She's under their skin
Celebrities are addicted to a NYC facialist
It's a growing addiction among the boldface set. Catherine Keener got Brad Pitt hooked, Mary Louise Parker pushed it on Kate Winslet and Rachel Weisz introduced it to her designer friend Narciso Rodriguez. Patti Hansen turned her daughters, Theodora and Alexandra Richards, onto it and now the girls are urging their father, Keith Richards, to add it to his list of dependencies.
We're talking about Tracie Martyn's "Red Carpet Treatment", her latest facial, which combines microdermabrasion to refine skin, computerized mild electronic currents to tone muscles, an oxygen blast for extra glow, and anti-aging LED lights. The session costs a whopping $585, and even if civilians could afford it, her schedule is so chock full of A-listers during Fashion Week and beyond, it's nearly impossible to get an appointment.
A former makeup artist who worked with Vogue photographer Mario Testino and supermodels like Naomi Campbell in London, Martyn moved to Brooklyn in 1989, where she started performing facials out of her home, quickly building a following among actors and the fashion flock.
"Their faces are their fortune," said Martyn simply. But their habit goes beyond regular maintenance. Winslet came repeatedly the week prior to her Oscar win, and felt so indebted she gifted Martyn with a Van Cleef and Arpels necklace. Linda Evangelista has been coming in for extra appointments of skin resurfacing with a special diamond wand. Diane von Furstenberg is scheduled twice during New York Fashion Week, and Brad Pitt drives in from Long Island to have face time with Martyn. "It's one of the few times he takes a break from his hectic work and child rearing schedule," Martyn said.
Still, there are so many facialists in New York, why opt for someone who's charging nearly $600 per treatment? Famous people are, it turns out, attracted to and comforted by the presence of other famous people. If it's good enough for Brad Pitt, it's good enough for Bradley Cooper.
If you sit in the waiting room of Martyn's chic but homey 13th Street brownstone, adorned with fireplaces, fresh flowers and a Murano glass chandelier, you are almost guaranteed to run into an A-lister. "There was a mother and daughter in the other day and Elizabeth Jagger was here waiting," Martyn said. "They didn't know who she was, and she was just friendly and chatting to them for some time."
Then of course, there is the deniability factor. Faithful clients Madonna and Rupert Everett, both rumored to have had facelifts, swore their appearances were solely due to Martyn's work. "Cyndi Lauper joked with Rupert about his surgery in the waiting room, but I checked behind his ears the last time he was in, and saw no scars," Martyn said. With friends like these, who needs publicists?
-By Beth Landman
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Keywords: Catherine Keener, Brad Pitt, Mary Louise Parker, Kate Winslet, Rachel Weisz, Madonna, Rupert Everett, Cyndi Lauper, Elizabeth Jagger, Red Carpet Facial, anti-aging