The Skin Care Products A Top Hollywood Aesthetician Uses Every Day

Photo Credits: Shani Darden

This article first ran in the Fall-Winter 2018 issue of NewBeauty, available on newsstands until January 15, 2019.

Shani Darden’s breezy, less-is-more disposition keeps her celeb clientele coming back to her West Hollywood bungalow for more—that, and the “magic hands” responsible for the complexion of countless A-listers. So who better to ask for a peek into their daily routine? Here's what the skin whisperer uses every day.

Masking Matters
"I use my DEESSE PRO LED Mask ($2,300) for 20 minutes. It boosts collagen in the skin and relaxes me before I start my crazy day. If I’m ever out in the sun, I wear my Bluestone Sun Shield ($38). They look crazy, but they work."

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First Thing’s First
"After I mask in the morning, I always use a vitamin C serum for antioxidant protection. Right now, I’m loving iS Clinical Super Serum ($148). And I never skip an oil-free sunscreen! Lately it’s been Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen ($19)."

P.M. Power
"Garnier Micellar Water ($9) is my first step if I’m wearing eye makeup. Then, it’s a gentle cleanser and my Texture Reform ($95). I can’t live without retinol, I use it every single night. Then it’s a hyaluronic acid serum like Dr Nigma’s No1 ($205), and eye cream. My favorite is the iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex ($98). It has peptides and hyaluronic acid to plump and brighten. If my skin ins on the drier side, I’ll add in iS Clinical’s Reparative Moisture Emulsion ($90)."

Just the Basics
"I’m all about less is more, so my lineup is simple. I use a little of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30), and if I need a powder, I will use the CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder ($35). If I’m going out, I’ll add in Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($45) and I’m really into Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold ($38) as blush. For mascara, the Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Primer ($15) is amazing. And I have Chanel’s clear lip gloss ($30) in every purse."