Busy-Lady Beauty Tips

As the old saying goes, “If you need to get something done, ask a busy person.” This should apply to your beauty routine. How many times have we fallen asleep with our makeup on, thrown our hands up in defeat after hearing how many steps it should take to properly treat our skin, or claimed we don’t have time for pampering appointments? Obviously, there’s no shame, and everyone has priorities. But, wouldn’t it be nice if we just had a little more extra time to ourselves?

In truth, nobody knows the importance of making time for oneself quite like high-powered women. After all, things only get more chaotic as you climb the ladder, and staying sane (and, let’s be honest, presentable) becomes more and more crucial. That’s why we consulted seven of the busiest women we know — CEOs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, doctors — to find out how they fit beauty into their jam-packed schedules. (Warning: Most of them wake up very early.)

Click through for some major productivity motivation. We’re never going to bed with our makeup on again (until Saturday). 
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Kerry Diamond, Editor-In-Chief of Yahoo Food; Editorial Director Of Cherry Bombe; & Co-Owner Of Brooklyn Restaurants Smith Canteen, Nightingale 9, & Wilma Jean

Tell us a little bit about your work.
“I joined the Yahoo team a few months ago and oversee the Yahoo Food site. It’s a fun job, and is very much like working at a start-up, since the site is barely a year old. I oversee the team; work on strategy; assign, edit, and write posts; meet with potential subjects; go to new restaurants; and check out new things on the food scene. There are so many projects on the horizon that I’m excited about: videos we’re working on, great new writers we’re adding to the roster, and new staff members.

"Then, there’s Cherry Bombe, the magazine about women and food that I cofounded with Claudia Wu. She and I work on the lineup for each issue, assign everything, write stories, edit, and proofread. The magazine only comes out twice a year (thank goodness), but we also have some other activities we oversee, such as our annual Jubilee conference and our Radio Cherry Bombe show, which we executive-produce. It airs on the Heritage Radio Network, which broadcasts out of Roberta’s in Bushwick.

"Lastly, there are my restaurants, which I co-own with my boyfriend/biz partner Rob Newton. I’m less involved with the restaurants these days, but still help Rob when I can and eat at them as often as possible.”

Give us “a day in the life.”
“I get up at 7 a.m., which is a new thing for me — I’ve never been a morning person. I just started using a wakeup-call service called Snoozester, which my boyfriend thinks is hilarious, but so far, so good. Then, I get ready, have some breakfast, and do some Cherry Bombe work for about an hour. Next, I head to Smith Canteen for coffee and take the subway to Yahoo headquarters in Times Square. I listen to a podcast or read something on the train. Right now, I’m reading Steve Jobs’ biography on my phone, because it’s too heavy to carry to work every day. It’s an amazing book. Once I’m at Yahoo, no day is the same and the day flies. Sometimes, I blink and it’s 5 p.m. If I wanted to, I could easily go out each night — there’s always an event or a restaurant opening. I try to have a little balance in my life, so some nights I’ll go out, and some nights I’ll head home and cook with my boyfriend if he’s not working or hang out with friends. Or, I go to one of my restaurants!

"On Saturdays, I work at the Cherry Bombe office in Tribeca. On Sundays, I try not to work, but that never happens. But, I always hit our local Greenmarket and food shops, and buy groceries for the week, and then I prep everything so I can take lunch to work each day. I go to bed around 11, which is painful and boring. I’m happier when I can stay up late.”

What’s your morning beauty ritual like?
“I have wavy hair, and that’s always been a curse. It’s hard to manage, goes frizzy quite easily, and never looks the same twice. I wash and condition my hair every morning, and then apply mousse. I divide it into 10 pieces and twist it. Then, I let it air-dry as much as possible and finish it with a blowdryer and diffuser. My hairstylist, Tim Rogers, turned me onto Living Proof products and they’re great. I splash my face with water, and then I moisturize with Jason’s vitamin E cream. Every moisturizer I love gets discontinued, so I’ve given up on fancy ones for now. I use my Clarisonic Mia a few times a week — so many beauty appliances are a waste of money, but that product is great. I use coconut oil as body lotion. Next is makeup: I wear a full face, but applied lightly. Some of the constants are Bobbi Brown lip gloss, Laura Mercier pressed powder, RMS blush, and Lancôme Définicils mascara. I keep trying to edit down the number of products I own and use, but my friend Jess has an amazing beauty boutique in the neighborhood [Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn] called Shen, and it’s hard not to stop by and pick up things.”
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If you have an important meeting or event, how does your beauty ritual change, if at all?
“If I have a photo shoot or big event, or need to do something on TV or video, I’ll get my hair and makeup done. Andrew Sotomayor is my favorite makeup artist. He’s brilliant, and we’ve worked together for years. He’s done my makeup for everything from the Met Ball to Into the Gloss shoots. I love Eddie and Ruben at Sally Hershberger Downtown for hair. They do a great wavy blowout.”

