Inside the beauty routine of LA’s coolest young stylist
When Hollywood’s rising stars have a star-making event to attend, or when an under-the-radar fashion label is about to blow up, there’s one person they turn to: Marie-Lou Bartoli. The native Angeleno has become one of her city’s most in-demand young stylists, thanks to her ability to merge vintage inspiration with ultra-modern silhouettes. And just as she has an expert eye for fashion, she’s wonderfully selective with her beauty regime. Here, she shares what gets her going each morning… and why winding down at night requires a good book, a little time with Carrie Bradshaw, and only the best French-pharmacy hand cream.
WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP?
Weekdays: 7 a.m. Weekends: 8 a.m.
WHAT DO YOU SLEEP IN?
IS ANYONE IN BED WITH YOU?
Yes. My fiancé, Jared, and our dogs, Jack and Gus.
WHAT’S YOUR FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS IN THE MORNING?
Brush my teeth.
WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WITH YOUR PHONE?
Turn off the alarm, check e-mails.
WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU READ EACH MORNING?
My e-mails. I usually wake up to e-mails from Europe first thing in the morning with the time difference.
WHAT’S ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?
What’s your favorite thing about your bedroom?
WHAT DO YOU EAT AND DRINK FOR BREAKFAST?
WHO’S THE FIRST PERSON YOU SPEAK TO IN THE MORNING?
My fiancé, Jared. He is always up before me.
HOW DO YOU MENTALLY PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE DAY?
I can’t function until I have a coffee!
SHOWER, BATH, OR DO YOU DO IT LATER IN THE DAY?
WHAT IS YOUR MORNING SKINCARE REGIME?
I wash my face with Biologique Recherche Lait U, followed by Lotion P50 Balancing Exfoliator. I apply Valmont Hydra 3 serum to hydrate, followed by Biologique Recherche Creme DermoPurifiante. I add a few drops of Vintner’s Daughter serum to my moisturizer before applying.
WHAT MAKEUP PRODUCTS DO YOU USE ON A DAILY BASIS?
I don’t wear much makeup during the day, I use Chantecaille Future Skin Gel Foundation in Shea. It feels very light and sheer, like I’m not wearing anything at all. I apply it with a foundation brush, followed by a Beautyblender sponge to even it out. I use Chanel Crayon Sourcils in Brun Naturel to fill in my brows, followed by Nars clear brow gel to set them in place. I also love the Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint in Dew/Rosée for a dewy, fresh look. For lips, I have been wearing Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Cake. It’s super light and adds a touch of color without looking like you are wearing lipstick.
WHAT ARE YOUR A.M. HAIR VIBES?
I use Sachajuan moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Out of the shower, I use Sachajuan leave-in conditioner spray—it smells amazing. I really don’t do much styling-wise. I just let my hair air-dry, or I will tie it up into a messy bun.
AT WHAT TIME DO YOU SHIFT TO EVENING MODE?
When I get home from work: 6 or 7 p.m.
IN THE EVENING, YOU ARE…
Cooking dinner, watching Netflix, having a glass of red wine.
IF YOU’RE GOING OUT, HOW DO YOU CHANGE YOUR LOOK?
I apply some eyeliner and bronzer. I use Chantecaille Le Stylo Ultra Slim in Black and Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer in 07. I put on mascara, too. My eyes are very sensitive; I love Shu Uemura Ultimate Natural Mascara. It feels very light and doesn’t irritate my eyes.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO RELAX AND UNWIND IN THE EVENING?
I take a hot bath with magnesium salts and eucalyptus oil.
What’s the last film you saw?
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING?
Lee by Lee Radziwill.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE EVENING INDULGENCE?
A glass of red wine and a face mask. I have dry and sensitive skin. I switch off between the Masque Vivant and BioMagic masks by Biologique Recherche and the Problem Solver mask by May Lindstrom, depending on how my skin is that day.
"I really don’t do much with my hair, styling-wise."
WHAT’S YOUR SECRET EVENING GUILTY PLEASURE?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO TAKE A LOOK FROM MORNING TO MOONLIGHT?
By changing my daytime flats for a pair of high-heeled boots or sandals and throwing on a coat or blazer. Makeup-wise, I will do some mascara and the Guerlain bronzer.
WHAT IS YOUR EVENING SKINCARE ROUTINE?
The same as my morning routine, but I remove my makeup with Biologique Recherche Eau Micellaire Biosensible cleansing water. It leaves my skin feeling clean and smooth. I substitute my morning moisturizer with May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon face balm. I also apply La Mer The Eye Concentrate or Biologique Recherche Creme Contour des Yeux. I also exfoliate two or three times a week with Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher.
WHAT IS THE LAST BEAUTY PRODUCT YOU USE AT NIGHT?
Lip balm and hand cream.
WHAT ARE YOUR BEDTIME RITUALS?
I always have a Diptyque candle burning; my favorite scent is Ambre. And I drink Tulsi ginger turmeric tea with Manuka honey.
WHAT TIME DO YOU GO TO BED? WHAT TIME DO YOU GO TO SLEEP?
Usually around 11 p.m. I fall asleep around midnight, depending on how tired I am or how good a movie or TV show is!
Photos courtesy of Marie-Lou Bartoli.