Deborah Koepper, Owner, Deborah Koepper Beauty, Palm Beach
For 20 years, Deborah Koepper’s eponymous salon has played host to a celebrity clientele and the Palm Beach elite. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Town & Country, Palm Beach Illustrated and The Knott. Her brides have included Minnie Pulitzer McClusky, Olympia Shields (sister to Brooke), and Wall Street princesses. She also has a line of beauty products, DK Beauty, which was launched on the movie “Confessions of a Shopoholic,” and has been featured on “Game Change,” “My One and Only,” is carried at luxury ateliers nationwide.
We caught up with her over coffee this summer to talk beauty and swap stories (Picture The Hoff singing “Mustang Sally” at St. Edwards Catholic Church).
She’s obsessed with: Color, but in a natural and seasonal sense. I believe a woman can look natural and beautiful and change colors subtly from season to season. Eyes and lips will always rule the day in color, but don’t forget about hints of color on the cheeks. A natural California girl might use a bronzer as a a blush. A classic Grace Kelley type in a Monique Lhullier gown is more of a blush kind of gal. Use more natural nail colors on fingers and toes for a timeless look. Like a monogram, a customized lip color is another way to personalize the day, and it’s a fun accessory to bring on your honeymoon or save for anniversaries!
What is so 2012? Following the leader and being a slave to fast friends. “On trend” is a buzz phrase that has always been in, yet out. Beauty and style are truly something to embrace as an individual woman. From your skin and makeup, hairstyle and wardrobe — even your fragrance — be authentic. Embrace and enhance your own style vs. obsessing over the latest and greatest.
What’s the next big thing: As women become more and more taxed for time, ease is in. A haircut that’s easy to style, a flawless face with a realistic time investment, a wardrobe that comes together with not too much time and effort. High low is another fabulous look that’s never going to go out of style: A great Chanel, Alexander McQueen or Ralph Rucci jacket paired with a skirt from the GAP or Target, inexpensive adn beautiful accessories with a men’s Old Navy T-shirt and a pair of wickedly wild shoes from Payless!
What should brides know before contacting you: Grooms forget some of those grooming essentials for a wedding, and we have those down to an easy and discreet science: A deep-pore cleansing facial a month in advance, a great haircut a week in advance, a manicure/pedicure the week of, maybe a little bronzer on the big day for photos. Brides who are unsure about their wedding day look can consult with Deborah about bringing her inner beauty out. Again, embracing the authentic. Event the word classic can mean different things to different people.
What is your specialty: I continue to evolve my collection with my clients and their lifestyles, from expert skin analysis and care services and products to a collection of foundations, blushes, colors for the eyes, cheeks and lips, mascara for highlighting the eye even further. The current collection moves from day to evening with minor adjustments, which goes back to the need for an easy beauty routine. My team is constantly training and retraining with world renowned experts like Dr. Brandt on the most innovative and best treatments for the skin. For nearly 30 years, we have been a part of the fashion scenes in New York, London, Miami and Los Angeles, perfecting techniques in styling for day, evening, weddings, events and on the runway.
Having styled in the Reagan White House and worked with Nancy Reagan as well as countless diplomats and visiting dignitaries, I know that continuing education, research, exploration and application is tantamount to giving a client your best. It is important for clients to feel comfortable, inspired and indeed beautiful when we have them here. I can’t stress education and research enough. We are constantly learning and finding new points of inspiration, which helps us offer stellar experiences on location for a magnificent wedding, or backstage at a Michael Kors runway show.
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