The stylist behind *that* iconic Ezra Miller Playboy is thirsty. ?

Welcome to Groom Raider, a series where we, well, raid the grooming closets of the people we admire to see what products they use. While we browse through their moisturizers, creams, fragrances and more, we get a glimpse into their past lives and the stories behind how they came to be. This week we meet with Ryan Young, a stylist from NYC. 

Ryan Young, stylist, NYC, @cryoungin

There’s no doubt that when Ezra Miller’s photos for Playboy came out, the Internet was shook.

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After all, it was an iconic moment in history – the first time a fluid star covered the pages of the publication, traditionally geared towards straight cis males. Though the cover went viral for good reason, some of the credit goes to stylist Ryan Young who was the creative genius behind the sartorial concept.

“It really was an awesome experience and a total dream shoot,” Ryan tells Very Good Light. “It’s not everyday you get to subvert gender norms on such a public platform—not to mention for Playboy!” Working with Ezra, he says, was also a completely joy to work with.

“Ezra is a force unlike any other on set—a total genuine being,” he says. “Not only does he take killer pics, but you can tell he is totally dedicated to every project he’s involved with. It makes you want to work harder.”

Though it may seem as if Ryan’s career skyrocketed in a single day, he’s been cutting his teeth in the industry, working for Vanity Fair under Jessica Diehl (she was behind that iconic Caitlyn Jenner cover!). After working on special editions like working with Tracee Ellis Ross for the magazine’s Emmys cover, he left the publication to work on his own. He’s now signed under the Wall Group, one of the most prestigious agencies in the industry. Through it all – the ups and downs of NYC – Ryan’s always had his beauty and a regimen to keep him grounded. Below, Ryan – who’s a true beauty boy at heart – dishes on his go-to products and secrets he’s learned over the years.

“I’m from Tallahassee, Florida originally, but made a swift move to NYC the moment I was able to get out.

Obviously things down South can be stifling for a young, queer kid trying to find an outlet for his creativity—Florida is as nuts as the headlines. Though, a lot of what I learned about my beauty regimen and overall aesthetics comes from my parents and family. My mom is a hairstylist and my grandma is an esthetician. Needless to say, I went through a lot of suspect hairstyles in high school.

I have a pretty consistent beauty regimen that I try to stick to. Thankfully, my grandma started me on one around 14 or 15 so I’ve been trying to maintain it since.

My main line of defense is water. I try to drink around 1-gallon a day—insert corny joke about being thirsty here. I wash my face in the morning and night with SkinCeuticals foaming cleanser because it’s best in the shower and over the sink. I need a shower to wake me up in the morning, so something easy and quick to use is best. I tend to have sensitive skin and this is the most gentle mid-range cleanser I’ve found by far.

I probably should upgrade, but I really love Dr. Bronner’s Lavender soap for body wash. Again, it’s pretty much the only thing that doesn’t dry out my sensitive skin. Plus, I swear you can smell the hemp on my skin all day—which I love. It’s a holdover from the hippie dude I dated in college.

I try to drink around 1-gallon a day—insert corny joke about being thirsty here.

I’ve been obsessed with Dr. Barbara Strums drops after Jennifer Fisher got me hooked on them. I switch them up, but my favs are the Anti-aging and Glow drops. I apply them directly after I wash.

(Photo courtesy Ryan Young/Very Good Light)

Probably the most important step in my regimen is under eye cream. I’m always puffy in the morning, so I don’t go a day without Caudalíe’s eye balm. I’ve consistently used it for years even after they changed the formula. Since it’s winter and I’m worth it, I use La Mer for my moisturizer.

I don’t get in for a facial nearly enough, but once a week I use Tracie Martyn’s Enzyme Exfoliant to minimize blackheads and clean the film of New York air out of my pores.

Fuck gender norms. Fuck the patriarchy and wear makeup if you want to!

I’m not really a fragrance loyalist, but I hate having a scent others have. My tried and true is Tizana Terrenzi Golden Rose Oudh. I was looking for the perfect rose scent that wasn’t too intense or overly floral and I found this one around 4 years ago at Barney’s and have loved it since. I once read that Prince loved wearing women’s perfume and I thought that was so rad, so naturally, I wanted to wear something that wasn’t overtly butch.

For the most part I usually wear zero fragrance—only Tom’s of Maine when I’m with clients. I’m a big believer in being receptive of pheromones and putting them out. Also, I’m super allergic to most deodorants, so it’s usually the natural approach for me.

The only product I won’t compromise on is hair product. I’ve been using Baxter Paste Pomade since Kevin Baker at Sposito turned me onto it like 6 years ago. It’s honestly the perfect consistency and doesn’t leave my hair oily or clumpy. And it works the best on my ever-growing rat tail.

I don’t really have a beauty mantra, but I think it functions as a natural creative extension of oneself. I really celebrate the stigma being lifted from men embracing beauty and how these ideals are ever-evolving. Fuck gender norms. Fuck the patriarchy and wear makeup if you want to!”

GQ’s grooming director is also a beauty witch

Welcome to Groom Raider, a series where we, well, raid the grooming closets of the people we admire to see what products they use. While we browse through their moisturizers, creams, fragrances and more, we get a glimpse into their past lives and the stories behind how they came to be. This week we meet with Garrett Munch, grooming director at GQ. 

Garrett Munce, grooming director @ GQ, NYC

“I’m very witchy,” says Garrett Munce, grooming director at GQ.

It’s a sleepy Saturday afternoon and we’re greeted by Garrett and his black pug named Elvira, who traipses about the one-bedroom apartment. Aligned on every other shelf are beautiful healing rocks ranging from small to large quartz, amethyst, onyx crystals. In corners of the room, incense – sweet, musky – delicately permeates through the air. Energy mists line his bedroom shelf from brands like Cap Beauty and The Fifth Veda.

SEE ALSO: Meet Who What Wear’s editor Bobby Schuessler

It all feels, well, magical. And if there ever was a beauty witch – one who’s mystical, spiritual and can give you suggestions to the best new Korean sheet mask – it would be Garrett himself.

It’s this mystical (and magical!) approach to beauty that keeps him grounded. So along with the many masks he’ll use to saturate his pores with moisture will be energizing mists to activate his Chakra. With trendy products from the likes of Dr. Sturm will also be a good crystal-infused spray. “They’re good for meditating and clearing the Third Eye,” he explains as he mists the space. “I’ll spray them on my pillow before I go to sleep because it helps activating your psychic center. You’re connecting to the universe and sometimes I’ll have really intense dreams – sometimes psychic dreams and it’s really good.”

