As a color astrologist, Rose Theodora has an innovative approach to interpreting the cosmos that might just change the way you choose your next nail polish shade. With her vast knowledge of astrology and her background in art history, Rose specializes in creating colorscopes, color recommendations based on the movements of the planets. She's even partnered with Enamel Diction, a nail art studio in Los Angeles, where clients are able to choose their nail color based on their astrological sign to get the most out of their cosmic energies (so cool, right?). Today, Rose shares her tried-and-true beauty tips, including a DIY deep conditioning hair mask and how the stars influence her lip color choices.
What's your daily skincare routine?
Simple is definitely key for me. Sleep + meditation + water. Every morning, I drink as much water as I can. Then, I wash my face with cold water using Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser, followed by SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and Orchid Facial Oil by Herbivore Botanicals. The smell of the orchid oil is intoxicating — I look forward to it every morning like a cappuccino. I think it's important to look forward to your beauty routine. Lastly, I apply SPF. Before bed, I remove my makeup with jojoba oil and witch hazel (see how to make your own here). Then, I drink more water. I add a few drops of Cilk's Inner Beauty Rose Extract to a bottle of water — I swear by this, the smell alone makes you feel beautiful — and drink as much as I can.
How about body care?
I treat my body with as much love as I do my face. I use pure goats milk and an olive oil soap that this women in Florida makes -- she attaches the soap to a sea sponge which works as a natural exfoliant. Then, I use a Fig + Yarrow's Cardamon and Coffee Body Scrub every other day. To hydrate my skin, I use an almond oil, coconut-scented body oil — sometimes I'll make it myself.
What makeup do you usually wear?
Natural is always my goal, except when I feel like wearing a bright red or a hot plum lipstick. Tom Ford's Violet Fatale is one of my go-to colors. On my face, I use Laura Mercier's Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer for coverage, Senna Finishing Powder and Senna's Gold Star Brilliant Bronze (a highlighter/bronzer). For my eyes, I use the shimmery yet natural-looking Senna eyeshadow in Spark and M.A.C.'s False Lashes Mascara. On my lips, I wear a coconut lip balm under Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine in Boy.
As a color astrologist, does your work ever affect your beauty routine?
Yes, with my nail polish color religiously — I always change it up according to the planetary transits. But when it comes to lipsticks, I am 100% my astrological chart — I always use one of three shades: a dark or neon plum, a bright red, or a natural pink.
Do you have a DIY beauty treatment you swear by?
Yes! A deep hair conditioning hair mask. Mix together one egg, one cup of whole milk, two tablespoons of honey, and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Massage the mixture into your hair, and then wrap it in a hot towel for 20 minutes. Your hair with shine like the sun ;).
What perfume do you normally wear?
Like lipstick, I have three ;). I apply Egyptian goddess oil religiously (and have for the past 12 years). I carry a small roller of it with me at all times. Additionally, each morning I'll either use Joe Malone's Pomegranate Noir or Bvlgari's Omnia Crystalline Eau de Toilette, depending on my mood.
Do you look to anyone for beauty inspiration?
Eva Mendez — she's always natural and flawless. Cindy Crawford and Dita Von Teese are ridiculous.
Do you have any beauty indulgences?
Self-love is so important. I overdo it with baths — I add goats milk and my favorite oils to a bath at least once a week. I think that every woman should spoil herself.
When do you feel most beautiful?
In the morning, when I've rested and my cheeks are at their puffiest and most rosy.
Thank you for sharing with us, Rose! Check back next week for our latest installment of 52 Faces, a weekly series that spotlights a real woman's beauty routine. If you missed last week's interview, we spoke with Kelsey Whelan, a UX engineer at Netflix. Read all about the best (and worst) beauty advice she's received here. In the meantime, here's a smoothie recipe for clear skin and three tips for better beauty sleep.