Allison McNamara & Cassondra Kaeding Know Their

It is a story as outdated as time: one companion loves magnificence, and the opposite… loves their companion very a lot! However occasionally, the celebs align for love and routines and also you get a pair the place each halves are magnificence consultants in their very own rights. That is precisely what occurred for Allison and Cass: the previous is a longtime editor-turned-founder of her personal skincare line, Mara. And the latter is a celeb colorist whose shoppers embrace Natalie Portman, Kylie Jenner, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. ITG caught up with the soon-to-be-married pair at their LA residence, the place magnificence’s each work and play. This is what they needed to say:

Allison McNamara, Founder, Mara Magnificence: We bought engaged August fifth of 2019, and the plan was that after I launched my cleaning oil we have been going to begin planning. Then I form of did the media tour, and we had all these activations… so our purpose grew to become March. We began speaking about venues, after which the entire world shut down.

Cassondra Kaeding, Celeb Colorist: Earlier than I met Allison, I didn’t assume I might date one other particular person within the magnificence business. I had dated one other hairdresser and—

Allison: She actually sat subsequent to you!

Cass: Yeah, we have been one chair away from one another on the salon. We’re pleasant now, however I used to be simply form of like, ‘I’ll in all probability by no means do THAT once more.’ Once I met Allison I used to be engaged on the third Starvation Video games film and she or he was a tv host.

Allison: My purpose was actually to host E! Information, however I really feel like I used to be 5 years too late—by the point I used to be seasoned sufficient, nobody was making these reveals anymore. Anyway, at the moment I used to be internet hosting this present on TV Information, and all three of us hosts have been blonde. The producers form of threw it on the market that if any of us wished to attempt a brand new coloration, it was the time. So my colorist began dying it auburn.

Cass: It was very delicate.

Allison: Nearly extra brown than crimson.

Cass: One in every of my coworkers requested to deliver a good friend and consumer to my celebration, that coworker was Allison’s colorist, and that’s how we met.

Allison: I bear in mind it was 2014, as a result of that is the 12 months we bought Billie.

Cass: That’s the way you bear in mind after we met? The canine’s birthday? So unhappy. After we have been courting for some time she was like, ‘Why don’t you do my hair coloration?’ I knew you’d be a tough consumer however ultimately I had no alternative.

Allison: We dyed it this pretend crimson—it seemed actually cool, nevertheless it was way more vibrant than what we’re at now.

Cass: And all people beloved it, so we needed to preserve it. I created a monster!

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Allison: I like doing magnificence issues on Cass. Really, for this shoot Cass wished to put on her hair stick straight, which isn’t my favourite means that she wears it—

Cass: I used to be getting my make-up finished so I couldn’t transfer, and the following factor I do know the curling iron is plugged in and Allison is futzing with my hair.

Allison: It’s the Sultra wand. It’s superb. After we get our nails finished collectively Cass at all times will get this blue shade. Who will get blue nails each single time?

Cass: , if I get something that’s lighter the hair coloration at all times ruins it. That is 168 by OPI, and it’s a gel.

Allison: We actually like doing masks collectively too. I choose the masks, clearly. I just like the True Botanicals Moisture Masks for her, as a result of I do know that she likes moisture, and the Detoxifying Masks for me. I like the Tata Harper Clarifying and Resurfacing masks—I feel they make a few of the finest masks. There’s a Sonya Dakar one I placed on [Cass] lots, too. It’s the Rose Gold Masks.

Cass: Oh, yeah. I had a couple of facials along with her, and that was enjoyable as a result of she talks lots as she’s treating you. I truly thought she made my pores and skin look fantastic. She gave me some stuff, however most of my routine is Mara.

Allison: That’s the correct reply, honey!

Cass: Allison says I don’t use it however I do. I wouldn’t be shocked if she goes into the lavatory to measure it. However anyway, I take advantage of the Mara cleanser and the face oil. I even have some within the salon too, so I can put extra on noon. I just about wash my hair each morning. We are saying to not, however I identical to that clear feeling, and since I don’t coloration my hair it’s not very dry. I’ve a couple of grays—

Allison: Just a few?! Woman, you’ve bought quite a lot of.

Cass: No matter! They’re not tremendous thick, and a few are hidden. However the second it will get tremendous stable I might be coloring it.

Allison: I imply, or you possibly can do it now.

Cass: There’s so few! Although I don’t coloration my hair it tends to go brassy simply within the solar. Brownlights is that this progressive firming shampoo and conditioner that got here out to start with of this 12 months, and over time it cuts the brass and offers my hair form of a golden tone, which I want. There are numerous related merchandise available on the market, however Brownlights has truly been one of the best. I spray somewhat little bit of leave-in conditioner, and I take advantage of a masks from this Japanese model known as Inphenom as soon as a month.

