Melissa Medvedich, Creative Director, Harris Publications


"I’m Melissa Medvedich [@mabicus] and I live in Brooklyn. I’m a Creative Director at Harris Publications, where I work on several magazines, including SLAM, XXL and Juicy, as well as special projects for advertisers such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok, and Foot Locker, which keeps me pretty busy. My day-to-day focuses on sports and popular culture and I love it, but if I could have two jobs and my SAT scores were higher, I would have been a dermatologist because I love all things related to skincare. To scratch my beauty itch, I'm able to art direct some of the cosmetic and jewelry shoots that my husband photographs.

I was a late bloomer when it came to beauty. My mother has incredible skin and pretty much only wore Pond's Cold Cream when I was growing up— the smell of it always conjures memories of my childhood. In college, I spent four years in Neutrogena moisturizer and overalls. But my first job was as an Art Assistant at Vogue, and that's when I really started paying attention. The beauty department was always overflowing with incredible products and that's when I caught the bug—I started getting monthly facials, and haven't stopped since. My early credit card debt was most likely attributed to Bliss Spa as opposed to H+M. I've been seeing Georgia Louise for my facials for over a year now, and she's become a great friend and skin guru. I'd consider myself a facial connoisseur at this point, and I think she's hands-down the best esthetician ever. My skin is the thing I receive the most compliments on and I'd be lying if I said I didn't L-O-V-E it every time.

My beauty philosophy is be nice to your skin because it's the only skin you have. You can't go to the store and exchange it. Tequila happens, but as far back as I can remember, I've always washed my face before bed and put moisturizer on at night and in the morning. As I've gotten older, I've added a few more steps to my regimen, like serums and eye cream, which is probably excessive, but I love the ritual of it and feeling like I'm taking care of myself. I’ll start with a Vitamin C serum—it’s magic! I don't' know the science behind it but I know it gives you that glow. I’ll mix Medik8 CE-Tetra with Medik8 Hydr8 B5, which is super hydrating. I was using SkinCeuticals for years but Georgia introduced me to Medik8 and now I'm hooked. The combination of those two makes a nice base coat before I moisturize with Biologique Recherche Créme Vip. Then there’s La Mer Eye Concentrate. I've tried a lot of eye creams but I always come back to this one. I like the texture and the applicator feels nice and cool.

I've never worn a ton of make up and always liked the look of clean, dewy skin—shiny but not greasy. I’ll use Clé de Peau Concealer in Beige or Ocher, depending on the season. I have terrible allergies and sometimes have under eye dark spots but this covers everything. A little bit goes a long way and I blend it in with a Shiseido Foundation Brush. For blemishes, the tiniest bit of End-Zit clears up any spot. Besides that, YSL Creme de Blush in Baby Doll is pretty much all the makeup I wear. I've never been great at applying blush with a brush, so this is user-friendly—and a beauty blender helps smooth out the spots my fingers can't.

Looking at the glass as half full and being grateful for what you have is super important for beautiful, glowing skin. There have been points in my life where work has been stressful or I was in the wrong relationship and all of that is very reflective in your skin. My mother and grandmother are my beauty inspirations because they're happy and healthy ladies who have always taken care of themselves and aged so gracefully. You could have serum made from the tears of baby unicorns, but nothing you buy in a bottle can ever replace good health, happiness and a positive mental attitude. There are so many beautiful celebrities, but I take that level of perfection with a grain of salt. With my line of work, I see unretouched photos on a daily basis and watch my husband retouch photos for hours on end. No one is perfect. Except maybe Beyoncé."

—as told to ITG

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  • Katie

    Love this! What a nice, positive outlook.

  • Jay Kanderi

    What a cool and wise woman. She is so right. A healthy, hydrated skin cannot be bought in a bottle of moisturizer or serum. Creams and serums help but drinking more water was a game changer for me. Even drinking green juice shows amazing results in just 10 days in my skin. Healthy body has healthy and happy skin :)

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I'm going to have to look into some of these products. When I tried the la mer eye cream back in the early 2000's it gave me righteous milia.

  • B

    Completely agree with the Medik8 products and BR! LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!!

  • anita rivas

    I want to know what the three little black jars are on the top shelf?

    • Natalie Thompson

      They look like the Odacite Pure Elements Serum Concentrates. They're fantastic! You kinda get to play mad scientist with your skincare with them, which is, basically, the best thing ever.

      • Lilly

        I tried the Chamomile one, and it's awesome for sensitive skin!

  • ReneeO

    Is there any place to buy the Medik8 products. The linked website won't ship to the USA.

    • Melissa Medvedich

      I buy them at the Georgia Louise Atelier in NY. She also carries the full line of Biologique Recherche.

    • ITGFerber

      Oops! Links updated for US-based prospective buyers!

      • Seline

        Hi, I'd love to see Kristen Noel Gipson or Maliaka Firth top shelf. Please consider

    • Jani

      You can buy Medik8 online at Skin Care by Alana. She is based in CA

    • Georgia Louise

      Yes you can buy direct from me please call or email us @georgialouisesk

  • Sandi

    Hugest girl crush on her and her beauty cabinet! Love her!

  • Guest

    It would be interesting to know the ages of your various Top Shelf contributors. Helps put things into perspective.

  • paula

    Does any one has an idea of how much a facial by Georgia costs?

  • Lilly

    I spot a few favorites of mine: Kahina Argan Oil and Odacité Serums. Great stuff!

  • Alice

    Love this topshelfie! She shows that you can be really interested in beauty and be down to earth about it at the same time.

  • nina

    I'm confused. medik8 sounds like a kate sommerville thing and has similar range of products to skinceuticals. so.....

  • Nicole Rivera

    I love her perspective on taking perfection with a grain of salt. The media & our society in general is always so obsessed with perfection, it's a good idea to always just remind yourself that no one is ever actually perfect. Great outlook to have!

  • Katerina Nkt

    "You could have serum made from the tears of baby unicorns, but nothing you buy in a bottle can ever replace good health, happiness and a positive mental attitude." Totally cracked me up. :D I think plenty of water, sleep and sensible eating habits can make a huge difference.

  • Janine

    My mother also used Pond's Cold Cream to remove her makeup...and so do I. I like Melissa's no-nonsense approach to life and beauty. It's never good to obsess about anything. If you have a good base (your skin; texture and glow), the rest is a piece of cake. No matter how old/young you are. It's that Diane Keaton approach to life and beauty.


Medik8 C E-Tetra
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Serum
Biologique Recherche
Biologique Recherche Créme Vip
La Mer
La Mer The Eye Concentrate
Cle de Peau Beaute
Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer
Shiseido 'Perfect' Foundation Brush
End-Zit by Abbe
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent Creme de Blush