On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dominque Vu invades my GMail inbox, dishing on the latest shopping, deals, style and beauty tips in the District. She actually invades many Washingtonian’s inboxes, except you wouldn’t know it. That’s because she’s the editor and producer of DC Scout, The Washington Post’s twice-weekly newsletter. I first met Dominique at a beauty event at Neiman Marcus (go figure) and needless to say, it didn’t take but a quick introduction at the Jo Malone counter before we bonded over our love for high-end beauty products.
Today, Dominique chats about her fab morning skincare routine, why she’s been wearing the same nail color for a whole month and her love for Le Metier de Beaute.
Dominique’s AM routine: “I start by washing my face with Shiseido The Skincare Purifying Cleansing Foam. Once my face is clean, I gently place my face in an ice water bath for 30 seconds. Then I apply Shiseido The Skincare Hydro-Nourishing Softener followed by Shiseido The Skincare Day Moisture Protection. I don’t wear any foundation or primer unless I’m going out. In that case, I’ll use Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment. I finish my morning routine with Rhoto eye drops and Kiehl’s Eye-puffer to wake me up. The combo of the two saves my life every morning.”
Skincare essentials: “GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask. It makes my face feel soft and adds a healthy glow. Also, my Clarisonic Mia for weekly exfoliation.”
Currently in her makeup bag: “In my makeup bag is Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Pink Chocolate, Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer and DiorShow Mascara. My current makeup bag is Trina Turk for Clinique from a few years back.”
Dominique’s hair routine: “Since I have a short angled bob, I must do a straight blowout every morning to give my hair volume and shape. As the weather heats up, I’ll just pop a mini-poof and tie my hair in a ponytail.”
Current obsession: “Butter London Molly Coddled nail lacquer. I’ve worn the same color for a whole month now thanks to my roommate’s mom.”
Her beauty mantra: “Makeup should enhance your natural look not overpower it. Also, just because it’s a beauty trend, doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Stay true to what looks good for you.”
Favorite go-to salons in the area: “Drybar for Mai Tai blowouts. I haven’t yet mastered curling my own hair.”
Your PM routine: “I remove the day’s make up with Le Metier De Beaute Duel-Action Makeup Remover. Then like my AM routine, I wash my face with Shiseido The Skincare Purifying Cleansing Foam followed by applying Shiseido The Skincare Hydro-Nourishing Softener. I finish with Shiseido The Skincare Night Moisture Recharge and Natura Bisse NB Ceautical Eye Recovery Balm.”