Grace Mahary, Model

“When I was in high school, I was trying to balance modeling and basketball and it was so hard. One time I was at an away game in Toronto and my teammates and I were playing a really hard team and things were getting rough, but I had to leave early for a test shoot. The locker room was closed so I couldn’t change…I was there with my basketball shorts and jersey, my modeling bag, my school bag and I just ran out of the school. People outside were making fun of me like, yo, she’s leaving because they’re losing! I was like, no—I have to go take a picture! I couldn’t explain that to them. This was back home—I grew up in Edmundton, Alberta, but I live in New York now. When you guys first interviewed me, I had just moved here and was living out of a suitcase. I was like, oh my God, this place!

If you asked me what kind of hair and makeup I wanted back then, I would have told you to ask Riccardo [Tisci] and tell me what to do. [Laughs] Now I have a sense of it—I like picking out makeup and outfits. If I’m not working, I wear foundation 50-60 percent of the time…except for when I’m on my vacation, and then no. I love Bobbi Brown especially because I can apply that on myself. I’ll use Guerlain Terracotta not for contour but for bronzing, and then I mix up YSL Touche ÉclatMAC Select Cover-Up, and a Nars Color Corrector. All three of them together is like a cocktail. For mascara, I just got the double brush from MAC—the thick and thin one. The thick separates so well so I really like it. I used to use those Chanel mascaras because they have the best combs that just glide through your lashes. Everything for my eyebrows is from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I just have to fill them in a little bit more. So I use a mix of pencil and gel.

I love a good lip color. For red, I like the Chanel Rouge Coco. Then Nars has a really good plum pencil—Palais Royal. A friend of mine suggested using the Lip Bar for new colors. The founders were on Shark Tank and they came up with these vegan, organic lipsticks—but the colors! The plum, the purple, the fuchsia… My next adventure is not fuchsia but somewhere in that pastel pinky purple area.

For skincare, I have sensitive skin, so I really just use Bioderma Créaline to take off makeup. I use Embroylisse Lait-Crème Concentré—it’s a little heavy for summer, but it works now that it’s cold. I do have Dermologica Daily Microfoliant, the little powder that turns into a scrub, and that stuff is really good to use once a week. I had a sample and then I fell in love and I bought it. This is why samples are great and people should not be afraid of giving out samples. I use coconut oil for moisturizer now, too…I was looking at natural scrubs and then someone said coconut oil is good for scars and stretch marks anywhere and then I started using it on my body and I was like why wouldn’t I wear it on my face if it’s so good?

OK, let’s talk hair. I believe that if you give a lot of attention to what you wear, you should give that much attention to your hair. For products, Oribe has a great styling cream. I use that when my hair’s curly. You put it in when your hair is down. I’ll use Fekkai’s Mending Elixir, and it’s like an eyedropper—I do a little drop. It’s like this replenishing serum. That stuff’s amazing. For conditioners and shampoos, I’m addicted to DevaCurl. It defines my curls after all the heat.

For exercise I don’t just do basketball anymore—I do everything. I need to do something different every 30 seconds actually. Those high intensity classes are always good for that. There’s the integral training, and you mix it up with Pilates, kickboxing, spinning, basketball, bike riding…at least 3-4 times a week. And I have a lot of at-home exercises. If I have a call time at 8 or 9am, I can do stuff at the house and get a really good workout inside. I love that kind of stuff—I used to want to be a doctor in the NBA. That’s where my head was until [my agent] found me and got me to commit to modeling. I wasn’t ready for it. But it’s always been fun for me. I had to learn so fast and I appreciate it—without it I probably wouldn’t be the same person.”

—as told to ITG

Grace Mahary photographed by Tom Newton.

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Beatrice Valenzuela, Shoe Designer

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“My name is Beatrice Valenzuela [@beatricevalenzuela] and I live in Echo Park, Los Angeles. For work, I design and make shoes, bags, and jewelry—I get to create things that I want to wear. The best thing about running my own business is that I get to choose my own hours, which means time to take trips with my little ones and my partner. We love to camp and explore California on the weekends—the beach, mountains, forests, lakes and deserts. I also started the Echo Park Craft Fair, which is a biannual market where makers can sell their goods to our community. We sell everything from fashion and beauty products to cacti.

