If anyone understands the importance of a good foundation, it’s Alison Antrobus and Ruby Ramirez. The geniuses behind the design firm Antrobus + Ramirez, they met working for Philippe Starck and now create some of Miami’s most compelling spaces: Ocean House, Prime 112 and, most recently, Palazzo Del Sol. Architectural principles help guide these busy women’s beauty routines, too. “First, we need a smooth surface to work on: the foundation, the primer,” Ramirez said. “And the brows have to be perfect, because they frame the face.” From there, it’s all about a balance of finishing touches. “We’ll always experiment with lipstick and eye makeup, but never with the foundation or brows,” Antrobus said. “The structure remains the same; the décor can change!” Here, the two take us through their beauty MVPs:
1. The Perfect Backdrop
GIORGIO ARMANI MAESTRO UV SKIN DEFENSE PRIMER & FUSION MAKEUP
Ramirez: “Alison and I both wear these. They have great SPF and are like putting on a silk negligee: You don’t even feel them.” giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.
2. She’s an Eyebrow Legend
LETICIA COLLAZO AT RIK RAK SALON
Ramirez: “I’ve had other people do my brows, but they just clean. She’s like an architect.” rikrak.com.
3. Arch Support
MAC FLUIDLINE BROW GELCRÈME
Antrobus: “I bought this after Ruby made me two drawings: ‘This is you with eyebrows and without.’” maccosmetics.com.
4. Noir Classic
OPI BLACK ONYX NAIL LACQUER
Antrobus: “When presenting palettes to a client, we don’t want to wear distracting nail polish. It’s more about taupe or this high-drama neutral.” opi.com.
5. Custom Blends
LE LABO SANTAL 33
Antrobus: “Each bottle is blended for you on site in Wynwood. I’ve never received so many compliments on a fragrance.” lelabofragrances.com.
6. Memorable Moment
NARS VELVET LIP GLIDE IN DEVIANT
Ramirez: “In our design, we usually have one big moment that transforms a space. Similarly, at night, I’ll do this rich lip color.” narscosmetics.com.