Makeup Monday: The Secrets Behind Alexandra Von Furstenberg's Signature Glow

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Alexandra Von Furstenberg

The furniture designer and fashion staple reveals her skin care-oriented approach to a flawless face.

Known for her modern acrylic furniture and, of course, her impressive pedigree and former marriage to Diane Von Furstenberg’s only son, Alexander, Alexandra Von Furstenberg is no stranger to the chicest things in life. It’s reflective in her refreshing approach to home interiors, her impeccable wardrobe and the inner circle of celebs and fellow designers she calls her closest friends.

Several of those notable names, including Nate Berkus, Monique Lhuillier, Windsor Smith, Jacqui Getty, Dax Miller and Rosetta Getty, all joined Von Furstenberg in Los Angeles last week where she opened the doors to her new boutique — a 1500-square-foot space on Robertson Boulevard, several blocks from her former store.

The same sleek lines as the previous space are reflected in this new boutique along with new furniture pieces and limited-edition accessories for spring. And keeping in line with her signature shocks of bold color, the designer will debut a new addition to her palette — a rose hue that will undoubtedly look cool when done in Von Furstenberg’s go-to material of acrylic.

Unsurprisingly, the former princess doesn’t employ the same neon shades into her makeup routine, opting instead for a highly disciplined skin care regimen and a practically professional approach to highlighting and contouring.

Here Von Furstenberg dishes on her favorite products and why she keeps those intense colors to her nails and interior design.


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Pret-a-Reporter: What is your beauty philosophy?

Von Furstenberg: My beauty philosophy is no question: Take care of your skin. By that I mean keep it cleaned, scrubbed and moisturized, coupled with drinking plenty of water and absolutely no smoking — [the] worst thing for skin.

What beauty look are you best known for?

Perhaps the look I’m known for is having glowy skin.

Your highlighting skills are pretty impressive. What are your secrets?

Thank you. I use a combination of Guerlain Terracotta ($55) in shade #1 with a MAC bronzer powder ($26) in shade Golden; I am not heavy on contouring. I do it quite lightly to just give my face slight shadows in the right spots. Then I highlight my high cheekbones, slight pass down the center of my nose and a dust above my eyebrows with my favorite must-have, Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick in Bronze ($46) or my new found fave, Becca in Champagne Pop ($38).

What is your signature scent?

Escentric Molecules 01 ($135).

For your summer travels plans, what are your in-flight and travel beauty essentials?

My in-flight travel beauty essentials are Aquaphor ($4) for my lips, a heavy moisturizer — Chantecaille Bio Lifting Cream, $342 or the mask, $153 — a soft eye mask and hand cream.

Shocks of bright color is a signature of your work. Do you ever incorporate bright color into your makeup? If so, how?

I don’t incorporate bright colors into my makeup, but I will do pops of bright colors on my nails sometimes.

You have amazing skin. What are your can't-live-without skin care products?

I can’t live without Dr. Lancers Polish Scrub ($75), my Clarisonic brush, [Philosophy] Purity cleaners ($11), Chantecaille Bio Lifting Cream and Serum, Avene Retrinal ($69) and Neutrogena makeup wipes ($5).