Q&A with New York celebrity makeup artist Nicole Bryl
Born and raised in NYC Celebrity Makeup Artist Nicole Bryl, has an A-list resume that spans three decades.
With makeup and grooming for faces such as: Sandra Bullock, Naomi Watts, Brooke Shields, Hilary Rhoda, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Prince Albert II, Queen Noor of Jordan, Debra Messing, Dee Hilfiger, Ally Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger, John Travolta, Johnny Depp, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Ralph Fiennes, Mel Gibson, Rupert Everett, Martin Scorcese, Robert DeNiro and Daniel Day-Lewis(to name a few), magazine spreads and covers for: Vogue U.S., Vogue Japan, Italian Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Town & Country, DuJour, Paris Match, People Magazine, US Weekly, makeup creations for designers: Zac Posen & Designer Naeem Khan and campaigns for: Estee Lauder, Calvin Klein, Guerlain, Elizabeth Arden, CoverGirl, Wolford, Anne Taylor, Mercedes-Benz, it’s no wonder Nicole is one of the mostsought after makeup artists in the world.
But now, Bryl has turned her expertise and creative brilliance to a new venture, her personally formulated Vitamin C anti-aging skincare line rightfully named Nicole Bryl Skincare. This niche, all handcrafted collection has quickly gained attention and is fast becoming a favorite amongst haute society.
1. NICOLE, HOW DID YOUR SKINCARE LINE COME TO BE?
NICOLE: After three decades in the beauty business I wanted a skincare formula that was concentrated with anti-aging properties but not thinned down with chemicals and over loaded with strong fragrances which I’m highly sensitive to. When I turned 42, I wanted elements that would blast my skin in a much stronger way than the products that were being sent to me. My favorite ingredient for years had been Vitamin C proven to maintain ones youthful appearance for life, so, as many have done before, I submerged myself into my kitchen for four months and began mixing. The formulas I created (four for the face and two for the body) were all intended for just myself, but after just one week of using these hand crafted formulas my clients began to notice and they wanted in. Now at 45, and after three years of using my products everyday I can confidently report that infact they work exactly how I intended them to, with the intension to grow older gracefully while maintaining a natural age defying look and am so happy with the way my skin looks and feels from head to toe.
2. ALL OF YOUR PRODUCTS ARE HAND CRAFTED BY YOU, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE ONE ITEM?
NICOLE: Well for example my Face Lifting Water requires 46 hours to create and is formulated and handmade through a 12-whip purification technique I created, this adds a certain type of milky consistency which feels so soothing to the skin yet still combats againg. Because of this intensive process, I can only produce a limited number of batches at a time so there’s typically a 6-week waiting list to receive any of the six products. The Tightening MASK takes 32 hours to create and literally blasts your skin with concentrated Vitamin C making skin appear six years younger in two minutes flat. My hand-crushed Smoothing SCRUB not only tightens, exfoliates and smooths skin like you’ve never felt before, it can also be effective at drying up light break outs. And my Perfecting Serum (which I always use on clients before I do their makeup) locks in the efficacy of this “four minute anti-aging treatment” as the final step. I quickly discovered that when used in tandem every day, these hand crafted Vitamin C products create a skin-rejuvenating effect that improves collagen for firmer skin, while reducing wrinkles and restoring radiance.
3. HOW DOES YOUR SIGNATURE DAILY “4 MINUTE ANTI-AGING TREATMENT” WORK EXACTLY?
NICOLE: My “four minute anti-aging treatment” is intended to be used every day in order to continuously infuse skin with the superior anti-aging properties of Vitamin C – proven to help maintain a youthful appearance for life. The steady, daily topical application of these Vitamin C products create an ongoing fresh faced and collagen infused look. Uniquely these skincare products are not designed to replace any of your favorite skincare items – quite the contrary. By infusing the skin with my anti-aging Vitamin C products, the appearance of the skin’s surface is visibly transformed and smoothed. This enables the skin to more effectively absorb your favorite products, helping them to work faster and perform better than ever. A superb analogy is purchasing the most expensive, beautiful paint for your home. Before you can apply this paint you must ensure that the wall is buffed and primed to perfection so that once applied, the paint can truly stand out. This is what my Vitamin C Skincare System is all about – prime and transform your skin so that your favorite skincare products, and you, will appear truly flawless.
4. WHO IS YOUR SKINCARE LINE INTENDED FOR?
NICOLE: It’s intended for both woman and men but especially for those that consider skincare a way-of-life, and created specifically for those who consider skincare and youthful looking, radiant skin to be a part of their identity. I would say these items are Efficacious, Precise, Controlled, Powerful & Pure. You’ll surely see the difference. (Please note: Four of the six items are not intended for those with Rosacea or those that are prone to redness).
5. ANY FINAL SENTIMENTS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
NICOLE: I’m a born and bred New Yorker,” we like to get straight to the point — and fast. Not even in our wildest day dreams do we have time to luxuriate all day long; we all lead very fast-paced, productive lives. But we all want the effects of what a day of pampering can bring us – to look young and rejuvenated. I wanted something for my own skin that was straight-to-the-point, no-nonsense effective, yet still embodied the purest feeling a day of relaxation could bring me, in about 4 minutes sharp! I’m in love with my six products because they flat out work. After 30 years in the beauty business I am extraordinarily pleased to be using these products on myself and my stunning clients and I’m elated to now be expanding them to the rest of the world to enjoy too.
6. HOW CAN CUSTOMERS PURCHASE YOUR PRODUCTS?
NICOLE: Currently Nicole Bryl® Skincare is sold exclusively online at nicolebrylskincare.com in the United States, but how we have been handling over-seas orders is when overseas customers place an advance order online, upon arriving to NYC the items would then be messengered and delivered directly to their hotels for pick up. Since it’s still a custom made to order business I have not wanted to bring it to a factory for mass production yet. This keeps each product made very rare and very special and for a moment I’d like to keep it that way. In time we will be expanding to limited cities in europe. Berlin and Zurich being the first two locations, but this is still a work in progress.