(A spritz of this water is said to be healing to Garrett. Photo by Ian Michael Crumm/Very Good Light)

Below, we talk to Garrett about skincare, healing products and how his witchiness comes to play with beauty and grooming.

“As long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with grooming. In middle school, high school, even elementary school, I was obsessed with hair. Guys are brought up and taught to not be experimental with grooming and beauty the same way that women are, and I was never that way. I went through all the phases that you could think of.

I went through the dying-your-hair-crazy-colors phase in high school. One time I was doing this summer theatre program between my junior and senior year of high school. And I dyed my hair. Well, I made my friend Lauren dye my hair. At the time I had it spiked. This is like early 2000’s so it was kind of like it was like a “She’s All That” situation. I had who dye it like fire. So my roots were yellow. My middle was red. And the tips from the middle were orange. That lasted about three days until it all kind of started to mush together and become like this neon orange color. My mom wasn’t happy about it and she took me straight to the salon. I went and drove to the drugstore secretly and I bought one of those Feria highlight kits. I basically did these deep purple streaks in my hair. My mom flipped out. She was so pissed that she ordered my senior portraits in a black and white so that she wouldn’t see my hair color.

With my skin, I definitely had problems with it in in high school. So I definitely was that guy that was reading like Jane and Seventeen trying to figure out what drugstore products to buy. I was very lucky I never had like cystic acne or like really, really bad acne that I had to like go to a dermatologist. But I definitely was going to the mall or going to department stores buying weird stuff and like trying it all in my bathroom.”

On getting to GQ:

“I’m from Charlotte and I always loved clothes, fashion and grooming. I was also completely obsessed with magazines. I would read everything and cut out pictures and articles and all that kind of thing. I would keep a box full of tear sheets in my room. I was obsessed with that but I didn’t really know that was a real job until I lived in New York City. I started interning and I started out in costume design styling. Eventually, I got an assistant job at W for about a year. I was there from ’08 to 2012. I ran the fashion closet and then worked my way up a little bit. I became their menswear editor there before Stefano [Tonchi] came over. A job at GQ about about and I’ve been there for about six years.

There are so few men’s magazines now and I feel really lucky that I get to work out one of the ones that’s still around. I think it definitely makes me realize like how I have this kind of responsibility. I take that with me going into those offices every day.”

On his role at GQ:

CBD The daily hit

(“I love Lord Jones’ CBD and The Daily Hit. When I’m feeling anxiety it really calms me down. This clay mask is what I swear by. You can literally feel your face pulsing it’s so good.” Photo by Ian Michael Crumm/Very Good Light)

“I remember there is this one commercial for some sort of like new face wash. There’s a little brother washing his face with bar soap and an older brother like ‘Yo, bro like you would never wash like you know your face with like the same soap that you wash your body with. Right?’ And he was like ‘No, you like you should never do that. You should use this like this cleanser.’ And for some reason that changed my life.

Today, I think about that commercial a lot, especially when I’m planting stories for GQ. Because I never had any sort of resources for myself growing up in terms of best practices or things to do for yourself. And so I I take that role very seriously. I think people are very much more open to talking about grooming. But I also want to make sure that there are resources that speak to those people, and it’s not just the kid who’s like, ‘what face wash should I buy as my first face wash?’ I want to talk to the guy are also now my age and are asking about Botox and wanting to learn about lasers and fixing wrinkles.”

On his favorite products:

Hair

Aesop sturm

(Three products Garrett swears by: Triple C Lightning from Soko Glam x CosRX, Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops and Aesop’s cleanser. Photo by Ian Michael Crumm/Very Good Light)

“I don’t wash my hair every day. I actually only wash it about once a week. And when I do wash it, I try to use R+Co’s conditioning foam because one of the hairstyles that we work with, Thom Priano, told me about it. He works on Timothee Chalamet, who we shot. Thom taught me about it because it doesn’t strip your natural oils like a shampoo. And if I wash my hair too often or even if I wash it with like, the wrong shampoo, it gets really frizzy and puffy because I have kind of naturally curly hair. It looks dry really easily and so I get really nervous about that.

I use a hair mask about once a week. I’m really liking Sisley’s Hair Ritual, it brings back all moisture. I’m really sensitive to texture. I like to play with my hair and run my hands through it a lot. If it ever feels dry, I freak out. I don’t want it to feel oily but I don’t it to feel dry. 

Soaps

I’m obsessed with bar soaps. I think that they’re so easy and you don’t have to use like a loofah. I’m really into this one by Shea Moisture that’s an African black soap. I really, really love it. Then after, I’ll use a deodorant. I’ve recently switched to natural deodorant. I really like Schmidt’s. I love the charcoal  – it’s so good. That’s the only one that I found didn’t have a really weird transition period where I felt like I smelled. Basically, you can’t ever have a natural antiperspirant because an antiperspirant has to have aluminum in it.

Skincare

(K-beauty or bust: Garrett enjoys mists from Neogen, moisturizers from Missha and essences from Missha. Photo by Ian Michael Crumm/Very Good Light)

I’ve been doing this look like a major whole Korean skin care thing lately. So before a cleansing oil first. I’ll do the oil cleanse in the shower then Aesop’s combination cleanser. Right after the shower, I head for a toner. I love a good toner. I really love this Acwell licorice 5.5 pH one from Soko Glam. It’s really good.  Then I’ll do that Neogen mist essence, which I love. I’ll do my Ordinary hyaluronic acid serum and use that one. Usually, I switch up my serums and things. 

I’ll do an eye cream in the morning. I’ve been using that Tata Harper one and I love it. I’m obsessed with her and all of her stuff right now. I’ll put some Barbara Sturm’s anti-pollution drops with my moisturizer, which is usually that Missha super gel water cream. I really love that because it’s very light and it doesn’t ever feel sticky. I also really hate anything that’s too thick, like anything greasy or oily or thick, like an old lady cream like. After, I’ll finish with a sunscreen. I only recently, to be honest, just started wearing sunscreen every single day. Probably in the last two years now because I used to be like a total sun slut. I think you grew up not  knowing that the sun was bad for you. I grew up going to tanning beds!”

Makeup

“I was getting a lot of redness and a lot of uneven skin tone from exfoliating, I didn’t really quite know what was going on. I was talking to Charlotte [Cho] from Soko Glam, and she was like, ‘well have you ever tried a CC cream or a BB cream?’ I was like, ‘no why would I try that? What is that?’ And she told me Korean guys use it all the time. She gave me one from Erborian, the brand that’s both French and Korean. 