Because of your demanding schedule, are you often stuck doing your beauty routine on the go?
“Not really. I do my hair and makeup in the morning before I walk out the door, and that’s it. I don’t like leaving the house with wet hair or without makeup. I always marvel at those women on the subway who do a full face of makeup. If I have to go to something after work, I’ll touch up my makeup in the office bathroom. I always have lip balm, lip gloss, hand cream, and pressed powder in my bag.”

What about hair appointments, facials, or manicures?
“When I was a beauty editor, I loved facials, manicures, you name it. But, I’ve had to cut those out of my life because there’s just no time. I do get my hair cut and colored on a regular basis — or, at least, I try. I need to get better about that! Tim Rogers at Sally Hershberger Downtown has cut my hair for years, and Will, a new colorist there, does the color. I sometimes go too long between appointments, so I use Clairol’s Root Touch-Up or Rita Hazan’s Root Concealer. They’re miracle products.”

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given?
“Trust your gut! I don’t think any one person told me that — rather, it’s something I’ve learned over the years from various situations. Nothing’s worse than something going wrong when you knew deep down it was going to go wrong. Intuition is a powerful thing, but we’re not taught to trust it.”

What’s the best piece of beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
“My high school boyfriend told me to wear eyeliner along my upper lashline, not my bottom lashline because of my eye shape…he was right. And, Evelyn Lauder told me to never do too much to my face. I always hear her in the back of my brain when I think about getting Botox or other fillers. I did, however, make an appointment to get fillers a few years ago, and it just happened to be after Hurricane Sandy. When I got to the office, the doctor’s assistant asked, ‘Have you had much to drink in the past few days?’ Apparently, your alcohol intake determines how much you bruise — or something like that. I said, ‘Yes, several bottles of red wine. It was a stressful week.’ So, we agreed to cancel the appointment, but then I never went back. It was a sign.

"The deeper I get into the food world, the more aware I am of the connection between food and beauty. If you have a shitty diet, it will show up in your face eventually. Bobbi Brown has said this, Brillat-Savarin said this centuries before her — you are what you eat. It’s great to run out and buy the latest products, but what’s in your fridge is as important as what’s in your makeup bag.”

You must be familiar with feeling exhausted and burned out by the end of the day. How do you coerce yourself into a nighttime beauty routine?
“It’s hard, because all I want to do is crash into my pillow at the end of the night, but I break out if I don’t wash my face. I take off my makeup with Clarisonic’s cream cleanser, spritz my face with Glossier’s rosewater spray, and then moisturize. My dentist would probably like if I flossed every night, but I’m less religious about that. Then, I drink some water or chamomile tea with some Moon Juice Good Night Dust stirred in. My most important beauty routine is a full night’s sleep. I’m not one of those people who can sleep for five hours. I wish I were.”
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Jodie Patterson, Cofounder, DooBop.com

Tell us a little bit about your work.
“I’m a beauty explorer, so I'm always in search of and appreciating beauty in different forms. I founded my site, DooBop, with my partner Benjamin a year ago around the idea that beauty is global and trends, no matter where they originate, should be shared cross-culturally. I'm the creative director, so I focus on our content, and write or edit everything you see. I get into customers and their stories, women and their journeys. I love products, and all the external things that make us feel beautiful, so I talk a lot about my favorite finds on our site and on TV. With everything I've learned over the last year, I'm really excited about the possibilities of creating our own line.”

Give us “a day in the life.”
“I’ve become a morning person. I wake up around 6 a.m. to do a first round of email and social media check-ins while I brush my teeth. Then, I wake up my kids with meditation or music. They shower, dress, eat, procrastinate, and are out the door by 7:50. I drive them to school, and by 8:15, it's my time to start my 'other day.' Sometimes, I run 15-minute sprints to get my blood moving for the day. Shower, breakfast, a 10-minute skin-care routine, and I'm at my desk by 10 a.m. DooBop has an office in Soho that I go to twice a week. But, I also work from my home office twice a week — it's way prettier. Second round of email checks from laptop. Then, I spend an hour or two writing or interviewing for our blog. Lunchtime!

