The Beauty of Aesthetic Possibilities
Candace Marino, Founder of The L.A. Facialist and licensed Master Esthetician has been a favorite of Southern California’s complexion cognoscenti and worldwide beauty media for over 15 years. Working out of her atelier in Beverly Hills, Candace’s signature hands-on treatments speak to her medically-informed protocols and a profound knowledge of skin physiology. Her nuanced, customized approach delivers the luminosity-from-the-inside for which she is renowned.
What traits do you and OPULUS Beauty Labs have in common?
We're direct, no fluff, straight to the point, what we ask of our clientele requires minimalist effort, while what we deliver are maximalist results. Also, we’re both devoted to retinol. I was pleased that OPULUS Beauty Labs launched with Retinol Ramp-Up because I believe that retinol is something that everyone should be using for the rest of their lives no matter what their skin type. I am delighted to be associated with the company as an advisor.
What makes you particularly good at what you do?
As a medical aesthetician, I help people maintain, enhance or transform their skin. I think what sets me apart is that I am extremely hands-on rather than leaning on devices. To provide a great service, I've created specific techniques that only my hands can do. My style has been 15 years in the making and is unlike any other facial out there.
How would you like people to better understand what you do?
That it is far from a frivolous, vanity project. Helping people transform their skin is more about health and emotional well-being than anything else and goes way deeper than the superficial. For example, many people don’t know that acne and skin related issues are common precursors to depression. Helping people care for their skin is incredibly rewarding because it can, literally, impact their whole attitude towards life.
There’s a misconception that those who are into beauty are always high maintenance. Personally, although my career revolves around all thing’s beauty, I'm super low maintenance in my routine and lifestyle.
Did you know from an early age that skincare services were what you wanted to do with your life?
Absolutely. I think every one of my childhood friends got their first extractions from me. My idea of fun was mixing up a mask and playing spa. (Full confession: it still is.)
How has social media impacted your career?
A lot of amazing opportunities have come my way because of social media which have definitely given me a much larger platform and helped me to establish a voice in the skincare world. Still, there’s a lot of misinformation out there so I warn people to be cautious about what they see or read.
What is your definition of luxury?
To embrace all kinds of experiences, both high and low. The image I have in my head is wearing an evening gown (though I’m not doing a lot of that lately) and enjoying a cheeseburger.
When it comes to fragrance, do you have a single signature scent or a whole wardrobe?
Definitely a wardrobe person and mostly in the oriental note arena. I own a crazy number of fragrances and am always buying them. Plus, I’ll layer a few at a time depending on my mood. But I don’t like easily attainable ones and I most definitely don’t want to smell like anyone else. For me, it’s strictly niche brands from little shops in Europe that no one has ever heard of over here.