I went home and I used that CC cream and I didn’t tell my husband. On the subway that morning going to work he was like, ‘your face looks really clean, wow.’ And I was like, ‘Really?’ He was, ‘did you use a new face wash or something this morning? God, it looks really clean.’ I like it a lot. It really kind of changed my life because it changed my perspective on what is possible from using that kind of product. I’ve always experimented with makeup. I remember going to Bare Minerals to buy their powder. But I was always self-conscious to wear makeup. The thing with that CC cream is that it changed my life. I know that skincare is the long game – it’s more about upkeep is more about finding the products that work. It’s about doing the thing that is going to be most beneficial for your skin. But sometimes you just need to cover that shit up and go to work, you know?”

Sheet masks

“I am completely obsessed with sheet masks. It’s an active struggle for me not to do one every night. I’m careful to not use too many that have retinol, acids or ‘detoxing’ ingredients. I usually alternate those with hydrating and soothing versions. Really what you want from a mask is the relaxation element – the fact that they force you to slow down and sit still while they’re on your face is not lost on me. And you can’t really multi-task while you’re wearing them either, unless you count Instagram stories.

The ones that are the best are Joanna Vargas Twilight, Patchology flashmasque hydrate, SK-II’s version, Tatcha Luminous Dewey Skin Mask, Verso Deep Hydration Mask and Chantecaille Gold energizing eye recovery mask.”

‘Love, Simon’s’ Clark Moore is the definition of black hair magic

Clark Moore

(Clark Moore/Very Good Light)

“My Saturn is in return and it finally feels like things are coming together,” says Clark Moore, one of the stars from the breakthrough teen flick, “Love, Simon.”

He’d just celebrated his 27th birthday in Venice this past Sunday and was delighted to know that two friends from the cast, Miles Heizer and Joey Pollari both showed up. “They came all the way from Silverlake and Eagle Rock to Venice just to celebrate me and that is sweet. That is true love.”

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In the movie, out now, Clark plays Ethan, a self-assured, sassy gay teen whose one-liners steal the entire movie. Ethan’s lines cut deep and his clapbacks are so strong you almost feel the residual effects minutes later. But Clark has always had a self-assured side. He came out to his parents early while growing up in Atlanta. “I had the privilege that not many others have in that my parents were both liberal-leaning and supportive,” he tells us.

Clark Moore

(Clark Moore/Very Good Light)

And having grown up as an out adolescent, Clark felt he had to be a true gay person. “This meant skincare was on my mind since I was young,” he says. “Before Google, I sourced magazines to television for what I needed to get. I ended up with hundreds of shampoos and conditioners I didn’t need.”

That led him to also purchase every acne product on the market, from Neutrogena to Clearasil. “Nothing worked because I used all of them at the same time,” he recalls. “I had a rough adolescence in that I suffered from acne. I finally went to a dermatologist who told me to start fresh. Now I’ve found that I don’t need to do so much with my skin.”

And it’s the same thing when it comes to those shampoos and conditioners. “I don’t wash my hair that much,” he says of the secret to his luscious, thick hair. “The secret is washing it every couple of weeks. And a little black magic.”

Below, we get a peek into Clark’s medicine cabinet where he shared his skin and hair secrets.

“We had a bunch of night shoots on ‘Love, Simon’ which meant all nighters that turned into very early mornings. I would put these hydrating gels from Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Lift & Firm Hydra Gel
on in the trailer and let them work their magic while I went through hair. I like to think this helped our makeup artists a little bit but that might be giving myself too much credit.
 
Our makeup artists had the best tips for keeping our skin youthful even when we were clogging our pores with makeup. The number one tip: never forget serum! This night serum from Peter Thomas Roth, the Retinol Fusion PM, goes on smooth and you wake up feeling fresh and hydrated rather than dry and wrinkly.
Clark Moore

(Clark Moore/Very Good Light)

I try to do these masks from Kiehl’s a couple times a week! I also love this masque because it exfoliates and it brightens as well as clears out your pores. I focus this on my forehead and under eye to even out tone from sun exposure out in LA and alternate with my Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask on my T-Zone, cheeks, and skin to flush my skin and minimize my pores.
 
After I wash off those clay masks I finish with the Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask, which I employ more like a moisturizer. It sits on top of the skin creating an invisible film that protects your skin “from environmental aggressors.
Clark Moore

(Clark Moore/Very Good Light)

When it comes to my hair, I have to shoutout my hairstylist, Gracie Odoms. She’s so amazing and sweet. I found her a couple of years ago using her at the time. She has taken me from short sort of coif in back to this cute bob thing I’m doing now. It’s funny because I’ve been prickly talking about my black hair to white people. For one, white people wash their hair way too much. When people ask black people how much they wash it, it’s infrequent. I rarely wash and go a couple of weeks without using shampoo. My scalp’s so used to it it doesn’t have oiliness of a smell.

A lot of white people are addicted to shampoos. But it’s stripping your natural hair oil and produces my oil because it’s expecting shampoo to strip it off. My secret, other than my own black hair magic, is going to Gracie once a month and having her go through this two hours process. If I do it on my own it takes an entire half-day and my arm gets cramped. 

Clark Moore

(Clark Moore/Very Good Light)

She has me on this regimen where it’s Moroccan oil and coconut oil shampoo, a combination of both. Then, we get into a conditioning mask. It’s a huge fro after we wash it but she gets it down. It’s with a straight iron and blow dryer after we condition it. She’ll take a few sections and curl it with a flat iron. Then, she’ll do a trim.

The other big secret is that I really don’t do anything to my hair every day. At night, I’ll pin curl it with bobby pins and I’ll wrap in a silk scarf. Inn the morning I’ll take them out. Five minutes at night, five minutes in the day. It looks like high maintenance but it’s really not. And if it gets too oily I’ll put in a dry shampoo. But that’s all that it is. My entire hair and skincare regimen is all about simplicity. “

Meet the design duo known as the ‘Fashion Bears’

JCRT

(Photo by Brian Sanchez/Very Good Light)

Welcome to Groom Raider, a weekly series where we, well, raid the grooming closets of the people we admire to see what products they use. While we browse through their moisturizers, creams, fragrances and more, we get a glimpse into their past lives and the stories behind how they came to be. 

“Everyone in fashion calls us ‘The Bears,’ like Anna Wintour.”

