Photography by Trevor Smith

Pati Dubroff

Makeup Artist

| Hollywood Hills

Contrary to our Instagram feeds and Kim Kardashian, true makeup artists don’t contour— at least, Pati Dubroff doesn’t. “The overly contoured, stripe-y trend going on right now is not what we do; in fact, we use contouring very sparingly,” she tells us. Pop culture references aside, we’re inclined to believe her— with documented work in nearly every major fashion book (think Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE), Dubroff is one of— if not the— best in the beauty biz. So much so that come time for a photo shoot, legendary photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Terry Richardson and Patrick Demarchelier often request her by name. She’s a makeup master when it comes to playing with light for a polished and pretty glow (it follows that Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth and Naomi Watts are all red carpet clients), and yet, when Charlize Theron needed drama for her role as evil queen in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, who’d she call? That’s right— and gold foil and black feathered brows galore, Dubroff killed it. Aside from her work for Dior and Clarins, both of whom she served as a spokesperson for years, some of our favorite Dubroff-done looks are her most recent— the #MyCalvins campaign with a fresh-faced (and unlike her aforementioned sister, uncontoured) Kendall Jenner. Granted, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we’re team Dubroff all the way. Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on LA.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: SQIRL (MAP IT, x). My favorite dish is the sorrel pesto rice bowl with a side of avocado.

COFFEE OR TEA: I’m a chai drinker and my husband makes real-deal chai each morning. If I’m going to venture out for a coffee, I would go to Proof Bakery in Atwater Village (MAP IT, x) because they really care about each cup.

ALL TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Osteria Mozza (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). I love anything from the mozzarella bar, the seasonal salads, and the orecchiette with sausage and swiss chard (I’m usually vegetarian, but this pasta dish is one that I often dream of).

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: I’m not a drinker– one glass of wine and I’m done… and drunk.

LADIES LUNCH: Our go-to is a long hike in Griffith Park, then a light meal at Trails Cafe (MAP IT, x). Moby’s new restaurant Little Pine (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is perfect for meeting the girls for lunch or dinner too– it’s vegan, delicious and beautifully designed.

MUSIC PICK: My musical taste is all over the place– classic rock, ambient chill, Ethiopian jazz; we go to the Blue Whale in Little Tokyo (MAP IT, x) for the best of LA’s hipster jazz shows.

BEST BRUNCH: My house! There are crepes served if I’m in the kitchen; lemon ricotta pancakes if my husband is in charge. We definitely avoid the brunch crowds on weekends.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: Erewhon (MAP IT, x)– beautiful people, beautiful groceries.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Sweetgreen (MAP IT, x) is down the hill from us in the heart of Hollywood and we couldn’t be happier. I’m working my way through trying all the salads, but right now my favorite is the “Hollywood Bowl” (organic wild rice, shredded kale, jicama, grapes, raisins, roasted chicken, goat cheese, sprouted almonds and balsamic vinaigrette).

GUILTY PLEASURE: Greasy Thai noodles at Ruen Pair (MAP IT, x).

LA’S BEST KEPT SECRET: Artesia (AKA “Little India”) for incredible Indian food– our favorite is the vegetarian, Gujarati-style Rajdhani (MAP IT, x) and the vegetarian, South Indian restaurant, Udupi Palace (MAP IT, x).

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: When away, I miss the Hollywood Farmer’s Market (MAP IT, x) and all of the hiking trails.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Sometimes we venture downtown to Factory Kitchen (MAP IT, x), but usually we go to Osteria Mozza— both are perfect for their impeccable Italian food and wine.

KID-FRIENDLY PICK: Din Tai Fung (MAP IT, x)– it’s perfect for groups and kids (of all ages) love the dumplings. We just have to time it well so there are no hunger meltdowns as the wait is always long! (It’s actually great that it’s located at the Americana because you can walk around the mall [while waiting]; they’ll send you a text when your table is ready).


TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: The beach at El Pescador— we pick up the epic burritos from Lily’s Cafe (MAP IT, x) in Point Dume, then eat them at the beach (trust me, the fish burrito is legendary and the hot sauce is off the charts).

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: In winter, I go to the Korean spas– either Olympic Spa (MAP IT, x) or Crystal Spa (MAP IT, x) in Koreatown.

CLOSET CHECK: I wear a lot of Raquel Allegra (MAP ITx)– she is a local, Los Angeles designer who sells worldwide. Her pieces are relaxed, but still elegant, slouchy without looking sloppy; and her use of color has broken me out of my all-black wardrobe. To shop, I go to Lost and Found (MAP IT, x) for pieces for myself, my husband and always for gifts. It’s a series of five stores on a small street called Yucca and the selection is impeccable. The owner, Jamie, has the best eye.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: For anyone who wants to find the best of the best in all things beauty, the only place to go is Violet Grey (MAP IT, x) (and if you can’t get to the shop on Melrose Place, their website offers their entire curation).

MUST-HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCT: Surratt Beauty’s lash curler and bio cellulose masks from 111skin.

INSIDER SECRET: Always do your makeup by a window– there is nothing worse than doing your makeup in poor lighting! Also, real makeup artists use contouring very, very sparingly. The overly contoured, stripe-y trend going on right now is not what we do; it’s for people who live on Instagram and YouTube and FaceTune and filter…

BEST HOME DÉCOR: My interior style is eclectic, comfy and modern. I like pops of color, but nothing fussy. Lost and Found has great accent pieces and we have gotten a lot of furniture from Landon Cole on La Brea too (MAP IT, x).

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Candles from Le Feu de L’Eau (x).

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Carol Vasquez Prince (x) at Chris McMillan Salon (MAP IT, x) is the absolute best colorist for brunettes. I get constant compliments on my hair color; I only trust her.

FIT PICK: I do a mix of hiking Griffith Park, weight and strength training at home, pilates at Dr. Pilates on Larchmont (MAP IT, x), and, at least 3 times-a-week, I do kickboxing classes at Foxy and Fierce at the Hollywood Judo Dojo (MAP IT, x). From time to time, I will also add Body by Simone (MAP IT, x) into the mix.

ULTIMATE LA MOMENT:  Let’s just say I was on a red carpet with a client and there was a makeup emergency that I didn’t have the solution for in my purse. Thankfully there was a MAC store directly in front of the carpet; I ran over the barricades, into the MAC store and declared, “I’m Pati Dubroff, I need *blank*. I don’t have any money, but you need to give it to me now!,” and they did. They saved me. I definitely made sure to thank them after the premiere was over! CP

Pati’s LA

Pati Dubroff

From L to R: First Row: Sqirl; Smoothies from Erewhon; Chocolate croissants from Proof Bakery; Dr. Pilates. Second Row: Candles from Le Feu De L’Eau; Kale salad from Sweetgreen; Prosciutto bites at Factory Kitchen; Skincare products at Violet Grey.


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