It is a story as previous as time: one associate loves magnificence, and the opposite… loves their associate very a lot! However on occasion, the celebs align for love and routines and also you get a pair the place each halves are magnificence specialists 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 star colorist whose purchasers embody Natalie Portman, Kylie Jenner, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. ITG caught up with the soon-to-be-married pair at their LA dwelling, the place magnificence’s each work and play. Here is what they needed to say:
Allison McNamara, Founder, Mara Beauty: We obtained engaged August fifth of 2019, and the plan was that after I launched my cleaning oil we had been going to start out planning. Then I kind 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, Celebrity Colorist: Earlier than I met Allison, I didn’t suppose I’d date one other individual within the magnificence business. I had dated one other hairdresser and—
Allison: She actually sat subsequent to you!
Cass: Yeah, we had been one chair away from one another on the salon. We’re pleasant now, however I used to be simply kind of like, ‘I’ll most likely 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 had been blonde. The producers type 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 tender.
Allison: Virtually extra brown than pink.
Cass: One among my coworkers requested to convey a pal and consumer to my party, that coworker was Allison’s colorist, and that’s how we met.
Allison: I keep in mind it was 2014, as a result of that is the 12 months we obtained Billie.
Cass: That’s the way you keep in mind after we met? The canine’s birthday? So unhappy. After we had been relationship for some time she was like, ‘Why don’t you do my hair coloration?’ I knew you’d be a troublesome consumer however finally I had no alternative.
Allison: We dyed it this pretend pink—it appeared actually cool, nevertheless it was far more vibrant than what we’re at now.
Cass: And everyone cherished it, so we needed to maintain it. I created a monster!
Allison: I really like doing magnificence issues on Cass. Truly, for this shoot Cass wished to put on her hair stick straight, which isn’t my favourite method that she wears it—
Cass: I used to be getting my make-up achieved 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 achieved collectively Cass all the time will get this blue shade. Who will get blue nails each single time?
Cass: You understand, if I get something that’s lighter the hair coloration all the time 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 Mask for her, as a result of I do know that she likes moisture, and the Detoxifying Mask for me. I really like the Tata Harper Clarifying and Resurfacing masks—I feel they make a number of the greatest masks. There’s a Sonya Dakar one I placed on [Cass] so much, too. It’s the Rose Gold Mask.
Cass: Oh, yeah. I had just a few facials along with her, and that was enjoyable as a result of she talks so much as she’s treating you. I really 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 appropriate 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 similar to that clear feeling, and since I don’t coloration my hair it’s not very dry. I’ve just a few grays—
Allison: A couple of?! Lady, you’ve obtained 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 will probably be coloring it.
Allison: I imply, or you would do it now.
Cass: There’s so few! Despite the fact that 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 at first of this 12 months, and over time it cuts the brass and offers my hair kind of a golden tone, which I desire. There are a whole lot of comparable merchandise available on the market, however Brownlights has really been the very best. I spray slightly little bit of leave-in conditioner, and I take advantage of a mask from this Japanese model referred to as Inphenom as soon as a month.
Allison: I’ve psoriasis, and it’s arduous as a result of a whole lot of psoriasis shampoos strip the colour and a whole lot of color-safe shampoos have perfume, which irritates it. Virtue’s Recovery 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 all the time 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 in a position to arrange a salon in our yard.
Allison: We now have an extended tandem driveway, and my pseudo-office is definitely simply over the driveway. I hear ‘Cass? Cass?’ possibly 3 times a day—it’s her purchasers, misplaced.
Cass: To start with I used to be sending out all these color kits, as a result of in case you had been caught doing home calls it was a two 12 months license suspension and a extremely massive effective. It was simply not price it. I did Kylie’s coloration with those pieces in the front proper after we lastly obtained the OK to do home calls. After all, I get a take a look at each single time earlier than I’m 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 whenever you wish to simply…
Cass: Get the grime off.
Allison: Yeah. Then I’m going in with a vitamin C. I really 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 suppose that the part clogs simply, which is type of irritating, however that’s my very best consistency for SPF.
Cass: Typically when Allison will get slightly 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 a whole lot of girls 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 are like ‘That is the very best lipstick for you based mostly in your hair coloration,’ however I don’t really subscribe to any of that. I like Kosas Thrillest, I really like Charlotte Tilbury in Pillowtalk, which isn’t an excellent brilliant shade however I feel it’s superior. I put on Rosette from Ilia on a regular basis, after which Nars Heatwave I really like. For glosses, I like Tower 28’s Fire as a result of it doesn’t have any white in it. And for a really mild 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 just a few folks take their masks off and it’s like… uh, you’ve gotten slightly one thing proper there.
Allison: Once I did put on make-up, I favored the Ilia Skin Tint within the lightest shade and both the Ilia concealer or the RMS concealer, which I’ve been utilizing for 5 years. I really like the Tower 28 Dew Balm—I feel it’s type of good. I like a naked lash, to be trustworthy, however for brows I like Saie Beauty’s new Brow Butter or Boy Brow. Oh, and I take advantage of Just For Men beard dye to tint my eyebrows. I don’t even let Cass do it.
Cass: I feel Allison does a reasonably good job along with her make-up. It’s all the time very clear, tender, shiny. I by no means need to say, ‘Oh my God Allison, take that off.’ The one time I didn’t like your make-up was whenever you had been on tv—you had cake face.
Allison: You’re so easy that you simply nonetheless use make-up I gave you method too way back.
Cass: I simply maintain re-buying the Nars Sheer Glow basis. The lady there did a extremely nice job at matching my coloration. Earlier than that all the pieces I used was all the time too orange or too yellow. Typically I’ll combine just a few 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 cope with so many chemical substances, and it’s scorching, it’s chilly… I really feel like I’m simply round so many issues that I want an additional layer of safety.
Allison: Truly, we discuss this so much—I do suppose the clear magnificence area is coming to the purpose the place it’s shaming folks. Magnificence must be enjoyable, on the finish of the day. I really like Nars lipsticks, I really like Charlotte Tilbury… you should utilize a clear magnificence routine, or eat all natural, or work out so much, however possibly you additionally get your conventional hair coloration achieved. Life is all about steadiness.
Cass: For the file, 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. Shoppers 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 ebook, after which journaling—I’m like, panicking, studying the information, consuming espresso. Particularly with wholesome dwelling it’s simple to be arduous on your self, however life is just too quick to make all the pieces so regimented.
—as advised to ITG
Allison McNamara and Cassondra Kaeding photographed by Felisha Tolentino on September 6, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.