Pro Picks: Tips from NYC's Upper East Side

Kimara Ahnert owns an eponymous makeup studio on Madison Avenue where she tends to the faces of celebs, socialites and residents of the tony Carnegie Hill neighborhood in which she works.


Ahnert's aesthetic is natural and understated—and her clients love the way her sheer makeup formulas look (good on camera—but equally gorgeous in person). Clients also prod Ahnert for her own beauty secrets: Easy-on-the-eyes, Ahnert is clearly doing something right and we all want to know WHAT. Thankfully she'll share:

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Daily Workouts

"I mix it up: Pilates, running, kickboxing, kettle bells..."

Weekly Manicures

"I always paint my nails with Essie 'Pretty in Pink,' topped off with 'Waltz.'"


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Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing System

"I use this daily with my cleanser. It keeps my skin smooth and glowing."


$195; Click here to buy


The Body Shop Olive Soap

"I love how this soap lathers and conditions my skin. I buy them by the dozen."


$4; Click here to buy

The Body Shop

Kimara Ahnert Mineral Tint SPF 30 in Natural Glow

"Makes my skin look luminous and sun-kissed."


$40; Click here to buy

Kimara Ahnert

St. Tropez Everyday Lotion

"This body lotion gives me a gradual sunless tan without looking orange or fake-baked."


$30; Click here to buy


St Tropez

Epicuren 5% Glycolic Lotion

"I use this daily under moisturizer to keep my skin more even and wrinkle-free."


$20 and up (depending on size); Click here to find a place to buy near you.

Kimara Ahnert Photo Touch Mineral Concealer in Medium

"When it comes to beauty secrets, nothing is more important than concealer, concealer, concealer."


$35; Click here to buy

Kimara Ahnery

The Island of Capri

"This Italian island is one of the few places that makes me feel really relaxed...and away. We go for a week every August."

My son Jonathan, age 5

"He keeps me laughing, happy and glowing."


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First Published April 19, 2011

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