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Interview: Star Makeup Artist Gregory Arlt for Blond-It

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Interview: Star Makeup Artist Gregory Arlt for Blond-It

By Elizabeth Sobieski

 When you see flawlessly dewy-skinned Gwen Stefani on stage, television, magazine covers, and in music videos and floating upon the red carpet, you should be aware that Gregory Arlt is the man behind all her fabulous and transformative looks.  And you may have noticed the esteemed LA-based makeup artist on various talk shows or in person, his Marcelled blond hair a trademark.  Gregory heads makeup teams for fashion weeks in Paris, Milan, and New York and is the director of makeup artistry for M.A.C. He frequently lectures, demonstrates and instructs others on the art of creating extraordinary looks on bare canvases of skin. Gregory Arlt is known for making his celebrity clientele appear absolutely radiant.  Last year’s magnificent and clean Vanity Fair cover of Angelina Jolie was from Gregory’s talented hands.  Such fearless beauties as Katy Perry, Victoria Beckham, Shania Twain, Minnie Driver, Danai Gurira, Dita von Teese, Sonequa Martin-Green, Fran Drescher, and Cher have all been beholden to Gregory for their satin skin and gorgeous eyes and lips at notable events.  As the Oscars approach and invitations to various galas arrive, I ask Gregory how we can all access red carpet beauty.

Shannon Purser by Albert Sanchez
Gregory Arlt
Minnie Driver by Ruven Afanador
Dita by Steve Erle
Gwen by Jamie Nelson

Elizabeth Sobieski: Are there any new colors or products that you would recommend for grabbing the spotlight in 2019?

 Gregory Arlt: It truly is all about skin! We’ve seen skin trending heavily for the last number of seasons and this year is no exception. Foundations come in a variety of textures and I recommend treating it like skincare; if your skin is oily, use a more matte finish. Drier skins would benefit from more hydrating foundations. The MAC “Hyper Real Glow Palette” is a must have in my kit for the red carpet to effect a perfect glow. Most powder highlighters can sometimes have a heavy amount of pearl, looking a bit chunky on the skin. This palette gives a true sheen, where it looks like the light is coming from within. As well, MAC has come out with a revolutionary lipstick formula called “Powder Kiss”. It’s literally a sheer matte lipstick which has been a difficult effect to get using conventional lipsticks. It gives a soft, blown out look to the lips which is the perfect “throw and go” color to put on running out the door!

 ES: When do you think someone should hire a professional rather than doing her own makeup? What changes from everyday cosmetic application would you recommend for the red carpet or special galas and events?

 GA: I would always recommend hiring a professional or going to a makeup counter for special events such as weddings (especially if you’re the bride!), office parties, and the always nerve-wracking high school reunion! You always want to look like the “A+” version of yourself whenever possible, especially when photos will be taken. If you’re a little intimidated to glam yourself up, come see one of us! 

 ES: Do you have any rules for doing makeup differently for the red carpet versus editorial, the stage, film, or video? 

 GA: Red carpet makeup for me is all about “polishing the pearl”; allowing the client to look like the best possible version of herself. I make sure to use primers and long-wear makeup for the long hours one will be wearing the makeup as well as looking perfect for photos. Editorial makeup is usually much, much lighter as it usually is complementing the clothing and we as makeup artists can step in throughout the shoot for touchups. 

 ES: Was there any particular woman who was your inspiration when you first decided to enter the field as a professional makeup artist during the 1980s?

 GA: The great irony here is that I was obsessed with Boy George! The way he wore his makeup in such a colorful, gender-bending way truly woke me up to the fact that makeup is a very powerful tool when it comes to an overall look. Of course I was also a huge fan of all of the new wave women of the time; Siouxsie Sioux, Strawberry Switchblade, The Go-Go’s, Grace Jones, and the legendary Nina Hagen. They were all my makeup icons and had their posters plastered on my walls!

 ES: How did your relationship with M.A.C. begin and evolve?

 GA: I’d started buying M.A.C. as a makeup artist in the early 90s when I first discovered it at Fred Segal in Santa Monica. At that point I’d been dabbling in makeup since 1989, doing test shoots on models and any friend who was going out. I’d met many people who are now lifelong friends who worked for MAC and in early 1993 I dared greatly and applied for a job. I was hired instantly as a traveling makeup artist and that’s when I truly LEARNED the art of makeup; doing it on real women, day in and day out, of all races, ages, and genders. I went to the each location that carried MAC, doing makeup on customers. The position then evolved into becoming a trainer, training all the new and existing MAC artists and then a senior makeup artist, traveling to the major fashion markets for fashion week. Currently I hold the title of Director Of Makeup Artistry, acting as a spokesperson for the brand. I get to travel the world doing press tours, photoshoots, master classes, and work closely with Product Development on new, innovative products. It truly is a dream job!


