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The CultureMap Interview

Beauty expert Julie Macklowe dishes on Houstonians in Paris and the secret to beautiful skin

Julie Macklowe dishes on Texans in Paris and beautiful skin secrets

Julie Macklowe, Vbeauté
Julie Macklowe is founder of Vbeauté skincare.  Photo by Ben Fink Shapiro
Vbeauté, skincare
Vbeauté skincare is fragrance-free, paraben-free and vegan.   Photo courtesy of Vbeauté
Derek Blasberg and Julie Macklowe at Luxembourg Palace dinner
Julie Macklowe, right in Tom Ford dress, and Derek Blasberg at the Luxembourg Palace dinner in Paris. Photo by © Michelle Watson/
Julie Macklowe, Vbeauté
Vbeauté, skincare
Derek Blasberg and Julie Macklowe at Luxembourg Palace dinner

Julie Macklowe is accustomed to having a lot on her plate. She left behind life as a high-powered hedge fund manager and a regular on the New York social scene to create Vbeauté, a vegan, paraben-free and fragrance-free skincare line. 

Launched in 2010, Vbeauté is currently in 30 stores throughout the United States. Macklowe visits Soft Surroundings in the Woodlands Mall Saturday (July 20) from noon - 5 p.m. to launch her line in-store.

Macklowe, 35, has been recognized for her zeal and fashion sense in a variety of publications — including Vogue (she was named "It Girl" in 2008), Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar and Forbes. Here's a little insight into her radiant life and a few of her favorite things: 

CultureMap: There were quite a few Houstonians at the American Friends of the Louvre fundraiser in Paris. What did you think of the event?

Julie Macklowe: It was the best time ever! Who doesn't love a black-tie event at the Louvre? And those Texans party like rock stars!

CM: What's the key to starting your own business?

JM: Perseverance and being open to allowing the business model to evolve. It is also important to build a great team that believes in the company, its culture and vision, and is engaged in seeing the business succeed.

CM: You told Marie Claire and Vogue that you were your own guinea pig, sometimes testing out products more than 50 times. How did you get through that? 

JM: With a good dermatologist and a lot of break-outs. It wasn't super fun, but there's that adage, "If you want something done right, you better do it yourself." The products are amazing, so it was worth the effort.

CM: What's the most important step in having radiant skin?

JM: Following a consistent daily routine and trying to avoid wearing heavy foundation and powder, which usually clogs pores. And, of course, one should always wear a daily SPF, like Vbeauté Day Job, which is 20 percent zinc oxide, mineral SPF. Day Job does not contain chemical sun filters and ... doesn't clog pores yet gives UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection.

CM: What's in your purse?

JM: Vbeauté Lip Spread Tinting Gloss, Vbeauté Eye Never travel-size eye cream, Vbeauté Day Job SPF, iPhone, sunglasses, my wallet and a bottle of water.

CM: Your current read?

JM: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

CM: Favorite fashion designer?

JM: There are too many to pick just one, but I love Zang Toi, Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane, Matthew Williamson, and Rag and Bone. (Editor's note: In Paris, she wore a smashing red backless Tom Ford cocktail dress and a creme-colored Alexander McQueen gown to various events.) 

CM: Favorite travel destination?

JM: Paris

CM: What's the next move for Julie Macklowe?

JM: Make Vbeauté into a household name for having the best Swiss botanical anti-age skincare that now all women can afford.