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Exclusive: Olivia Palermo Reveals All Her Beauty Secrets

Olivia Palermo is a style icon, no doubt about that—but her influence in the beauty space is growing by the second. Named as guest creative director for nail polish (and now makeup) brand Ciaté London, she’s flexing her eye for trends in a whole new way—and so far, we love what we see. In celebration of her first polish collection with the London-based beauty brand, we caught up with the stylish tastemaker and asked her to spill all her beauty secrets—yes, including the secret to her perfect skin and super-long lashes.

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We love the colors in your three-piece collection with Ciaté! How did you choose the colors?

Palermo: I wear red all the time, I love a coral for summer, and the nude has a hint of ballerina pink and cream, which I love.

If you had to pick just one, which one would it be?

Palermo: My favorite is Hutch, named for and inspired by my mother.

You're a fashion icon, but also have such influence in the beauty space—what is your relationship with beauty like?

Palermo: Makeup really is the most important accessory. Whether it’s a bold statement with smoky eyes or a more clean look, makeup really ties your whole look together. Personally, I love a matte foundation and a little bit of light contour, with a nude lip and smoky eyes. 

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You have flawless skin—can you tell us your secret? What are some of your favorite products?

Palermo: I use Dr. Dennis Gross’s Face Cleanser ($32) and SK-II Facial Treatment Masks ($135 for 10) and moisturizing cream. I also swear by La Mer’s The Body Crème ($275).

What’s your favorite way to treat your skin?

Palermo: I just go to my facialist at Feré & Hasti in London whenever I get the chance to during a trip! 

What’s the best skincare advice you’ve gotten?

Palermo: Stay out of the sun, drink lots of water, and find creams that work best on your skin type. Eat lots of berries; they’re full of antioxidants. Also, you can’t be afraid to test products!

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Your lashes always look amazing—what's your holy grail mascara?

Palermo: I have three! I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes Mascara ($29), Ciaté’s Triple Shot Mascara ($22), and Dior’s Diorshow ($30).

What about your go-to nude lipstick?

Palermo: Charlotte Tilbury and Dior have great versions, and as part of my Ciaté collaboration, I’ve developed a Satin Kiss lipstick range with a gorgeous nude called Cashmere.

Ooh—tell us more!

Palermo: I’m working on a bunch of other secret makeup items and nail colors—you’ll have to wait and see!

Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Collection Nail Polish $24
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Dr. Dennis Gross Face Cleanser $32
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SK-II Facial Treatment Masks $139
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La Mer Body Crème $275
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Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara $29
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Ciaté Triple Shot Mascara $22
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Dior Diorshow $30
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Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick $34
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