I’m not going to sugarcoat it: reality stars can be really narcissistic. So when I showed up to interview Bethenny Frankel about the launch of her skin, makeup, and body line—called Skinnygirl (what else) Face And Body Solutions—I naturally assumed we would spend our time discussing what must be her favorite topic: herself. Right? Wrong: I could barely get a question in edgewise as she drilled me about my blush (she even called her makeup artist in to show her what she “wanted to look like—pink and dewy”—um, I’m flattered!) and my eyelash extensions (she doesn’t have them but thinks that my tip about brushing them to keep them from tangling is hilarious).
I’m glad I persevered, because when it comes to beauty, the Bravo star really does seem to know her stuff. After trying a bazilion products and not always getting great results, Frankel decided to work with chemists to whip up her own line. Here’s a look inside her beauty routine:
She had issues. Just like most of us, Frankel struggled with breakouts. “In my twenties and early thirties, I would break out, pick my face, then wonder why my skin was dry. I didn’t realize the importance of moisturizing—now I cleanse, tone, exfoliate, hydrate. It’s all about consistency and forming a routine in your life. I wanted to create a line of skincare that was straightforward—you’re paying for the product, not what it’s packaged in, the marketing, or any of that B.S.”
She learns from the pros. “I actually like doing my own makeup and hair on the weekends. I learned from my makeup artist that using a primer really does work. Also, finding the right foundation shade is so important. Sometimes I think I look weird in pictures and that’s why. The other day I swiped a bunch of different foundations on my cheek and made Jason pick the best match.”
She’s not high maintenance—I swear. “I don’t get spray tans—never have. I think they make me look too brassy. If I want to look bronzed, I’ll just put something on my legs that day. I don’t put any products in my hair because I want it to look clean. If I’m doing my hair myself, I just throw rollers in.” She doesn’t wear lash extensions but says, “for my talk show, I want to play with the strips and the individuals because they look natural.” FYI: Her makeup bag isn’t fancy either—it’s Sonia Kashuk.
She really mixes it up. “I shower 50 percent of the time and bathe with my daughter the other half.” When it comes to fragrance, surprisingly, she doesn’t have a signature: “I have a couple bottles that last forever and I put them on depending on my mood—I like Narcisso, Jo Malone, Kiehl’s, Hermes, and Gucci—but I have a few that are like sweatpant fragrances. I don’t know why I wear them; I don’t really even like them. I have to throw those out.”
She trusts her husband’s fashion sense. “Jason doesn’t care about my hair or makeup look, but he always comments on my clothes. He’ll say ‘that looks cheap’ and he’s always right, so I take whatever I’m wearing off and give it away immediately because I don’t like to have a bunch of stuff.”
Turns out that Frankel really is a straightshooter—I love it when celebrities are just as good in real life!
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