I Went From Being a Model to a Celeb Esthetician—Here's My Recipe for Good Skin
The Lineup is a monthly series in which we give you an inside peek at the beauty lineups of cool fashion people, editors, makeup artists, hairstylists, and estheticians—all the people we trust the most. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at all the can’t-live-without products that make their worlds go 'round.
Some people grow up knowing exactly what they want to be. Some people think they know what they want to be until they later realize what their true passion is. Shani Darden—one of L.A.'s most sought-after estheticians—is one of the latter: She moved from New York to L.A. to be a model when she was a teenager, but after graduating from college and taking a job at a dermatologist's office, she quickly realized that skincare was her true calling—and it's a good thing she did.
Now Darden has an eponymous skincare line and is the secret force behind stars like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jessica Alba, and Chrissy Teigen's celestial complexions. They all have really, really good skin—just look at any pictures of them—so you would think Darden has concocted some over-the-top skincare regimen for each, but surprisingly, she approaches each of her clients' skin the same way she does her own: a less-is-more mentality. "I think one of the biggest myths is that you need to use a ton of products to achieve great skin. It’s really not about using the most products but about using the right products for your skin specifically," says Darden, who struggled with acne as a teenager. "If you have a powerful treatment product that uses really effective ingredients and pair it with staples like a great cleanser and moisturizer, it can truly transform your skin," she explains.
We're always looking for ways to transform our skin, so we asked Darden to share her lineup of products and tips that have never failed her. From a retinol serum (FYI everyone should use one, according to Darden) to staying out of the sun (and protecting your skin when you're in it), these are the 18 products Darden always has on hand.