The CultureMap Interview
Beauty expert Julie Macklowe dishes on Houstonians in Paris and the secret to beautiful skin
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 Leadby 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?
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.