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Makeup artist Pati Dubroff talks celebs and career at a Clarins luncheon

February 18, 2011 | 10:23 am

Pati Sheryl Crow, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth and Julianne Moore are but a few of the ultra-famous faces makeup artist Pati Dubroff works with on a regular basis.

And the newly anointed Clarins Celebrity Makeup Artist was only too happy to share a few of her experiences with the jet-set crowd at a press luncheon hosted by Clarins on Thursday afternoon at the Tower Bar.

The event was held to launch the spring skincare and cosmetics collections from the beauty brand, but the easy-going Dubroff captivated the crowd of mostly female beauty and style editors with stories of her career, including her move from New York to L.A. and a few more personal tidbits on some of her favorite clients.

For example, when Dubroff and her husband moved from New York to Los Angeles just over a decade ago, they moved into Crow's guesthouse — which turned out to be (maybe) haunted. "We were pretty eager to get out of there," said Dubroff, laughing. "It really is haunted."

The artist said she was unsure about moving from her beloved New York, but the very day her plane landed, "I booked the Hollywood Issue of Vanity Fair ... I thought, that's a good sign."

When doing Crow's makeup, "I always use honey, bronzy colors," said Dubroff. "That's what suits her best and what I like to do with that kind of skin."

On Kate Bosworth: "She's one of my favorite Barbie dolls. I've been working with her since she was really young, and she's the kind of girl who can really wear a trend," she said, citing, as proof, a recent bright-pink pout the actress wore. "Not everyone can pull this off."

Julianne Moore "is 50 years old, and look at her ... and there's no funny business with her, no injections or anything. She uses a lot of [facial] oil. That's kind of her big secret."

Among the new Clarins launches, which include a spate of new mineral-based suncare products, Dubroff praised, in particular, the Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate, which is essentially a face primer, but in pen form to target specific areas such as crow's feet.

The makeup guru was mum about who she would be working with for next weekend's Oscars, but reminded us how intimate the celebrity-makeup artist relationship can be.

"They can choose whoever they want in their bathroom with them," she said. "Being a makeup artist is much more intimate than being a hairdresser. You're breathing the same air."

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Makeup artist Pati Dubroff. Credit: Clarins.