ES: You have created so many different images for Gwen, moving from doe eyes to velvet eyes to cat eyes to winged eyes to Cleopatra eyes, and lips from pale pink to Schiaparelli pink and from peach to crimson, in looks that have been retro, girl-next-door, fantasy woman, and even futuristic.   Do you have a favorite for Gwen?  How did you first meet? 

 GA: We actually met in a very funny way! In early 1995, when I was a traveling makeup artist for MAC, one of the stores I would go into was Nordstrom in Woodland Hills, CA. I had a client who worked on a record label and one of their acts was No Doubt. This was when they were a local band, playing clubs around Southern California. My client told me that I HAD to meet the lead singer Gwen, so she sent her in to have me do her makeup! We hit it off, and she handed me “Tragic Kingdom”, the CD that would ultimately put them on the map, before it came out. We lost touch until we reconnected in 2011 when I was called in to work with her on press for “Push And Shove” which came out in 2012. It was a reunion of the ages! We’ve done so many looks it’s literally countless. It’s hard to name a favorite as I’ve loved each look we’ve created. That said, it’s always fun to do a classic 1960s look, creating a strong eye with loads of lashes, liner, and a pale lip. 

 ES: What is strobing?

 GA: “Strobing” is just another name for highlighting! The term was born from “Strobe Cream” by MAC which is an illuminating moisturizer that you can use all over your face, strategically to highlight the high planes of the face, or mix into your foundation for added luminosity. I also love it over the shoulders and legs for a hyper real glow! 

 ES: Do you recommend liquid liner or pencil for the red carpet?

 GA: Either! I feel that liquid is a bit longer lasting, but pencil can give a softer look. 

 ES: In 2018, you had your very own lipstick collection in the M.A.C. stores.  Any plans for more Gregory Arlt products for 2019?

 GA: Your lips to the makeup gods’ ears! It was a huge honor to be asked to create a red carpet capsule collection, and I hope to do more with- and for- MAC in the future! 

 ES: What is the best way to hide less than perfect skin?

 GA: There are so many factors with respect to ‘imperfect’ skin. If it discoloration that is a concern, try to use color correctors just where needed after applying foundation. If it’s texture you’re trying to conceal (blemishes, scarring, etc), focus on the ‘problem’ areas only. Apply your foundation as needed, then come in with concealer. Most make the mistake of applying too much coverage all over to conceal what they’re not happy with. As well, use matte finish textures over problem skin. Anything with shine or sheen can exacerbate the issues, while matte tends to be more concealing. 

 ES: If highlighting, contouring, smoky eyes and a more complex and theatrical look are desired, do you recommend hiring a professional?  And should there be a try-out before the big event?

 GA: Yes, yes, and YES! If you’re planning on doing a more risky look, go see a professional. Online tutorials, while helpful, are done on other people and there’s no better way to see how a look will translate than on yourself. I definitely recommend hiring a professional and indeed doing a trial look to make sure it’s what you want. 


ES: I have heard about using transparent tape when applying a face.  How does this work?

 GA: While I’ve personally not used this technique, many people will use tape on the outer corners of the eyes. They apply their shadows, then remove the tape, resulting in a very sharp line. 

 ES: What do you think of the no-makeup look as advocated by Alicia Keys and some others, who even appear bare-faced at awards events and on television?

 GA: I’ve always been an advocate of expressing yourself however you see fit. I think the bare, stripped down faces we’ve seen are indeed refreshing. I think Alicia Keys looks radiant!

 ES: I know you are a fan of brushes rather than other applicators or fingers.  What brushes should we have at the ready?

 GA: Brushes are the best tools to get the looks you want. Most women think they can get away with one brush, but I often ask- would you cook with one spatula? It takes a few tools to get the results you want. I would recommend five brushes: A powder brush, a blush brush, a flat shadow brush for overall application, a tapered blending brush for the eyes, and a sharp angle brush for brows, liner, and defining the eye. 

 ES: Matte or glossy lips?  Cream or powder highlighter? 

 GA: All of the above! That said, I feel that powder highlighter is longer lasting that cream highlighters that need touching up throughout the day. 

 ES: Gregory, do you believe in less is more or more is more?

 GA: I believe that makeup should reflect your mood. If you want to go the grocery store in full glam, do it! If you wish to pare down your look for a big event, do it! 

Lancer Dermatology

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Dr. Harold Lancer, M.D

The man behind the legendary Lancer Glow is Dr. Harold Lancer, the son of Austrian immigrants who grew up in a farmhouse located in a rural town in Connecticut. At the age of 7, he suffered severe burns over 10% of his body after falling into a vat of near boiling water. While the recovery process was painful and tedious, this experience greatly influenced his clear belief in restoration instead of alteration as the most effective way to obtain beautiful skin.