"About nine years ago, I created my own boutique line of skin care (Georgia by Jodie Patterson), so I check, package, and send out customer orders. This makes me extra happy. At some point, my partner Benjamin and I check in and talk strategy for DooBop and update each other on what we're working on. I'm typically content; he's typically finances. If I have time, I run into the city for meetings with brands or potential collaborators.

“Sometime around 4 p.m., I zip back over to Brooklyn to pick up the kids and chauffeur them to sports. I’m home by 6:30, and then it’s free time, homework, dinner, and dishes. Bedtime — meditation for the little ones with the Calm app helps them fall asleep. Then, I try to spend some one-on-one time with my teen and help her with anything she needs. By 11, I'm exhausted and climbing into bed! I check email one last time, maybe post something on Instagram, do a 15-minute meditation, and it's lights out.”

What’s your morning beauty ritual like?
“I do about six skin-care steps in the morning and night. I wash with a micellar water cleanser by Nuhanciam. Then, I always use a cream with retinol by Verso. Next, I pat in a rosehip serum with antioxidants by Georgia by Jodie Patterson, an eye treatment by Philosophy, and recently anything with hyaluronic acid to hydrate my skin. Once a month, I do an at-home oxygen peel by Philosophy. I really enjoy makeup these days: I like a light foundation and highlighter by Ashunta Sheriff — it's a double-sided stick that works like magic! Then, I give myself a bit of 'glow' with the help of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, adding NARS powder on my eyebrows and NARS cream blush on my cheeks. After, I put on a nude lip by Fashion Fair (it's super hydrating). It’s rare to catch me without enhanced eyelashes — I get them from Bling Lash on 14th Street. All I'll say is, it's the best investment ever.

"Hair — well, that depends on the season and weather. Generally, I wash only once a week with a sulfate-free shampoo by DevaCurl. I use a leave-in spray conditioner by Davines that doesn't weigh my hair down and blowdry 'bone-straight,' as we say. I usually touch up with a little leave-in styling cream by Leonor Greyl and a light hairspray for volume. That's it! By day five, it's parted down the middle and pulled back in a ponytail. DevaCurl makes a light gel that’s great for that!"
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If you have an important meeting or event, how does your beauty ritual change, if at all?
“I add two things at night if I'm going to an event: a smoky, chocolate-brown cream shadow by RMS called Seduce; and Becca's lowlighter on my cheeks to give more drama.”

Because of your demanding schedule, are you often stuck doing your beauty routine on the go?
“I’ve been known to do my makeup in the back of a taxi or at a red light in my own car. (As a mom, sometimes it's just best to get out of the house as fast as possible before someone needs you.) I rely on my fingers a lot and two key brushes by ArtisBrush that are super versatile. Plus, I prefer a soft touch to a heavy application.”

What about hair appointments, facials, or manicures?
“I make sure my routine is consistent, with the same people and places. I have no time for careless mistakes. I've been going to my hairstylist for about nine years; her salon is LizLovesHair. She takes a gentle and healthy approach, and really knows textured hair. Gel manicures are a must for me because I only have time to go every three to four weeks. I I rely on Dr. Sherwin Parikh at Tribeca Skin Center. (He's genius, keeps me looking fresh-faced, and really understands the nuances of brown skin.) I always check in with my wellness coach, Jeanette Bronee at Path for Life. She gives me simple and easy solutions that bring me back to my healthiest state. It's really all about inner and outer beauty — no cheating!”

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given?
“My good friend Tamecca Tillard, who runs a women's group called Canvas, said to me, ‘Jodie, think bigger. You're onto something. You look at beauty differently. Own that!’”

What’s the best piece of beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
“Kids are honest and to-the-point. One time when I was going out, and apparently a bit too excited, my teen daughter looked at me and said, ‘Easy mom, easy.’ That's become my ongoing beauty philosophy: beauty without struggle.”