So says designer Robert Tagliapietra with a hearty laugh. He’s one half of the design duo, JCRT, with his design partner (and real-life partner!) Jeffrey Costello. The two recently launched their first men’s specific line of made to measure plaid shirts years after shuttering their beloved womenswear brand, Costello Tagliapietra. The brand was known for its outre cuts and killer dresses worn by the likes of celebrities to downtown cool girls.

SEE ALSO: Designer Michael Bastian on his awkward teenage years

The brand is no more, but the designers are now more inspired than ever. Known for their beards and signature lumberjack style, both decided to venture into what felt organic to them: Plaids in all shapes and sizes for both men and women.

“We all hate going to a bar and seeing someone else in the same shirt, like, your night’s ruined,” says Jeffrey. “There’s a beauty to wearing something so unique no one else will have it.”

We caught up with both Jeffrey and Robert at their Chelsea studio in New York City where they not only showed us a glimpse of their “Plaidiverse,” but talked their beards, maintenance and even a few ~amazing~ beauty tips.

On their new brand:

Robert Tagliapietra: “We created this shirt that fits really beautifully, is really well tailored, a great price, and we treat it like a canvas. We throw ideas onto it and it’s what we wear everyday anyway. We literally met wearing plaid, we’ve always had plaid on so it made sense to create this ‘Plaidiverse.'”


On love:

Robert: “We met at Sound Factory nightclub, where Sleep No More is now. It was love at first sight but we were both way too shy to talk to each other. So, three weeks in a row, [Jeffrey’s] friend Lauren Rosselli of Book of Love came up to me and she grabs me and is like, ‘I am not coming here next weekend, you are going to meet my friend Jeffrey right now, and you are going to talk to each other.’  

Jeffrey Costello: “It was embarrassing, I couldn’t really grow a beard until I was like, 33 years old. I was trying, I would get a little fuzz, but then I met Robert and I guess he pulled the beard out of me.” 

On Madonna bringing them together:

Robert: “We both had scruff. It was cute. We weren’t bears yet, maybe cubs. Jeffrey had a line back then that was well received. I always joke that when we first met he was working on Madonna’s ‘Bedtime Story’ video. I was a little 20-year old obsessed Madonna fan who really wanted to work with Jeffrey on that video. So I needled my way in, and that was the first project we worked on. I mean, he did it but I kinda pretend helped.

We started working together officially, doing things and projects through the 90’s. That’s when we worked on tours, with Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen, Salt ‘N Pepa. It was an amazing period.”

On being the only bears in fashion:

Robert:  “I loved when we would hear the industry and the higher-ups refer to us as ‘The Bears’, it’s always funny hearing that come out of Anna’s [Wintour]  mouth for instance. Like, its a funny thing. It’s hysterical. It’s never been something that stopped us, and it’s not lost on us that this is an industry that prides itself on not only just health but also thinness. 

 Jeffrey: “I remember when Style.com was alive, they ran an image with the caption ‘The Three Little Bears’ with us an someone else. I thought it was nice.’

On Gender:

Robert: “I grew up in the 90s, I was a wannabee riot grrrl. I was obsessed with that whole culture, and I always loved how culture would inform politics and vice versa, so like it’s those two things that excite me. Now when we see boys wearing skirts, that’s politics and fashion working together. It’s culture. I get so excited when I see that. I don’t even think I would have ever thought I would see some guy walking down the street in a pencil skirt, and boots and normal hair. I fucking love it.”

Jeffery: “It’s just adding another layer of beauty to the world.  We have an older intern who has this huge beard and he walks around in a dress every day, and eyeliner, and  he’s like my idol now.”

 On beard pride:

 Jeffery: “My beard fully took off at 33. I was always trying to get it going, I always wanted it, it was coming in a little patchy and  all of the sudden it just kinda was there. People were a little taken back by our beards because we looked a little country.”

Robert: “I would be lying if I said it wasn’t something that I knew was letting us stand out a little in a sea of 400 designers on Vogue.com. We’re the bearded big guys who did very feminine dresses. Granted that wasn’t an equation that we set out with, but it definitely helped us in a way. Even just this weekend a young woman came up to us at a restaurant and I think because we are so recognizable I think that was an easy thing to connect and that’s exciting for us, that’s still exciting for us. It’s totally part of who we are.”

Beard maintenance: 

Jeffrey: “I feel like I need to wash it everyday. I do condition  it. What I do is brush my teeth, hop in the shower, wash my face with Kiehl’s olive oil soap. Then, the Kiehl’s ultra damage conditioner goes on. So I’m standing there in my soapy mess, and I let the steam from the shower bake it in. About 20 minutes later, I rinse it out. The argan oil goes in, and I’ll choose between the Brooklyn balm or I might just leave it with the oil. It makes it super fuzzy and soft. Like a cloud.”

Beard Advice:

Jefferey: “For me I always yell at people because they come up to me like oh I can’t get past this certain place. The thing is to have a good boar bristle brush that’s soft. Carry that with you, and just brush it out. Instead of saying it’s getting itchy, just brush it through, and within like, 2 weeks, it’s at that level you can live with.”

Robert: “That’s the common problem that people have when they grow it out, it gets to a certain point and it starts to itch. All you have to do is just comb it out. We micro trim everyday though, you always find that one hair that wasn’t there yesterday. All of the sudden you will have that one hair that’s longer than the rest and you just have to trim it off.”

On controlling beard regimen:

Robert: “There are two products from Kiehl’s that I really love. There’s that Midnight Oil which I love love love, and there’s that one in the brown bottle, the line reducing concentrate. It’s got this warming thing to it. I’ll put a little bit, because I’ll break out otherwise. I have skin that either breaks out because it’s too oily or breaks out because it’s too dry, it’s always a fine line, so I sort of have to play this game everyday of, ‘Do I put something on or do I not?’ It’s frustrating and at 42, I thought it would have changed, but not so much.

The Lab Series face wash is also really nice, so sometimes I do that if I need a little more oil control. It’s a bit of a game of circulating around. Clark’s Botanicals has a skin clearing face wash that is really nice as well. I’ll put that in my hand with a few other products and create a concoction. Then, I’ll rub it in my face. It’s just a feeling you get of what you need that day.  

Sometimes, I’ll take a blow dryer out if it feels really humid out. My hair can be kinda huge so if I’m going out, I’ll take the blow dryer and quickly comb through it. That, and a balm to style it out. I use the Brooklyn Balm and it really hydrates while keeping my hairs in place.”

Actor Cameron Fuller’s awkward middle school years forced him to give a damn about grooming

Welcome to Groom Raider, a weekly series where we, well, raid the grooming closets of the people we admire to see what products they use. While we browse through their moisturizers, creams, fragrances and more, we get a glimpse into their past lives and the stories behind how they came to be. This week we meet with Cameron Fuller, an actor and model from Los Angeles. 

