Usually I rise up round 6—I these days run the pastry methods at Café Altro Paradiso in Soho and Flora Bar within the Met Breuer at the Upper East Side. I attempt to get to Altro first, by means of like 7 or eight within the morning. I love getting there in reality early within the morning whilst it’s nonetheless quiet. I’ll spend five or six hours at Altro baking, getting able for carrier, and dealing on new dishes. Then I take the C uptown to go to Flora—I at all times get off at 72nd and stroll around the park. That is a in reality vital transitional second for me. The two puts are other, and from time to time I desire a second to switch out of that house and get into a brand new house. Then, I’ll be there till eight or nine. It’s an extended day, and my process isn’t glamorous, however I admire that. I like getting grimy—I’ve burns all over the place my fingers, I’ve cuts and scrapes all day lengthy, my hair will get dry, my pores and skin will get aggravated, my ft get sore. There’s a physicality to the paintings the place you’re feeling the consequences of what you place into it. I don’t put on fragrance, I don’t put on fingernail polish, and I don’t put on jewellery. I paintings in a cafe! I’m behind area, in the back of the scenes. We have entrance of area team of workers that’s completely coiffed and groomed, however I love that the paintings that we do is kind of invisible.
As a cook dinner, I don’t have time to be unwell. I sleep greater than any one I do know. Sometimes I’ll do oregano oil, zinc, Echinacea, and nutrition C ahead of I go away for paintings, and I just about have a probiotic on a daily basis. I paintings in an Italian eating place—there’s a large number of dairy. I didn’t in reality develop up consuming cheese, or ingesting milk—my mother is Chinese, and also you don’t see intake of dairy in any respect in Chinese delicacies. I’m tasting sugar, and fats, and dairy, all issues that inflame your intestine, all day lengthy. For me, dwelling neatly and attractiveness is set consuming in reality neatly. I’m in reality conscious of creating certain that my frame is getting the issues it wishes, and now not simply that. I like going to the markets—particularly in New York, the golf green markets are in reality outstanding. I in my view love the McGolrick marketplace—it isn’t a part of the GrowNYC program, however they’ve a large number of nice distributors, like Brooklyn Grange and Vulto Creamery. I do so much cooking, and assume a large number of persons are stunned by means of that. I like having the ability to provide greens and savory issues in a pastry context, however for me, cooking and baking are two other practices. I cook dinner for myself at all times, however I don’t bake for myself. I come house and make giant pots of beans, I’m having soup, I’m cooking greens. I at all times have my fast breakfast, which is that I’ll toast corn tortillas over my fuel range and get them in reality charred, after which I’ll have part an avocado and a fried egg—simple, however nourishing. My pals at all times funny story like, ‘You hate dessert.’ I would like uncooked, crunchy issues; I would like olive oil. I want to know that I will come house and feature hummus and cucumber sticks and carrots.
My mom has 100% been my guiding drive when it comes to what attractiveness is and the best way to deal with ourselves—she’s very sensible. I like taking tremendous lengthy showers ahead of I’m going to paintings, and I do the entirety within the bathe, even brush my enamel. First I wash my face with Cetaphil—I just like the loss of smell, and that it’s dependable. I’ve been the usage of it my entire existence—it’s as regards to purchasing issues and now not having to take into accounts it. Or I exploit Burt’s Bees Facial Cleanser with Daisy Extract, which could also be simply tremendous delicate. I’ve this olive oil scrub that I in reality love the usage of within the bathe referred to as Olivella. It’s unquestionably slightly competitive, however I love that it feels adore it strips away issues, and I will moisturize when I am getting out. I’ve a Dr. Bronner’s bar cleaning soap that smells like lavender that I exploit on my frame. I like floral scents, like lavender and rose.
After I am getting out of the bathe, I placed on sunscreen each and every unmarried day. EltaMD UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 is my all-time fave. Then I’ll end with the Weleda Wild Rose—I’ve their night time one and their day one. My fingers get in reality, in reality dry from being in entrance of sizzling ovens, storing pots, washing dishes all day lengthy in in reality sizzling water—and within the iciness, particularly. I normally stay the Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve in my bag, and it’s improbable as it feels such as you’re hanging on a glove. Like, I believe adore it absorbs into my pores and skin, but additionally sits on best of my pores and skin on this method that’s in reality therapeutic. If I ever have any burns or scratches, I at all times have Neosporin, which is helping the scarring. And I put on Carmex on a daily basis, within the pods.