You must be familiar with feeling exhausted and burned out by the end of the day. How do you coerce yourself into a nighttime beauty routine?
“Last night, I fell asleep on the couch while helping the kids with homework. But, eventually I woke up and automatically went to the bathroom. Ultimately, a clean face makes me feel at peace. I never turn in for the night without washing and replenishing. If I ever need an extra jolt to motivate myself into my beauty routine, I pick up my iPhone, take a quick look at the onslaught of never-ending emails, and then quickly decide that beauty is way more inspiring!”
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Macrene Alexiades, MD, PhD, & Founder & CEO Of 37 Actives

Tell us a little bit about your work.
“I wear many hats, all by choice. One of my three main professions is medicine; I am a dermatologist who specializes in lasers. I spend much of my week seeing patients. Due to my art background, I have developed a reputation of giving patients a natural look with injectables. My second profession is scientist and researcher. I spend another huge chunk of my week working on research projects, including lasers and skin-cancer research. My third hat is that I am founder and CEO of a skin-care company. I hold patents and invent products, called 37 Actives, that are hugely packed with active ingredients but also plant-derived and healthy for you and the environment.”

Give us “a day in the life.”
“I wake up at 6 a.m. and prepare breakfast for the kids. Then, I wake them around 6:30, get them ready for school, and bring at least one of them to school. I then go straight to the office and start seeing patients at 8:30. I have a lunchtime meeting with my COO and staff at 37 Actives. Sometimes, we have in-office meetings with retailers. I resume seeing patients and wrap up at the end of the day with interviews. Then, I pick up one of the kids from school and go home. In the afternoon, I'm available to support the children with their schoolwork and after-school activities. I also catch up on calls and emails, and get dinner planned or made. Occasionally, after dinner with the kids, I may have a board meeting to attend. Most often, I am home with the children. We try to get to bed by 10:30.”

What’s your morning beauty ritual like?
“I always take a shower that is warm, but not too hot. I avoid allowing any hot water to touch the face, as this strips the skin and causes it to flush and dry out. I wash my hair with organic or plant-derived shampoo, and condition similarly. I am a fan of Nature’s Gate and Avalon. As soon as I step out of the shower, I apply my 37 Extreme Actives — regular version in the spring and summer, and extra-rich in the fall and winter. I then apply the 37 Neck and Décolletage treatment to neck and chest, as well as lower face, to reduce sagging. Then, I use any of a number of organic or plant-derived body lotions for arms and legs. At night, I wash with 37 Cleansing and lukewarm water, and apply my 37 again.”
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If you have an important meeting or event, how does your beauty ritual change, if at all?
“In general, I do not wear makeup. For an event or to be photographed, I apply my beloved Lancôme Color Design palette in Taupe Craze. It’s easy to use and for all occasions. Then, I use the Lancôme kohl eyeliner and, of course, Lancôme mascara. I do a light lip with Lip Lover. If I do need to wear foundation, I usually only apply it to the undereyes and around the nose — I love the Teint Idole Ultra 24H in Ivoire 100.”

Because of your demanding schedule, are you often stuck doing your beauty routine on the go?
“I always have lipstick with me — an easy one to apply on the go, without looking, is Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle.”

What about hair appointments, facials, or manicures?
“Alexis Antonellis at Oscar Blandi [is] the magician of keeping my dark-blonde locks as vibrant, and the same color, as when I was a teen! I see her every two months for highlights. I don't do facials.”

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given?
“‘There is always room at the top,’ said to me by my Harvard professor of dermatology, Harley Haynes, when I told him I was thinking of going into dermatology. If you strive to be the best, you will succeed in whatever you do.”

What’s the best piece of beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
“‘Get your beauty sleep!’ — my parents.”

You must be familiar with feeling exhausted and burned out by the end of the day. How do you coerce yourself into a nighttime beauty routine?
“It is non-negotiable for me. I'm one of those people who cannot rest unless I am clean and nourished. I almost cannot wait to wash the pollution of the day off my skin, and be fresh and tidy! Shortly after dinner, I get myself to wash up and transition into pre-sleep mode, unless I have a board meeting or event. Do it, and you will feel and sleep better every night.”
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Sydney Reising, CEO & Founder, Sydney Reising Creative

Tell us a little bit about your work.
“I am a hustling PR girl in downtown New York City; I founded my agency, Sydney Reising Creative, a little over two years ago with the aim to deliver a unique blend of marketing, cultural-strategy campaigns, PR, events, and straight-up #SWAG.”