Dr. Lancer’s work ethic, integrity, approach, and results make him one of the most sought-out dermatology professionals in the world. He and his tireless staff provide individualized treatment to as many as 50 to 60 patients every day—including the most beautiful and glamorous celebrities in the world.

Dr. Lancer is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and is affiliated with Cedars- Sinai Medical Center—Los Angeles and UCLA Medical Center. He is a graduate of Brandeis and earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. He finished his dermatology residency at Harvard Medical School and completed a plastic surgery program at the Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv, followed by clinics in London at St. John’s Institute of Dermatology. He holds board certification in dermatology and has been in private practice in Beverly Hills for more than 30 years


The pillar of Dr. Lancer’s distinguished practice is his belief: that beautiful skin is a 2-way street. Illuminated, radiant skin is as contingent upon the patient’s dedication to a regimen as it is on in-office procedures. The outcome of his conviction is The Lancer Method, the unrivaled anti- aging regimen that fuses potent formulations with opulent textures to reveal a more youthful, beautiful appearance. The full Lancer Skincare line, once only available to patients, is now carried in prestige retailers around the globe and online.



Lancer Dermatology
440 N. Rodeo Drive Suite 3F
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

[email protected]

Twin Farms – Your Inclusive Resort

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Located about one-and-a-half hours from the nearest commercial airport in Burlington, the journey into the bucolic landscape surrounding Barnard, Vermont begins the Twin Farms experience. Once on the property’s vast 300 acres, seclusion and privacy come first.

Each season exudes a distinct feeling at Twin Farms. No matter what the season, myriad possibilities await on three hundred pristine acres.


Our legacy revolves around Fall foliage, bringing unparalleled beauty in shades of red and gold bathed in crisp air, with the promise of warmth and intimacy at the end of the day. “There will be apple trees and flaming lilies, and the moon over the low mountains and you and me, after dinner, sitting….on the terrace, and inside, when it becomes chilly, the fireplace and lamplight and lots of books,” Sinclair Lewis wrote of his favorite hideaway.


Winter offers adventures on private, groomed trails with cross-country skis and snowshoes, or ice skating on our pond followed by hot chocolate and s’mores around a bonfire. A cozy evening starts with fine wine and cuisine. Bring the kids during our winter family week, and reconnect with your own childhood on a sled. Twin Farms offers everything you love about snow, with none of the inconveniences.


With the coming of Spring, a fresh palette, rich with green and the promise of warmth, provides the setting for bucolic — and sybaritic — diversions. Hike into the woods, spread out a blanket, and dine on a gourmet picnic. Later in the day, create a festive atmosphere in the pub, brimming with billiards, fine art, and music from the jukebox.


Summer brings ideal mornings for fly fishing on glassy Copper Pond, days full of exercise and exploring our 300 acres on foot or bicycle, followed by an afternoon of mint juleps and croquet. Share stories with each other on your private screened porch in the warm evening breeze. Bring the kids during our summer family week, or reserve the romantic escape just for you.

For reservations and details, please contact 802-234-9999 or e-mailing [email protected].

Mindful New Year

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Taken from Mindful, Healthy Mind, Health Life, here are a few tips to spark your resolutions with passion, not pressure.


Recognize a yearning for change

You are the one who already has what you need to start making changes in your life.  Only you can make it happen.

Engage all your resources

Learn to tune into your body, thoughts, and become friendly with your emotions.  This helps develop our inner resources that we can use to create a feeling of stability.

Slow Down

Impatience can be a tremendous drain on your motivations.  Learn as you go.  Adopt a relaxed pace to explore and learn what you are experiencing.

Open up to what matters to you

Let yourself feel why this is worth the effort. Recall that you chose this route because you were determined to grow your resolve. Return to this initial inspiration whenever you need a boost of motivation.

Learn to make allies of your obstacles

Sometimes the greatest obstacle is the fear of change itself. Awareness will feed our resolve.

Value your efforts

All will serve to strengthen your ability to trust yourself and your ability to stand up for what you want.

Enjoy the journey

Learn to adapt your route as your resolve propels you forward. The curve balls and surprises are what make life such a titillating adventure.

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Blond- it’s Favorite Children’s Boutique

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English Rabbit
All your favorite local children’s boutique labels and designer European brands are under one roof in  their new retail shop. Along with bespoke gifting and at-home personal styling services. With  everything from casual trousers to festive frocks, there’s always room to grow at English Rabbit.
Personal stylist available
9412 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210