I like this Aztec masks, as a result of I will purchase it at Whole Foods. I combine it with water, make the paste after which simply let it hang around. That normally is helping if my pores and skin feels dry. I love to visit Great Jones Spa—they’ve day passes, so it’s like $45. They have saunas, sizzling tubs—for me, it’s simply the act of sitting, and being, and stress-free that in reality is helping. I are living on this tiny studio—I don’t have Wifi, or a pc, or a TV. I would like in an effort to come house and feature this be an area the place I will focal point at the issues I in reality care about—I in reality paintings arduous to offer protection to it, and ensure it feels nourishing, and easy.
The method that I deal with make-up is that I simply don’t give myself alternatives. I unquestionably was once extra into enjoying round with that stuff [when I was younger], however now I in finding it simply to be noise. I’ll placed on La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel as a primer ahead of I placed on eyeliner. Then the attention make-up I put on is all L’Oréal. I’m at paintings for goodbye that I would like in an effort to do it ahead of paintings and feature or not it’s nice. I put on eyeliner and mascara on a daily basis—it’s simply a part of what I do ahead of I go away the home. I love the speculation of getting a signature glance—there’s one thing about that that I believe is reassuring, and ritualistic. First I put at the Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner. I do just one even line throughout, after which prevent when I am getting to the nook of my eye. I simply don’t fiddle with the rest—it is going on so easy, virtually like gel. I’ll purchase doubles if I see it in pharmacies. The pencil doesn’t get sharp sufficient to do the wing that I love on the finish, so I transfer to a liquid eyeliner—that’s additionally L’Oréal, the Intense Eyeliner. I love the comb with the bristles which might be versatile, now not a pen, as a result of I love the sensation that it blends once I follow force. Then I simply put a coat of mascara at the best lashes. I’m like my mother—she has in reality brief, nice, immediately eyelashes, Eastern-style. I would like slightly mascara. This is only a pattern that my mother gave me—it’s Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Black. Usually I’ve L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara, which is that this fats gold tube that I in reality like, however I’m out. My eye make-up lasts all day—it’s improbable. 12 hours, I don’t take into accounts it in any respect. During the day, I love Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Rose Berry, which is only a mauve-y purple. I can from time to time put on this Nars matte orange-y pink colour at night time that appears in reality just right with black eyeliner. I take off my make-up with Beauty Without Cruelty remover. [Usually] I’m too drained to scrub my face ahead of I’m going to mattress—if I keep in mind, I’ll use the Weleda night time lotion, which feels dense.
My hair is so dry that if I wash it an excessive amount of, it will get in reality fluffy. I most definitely handiest shampoo my hair each and every two weeks—if it smells restaurant-y, I’ll simply get it rainy. I latterly noticed this Herbal Essences shampoo in Hudson Street Pharmacy in Soho, and I used to be like, ‘Oh my gosh, this smell.’ It made me so nostalgic, however I handiest used it like as soon as. Usually I exploit this one from Avalon Organics, as a result of I love anything else with tea tree oil in it. I see Kristen at Little Axe Salon in Williamsburg—I believe like she in reality understands what I’m in search of. I used to simply get my hair lower perhaps every year—I used to be chopping my very own bangs, and doing all this janky shit—however now I see her each and every six months. My hair grows in reality rapid, so she’ll bring to a halt 5 or 6 inches each and every time I’m going in, and installed layers, and assist me with my bangs. She gave me this Oribe factor, Supershine Cream, which I will installed my hair rainy or dry. It’s essentially the most low-maintenance product ever. After I bathe, I brush my hair at night time with this Mason Pearson brush that I simply purchased—it’s improbable as it kind of drags down the oils to your scalp to the remainder of your hair. I believe adore it in reality does make it softer. But that’s it—I don’t actually have a blow dryer. When I’m at paintings, I put my hair up right into a bun or a braid each and every unmarried day, tied up right into a bandana. I am getting loopy complications. But that is my hair—I see girls with gorgeous hair, however I’m additionally like, that’s now not my existence. I do know what my paintings is, and I’m now not gonna fake it’s a unique texture, or that it seems a unique method. I simply need it to seem herbal.”
—as instructed to ITG
Natasha Pickowicz photographed in New York City by means of Tom Newton on April eight, 2018.