Cameron Fuller, model and actor, Los Angeles, @cameronfuller 

Cameron shoots, he scores.

We’re at his home in a sleepy neighborhood of Brentwood in Los Angeles, when the young actor and model pulls out a basketball and starts shooting hoops.

Immediately, we get our camera out for a few photo opps. The young actor is lively, if not energetic, this morning even though he’s had zero sleep from commuting back from Coachella the night before. His skin is sunkissed, his eyes sleepy, but piercingly blue. His scruff contours his chiseled face and makes him look older than he is.

SEE ALSO: Supermodel Garrett Neff was always a little embarrassed about modeling

“Do you play?” he asks, with a toothy smile.

We pass the ball back to him where he makes another basket with a layup. It’s funny he asks, because these days, it’s as if Cameron is the one playing. That is, many different parts. He’s an actor, playing ASW Wright on TNT’s The Ship, the popular show starring Eric Dane (yes, that’s McSteamy from Grey’s Anatomy). 

When he isn’t on television, he’s working daily on his YouTube channel, one full of skits, funny real-life videos, some with his friend, actor Gregg Sulkin, and others with his girlfriend. And then, there’s an app he’s a part of, called Mixer. It links people together to socialize at bars around town.

Very Good Light caught up with him – and snooped into his medicine cabinet – while he was taking a breather from his many endeavors.

“I don’t even remember my debut as an actor because I was so young. I think I was like, a year old. It was for The Babysitter, a 90’s thriller starring Alicia Silverstone. I guess they were looking for a baby, and my dad was best friends with the movie’s producer, also my godfather, and I ended up being the baby. I had so much spotlight from that role I had to took many, many years off. I ended my hiatus a couple of years ago when I got back into acting.

After my big debut (laughs), I went through a really, really rough stage in my teenage years, looks-wise. In middle school I went through a phase where I had pretty bad acne and had braces. I didn’t know what to do with my hair so I just put it in a beanie. I wore them every single day. Like, it was 100-degrees out and I’d still be wearing that beanie.

One day, I was like, okay, I gotta pull it together. My mom said we could actually fix these types of things. So I got my braces off, buzzed my hair off and I went to an acne doctor, they gave me face washes, and they put me on Accutane for a while. I deleted all photos from back then because, I’ll be honest, it wasn’t a pretty time for me.

After, I quickly started to learn how to groom for myself. How to take care of myself and shave my face. I started growing a beard in high school, which was cool. Then the 10th grade rolled around and I just felt great. From then on I was very careful with the way that looked. Maintaining, I realized, is so important. So it’s important to wash your face. I’ll put moisturizer on every morning. If there’s a pimple I’ll put on Mario Badescu. I know how to pluck the middle of my eyebrows. It’s this whole thing about being a guy. Lots of men aren’t educated about proper hygiene. For my face, I’ll use Kiehl’s SPF 30 after I wash my face. It’s that, or EltaMD. I then put eyedrops if I’m feeling dry. I’m into Cinnamon so I use Marvis Cinnamon Mint toothpaste in the morning. I’ve been using that for years.

My hair needs to have something that will hold it really tightly. I don’t want it blowing around, I want it to stay clean cut. I don’t want it shagging around or whatever.

I’ll put gel in first, which is American Crew pomade. It’s like a paste. I’ve gone through so many gels in my career. There’s this spray I’ve been obsessed with called Drybar Money Maker . I’ve been trying sprays for a long time and some of them smell bad, so that sucks, and some of them don’t hold enough. Some of them crunch, and I just found this wonder product.

I like mixing fragrances. I’ll use Le Labo’s Santal 33, which I know everyone uses, and Patchouli 24 . It has a musky, masculine fragrance but still clean. I also use TOM FORD Tobacco Vanille when going out at night.

My dad [film and television producer, Bradley Fuller] was always great at grooming and clean. I look up to him. He is now a really big producer and I look up to him. I saw him working in management, getting a couple of clients and then working his ass off in the business. His career wasn’t always great. He had his ups and downs and I saw him growing as a producer as I was growing into my own. It’s so amazing watching his work ethic. I think that taught me a lot about being humble and grateful. 

When I first wanted to become an actor, my dad was very conflicted. He sits down with actors all the the time and he’ll watch tapes for hours on end. He was once like, ‘I promise you, you don’t want to be an actor, it’s not an easy life if you don’t want to do it.’ And then when I started working harder at it, he became more accepting, and now he’s very onboard with it, which is awesome. He’s also really supportive of all the other things I’m doing now. 

Which gets to my next point. You can’t just be an actor. If that’s the case, you’re pretty much going to be at the gym and sit around. And I cant do that. The way I’m built, I can’t do that, I need to be doing stuff. I have more of a business mind. So how am I going to make things happen? That’s why I started my YouTube channel. It keeps me going. I have over 125,000 subscribers now and it’s been really cool to see it grow. 

This industry is never easy. It’s really, really hard. I remember going to a Teen Wolf audition thinking I could really be on that show. I’d always wanted to. I walked in and I was just like, there’s six dudes that are blonde and have blue or green eyes and look exactly like you. How do I separate myself? I realized it’s about training and really becoming a better actor. Whether that’s a tick or a glance or a stare or a different way of saying something. You have to make yourself memorable.

I’ve learned so much from guys like Eric [Dane]. He’s possibly the biggest role model I’ve had in my acting career. He has helped me in so many ways. On my first episode of the show, my timing was off and I couldn’t figure it out. It was just one line, but I had to turn my head back and say the line. I couldn’t figure it out and I felt like the room was getting frustrated. I was like holy shit, this is my first episode. Eric took me aside and was like, don’t worry, you’re doing fine. ‘You’re doing great. Just take a breath. Don’t worry about it and everything is going to be great.’ From then on he calmed everything down, he made me feel right at home. He’s basically been like a big brother very since. We get lunch every week.

I want to be successful. I love acting, I have a passion for acting, and I work hard at acting, but growing up, I’ve seen many actors fail just being around my father. I’ve seen so many actors be at the top of their game and fall to never recover. I don’t want that to happen to me, so i’m trying to ensure that I’ll be okay if acting doesn’t blow up.”

All photos by Jessica Chou, a Los Angeles-based photographer who’s been published in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Mashable, Billboard, Buzzfeed, among others. Find her work here.