Give us “a day in the life.”
“I’m up at 7 a.m. to make it uptown for those off-leash hours at Central Park. My dog/partner-in-crime Ruby is all about that morning uptown action. By 10, we are back downtown and settling into our workday, juggling calls and photo shoots with all sorts of wildness that comes our way on a daily basis. I’m typically out of the office by 7 or 8 p.m. for a dinner or event, and, if I am behaving properly, back home and in bed by 11:30 or midnight.”

What’s your morning beauty ritual like?
“Showers are a twice-daily thing — in the morning and again before bed, because the city leaves her mark on you, if you know what I mean. In the shower, I use Amorepacific Treatment Cleansing Foam and Bliss Pore Perfecting Facial Polish. For my hair, it’s Dove shampoo, followed by WEN by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner. (It smells amazing.) For body wash, I love the almond Dr. Bronner's. If I'm feeling like a hair mask, which is pretty much every day, I use Neutrogena’s on a regular basis and save Serge Normant Meta Morphosis Hair Repair Treatment for once a week, budget permitting. When I jump out of the shower, I apply Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino Body Oil all over, and follow with WEN by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Replenishing Treatment Mist on my wet hair. I follow that with a First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy for my eyes and Dr. Sebagh Rose de Vie Sérum Délicat for the face. I actually let that sit a minute while I pick out what to wear for the day. Once it sinks in, I double up with Amorepacific Rejuvenating Crème.

"Once my hair is dried and I am dressed, the last step is makeup: Concealer for undereyes, when needed, is usually Dior or Lancôme, but honestly my go-to is Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in Radiant Touch — that pen is genius. I use it under my eyes, but it’s also good for a bit of highlight. I then add a bit of blush; Chanel, normally, because I like to have one thing Chanel on me and the makeup is all I can really afford at this point, and then finish with a swipe of Lancome Hypnôse mascara, and I am good to go."
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If you have an important meeting or event, how does your beauty ritual change, if at all?
“I typically enlist a mask if I am going into Fashion Week or a big pitch meeting. I am a huge fan of Amorepacific for all things skin care, in particular the Luminous Effect Brightening Masque, which is a lifesaver for those occasions when you need the extra oomph. Also, if I plan on getting some…you know…action, then I like to add some steps into the body-care mix. Most important to add, if you are planning to get, let’s say, busy would be talc powder. BE CAREFUL, though; it will get everywhere, especially on black clothes. So, I like to use it post-moisturizing and then hang out in a towel for awhile before I get dressed. You will laugh at me, but I love Lady Primrose Dusting Silk; it smells beyond and comes in this chic crystal shaker. Which, honestly, it ought to at $40, no?”

Because of your demanding schedule, are you often stuck doing your beauty routine on the go?
“YES. It is annoying to have to multitask your beauty. I typically try to multitask wherever and whenever possible, but with one’s beauty routine, you want a bit of peace and quiet...when you can. Unfortunately, I picked the wrong job for such luxuries. On the go, you’ll never find me without my Evian mist, Eve Lom Hand Cream, and Aerin Travel Ivory hairbrush.”

What about hair appointments, facials, or manicures?
"I am so bootleg with this, you do not want me to even tell you about my $4.99 manicures, trust."

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given?
“I think it was Nike who said, ‘Just do it,’ and I kind of took that to heart.”

What’s the best piece of beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
“My client Ashley Smith, being the bona fide babe that she is, always has plenty of beauty advice for me. She told me to do a mask on my hair every day, which changed my hair game entirely.”

You must be familiar with feeling exhausted and burned out by the end of the day. How do you coerce yourself into a nighttime beauty routine?
“My end-of-day situation involves the shower (again), followed by moisturizing like crazy. I do a body butter post-shower followed by the body oil, and then throw on my pajamas. Nighttime action on my face is key — I love Amorepacific Night Moisture Recovery Mask, because you can sleep in it and wake up looking bossy.”
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Legacy Russell, Writer, Artist, & Cultural Producer

Tell us a little bit about your work.
“I am a writer, artist, and cultural producer. I am the London gallery representative for the online platform Artsy. I also am the visual arts editor at Apogee Journal, a senior editor at U.K. publication Berfrois, and a contributing editor at Bomb Magazine’s Bomb Daily. Born and raised in New York's East Village, I go between New York and London to work, write, and to play.

