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November 12, 2020
The Spark: Talking to Celeb Makeup Artist Pati Dubroff

Photo by Jeff Vespa

Even if you’re not familiar with the name Pati Dubroff, you’ve seen her work. The makeup artist is a favorite among celebrities like Margot Robbie, Priyanka Chopra, and Laura Dern to name a few. Plus, she’s worked on countless magazine covers including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Harper’s Bazaar. Known for her expertise in making women look their best, Dubroff is in constant demand and because of that, she’s also conscious about how cannabis factors into her work life balance. Growing up with a family that was familiar with the plant, Dubroff embraced it early and now as an adult, uses it as a part of her self care routine.

EMBER caught up with Dubroff recently to talk about her experience with cannabis, what her favorite products are, and how she tries to make healthy choices both when it comes to consuming flowers and snacks. Read on to hear her story.

On her first cannabis experience: My parents’ friend group were big cannabis smokers so I was familiar with it. I remember taking a tiny amount from my dad’s drawer as a pre-teen — it had so many seeds! The cannabis wasn’t the greatest quality but I had fun with it. I would put on headphones and put on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and get lost in the music or share it with friends and giggle.

On how she views cannabis now: When it first became legalized for medical use here in Los Angeles, I think I went a little crazy! I was so excited that something, which was so stigmatized and challenging to procure for so many years, was readily available. And then I discovered MedMen, which made the shopping experience so enjoyable. That said I don’t smoke as much as I used to and I’ve switched to other methods of consumption to reap the benefits.

I also have a friend with a farm up in the Golden Triangle. It taught me so much about the importance of knowing where and how your cannabis is grown and cultivated.  Just like my food, I want to ensure what I’m consuming is free of chemicals and sun grown. When I made the switch and started to pay attention to these details, I no longer had any weird or paranoid experiences. Plants are empathetic and take on the energy of those who care for them, so I want to make sure it’s only good, positive vibes.  

On her favorite cannabis products and how she enjoys it: I’m looking for things that help me with stress and sleep  like tinctures that are high in CBD, relaxing bath products, and infused honey. I’ll also use topicals for muscle release, post-workout. If I do smoke, I roll them myself although I’m also looking for a good bong. 

I live in the Hills and I have outdoor space with a deck. That’s my spot where I’ll smoke, gaze at the sky and listen to the birds or owls. It’s nice and relaxing and where I let go of the stress of the day.  

On her favorite munchies: My best friend, who’s my smoking buddy, we make this little treat called Stoner's Delight. It’s a date that we stuff with almond butter, coconut butter, and cocoa powder. Then we sprinkle on coconut flakes and cacao nibs. You can use any kind of nut butter — peanut butter is also great. It’s healthy and delicious. Otherwise, I love ice cream. If there’s a quart in the freezer, I’ll go that route, but I definitely try not to do it that often.   

On her morning and nighttime routines: The first thing I do in the morning is oil pulling, the ancient Ayurvedic technique which helps with oral and physical health. My blend includes oils of oregano, clove, and sesame. At night I make a bath with magnesium flakes, Epsom salt, and a bath bomb or CBD soak. I’ll also slather my body with a CBD-enriched body cream to help with sleep. Before bed I also put an LED mask over my face — it forces me to meditate since I can’t look at my phone.

On her current favorite beauty products: I love the products from True Botanicals — their Pure Radiance mask is amazing. I’m also a fan of Vintner's Daughter active serum and of course Augustinus Bader’s cream which has completely changed my skin.I also use a lot of Weleda products — they’re simple and clean. 

Makeup-wise Chanel’s Water Fresh Tint is so pretty and light. It gives a great healthy glow so I’ll use it as a bronzer. Troy Surratt makes a mascara that’s very sheer but still enhances your lashes. I never want any of my makeup looks to look or feel heavy! I’m very into tools to help my skin: I use my Ziip facial tool religiously. It’s a microcurrent device that stimulates cell regeneration and collagen. I’m also excited about this new home laser device called LYMA — it’s game changing! And on top of that I also love to roll my skin with ReFa rollers.

 On puffy, red eyes: I used to stock up on these Japanese eye drops called Rohto when I would go to Tokyo but they carry them here now! The drops are minty fresh and work so well to reduce redness. Another great product I use is from one of my favorite skincare brands, 111 Skin, they make these cryo eye patches that target puffiness. Otherwise, I’ll freeze spoons and place them under my eyes to reduce inflammation.   

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