This is how one of the owners of America’s coolest barber shop gets his hair cut

Welcome to Groom Raider, a series where we, well, raid the grooming closets of the people we admire to see what products they use. While we browse through their moisturizers, creams, fragrances and more, we get a glimpse into their past lives and the stories behind how they came to be. This week we meet with Ayler Young, the co-owner of the barbershop, Frank’s Chop Shop Los Angeles and designer of his own eponymous bomber jacket brand. 

A walk inside Frank’s Chop Shop, the barbershop located in NYC’s Lower East Side, you feel as if you’re definitely inside the epicenter of cool.

There’s nothing especially remarkable about the barbershop’s unassuming decor, its black and white tiled floors scuffed, its brick walls rustic but standard. But it’s immediately known you’re inside some place buzzing with swag. A couple of tatted barbers clip their clients in leather chairs. One of them is the DJ, Atrak, whose blonde hair is currently being shorn. Another is a woman in braids who’s getting an undercut. It’s apparent that it’s the clientele and the barbers who’ve created the mystique around Frank’s Chop Shop, now a bonafide destination for a who’s who of downtown types and creatives. If you’re anyone in New York City, it’s the place you go for your trims, fades, undercuts, and shaves.

Behind the store is one of the co-founders, Ayler Young (the other is Michael Malbon), who’s come to the shop for his own haircut. Ayler, a serial entrepreneur, recently launched his first fashion brand called Philip Ayler (his legal first name), a line exclusively made of reversible bomber jackets. If the name sounds familiar it’s because he’s made custom jackets that blew up at last year’s Coachella with Guns N’ Roses to other celebs rocking his looks. Recently, Gigi Hadid and Axl Rose wore Ayler’s designs, deemed the “it” jacket of the season. Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke, among other stars, followed suit.

As he’ll tell it, getting into design was because of a dream.

“In it, I felt this burgundy jacket and it really was special and life changing,” he tells Very Good Light. Moments later, a friend came over his digs in L.A. to drop something off. “It was a burgundy bomber jacket, no joke. It’s almost as if I had to put two and two together to realize this was something I had to do.”

After dropping off a few designs to a local factory in downtown Los Angeles, he was stopped at a club by a guy who said he wanted the jackets for his band. “I asked him what band it was,” he recalls. “The guy replies: Guns N’ Roses. That’s really when things took off.”

Today, his brand, worn by every It girl of the moment from Gigi to Kendall Jenner, is now sold at places from Miami’s The Webster, to What Goes Around Comes Around. It’s quite a departure, given Ayler’s a musician by trade and in the grooming world.

The California-born, Massachusetts-bred designer, started out in music. At 22, he became the music director for the Off-Broadway musical, Cafe a Go Go, production set in South London. The show went through hundreds of performances before it came to a close. Afterwards, Ayler would find himself successfully creating businesses from Tribeca Cinemas, to then partnering with his friend, the founder of the cult magazine, Frank151 to create Frank’s Chop Shop.

The idea for the business was spurred when both couldn’t find a space for their clients to come and enjoy themselves. “We had this idea of giving them amazing hair cuts and having them leave looking great and feeling fantastic,” he says. “It’s a great way to change someone’s life in such a short period of time and have them leaving that much more confident.”

Today, the brand has expanded to Los Angeles, and is constantly booked. One of the shop’s stylists, Hiro, is booked for the next two weeks. For Ayler, success is all about creating a passionate community.

“From the beginning, Mike (Malbon) was about to find the best barbers around,” he says. “You can’t create a strong business without these loyal guys. They could have all had their own barbershops. It’s about the community. It’s the great staff and people.”

As for his own hair cut? He goes down to a #2 with clippers. “I don’t like skin,” he says. “I don’t like hard lines and I don’t necessarily like to look like I had a hair cut when walking outside.”

If you’re looking for a good barber, here’s a few key tips Ayler would give you:

Have a 15 minute consultation. “It’s important to be open to your barber. Talk to him or her and get a game plan together.”

Know your terms but ask if you don’t know. “Scissor cuts. Tapers. Razor fade. Full baldy. There’s a lot to know, but don’t be afraid to ask if you’re unsure of what these are specifically.”

A good barber will make you sleepy. “If you make clients so relaxed they want to fall asleep, it says everything about a barber. How they’re using your clippers, they’re touching them, that’s a good gauge if they’re dozing off. A good barber will make you very at ease.”

To make an appointment at Frank’s Chop Shop head here. And to check out Philip Ayler, go here.

Photos by Adj Regidor/Very Good Light

Tommy Dorfman is Netflix’s next big star in ’13 Reasons Why’

“My hair was dyed every weird color and I was obsessed with the Spice Girls,” says Tommy Dorfman, the actor who’s starring in the much hyped Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why.

We’re at his Brooklyn duplex going over his massive beauty closet where we’re greeted by his friendly pit bull and his husband of over a year, Pete. Tommy, who’s 24, sports a Gucci top and matching jeans. His hair, just washed, is soft, wavy and perfectly messy. The entire look is completed with his nails, painted in an iridescent pearl, recently manicured at a salon on Greenwich and 13th in Manhattan.

Tommy’s about to have a huge year. The show, a television adaptation of the 2007 novel by Jay Asher, is executive produced by Selena Gomez, and makes its big debut Friday. The story centers around a high school girl named Hannah, who leaves behind a few recorded tapes as suicide notes explaining to 13 students why they led to her death. Tommy plays Ryan, the outspoken LGBTQ+ activist at a high school.

“He’s very academic and is ready to leave high school and go off to Harvard,” he explains. “He’s also very entitled and not afraid to call out people on their bullshit.”

It’s a role, he says, that he could empathize with, but one that’s completely different from who he is. “Ryan is very confrontational and I’m not at all. I’m more passive, for better or for worse.”

An aspect that Tommy admires about his character: “He’s an activist and I never was one. I had friends that were very involved in different groups fighting for racism or homophobia. He’s fearless and I’ve learned to become more of that.”

I want to fight for everyone, it’s become who I am.

Since, Tommy’s become super involved in activism, from the Women’s March in February, to planning his own march for Planned Parenthood. Tommy brought together a massive crowd on his own, even speaking in front of hundreds and explaining the importance of women’s rights.

“I want to fight for everyone, it’s become who I am,” he says.

Which is what he wants to do for the LGBTQ+ community as well. As an openly queer actor, Tommy says he’s been met with resistance, but sees it not as an obstacle, rather, a challenge.

Recently, Tommy met with an agency. Immediately, he was met with an agent who told him he was a difficult sell. “I can’t work with you because I don’t think you’ll make money,” he said.