"Every year I do one or two big commissions, and then spend the rest of the year writing for a wide variety of publications, lecturing, and researching on Glitch Feminism, and working closely with the different publications I am involved with in an editorial capacity, with the goal of supporting the production of forward-thinking, innovative journalism. My projects for 2015 aren't public yet; that said — stay tuned.”

Give us “a day in the life.”
“My day can get pretty crazy. I wake up at around 6 a.m. and go to bed around 12. I try to go for a run, but if I can't be bothered I have some oatmeal, a cup of Earl Grey, and get down to business. A normal day involves a lot of calls and meetings, and then in the evening, often writing and reading. With a foot in London and one in New York, I'm on Skype non-stop.”

What’s your morning beauty ritual like?
“I hate makeup. If I can avoid it, I will. Luckily, I have skin that doesn't require much prep, so I usually get up and go. I hop in the shower with Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. I am a curly-haired girl, so I co-wash one day, and then the next day I use shampoo, to fight the dire impact of the hard water here in London. I use St. Ives Exfoliating Scrub every other day on my face, and exfoliating gloves every other day on my body as well. I use Dr. Bronner's soap — Rose or Peppermint — on my skin usually, although Korres Guava shower gel is the bomb and makes my body sing, so I switch back and forth based on my mood. When I get out of the shower, I use Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturiser on my face and Tom's Lavender Deodorant. I use Jergens Shea Butter cream on my body, so as to fight the wintery winds outside. I put on some eyeliner. Then, I finish with Laboratory Perfumes' Gorse, which makes me feel beachy and happy year-round. When I want to get really crazy, I’ll use some Neutrogena bronzer and blush, and dress it up with MAC's Ruby Woo for the lips. Or, if I feel more subdued, I'll go with Chanel's Sirop or Sarong lip gloss. I try to keep it looking fresh and natural.”
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If you have an important meeting or event, how does your beauty ritual change, if at all?
“You'll see me in heels. To transition from day to night, I might go with some darker eyeliner and a dark lip. I really like Sephora's Color Lip Last; the dark-purple 'Color 21' is gorgeous and makes me feel ready to take on the world.”

Because of your demanding schedule, are you often stuck doing your beauty routine on the go?
“I absolutely would never apply makeup on the go — it’s just how I was raised. My father was always very particular about etiquette: no eating while walking down the street, no putting on makeup in public. It's just not done. I like to keep my ritual to myself. If there's an emergency, you might catch me in the bathroom right before an opening putting on some eyeliner.”

What about hair appointments, facials, or manicures?
“For hair, Rosa or Josephina at Astor Place Hairstylists in New York are the best. They've been cutting my hair since I was about seven. If you have curly hair, don't bother paying for some insane cut at some ridiculously posh salon. I got confused once and made the mistake of paying for a $300 haircut and treatment somewhere in Soho. It was not the jam, and I ended up having to wear my hair up for months until it grew out. I learned my lesson, and since then, very rarely go elsewhere than Astor Place; I'll wait until I'm back in NYC to go for a visit. They do a great job for a great price, and they're a New York institution that has continued to stand strong in the face of major gentrification.”

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given?
“Someone very smart once said to me: ‘Grow solo.’ I think of this often, as it's important to remember to always continue to invest in yourself and your own goals, first and foremost.”

What’s the best piece of beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
“'Focus on self. Love self,’ which comes from my dad, Ernest Russell. I'd say this is great beauty advice, but also excellent career advice. It's my mantra. It's impossible to focus outward without focusing inward first.”

You must be familiar with feeling exhausted and burned out by the end of the day. How do you coerce yourself into a nighttime beauty routine?
“I wash my face with Dr. Bronner's soap. I put a bit of Dr. Organic Moroccan Argan Oil cream on my face. I make some tea. I kiss my husband.”
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Anna Kaiser, Founder & CEO Of AKT InMotion

Tell us a little bit about your work.
“I own and operate the luxury boutique fitness brand AKT InMotion, with studios in NYC, the Hamptons, and Connecticut. In addition to running and growing the brand, I regularly train my clients, create weekly content, and teach classes at each location. There are so many incredibly exciting projects in the works. I just launched my very first DVD, Happy Hour, on January 1. This marks the first time the AKT workout has ever been available in its entirety outside of our studios. I head to D.C. next weekend to start the press tour. Soon after, we'll launch our streaming subscription service, as well as a new class “S(wet) Dream,” and host a fabulous five-day retreat in Costa Rica! And, that’s just the spring events.”

