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"Summer Love List" from Makeup Artist Mally Roncal

"Summer Love List" from Makeup Artist Mally Roncal

I'm celebrating the season’s last hurrah (a.k.a. August) by asking discerning beauty insiders to share their favorite hot-weather products. 

Today’s expert:  Mally Roncal, makeup artist—and beauty mogul (she founded Mally Beauty)

Mally Roncal , makeup artist and founder of  Mally Beauty

Mally Roncal, makeup artist and founder of Mally Beauty

I’ve known Mally since we were beauty-industry babies, but I don’t remember our very first meeting, because Mally is one of those people that feels like an old friend instantly. I can’t remember not knowing her in New York. If you’ve watched her on QVC, the smart, witty, slightly kooky (in a good way), warm persona you see there is exactly like she is in person. Ask anyone in the beauty industry: She's a gem.

Mally has worked with a long list of celebrity clients (Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, Lee Ann Womack, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Maggie Gyllenhaal), but she created her makeup line for real women and their everyday lives. Her products are user-friendly and affordable—and many come packaged with application tips from Mally herself. Do yourself a favor and watch Mally on QVC if you haven’t already. You'll want all of her products, and you'll feel like you've made a new friend.

But back to the purpose of this post. Mally is a super-successful beauty boss, but she’s also a wife and mother to three beautiful, young girls. Bottom line: She's crazy-busy. Thus, her summertime picks are mostly practical—from hard-working mascara to on-the-go breakfast options (which I plan to pick up at Whole Foods this weekend.)

Mally Beauty Instantly Impactful Mascara "This is the most dramatic of all of the mascaras that I have made and as you know, I LOVE big, gorgeous lashes. So this is one of my top essentials!"

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless SPF 30 Face Lotion  "I love this formula as it is super light, smells SOOO good and it works great under makeup."

Rita Hazan Triple Threat Split Ends Remedy "I dye my hair like crazy, so this product ensures that my split ends stay smooth."

Svelte Organic Protein Shake "I drink this smoothie all the time—I love French vanilla the best—because it's a good, fast, easy way to get breakfast in since I don’t really like to eat in the mornings."

Start the "Summer Love List" Series on day one with Celebrity Colorist Rita Hazan, here


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"Summer Love List" from Beauty Editor Didi Gluck

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