Tina Turnbow is a professional makeup artist who is known for lending her celebrity clients editorial polish.
I recently had the pleasure of working with the lovely Mary Louise Parker and her musician boyfriend, Charlie Mars. Mary Louise is about to roll into her seventh season of “Weeds,” and she’s looking as beautiful as ever. I thought we’d take a minute to scoop up some informative beauty bits.
T: Any ideas as to what you might attribute your good looks to?
MLP: No. 1: good genes. My mother is a beauty. Other than that, I would have to say clean living and being moderate about everything. No heavy partying, drinking or drugs. I just want to make lunches and organize my kids’ playroom.
T: How about your diet? Do you think that is a contributing factor?
MLP: I do love my avocados, which are great for the skin. I eat pretty healthfully. My father passed away not long ago from colon cancer. It was a wake-up call to start paying attention to what goes in my body, and on it, as well. I am eating a mostly vegan diet right now. I am also trying to stay away from products containing parabens.
T: Do you think being religious about your skin care regimen is important?
MLP: I think consistency is key. I use sunblock on the kids and me, all the time. I really like Epicuren Skincare. And their kids’ line, Episencial, which is green and organic.
T: Any other products you use consistently?
MLP: Oh yes — the Prevage line of products, by Elizabeth Arden. I don’t know what they do, but my face just doesn’t feel the same when I don’t use them. I just tried Collective Wellbeing’s Hot Pore Scrub, in the shower, and it’s so good! It warms up in your hands and then polishes and purifies.
T: As a result, your skin is a flawless canvas on which to apply makeup. What are some of your favorite cosmetics?
MLP: I love all things Tarte! Their new Amazonian Clay products, and the LipSurgence lip colors, are fantastic. I also use Benefit Posietint and Dandelion Blush. Jouer Cosmetics (they’re available at Sephora) makes my favorite cream eyeshadow, in Organza. Lately, I’m into Cargo tinted moisturizer, and their cheek activator. It’s a white cream that you rub into your cheeks, and somehow it becomes the perfect flush.
T: Have you had any beauty mishaps lately?
MLP: Yes. Not trusting my instincts — letting my vanity take over — and having the Brazilian Straightening Treatment. I’ve experienced hair fall-out in the past, and it is not fun. This treatment resulted in more. My advice: don’t do it!
T: What are some pleasurable treats for you?
MLP: I enjoy cooking and baking. Alicia Silverstone’s vegan cookbook is awesome. I love going to Angelica’s Kitchen and Liquiteria, both in the East Village. Also, I love going to the bookstore Three Lives and Company. And reading the poetry of Bob Hicok and Mark Strand. I enjoy writing for Esquire magazine. And listening to my boyfriend’s music.
T: Speaking of your boyfriend, I have a few questions for him. Charlie, what is the name of your current album?
C: It’s called “Like a Bird, Like a Plane.” I just got back from South by Southwest, which was great. I’m going to start recording a new album soon.
T: You are quite a stylish and spiffy fellow. Who are your favorite designers?
C: I really like John Varvatos, Helmut Lang and Rick Owens.
T: What are your essential grooming products?
C: I have three things I use all the time: Aveda Men’s Grooming Clay, Acqua Di Parma cologne and Tom’s of Maine deodorant.
T: Mary Louise, do you have a favorite fragrance?
MLP: A lady should never reveal her scent. It should be a mystery … all you know is that she smells good.
T: What do you always have in your large purse?
MLP: Sunscreen and dried seaweed for my daughter. She loves seaweed. And this herbal juice elixir with tumeric — amazing stuff.
T: Do you let the kids have a treat occasionally?
MLP: Of course. I want them to indulge in something they enjoy. They need to know that life is too short not to have Twizzlers.