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Allison: I’ve psoriasis, and it’s exhausting as a result of numerous psoriasis shampoos strip the colour and numerous color-safe shampoos have perfume, which irritates it. Advantage’s Restoration Shampoo might be my favourite, although I’m utilizing this one from Derma-E proper now that’s particularly focused for folks with psoriasis, and it actually does calm my scalp. I wash my hair each few days, which I can do since you’ll repair the colour. I’m at all times asking to go to Salon de Cass.

Cass: It’s been an fascinating rollercoaster for us within the hair business, however what’s been actually nice is I used to be capable of arrange a salon in our yard.

Allison: We’ve an extended tandem driveway, and my pseudo-office is definitely simply over the driveway. I hear ‘Cass? Cass?’ possibly thrice a day—it’s her shoppers, misplaced.

Cass: To start with I used to be sending out all these coloration kits, as a result of in case you have been caught doing home calls it was a two 12 months license suspension and a very massive superb. It was simply not value it. I did Kylie’s coloration with these items within the entrance proper after we lastly bought the OK to do home calls. After all, I get a take a look at each single time earlier than I am going into any individual’s home.


Allison: If I wash my face within the morning, I just like the Mara cleanser on damp pores and skin or the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser on dry pores and skin. The Tata is a delicate bodily exfoliant and it is nice for these days while you wish to simply…

Cass: Get the grime off.

Allison: Yeah. Then I am going in with a vitamin C. I like Drunk Elephant’s, however I normally use the Mara vitamin C as a result of I like a really silky dry down, and I feel ours does that properly. After that, I take advantage of Common Face Oil after which SPF. There’s a Biossance SPF I actually like, and I additionally just like the Eleven from Venus drops. I do assume that the part clogs simply, which is form of irritating, however that’s my very best consistency for SPF.

Cass: Typically when Allison will get somewhat solar her freckles come out. She will get a mustache of tiny freckles—it’s so humorous.

Allison: I hate it. It’s not melasma—I do know numerous ladies have melasma. I simply get straight up freckles.

Cass: And you’ve got freckles in your lips.

Allison: Lipstick might be my favourite make-up merchandise. I’ve written so many tales which might be like ‘That is one of the best lipstick for you based mostly in your hair coloration,’ however I don’t truly subscribe to any of that. I like Kosas Thrillest, I like Charlotte Tilbury in Pillowtalk, which isn’t a brilliant vibrant shade however I feel it’s superior. I put on Rosette from Ilia on a regular basis, after which Nars Heatwave I like. For glosses, I like Tower 28’s Hearth as a result of it doesn’t have any white in it. And for a really gentle wash of coloration, I just like the Saie glosses—all of the shades look the identical to me, so I simply seize whichever. However who can put on any make-up with these masks?

Cass: I’ve seen a couple of folks take their masks off and it’s like… uh, you have got somewhat one thing proper there.

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Allison: Once I did put on make-up, I favored the Ilia Pores and skin Tint within the lightest shade and both the Ilia concealer or the RMS concealer, which I’ve been utilizing for 5 years. I like the Tower 28 Dew Balm—I feel it’s form of good. I like a naked lash, to be trustworthy, however for brows I like Saie Magnificence’s new Forehead Butter or Boy Forehead. Oh, and I take advantage of Simply For Males beard dye to tint my eyebrows. I don’t even let Cass do it.

Cass: I feel Allison does a fairly good job along with her make-up. It’s at all times very clear, delicate, shiny. I by no means should say, ‘Oh my God Allison, take that off.’ The one time I didn’t like your make-up was while you have been on tv—you had cake face.

Allison: You might be so easy that you just nonetheless use make-up I gave you means too way back.

Cass: I simply preserve re-buying the Nars Sheer Glow basis. The lady there did a very nice job at matching my coloration. Earlier than that all the things I used was at all times too orange or too yellow. Typically I’ll combine a couple of drops of oil into it too as a result of my pores and skin will get actually dry.

Allison: She doesn’t drink sufficient water!

Cass: I take care of so many chemical substances, and it’s sizzling, it’s chilly… I really feel like I’m simply round so many issues that I want an additional layer of safety.

Allison: Really, we speak about this lots—I do assume the clear magnificence house is coming to the purpose the place it’s shaming folks. Magnificence must be enjoyable, on the finish of the day. I like Nars lipsticks, I like Charlotte Tilbury… you need to use a clear magnificence routine, or eat all natural, or work out lots, however possibly you additionally get your conventional hair coloration finished. Life is all about steadiness.

Cass: For the document, I’ve tried to make use of clear hair coloration, and it simply… both it doesn’t cowl properly, or it comes out a unique coloration. Purchasers are like, ‘Now how am I going to get this out?’ And it takes some time.

Allison: The reality is, I’m not meditating for 10 minutes, after which studying a guide, after which journaling—I’m like, panicking, studying the information, consuming espresso. Particularly with wholesome dwelling it’s straightforward to be exhausting on your self, however life is just too quick to make all the things so regimented.

—as advised to ITG

Allison McNamara and Cassondra Kaeding photographed by Felisha Tolentino on September 6, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

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