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#PretaPostcards: Celebrity Makeup Artist Melanie Inglessis' Cuban Cool

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The makeup guru to Olivia Wilde and Kate Hudson takes us on a tour of the Caribbean island nation, Rolling Stones show included.

With a starry client list ranging from Kate Hudson to Amber Heard and Olivia Wilde, in-demand makeup artist Melanie Inglessis rarely has a free moment in her schedule. But when a recent opportunity arose to visit Cuba with her husband, the native Parisian put down her brushes and packed her bags for a nine-day trip — which happened to coincide with a historic Rolling Stones show. 

"With [President] Obama’s visit, the travel restrictions relaxed a bit and we thought it would be a great time to visit," says Inglessis. "The Rolling Stones playing was the cherry on top of the cake! We also wanted to visit before it changes, which it will inevitably." On her list of musts on the Caribbean island? A visit to historic Old Havana and Trinidad, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. "And definitely drive around in a vintage convertible," she says. Here, Inglessis gives us her version of Cuban cool.

Taxis in La Habana Vieja, Havana: A lot of the cars in Cuba are from 1952 through 1959. They are not only a tourist attraction, but also a necessity. A lot of those cars are passed from generation to generation.

La Boca, near Trinidad: Small fishing village. Really quaint and peaceful. That’s my hubby in the pic.

Finca Vigia, San Francisco De Paula: The inside of Ernest Hemingway’s House, east of Havana. Hemingway bought this house (built in 1886) in 1940, and wrote two of his most acclaimed novels there — For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea."

Plaza Mayor, Trinidad: This central square is surrounded by colonial homes, most of them museums now. It truly feels like a time warp.

The tiled floors in Cuba, especially in La Habana Viejo and Trinidad, are stunning. Every single house has a different pattern with bright colors.

Trinidad has been a UNESCO World Heritage since 1988. The cobblestone streets and pastel colors houses make for a beautiful scenery.

El Malecon, Havana: The Malecon is a five-mile-long drive by the ocean. Most of the buildings along it are from the early 1900s, and some of them are truly magnificent but unfortunately falling into dilapidation. Despite this, the Malecon is full of activities at night and it's really fun to take a vintage car and drive along it. 

This is one of the many, many gorgeous buildings.

San Francisco De Asis Square, Old Havana: Me, chilling, taking it all in.

Habana 1791, The Perfume Shop: I bought a scent called Mariposa, which is Cuba's national flower.

Rolling Stones' Havana Concert: To witness many generations of Cubans dancing whilst understanding the implication of this historical moment was really special.

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