Give us “a day in the life.”
“I wake up and have hot water with lemon at 5:15 every morning. Then, I walk and feed my adorable new puppy and grab some coffee before heading to the studio at 6:15. My first class to teach starts at 7, and I usually have a quick breakfast in-between a private session with a client. That leaves my shower at 9:30, and then I’m usually in meetings or phone calls, or dealing with emails, until noon. After, I have another client session, grab some lunch, have another hour of meetings, and then at 3 p.m. I do a live Facebook chat called ‘AskAnna.’ At 4, I meet with my team to discuss strategy. By 5:30, I walk the dog again, grab some tea, and then buckle down to prepare projects for the following day. I normally head home around 8:30, have dinner at 9 p.m. with my husband, and then read a little in bed.”

What’s your morning beauty ritual like?
“When I wake up, I wash my face with a gentle cleanser (Clarins Tamarind) and use a glycolic pad to exfoliate. I brush my teeth and tie my hair back in a low bun with a metal-free elastic. I leave my skin bare to teach, except for an eyebrow pencil (Chanel), waterproof liner (MAC), and lipstick (Kimara). After I teach, I wash my face again, use toner and moisturizer (PCA) mixed with Tom Ford foundation, blush (NARS), and eyeshadow (MAC). Throughout the day, I spray Avène purified water on my face to rehydrate and continue the fresh glow. I try to let my hair dry naturally, and only shampoo every other day. I use conditioner (Kérastase) after working out to keep my hair from drying out.”
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If you have an important meeting or event, how does your beauty ritual change, if at all?
“I will blowdry my hair and use a touch of hairspray.”

Because of your demanding schedule, are you often stuck doing your beauty routine on the go?
“Yes. I’m lucky, because my studio has gorgeous showers and locker rooms that are larger than my amenities at home! I keep a second set of moisturizer, conditioner, and toner at the studio and take my makeup back and forth.”

What about hair appointments, facials, or manicures?
“I love my colorist, Laurie Daniel, who’s currently at Eva Scrivo. I’ve been following her religiously for years…she’s the blonde guru. I’m a natural blonde, so I try not to highlight my hair more than twice a year for extra shine. I see my amazing aesthetician, Tanya Almazan at Dr. Virginia Wade’s office, once a month for maintenance. She has changed my skin, and I’ve realized that monthly visits make a world of difference. You have to care for your skin like you care for your physique — regular checkups help a ton to prevent aging, acne, and dulling. I also try to fit in a manicure once a week, usually on Sunday afternoon when my husband is watching his sport of the moment, and a massage every other week, also on Sunday.

"When you work out five or six times a week, you are officially an athlete and massages become integral to maintaining balance and health. I just keep the same days of the month every month, and if I need to cancel from time to time, so be it. But, keep them in your schedule! Taking care of you will make everyone happier.”

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given?
“'Practice what you preach. Set the example, every day. There are no shortcuts or magic answers. Your business is only as strong as you are.’ — Lisa Sun, CEO, Project Gravitas.”

What’s the best piece of beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
“A friend of mine, Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, once reminded me that it is equally as important to wash your face before a workout as it is afterward. If you hit a workout with a dirty face or worse, with makeup on, the bacteria combined with the dead skin on your face will clog your pores, leading to breakouts. I take this very seriously and always keep Blum Naturals cleansing wipes on hand.”

You must be familiar with feeling exhausted and burned out by the end of the day. How do you coerce yourself into a nighttime beauty routine?
“This happens often, and taking care of myself is tough at the end of the day, when I’m exhausted both physically and mentally. I find that if I can cleanse my face using my Clarins cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and three-time-weekly retinoid cream right when I get home, before I settle in to chores, dinner, or getting prepped for the next day, I always get it in. If I wait until before bedtime, I may fall asleep first.”
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Denise Porcaro, owner and founder of Flower Girl NYC

Tell us a little bit about your work.
“My day-to-day stuff changes. My roles include everything — flower designer, site visits, shopping at the flower market, managing the business, running to the bank, meeting with clients, or working on a new account. Valentine's Day is a project that we have right around the corner. People may not think of it until a few days before, but we start planning as soon as Christmas is over. Also, we have some amazing spring collaborations coming up — I can't wait to unveil those shortly.”

