Sonia Kashuk’s Black Book

From chilling out to chocolates, the go-to makeup artist shares her personal and professional favorites.

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Beauty Inc issue 10/12/2012

Minnesota native Sonia Kashuk conquered New York in the late Eighties, becoming the go-to makeup artist for supermodels and superstars alike. Since then, she’s proved her business acumen is as finely honed as her creative sense, with the successful launch of her eponymous makeup line at Target. Here, from chilling out to chocolates, she shares her personal and professional favorites.


Vicki Morav. She is my go-to for facials. Her appointments are sacred on my schedule—it’s two hours of heavenly bliss. 762 Madison Avenue, 4th floor; 212-744-4753

Hair Stylist:
Oribe. His products do wonders for my hair. Oribe.com; 212-268-4426

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Manicurist: Jin Soon at Jin Soon Natural Hand & Foot Spa. I’ve been a fan for years. 23 Jones Street; 212-229-1070

I am pretty self-motivated and exercising is my meditation time, so I like to work out alone. Every so often I check in with trainer Sean Simpson for an update to my routine. bodyinvestment@gmail.com; 917-523-5729

Vacation Spot: It sounds so cliché, but one of our go-to spots is St. Barth’s. However, we just got back from Morocco, which was a first for all of us and it was spectacularly fantastic—definitely something that everyone should experience!


Balthazar Bakery. I love the apple tart. 80 Spring Street; 212-965-1785

Band: I truly listen to a huge variety of music—anything from jazz to what my kids have on their iPods.

Celebration Restaurant: Bar Pitti. A family favorite. We’ve been going there for 25 years. 268 Sixth Avenue; 212-982-3300

Givenchy and Lanvin.

Clothing/Weekend: Isabel Marant and, of course, Target for sweats and T-shirts.

Champagne: Harris Estates Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m not a fan of Champagne. I’m a red wine girl all the way. I love any bottle from Harris Estates. Harrisestate.com

Chocolatier: Bridgewater Chocolate. Simply amazing. Unfortunately for my figure, they are located in the next town over from me in Connecticut. Bridgewaterchocolate.com

Coffee Order: I recently gave up all caffeine, so my day now starts with a large glass of water, but I have to say, I miss my Green Tea Lattes.

Belle Fleur or Miho. 134 Fifth Avenue; 212-254-8703 310 East 44th Street; 212-922-9122

Hideaway: My favorite place in the world, 100 percent, is my house in Roxbury, Connecticut.

Play: I love the theater. I try to go once a week, so it would be impossible for me to pick just one. I just saw Once and loved it, but one of the most memorable performances I’ve ever seen was Mark Rylance in Jerusalem.

Shoe Store:
Manolo Blahnik. Always classic, year after year after year. 31 West 54th Street; 212-582-3007

Stationer: Tiffany & Co. I’ve gone to them for my stationery for years. Fifth Avenue at 57th Street; 212-755-8000

Stylist: Laura Mannix at Barneys Studio Services. 660 Madison Avenue; 212-826-8900

Ticket Broker:
Victoria, in my office.


Airline: I’m pretty open, as long as the seats recline so I can lie down and go to sleep.

Car Service:
Elite Limousine or Ready to Roll. Eliteny.com; readytoroll.com

City: Milan. I’m there a lot working in the lab, so I have my routine down pat from the best restaurants to the hotels.

Céline and The Row.

Mobile Device:
Still holding on to my Blackberry.

Restaurant/Business Lunch: Fred’s at Barneys. 660 Madison Avenue; 212-833-2200

Restaurant/Business Dinner:
I love to entertain, so my favorite location for a business dinner is my own apartment. It’s relaxed, easy and more intimate.

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