Selena was super positive on set and is an overall amazing person. She’s very professional and the kindest, treating everyone from the craft service people to the director all the same.

“I was like, okay, cool, bye,” Tommy recalls. “It’s 2017 and I’m not at a place where I would ever sacrifice myself in that way. If I want to paint my nails or wear something in a certain way, cool. It’s more important than ever to be more open.”

His big goal? He wants to work on a large scale gay rom com. “Can Matt Bomer and I do something? I mean, why is that not a thing? We need to make this happen.”

As for now, Tommy is taking his career one step at a time. He says he looks up to Selena Gomez for inspiration. Her work and personal ethics were something he was extremely impressed by.

“She was totally hands on,” Tommy says of Selena. “She was super positive on set and is an overall amazing person. She’s very professional and the kindest, treating everyone from the craft service people to the director all the same.”

A couple weeks ago, Selena hosted a dinner for the entire cast. It was there that Tommy was able to really get to know her. “I think with celebrities you have your own conceptions of what they’re going to be like and your own made up relationship with them. What my idea of her and being new in this industry made me realize that you can’t judge a book by its cover. She’s the most humble, most intelligent, most kind person I’ve ever met.” It’s a lesson Tommy hopes to incorporate in his own career, which is only about to sky rocket.

Here’s a look into Tommy’s beauty closet and how he grooms:

Face wash: “I wash my face with a really all-natural face wash from Evan Healy. It’s very milky and for all skin types. It’s slightly foaming but simple, which is great. It’s gentle on my skin and good for mine since mine can be sensitive.”

Moisturizer: “I then use a moisturizer and SPF from Elta MD. I’m very scared of the sun. We have a lot of genetic cancer in my family. Other than that, being sunburned is the worst.”

Toner: “I’m using The Little Barn apothecary toner. I also love Evan Healy’s in rose and chamomile. Super hydrating but doesn’t look thick and absorbs into the skin.”

Eye cream: “The Little Barn carrot seed eye cream roll on is a game changer. It’s from this place in Maine. Makes your skin super tight and bouncy.”

Highlighter: “I’m wearing the Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone. I have both Quartz or Moonstone and love the highlighter. I use I think just when I’m going out or a photoshoot to bounce that light off and become dewy. I’m a big fan of the dew. I also will use Balm dot com as a highlighter or on your eyebrows for shine.”

Exfoliator: “At night I’ll exfoliate twice a week at night I’ll do the YSL exfoliator. It’s super light and not abrasive.”

How this Los Angeles buyer keeps his long natural hair healthy

Welcome to Groom Raider, a series where we, well, raid the grooming closets of the people we admire to see what products they use. While we browse through their moisturizers, creams, fragrances and more, we get a glimpse into their past lives and the stories behind how they came to be. This week we meet with Berlin Nicholas, the men’s buyer at American Rag Cie in Los Angeles. 

Berlin Nicholas, @berlinnicholas, buyer, Los Angeles

If there ever was a renaissance man in fashion, it’d certainly be Berlin Nicholas. Now a buyer for Los Angeles’ much heralded men’s store, American Rag Cie, he’s also had a stint taking fashion photos in NYC, was a co-owner of a Houston-based retail store called Manmade Mercantile and is also a recognized face in the men’s street style scene. So it’s no surprise that he also curated Agenda’s newish grooming section, “Essentials.”

We were surprised that we witnessed a traditional skate and surf apparel trade show carry brands from Blind Barber to Uppercut. More so, thoroughly impressed with the selection. It all has to do with Berlin’s eye and his gut instinct when it comes to featuring the best and most relevant grooming brands.

So we had to ask this grooming expert about his own regimen and the products he actually uses. When we met Berlin for the first time in Los Angeles at the Agenda show, we were most taken aback by just how naturally beautiful his skin was. Milky, naturally dewy and clear – with a full beard –and striking hair: Long, flowing, not braided or tied, left in its beautiful natural state. So how does he groom? Berlin not only is a grooming aficionado, he’s been a beauty guru for years. We sat down and got a glimpse into Berlin’s regimen, what’s in his dopp kit, and the secrets he abides by.

Tell us about how you came into becoming a buyer for one of LA’s coolest stores?

I came to work in the fashion industry in 2014 while I was in New York, for women’s fashion week. I was there to shoot street style. I went on a whim with some friends and we threw ourselves into the scene without a gig or working for any publication. When I went back home to Houston I ran into Travis, the founder of Manready Mercantile, a few times and we would talk about what we both had going on. I eventually started working for Manready, became one of the co-owners during my 3 years there. Then, coming to L.A., I eventually landed a gig as a menswear buyer for one of the best stores around. 

You have natural, flowing locks. How do you make it work?

Maintaining my hair has alway been a challenge. This is my second time having long hair so I’ve learned from previous experiences. The main thing is always keeping my hair moisturized, not just the roots but the ends as well. I wash it daily and try not to wear hats if I can resist. I’ll use detox shampoo and conditioner by Grown Alchemist found at David Pirrotta. I’ll also use Liv Creme Hairdressing and conditioner, you can find at your local beauty store. It’s used for hair that’s dry or brittle. 

Did you just get into grooming or is it something that you grew up with? 

I’ve always been into grooming. I got into grooming more while I was working at Manready Mercantile, where we manufactured and produced an apothecary line for men. When Travis started Manready, his goal was to create products that were typically thought of as products for women. He sought out to make what was traditionally for women desirable for men as well. Five or six years ago, you couldn’t find many brands like that, today they’re everywhere.

Why do you think grooming is even important? 

Grooming is important to men in the same way that it’s important to women. Having good skin and taking care of the outside of your body. If you’re cautious about your health and what you put inside your body, you should be just as cautious grooming and take care of your skin, hair, nails, etc. 

(Photo by Bukunmi Grace/Very Good Light)

We feel grooming is a funnel to discuss masculinity. What does it mean to you?

Masculinity to me is unapologetically being yourself and not conforming to social norms as a man. Being a good man can be many things, especially with the current state of politics. For me, it’s living up to and exceeding my mom’s expectations and setting a good example for my friends and most importantly, my family.

How is it that as a black American, you share empowerment?

I promote empowerment by trying eliminating any hate. People always feel more empowered when they are fully supported with what they are doing in life.

It also has a little to do with grooming. By indulging in self care, it promotes a more positive you, therefore allowing you to pass that on. Any tips you can share? 

I can say the best way to go when it comes to grooming is to try to use all natural products. They are better for your skin and better for the environment and the world. 

