Where the Pros Go: W Magazine’s Beauty Director, Jane Larkworthy – Part II

Last week W magazine’s Beauty Director, Jane Larkworthy shared her list of go-to beauty gurus. Below, some of her favorite things. 


When traveling for work or pleasure, what 3 things are you never without and why?

1. Dry shampoo. In the past year, it’s replaced conditioner as my travel must-have. I much prefer getting a blowout before I go away, then extending it with dry shampoo than trying to give it a good blowout myself.

2. My two fragrances, Le Labo Santal 33 and CB I Hate Perfume, Burning Leaves. I don’t feel complete without wearing them.

3. Mini mascara. Sephora sells a batch of minis together so customers can to try them out, but I like to pop one or two in my travel bag.

How do you like to unwind after a long day working?  Walk the dog, take a bath, make tomato, mozzarella & basil quesadillas and watch “Law & Order SVU” and “The Good Wife.”

What is your earliest beauty memory?  It ain’t a good one. When I was in that awful, puberty-pimpled age of 14, I remember my mother convincing me how chic I’d look with a short haircut.  She held my hair back in a ponytail in front of the mirror and said, “You look like a Vogue model.”  So I did it. I looked like a boy, and not in a Vogue model kind of way.  For a year, I was constantly mistaken for a boy.  It took only about 20 years to attempt going short again.  And nope, still no ‘Is she a Vogue model??’ double takes.  Fool me twice, as they say…”

Who inspires you most and why? All of my girlfriends. Sorry if that sounds sexist, but so many of them are accomplishing so much and doing the coolest things.

Finish this sentence:  If I had a free day in New York, I would…Get up early and take the dog to Central Park where she can run free until 9am, then bike to Brooklyn and explore with my husband.

Name your most favorite New York restaurant and why?: It changes all the time, but right now it’s Carbone. Their garlic bread and meatballs are TO DIE.

Where is your favorite place to meet for a drink? Hotel bars are usually cozy and quiet. I like the The Bowery and The Regency.

Name your single most favorite shop and tell us why you love it:  Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, VT.: It’s this huge emporium of all types of outdoor sports gear, but they have a consignment section where we’ve found great bargains on slightly used items–Patagonia jackets, cycling jerseys, parkas. Every time we go up to that part of Vermont, we lug a huge hefty bag of our own stuff that we’ve tired of, then buy “new” (to us, anyway) goodies with our “sold” credits. Win win!

Top 5 things your are dying to buy or try:

  1. A new filler procedure that I can’t tell you about yet, but it promises not to hurt and natural looking results.
  2. A week at Kamalaya Koh Samiu wellness retreat in Thailand. One of my best friends is there now and it sounds like Nirvana.
  3. Recon-Zeal ski goggles (they’re like Google Goggles meets GPS for skiing).
  4. Roberta’s Pizza in Brooklyn. It’s ridiculous that we haven’t been yet.
  5. Basically all of Rosie Assoulin‘s Fall collection

CBG LOVES our furry four-legged friends, especially Jane’s gorgeous standard poodle, Remy (Follow her @DailyRemy).

photo[9]Jane’s gorgeous standard poodle Remy has become her sartorial muse; what started as a whim on Halloween night has become a regular fashion Instagram of Remy in head-to-paw designer wear. “She’s ridiculously patient about it,” says Jane of the styling. “I just gently repeat, ‘Stay…stay…’ as I place hats or sunglasses on her, or drape a coat over her collar (sleeves are, of course, tricky), and she just sits still and lets me get the shot. Truthfully, it takes all of about five minutes, and she knows lots of treats come as soon as we wrap.”


Don’t miss Jane’s complete list of her go-to beauty gurus.  From head to toe, this beauty insider tells where she goes, who she sees and what she loves about it.


Jane has been in the beauty business for more than 20 years, having begun her career at Glamour.  She was on the charter team of Jane Magazine, then moved to W where she’s overseen the beauty pages for nearly 14 years. She lives in New York with her husband and standard poodle, Remy.



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  1. Mara Landis

    Great post!! Maybe top picks of all fashion people or trending now?! Also want to know the filler! Is it natural?!

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