Give us “a day in the life.”
“Which day are we talking about here? Generally, it’s a variation of the following: I usually wake up around 7 or 7:30, and I start my day with a cup of coffee and getting through emails. Sometimes, I might have to get up earlier to tackle my inbox if we have an event or a holiday installation. I also go to the gym if time allows. Depending on what my role is for the day, my morning will consist of said emails, phone calls, flower ordering, flower processing, design meetings, onsite meetings, and if I'm lucky, I will get to squeeze in lunch with a friend or a working lunch with my team. Depending on how late the day takes me, sometimes I’m at Gansevoort Market until 8 p.m. or I may have an event to work. But, if I have a lighter day, I like to cook a healthy dinner or go out to a new restaurant on my not-so-short short list! Then, I like to naturally decompress by either watching an HBO or Showtime show that I'm into at the moment, a movie, or with a book or article I've been meaning to read. I try to stay away from my phone and emails at night. If I'm lucky, I’m early to bed.”

What’s your morning beauty ritual like?
“In the shower, I like to wash my face with with Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever cleanser, plus I love my Clarisonic...it works better for my face in the summer months. I'm a crazy moisturizer regardless, but I boost up my moisturizer in the dry, winter months. Right now, I’m using Remedy Alchemy’s product. My hair is easy, no-fuss; [I] air dry. I like to use Moroccan Oil. Depending on the weather, I might add extra product if I foresee an extra-frizzy hair day. I am also a big fan of coconut oil — I use it for everything from on my body to oil pulling (if I remember), and sometimes even lightly on my face and hair in the dryer months. I always use a Caudalie eye cream and Kiehl’s lip balm. I don't wear much makeup...it depends on what's going on in my day. I curl my eyelashes, apply L’Oréal Voluminous mascara, a light blush, and concealer if I feel I need it.”
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If you have an important meeting or event, how does your beauty ritual change, if at all?
“As you can imagine, the flower world can make your hands and clothes dirty, so instead of wearing a beanie on my head in freezing temperatures, and work boots or clogs, I might wear something I feel a little fancier in, say if I have a meeting or a dinner planned. Maybe the same jeans, but with a heeled boot or a nicer sweater that I wouldn’t wear to work because I’d be worried it would get pulled or get flower gunk on it. However, my hair and makeup remain the same for business meetings. For an event or night out, I might play up my eye or lip.”

Because of your demanding schedule, are you often stuck doing your beauty routine on the go?
“Yes, in which case, I have lip balm, a small hair oil (sometimes I carry around a small Biosilk or Moroccanoil), a lip stain, and a hair brush, which I rarely remember to utilize.”

What about hair appointments, facials, or manicures?
“I try to listen to my body when it comes to those things, however I feel like my skin is the best when I take care of it and get facials at least seasonally, nothing crazy. As you can imagine, for someone in the flower world, work can be pretty hard on the hands, so I try to get manicures and pedicures weekly [or] twice a month. I was a nail biter as a kid, plus I’m from Queens originally, so nails have always been a thing for me. Lushlife Nailworks is my new favorite go-to for manicures and pedicures; an added plus is that it's right around the corner from Flower Girl on Eldridge, and convenience is key with things like this. Anna at Bliss Spa is my favorite facialist. Upon my last visit, I realized I have been seeing her for over 10 years — she mentioned her daughter is nine years old, and I have been seeing her since before she had her! Stacie Tabarez at Twigs Hair Salon is also amazing. I don't do much with my hair, but she knows exactly how to make it what I ask for. I think it's important to be comfortable with these types of things and the people you go to — that's the best approach to getting what you want and makes you feel confident.”

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given?
"A good friend once told me, 'As a small-business owner, remember to take time for yourself, as you can become consumed with what you love and your business.'"

What’s the best piece of beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
"'Curl your eyelashes — it makes a huge difference,' and 'Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!'" are two pieces of valuable advice from a makeup artist I've worked with over the years.”

You must be familiar with feeling exhausted and burned out by the end of the day. How do you coerce yourself into a nighttime beauty routine?
“My ritual at nighttime is very routine, because I don't have time to pamper myself as I would like to. I start with a simple mask. Some nights, just a calming shower (where I like to use a body scrub from Red Flower), moisturizing, and a cup of tea are very relaxing. I try to take a bath and create a face mask from a concoction that I [make] in my kitchen on the weekends.”
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