Ask An Artist: Esthetician Elena Capo’s Skincare Guide



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Now that we are offically in a winter slump (um, hello Polar Vortex), it’s time to rethink your skincare routine. Esthetician Elena Capo shares her tricks and tips for dry skin suffers to get glowing. New year, new you…right?

“People with really dry skin definitely need richer and thicker products. If they don’t have any problems with breakouts or acne, then they can use thick, rich products that can protect them from indoor heat, wind chill, and other winter elements. Natura Bisse has a whole line for dry skin that is not too heavy. It is always a good idea to wash your skin and exfoliate two to three times a week to rejuvenate skin cells. Before you apply product, spray toner, or basic Evian mist to your face. Then apply a thick moisturizer, like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream. Let it sit for five to ten minutes, then tap lightly with a paper towel and apply your makeup.” For a more affordable option, Elena recommends La Roche Posay, available at Duane Reade.

(Courtesty of Sephora, Walgreens, Natura Bisse, Elizabeth Arden)
     
A native of Minsk, Belarus, Elena spent five years at the University of Belarus and three years at the Beauty Institute of Belarus. Determined to leave her mark in her home town and the beauty industry at large, she began assisting famous estheticians to perfect her skills. In 1994, Elena relocated to New York City. She began working in salons and freelancing on shoots. Since 2003, Elena has been based out of the Soho House’s Cowshed working as their top manicurist.


Elena’s talent has proffered a wide range of celebrity clients including Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Eva Mendes, Marion Cotillard, Catherine Deneuve, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Christina Ricci, Hayden Panettiere, Laetitia Casta, Chanel Iman, Joan Smalls and Liya Kebede. Her work has appeared in Vogue Germany, Numéro, Harper’s Bazaar, Garage, Document and LOVE. She has worked with leading photographers in the fashion industry including Patrick Demarchelier, Ben Hassett, Terry Richardson and Daniel Jackson.

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