The New Zealand native, New York City-dwelling style and self-love blogger and speaker Gala Darling discloses her beauty obsessions
I use a Clarisonic every morning with a cleanser from my favorite spa in New York City, Om Aroma. Afterwards, I splash my face with cold water, then tone with Lush Cosmetics’ Eau Roma Water. I use Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm and a moisturizer, also from Om Aroma. I am obsessed with their products, but my old favorites are jojoba oil and Skin & Bones oil—they’re fabulous.
I apply Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer under my eyes and then powder with MAC Cosmetics’ Studio Fix. If I am going out or have some kind of special event, I use Benefit’s Hello Flawless Foundation—it’s gorgeous. I use NARS bronzer in Laguna, MAC blush in Pink Swoon, and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. I use Anastasia Brow Powder and MAC eye shadow in Vanilla over my lids as a base. I normally use Urban Decay Eyeshadow and their 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in super-super black. I’m currently using MAC False Lashes Mascara. If I don’t have eyelash extensions, I love Shu Uemura or MAC lashes!
Overnight skin ritual:
I remove my makeup with a wipe and apply plenty of eye cream and moisturizer! I also sleep on a satin pillowcase; it helps stop hair from breaking.
Who cuts/colors your hair:
Kristin Jackson. She is a mega-babe. My hair has been platinum blonde and magenta pink for years, and we finally just went back to black (my natural shade) in an effort to health it up and actually grow it! It has been breaking off for years so I have extensions, but hopefully one day soon I will be au naturale!
I’m pretty low maintenance. I use an argan oil shampoo and conditioner and apply Biosilk to my ends when I get out of the shower. I blow dry my hair straight and use a curling iron when I want big, loose curls. I’m a habitual user of dry shampoo!
Favorite eye look:
I like to use browns or pinks in my crease, then I apply black winged liner and major lashes.
Nail color of the moment:
I get Calgel nails at a genius Japanese nail salon called Sakura in the East Village. Right now every nail is a different color glitter and my middle fingers are covered in stars.
I change it up all the time, but it’s always something with a heavy vanilla component. Right now, I’m wearing Comptoir Sud Pacifique’s Vanille Abricot, which I love mixing with Montale’s Chocolate Greedy!
“Never without” product:
MAC Studio Fix—all day, every day!
Secret to staying young and beautiful:
A spoonful of apple cider vinegar every morning! Not tasty, but a miracle-worker. Oh, and Photoshop!
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