Today, I am making two exceptions to my rules about who I interview for my BeautyViews… First, Damone is a man. Second, I actually have never had the pleasure of meeting him. Why, might you ask, is he this week’s subject of a BeautyView? First, I am obsessed with eyebrows and eyebrow gurus. Second, my BFF and business partner Catherine told me that he is the one responsible for making her eyebrows become “eyebrows.” Enough said. (Oh, and he wants to go to dinner with Diana Ross!).
AP: What city were you born in? DR: Long Beach, CA.
AP: What city do you live in? DR: Beverly Hills, CA.
AP: What is your middle name? DR: Anthony.
AP: What is your astrological sign? DR: Pisces.
AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? DR: Showing people how to become the BEST version of who they are.
AP: Least favorite thing? DR: People coming in with the intention of looking like someone else.
AP: What is your most prized possession? DR: My dog Franswaa!
AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? DR: I love watching old TV shows. Give me an episode of “Alfred Hitchcock presents” or “Murder She Wrote” any day.
AP: Do you wear a watch? AP: If yes, what model? DR: Yes, a Rolex.
AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? DR: Diana Ross, to ask how is it she has always been and still remains so damn fabulous!
AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? DR: I try to spend and hour each morning alone and doing something to fill my spirit. That can be a hike, bike ride, walk, etc.
AP: What are your three top tips for travel? DR: 1. A fabulous pair of jeans to change up from day to evening. 2. A nice scarf to wrap around your nose and mouth on the plane, to protect you from germs, and also around your shoulders if it gets a bit chilly. 3. Lastly, some healthy snack such as almonds or popcorn (I’m obsessed with Skinny Pop) to munch on, avoiding all the unhealthy options that present themselves when you are hungry and on the go.
AP: What is your favorite book? DR: The Four Agreements has changed my life!
AP: What is your cocktail of choice? DR: I am a red wine kind of guy and I love Opus One.
AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? DR: The right brows can take 10 years, or 10 pounds, off anyone’s appearance. They are the single most important, underestimated feature of the face!
AP: What fragrance do you wear? DR: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb!
AP: Botox or not? DR: I’m not afraid of a little injection here and there from time to time…
AP: Hair color: natural or not? DR: Depends on the individual. I’ve seen some fabulous color that has been man-made.
AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. DR: “Losing you” by Solange, “Wildfire” by SBTRKT featuring Little Dragon, and “Do you wanna funk” by Sylvester!
AP: Quote to live by? DR: “When a person shows who they are, believe them the first time!”
AP: Who is your mentor? DR: I admire the careers of Tom Ford, Martha Stewart, Madonna, Oprah Winfrey and Lady GaGa! They are all brands who have remained consistent. You will never catch Lady GaGa in a drugstore, wearing a baseball cap & sneakers. She is ALWAYS Lady GaGa!
AP: Words of advice for people starting their careers today. DR: Stay focused on your goal, and be prepared to fall a few times, we all do. The only ones who make it, are the ones that keep getting back up.