit with the downtown set. It evolved into her current eponymous brand in 2005, and three years later Hoffman translated her wildly imagined fabrics into equally covetable swimwear. Since then, her ascent in the world of summer wear has been fast and furious. With the seasons cusp just a few days behind us, we couldnt think of a more fitting subject to quiz about warm-weather beauty essentials.
The Skin Resuscitator: Joanna Vargas
I recently started getting light-therapy facials with Joanna at Joanna Vargas Skincare, and Ive seen immediate results from that. Im also a huge fan of her skincare products, especially her Exfoliating Mask. It feels so good to get rid of all of the grit and grime that comes with living in the city.
For more information, visit joannavargas-skincare.com.
The Complexion Correctors: SkinCeuticals and Clarisonic
For my everyday skincare, Ive been using SkinCeuticals products for years. I especially love their C E Ferulic serum. I use it at night, after washing my face and before moisturizer. And Im a total devotee of the Clarisonic brush. I use it once a dayI love anything that exfoliates.
Available at www.skinceuticals.com and www.clarisonic.com.
The Makeup Must-Haves: Personal Favorites
Ive never been a huge makeup person, but there are a few products that I stick with. For everyday use to even out my skin tone, I use Chanels Hydramax Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15. Im a huge advocate of sunscreen, so its really important to me that I protect my faceLa Mers The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid is my go-to. For mascara, I rotate between Make Up For Evers Smoky Lash and Maybellines classic Great Lash. I always have Caudalies Lip Conditioner on me. If Im feeling extra fancy, Ill throw on eyeliner, using a traditional Indian charcoal stick.
Available at www.chanel.com, www.cremedelamer.com, www.sephora.com, www.ulta.com, and.
The Bronzing Basic: Clarins
Ive always been a fan of this sort of Moroccan-gypsy look, with bronze desert skin and a smoky eye. Sometimes I use Clarins self-tanner mixed into my moisturizer in the morning to give me a little bit more of a sun-kissed look. That being said, I tend to stay pretty basic with my everyday look.
Available at www.clarinsusa.com.
The Exercise Ritual: Yoga
Ive found it pretty tough to fit working out into my schedule after having my son, but Ive been a yogi for many, many years. Whenever I can make it to a class, Ill head to one of a few studios in my neighborhood. I like to stick close to my home, and if I can fit a class in, Ill try to go to the Kula Yoga studio in Williamsburg. We also try to have 8 a.m. yoga sessions at the office a few times a month.
For more information, visit www.kulayoga.com.
The Spa Twofer: Great Jones and Canyon Ranch
To relax, Im a huge fan of Great Jones SpaIll spend some time relaxing in the steam room, and then get a great massage. Ive been fortunate enough to go on a few amazing getaways with my mom at Canyon Ranch, which is a surefire way to rejuvenate in a couple of days. At Canyon Ranch, Ill take a few yoga classes, as well as > <