How he grooms:

“I use this scrub once a week just for exfoliation.”
Purifying Body Scrub by Grown Alchemist, $34. Buy it here
 “A masculine fragrance that comes in a flask.”
All in One Body Wash by Manready Mercantile, $28. But it here
“I’ll use this Aesop line daily to keep my skin in check.”
Amazing Skin Care Kit by Aesop, $225. But it here.
Super Shape Skin Recharge Cream by Baxter, $36. Buy it here.

(Photo by Bukunmi Grace/Very Good Light)

All photos taken by Bukunmi Grace, a photographer based in Los Angeles. 

Menswear designer Michael Bastian: ‘I’m now at the peak of my confidence’

Welcome to Groom Raider, a weekly series where we, well, raid the grooming closets of the people we admire to see what products they use. While we browse through their moisturizers, creams, fragrances and more, we get a glimpse into their past lives and the stories behind how they came to be. This week we meet with Michael Bastian, one NYC’s biggest menswear designers. 

Michael Bastian, designer, NYC

“More guys should use a makeup brush,” says Michael Bastian, the New York menswear designer, defiantly.

We’re hanging out in his West Village apartment in his charming abode, which is decorated with quirky art pieces he’s collected over the years. On one wall sits a painting of a feckless young man staring off into the distance, a piece Michael found on the sidewalk one day. On another, there are dozens of framed paintings and photographs that he’s collected over the years. The decor, one would say, is perfectly New York.

Michael Bastian inside his home in the West Village, NYC. (Photo by Bukunmi Grace/Very Good Light)

In his tiny bathroom – which is completely spotless, btw – he’s applying a product called Mally onto his face. He stares into his mirror, his hand swirling with a makeup brush to his pores. “I don’t understand why more men don’t use a brush, it’s like a paint brush, nothing unnatural about it,” he says. He tells me he discovered the wonder product while on a shoot for GQ. A makeup artist had been using it on his face to prep him for the shoot. Almost instantaneously, he saw a difference. “I was like, what is that and I need that now!”

Now in his early fifties, Michael, who’s the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s 2011 Menswear Designer of the Year award winner, is finding that he’s more confident than ever. That is, with or without that miraculous powder, Mally.

Growing up in Lyons, NY, a suburb between Rochester and Syracuse, he says he was always dreaming about a bigger life in the city.

“At 13, I was one of those kids how had a subscription to GQ,” he says. “I lived in my own head.” Though he had dreams of fashion, it was during this time when he found he was “completely a super nerd.” In college, has says, he still wasn’t self-assured.

“I was painfully skinny all of my life,” he says. “I was so insecure about [it]. It’s something no one talks about. The American ideal of a man is being big, muscle-y. I would drink protein shakes and eat anything I wanted but still never gained weight.”

I was so insecure about being skinny. It’s something no one talks about. The American ideal of a man is being big, muscle-y.

It was during this period that he fell in love with his first fragrance. It was Halston Z 14, now a cologne found on Amazon.com or Jet.com. “The sad part is if you smelled it now, it doesn’t smell like it used to,” he says. “They reformulated the product, which is a shame, but to me, it’s worse because it’s feel like you’re f****** up with my memories. That smell, it goes to the middle of your brain.” 

Halston Z 14 conjures pleasant memories, Michael says, of the early 80’s. It was well before he ever stepped foot in the city, a time when Ronald Reagan was still president. “I wanted to be someone,” he remembers saying. “I want to be that cool guy who was in New York City, going out every night, living that lifestyle.”

“I wanted to be someone.”

Years later, he moved to New York City and soon enough found himself living that life. He worked at Ralph Lauren in the home department then at Tiffany in the table top division. Then, he made it to one of the top positions in the entire industry: fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman. It was there when he started to think about going off on his own.

“I thought I was going to start a chino line,” he says. “But then someone told me I had to go all in. I was just going to do this on the side while I was still working. I was designing the line and Brunello Cucinelli (an Italian menswear brand) offered to produce it. So I quit my job and my mom cried saying, ‘how can you be so reckless with your career?'” 

It was at this point, where he started gaining personal confidence in himself. “In my 20’s I was insecure but it was in my 30’s I started to accept how I look. Some people peak in their teens, I peaked in my 40’s.” It’s in his 40’s when he started gaining weight, his “weird gray hairs” sprouting. “My grandfather had white hair,” he says. “He was a handsome guy with blue blue eyes and super tanned. His whole philosophy was the whiter the hair more tanned you had to be.” Which is why he says he loves the sun. “I know I’m doing something bad with the sun so have to make it up with lots of beauty and grooming products.”

And after a successful brand and career, Michael says this about finding confidence: “Be aware that people peak at different ages,” he says. “Don’t think it’s all about the 20’s and that that will be your most gorgeous years. Some people are in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 70’s. If you think you’re insecure, you’re not alone and better days will come. They did for me.”

How he grooms:

Face wash: Lab Series MAX LS daily renewing cleanser

“I’ll use it in the morning with a Clarisonic brush, that’s how I start the day. I feel super clean without being too dry.”

Buy it here

Moisturizer: Lab Series Future Rescue and La Prairie Skin Caviar

“It’s a serum in a blue bottle. If you’re feeling a little dry it’s a great light moisturizer that goes on smoothly. I mean, how do you not love that? In the middle of winter I was addicted to La Prairie Skin Caviar when I worked at Bergdorf Goodman. It’s so expensive though. It’s a round trip to LA but 9t does last a long time and makes me feel like a rich old Lady. When it’s really cold it’s amazing it’s the perfect.”

Buy Lab Series here.

Buy La Prairie here.

Shampoo: O&M Purple shampoo

“This is something I swear by and have been using for years. It’s a purple shampoo that takes all the yellow away. It really works, so much so that I’ve been thinking that we should make a purple toothpaste. Isn’t that a genius idea?”

Buy it here.

Bronzer: Tom Ford

“In the middle of winter is when I get super pale and who do you trust more than Tom Ford to give you a nice bronzed, sun-kissed tone? I put on the tiniest dab and work my way across my face. It gives you a nice glow that summer seems to have left over.”

Buy it here.

Fragrance: Chanel Sycomore

“I have a book all about fragrances. It’s called Perfumes the A-Z Guide (by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez). It’s a genius book because they reviewed every perfume from the beginning of time. One of my all-time favorites is called Chanel Sycomore. It’s incredible. Expensive as f*** but it’s so amazing and takes me back to another time. There’s nothing more comforting than a fragrance that brings you into a different world.”

Buy it here.