My aunts used to sell beauty products to their friends when I was a kid—they taught me how to do facials when I was 10 years old. I would go with them to their beauty parties and hear all about the benefits of royal jelly, and the wonders of a good mask, eye cream, and moisturizer. I’d put my head on my aunt’s lap and she’d tone and moisturize my face. I started doing a little scrub a few times a week…pampering myself is still a priority in my day to day because of that. My showers are sacred to me. I start with washing my hair twice with Leonor Greyl Shampooing Au Miel and then I condition with Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque, which I’ll leave in. I wash and exfoliate with Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser and a terrycloth towel, scrubbing very gently. I wash my body with a natural sponge and L’Occitane Ultra Rich Hand & Body Wash. Then I carefully shave my legs with my Kalon Studios Walnut Razor—it’s a perfect fit in my hand and beautiful on my bathroom shelf. I rinse out almost all of the conditioner but I leave in a bit which helps with frizz.

I towel dry my hair a little bit, but not all the way, and use Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream with a pump of Shu Uemura Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil. I’ll run my fingers through it but I try not to touch it too much. The more I touch it, the frizzier it’ll get. Once it’s completely dry then I scrunch it a bit with my hands to make it wild. I spray my face with Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence and apply Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum, Rebuilding Moisturizer, and Restorative Eye Cream. On my body I use Joyous Organic Shea Butter and their Delightful Deodorant, which is the best I’ve found.

In the summer I spend a lot of time in the sun, so I have all kinds of SPFs—my favorites are Sun Bum SPF 50 for the body and La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 for the face. Alba Botanica makes a Kukui Nut Body Cream that keeps my tan intact. I wear sandals year-round here in California, so at night I use Joyous Organics Joyful Dreams Foot Balm for my cracked heels. My lips get very dry, so I like to exfoliate them with Joyous Organics Espresso Sugar Scrub…It’s yummy and perfect in fall. My routine changes seasonally, but my perfume is always Summer by Dasein. People go crazy for it, it smells like a cocktail.

If I’m going out or seeing a girlfriend, I make sure to put on lipstick—something pink or fuschia. Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Pencil 16c is matte and doesn’t move at all. I also love the Nars Audacious lipstick line, especially Angela and Claudia. I’ll do a little Nars Bronzer in Laguna on my lids, Nars Orgasm on my cheeks and Nars Highlighting Blush above my cheekbones. I’ve been growing out my eyebrows using the tips from Kristie Streicher’s Eyebrow Rehab, so I just do a little clear MAC Brow Finisher, and I fill in any gaps with Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Define and Fill Duo in Soft Brown. I’ll add a light coat of Tom Ford Extreme Mascara in Raven on the lashes and keep a fresh face. When applying mascara, I like to start at the base and gently rock sideways back and forth as I pull the wand through my lashes. This separates them perfectly while coating them…they look twice as long.

When I am feeling down and need to be re-energized I go to Natura Korean Spa and get a body scrub. It’s very stimulating and leaves my skin looking radiant. I used to dance, so I’ve always been mindful to take good care of my hands and feet—my favorite manicure and pedicure is from Olive & June in Pasadena, and I’ve been using RGB Polish in Beach lately for both hands and feet. It’s nude and blends well with my skin tone. For hair, I make the trip from the east side and get a great cut and color and highlights at Ramirez Tran about four times a year.

I like to include my children, Astrid and Dimitri, into my routine. They have their own products too! They take baths together. I like to throw in some Fresh Rice Sake Bath Soak or Fig and Yarrow Floral Bath Milk. Then after their bath they rub in their own Joyous Organics Shea Butter. It’s more for fun than need—they already have soft skin. When I relax, I light one of my candles. Then I’ll get a hot bath going with Outremer Violette Bubble Bath, and I’ll pour myself a glass of crémant or Champagne. Then I’ll listen to my romance series, Outlander, on Audible.”

—as told to ITG

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I arrived in New York last night and headed straight to the John Freida Salon in Meatpacking. They just launched a new line of hair products designed to give good curls and as a chronic straightener I was interested in something new. So with my luggage in tow I hailed a cab and darted downtown for the wavy locks that dreams are made of.

Stylist David Allen washed my mane with Frizz Ease Smooth Start Shampoo. It’s perfect for girls with straight hair who have frizz or fly-aways. It helps eliminate frizz from the shampoo to the chair. Next Allen brushed the new Frizz Ease mouse through my hair. I always love to comb product through wet hair to ensure it gets distributed evenly. I’m obsessed with this mouse; it doesn’t give you crispy curls circa 1993 but soft volume at the roots. Before blowing out my tresses Allen spritzed me with my favorite product from their new launch- Go Curlier. It helps lock in curls for a full forty-eight hours. We dried my hair and went through it with a curling iron. I love that Go Curlier is heat activated to help lock in the perfect waves while styling. My drab tired locks perked up into wavy bombshell perfection. Needless to say I’m obsessed.

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