When it comes to beauty, no one in Washington has a more impressive résumé than Carl Ray. Best known for his official gig as personal makeup artist to Michelle Obama, Ray has worked for the Four Seasons’ luxe George Salon for more than a decade. He’s attracted powerful fans over the years—Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, Paula Abdul, Kerry Washington, and Jordan’s Queen Noor are just a few of his A-list clients—and his work has graced the pages of fashion glossies (Vogue, Allure, Elle) and the runways of bridal and couture shows. So what products does the beauty guru turn to when it comes to his own skin? Read on for five of his must-haves.
1) Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon Lip Balm
“I’m a lip balm addict; I’ve tried them all, and I change brands and formulas often. But this is one of my favorite lip conditioners—I love the feel, the taste, and the scent.” $3 at Ulta.
No one knows stress like Washington—and sometimes, all you really need at the end of a long week or a day full of meetings is a relaxing, secluded hour or two at the spa. Crave the Zen but cringe at the $200-plus price tag? We feel you. Luckily, thanks to Spa Week, you can get the pampering you deserve at a fraction of the cost. The annual event brings together area spas, salons, and wellness centers for seven days of discounted offerings, from hot stone massages to skin-clearing facials to blowouts. The best part? Many of the services are capped at $50. Below is a list of ten luxurious ways you can treat yourself next week—but don’t wait, as appointments fill up at warp speed. You can thank us later.
1. Eres “Puzzle” one-piece, $415 at Sylene (4407 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-654-4200)
2. Cat-eye sunglasses in dark tortoise, $175 at Tory Burch (1211 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-337-1410)
3. Blush Blends Sun-tastic SPF 45 protector, $50 at Blush Med Institute (4915 Cordell Ave., Bethesda; 301-312-6728)
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This article appears in the April 2014 issue of Washingtonian.