'I’m an artist and I work with video and photo. I ran a gallery for a while called Rivington Arms, and I still curate shows around the city when I can. I’m in a group show in Hudson right now—my piece is a bench I brought from my house in Greece. My family has spent summers on the island Hydra my entire life and it’s always really present in my art. There aren’t any cars there, so people get around on donkeys and horses. I’ve recorded the street sounds and used them as part of my video installations. It’s so nice to be able to escape the craziness that is New York for a few months and be completely relaxed.
I’ve always had really bad skin. When I turned 30, I figured out that was really sensitive to the water in Greece. I had never thought about it before! It sucked because I was so happy and relaxed, but I’d look awful. So now I'm really conscious of what kind of products I use. Anything all-natural is best. I love buying products, but I'm really picky, so I just have a ton of stuff around that I've tried but haven't loved. I wash my face every day with Tata Harper's Regenerating Cleanser because it’s sort of like a scrub, but still really gentle. Then I use Tracy Martyn Absolute Purity Toner and the Santa Maria Novella Restricting Line Papaya Gel, which was really good to my skin this summer.
Then I have all my creams that I’m crazy about—I have different ones for different occasions. Over the summer, I was using Nature Love Patchouli Shea Butter Body Cream after I’d come back from the beach. The smell is nice and light. As it gets colder, I’ll start using Natura Bissé The Cure Sheer Cream after I wash my face. Anything by Weleda that smells like rose is a must. The best smelling lotion is Aromatherapy Associates Rose Body Cream, but I can’t use it all the time. I’ve had a hard time finding an eye cream I really like— some of them are really luminous and it looks like you're putting sparkles under your eyes. But I just bought Pratima Rejuvenating Gold Eye Cream and so far it’s been working well.
The best face mask I’ve tried is Ahava Time To Clear Purifying Mud Mask. Years ago, when I’d get stressed and break out from work, some makeup artist gave it to me and told me it was the best mask to use—she was right. And then I also use the Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask because it really feels like it’s working when you use it. You can see the difference immediately.
For blemishes, Lucas Papaw Ointment is a really good drying solution that works for chapped and irritated skin, too. It's nice because I hate the smell of tea tree oil and I don’t want to smell like that. Sampar Pure Perfection Prodigal Pen also works well without making you smell like an antiseptic.
I would love to be that kind of person who’s like, 'I’m going to put on some red lipstick and go out tonight. Wear jeans and red lipstick and be cool.' But that does not work on me. My lips are too small and most formulas dry me out anyway. I just bought Perricone MD No Makeup Lipstick to try to wear some color on my lips. Their No Foundation Foundation used to be my go-to, but I changed to Chanel Les Beiges because I wanted a pressed powder.
I do really like RMS for subtle lips and cheeks. They’re all in the same little pots, and they’re pretty moisturizing. My sister just gave me a really nice blush from Kjaer Weis recently. The packaging is beautiful, but it’s heavy. It’s like an art object.
Since I’m really lazy, it’s nice to have a one-step process for my hair. I shampoo and condition and that’s it. Plus Mauricio Bermudez at Suite Caroline just colored my hair again—he can read my mind—so I can’t use anything harsh. I started washing it with Purely Smooth Soft Shiny Safe Perfecting Cream for Hair shampoo and conditioner, which works really well. The Serge Normant Meta Blonde Reviving Shampoo has this amazing gold color and I think it really makes my color nicer. But you're not supposed to use it all the time.
If I want to add a little style, I’ll spray on some Brooklyn Beach Hair. It doesn’t make your hair crunchy like a lot of other salt sprays. I used to always use Bumble and bumble, but I switched to this one because the texture is just that much better.
Perfume is my makeup, really. I keep little travel bottles or weird all-natural oils around always. I have a good winter fragrance— Fréderic Malle Dans Tes Bras. I used to wear his Geranium. It just changes depending on the weather. A good friend of mine just started the line Regime des Fleurs and the bottles are just as amazing as the scents. They’re really fun to carry around and pull out of your bag now and then. I have Nightsurf and Turquoise.
I also strongly believe in aromatherapy. It started with bath oils, but now I also use formulas that are just meant to relieve stress and revive you. I love Aromatherapy Associates Relax Deep Bath and Shower Oil and their Renew and De-Stress Body Washes. I used to be afraid of flying and they have this really great oil that I'll put on my scarf to relax me—it smells like turpentine, but in a good way. Because I live in Red Hook, I also have this mosquito repellant by Coqui Coqui that’s made in Mexico and smells pretty good. I’m in the garden all the time and there’s so many mosquitos in this area! Then I'll also burn the Palo Santo wood around the house just to keep it smoky and nice.
But scent is funny—do you remember when every girl in middle school wore that Dewberry Body Shop oil? It was really strong and really sweet and so many shampoos have that smell now! I’ll get a new product to try, and then I’ll smell it and be like, ‘Ugh, middle school—my hair smells like middle school!’'
—as told to ITG
Mirabelle Marden photographed by Tom Newton.