It’s almost the end of our desk-top tour, but don’t panic, there are still a few awaiting our invasion. Today’s subject is the ever-so-stylish Alice Ripman, Beauty Director of InStyle Magazine. Jam-packed with beauty goodness, we’re beginning to think beauty products are what desk drawers were made for – who needs stationary anyway? If you missed out, take a look here and read on for our exclusive Q&A.
My big break… I guess it was leaving B to start at InStyle as I’m still here! No day is the same, which I love. I could be in NYC, LA, Paris or London and get to interview amazing celebrities regularly. The first star I ever interviewed was Liv Tyler and she was very sweet to me. We chatted in Paris over macaroons and I was in total awe.
My beauty icon… I think Nicole Richie always looks great, as does Miranda Kerr. It’s the worst kept secret that I am obsessed with Whitney Port too. And I’d like to age like Cindy Crawford please. Being face-to-face with Jessica Alba was quite breathtaking, she’s a true beauty.
My formative beauty moment… I remember my mum taking me to The Body Shop to buy some clear mascara as a treat. I obviously wasn’t ready for black! We used to go there to get bath bombs, fruit-shaped soap and bubble bath. We were obsessed with Rimmel‘s Heather Shimmer at school and we all smelt of Impulse. Oh the glamour!
Eavesdropped from an MUA… Bobbi Brown taught me to lightly pat face serum over my foundation for an instant dewy glow and it really works.
Balm, lipstick or gloss… Balm – chapped lips drive me crackers and no lip colour will look nice if your lips are flaky.
My default face… I use Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator as a primer, then Stila Illuminating Foundation and Convertible Color. Benefit’s new Sun Beam is amazing too – a summer glow in a bottle. I also use Benefit They’re Real Mascara. Then Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eye Shadow in Permanent Taupe, Mac Impeccable Brow Pencil in Fling and Clarins lip and eye balm on my lips.
My beauty shame… Maybe being too bossy with my sister-in-laws about regular manicures and pedicures! I’m also terrible at getting my hair cut. I hate it, more than a trip to the dentist. I probably go twice a year, which should probably be increased.
My fantasy trolley dash… I’d have to say Sephora in NYC. It’s exciting as there isn’t one in the UK and they house some great brands as well as their own. They do a multi-tasking cream which can be used on your face, body, hands, nails and hair and I swear by it.