Yifat Oren: Beauty in Action

When California’s glitterati want to throw an intimate dinner party for 1000 of their closest friends, there’s one person they call: celebrity event planner Yifat Oren. Over the years, she’s orchestrated effortlessly chic weddings and glam functions for stars like Reese Witherspoon and Kevin Costner. We caught up with her to get her tips on stress-free entertaining, special event makeup, and more.

Hostess with the mostest

Consider the guest experience from beginning to end, whether it’s a dinner party for ten or a formal fete for 100. This means: Is there enough street parking? Is there enough food? How is the weather? If you’re in the bright sun, did you rent market umbrellas? I can remember a lovely little brunch party at a friend’s house that earned me a few wrinkles, as I was baking in the hot sun.

Handbag, meet kitchen sink

I’m the Mary Poppins of event producers. I always have baby wipes (my answer for everything), iPhone with headset and charger, and Tide stick. A small moleskin because if I don’t write it down, it doesn’t exist. A nail file. Pens. Three to four lip gloss options. Sunglasses. Leather business card holder (usually empty, of course). Hand cream, L’Occitane hand purifying gel, mints, sublingual B12 for a little boost of energy. A couple of green tea bags.

Makeup minimalist

By the time an event begins, I have already been working for ten hours so I have very little time to put it together. I put my hair up, and add a little blush, shadow, mascara, and some lipstick.

Eye appeal

I started using Latisse a couple months ago and it has made a big difference in my lashes. I really don’t have to use mascara unless I am going out. I also curl my lashes because I feel like it opens up my eyes.

Pro tip

My friend (and very fancy makeup artist), Molly Stern, told me that you can never wear enough blush, so I tend to put on a good amount of blush, even if it’s the only thing I put on. I use NARS Orgasm (big surprise) or NARS Sin.

Latest discovery

I love my gel manicures. They’re a perfect time-saver for a working mom because my nails look great for two weeks.

Event makeup 101

You should really still look like you, only more enhanced than the everyday you. If you don’t wear a lot of makeup every day, be sure to let your makeup artist know and, for the love of God, set up a trial.

Worth the money

I splurge on facials by Terri Lawton. I’m pretty obsessed with my Le Labo perfume, Fleur D’Oranger 27. I’m very sensitive to perfumes and heavy odors and this one is fresh and light.

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