Q + A WITH REBECCA CASCIANO
Everything about Rebecca Casciano radiates holistic beauty; her smile, her words and her work. If you follow Rebecca on social media, as I had for a year before being introduced to her by Sarita Coren, you’ll witness the many ways she just breathes beauty – as a makeup artist, wellness coach and healthy beauty thought leader and facilitator. To Rebecca, beauty is a ‘practice’. It’s how we do everything. And it begins with the art of self-love, which she teaches and models in an approachable, compassionate and soulful way. I am so thrilled to welcome her as the newest member of our Beauty Heroes Brand Ambassador community – as I know there is so much she can teach us about holistic and healthy beauty. I personally am looking forward to attending one of her Sacred Beauty Salon Events! And I just loved learning a little more about her fun-filled life in Brooklyn, New York. I hope you do too.
What inspired you to begin a career in beauty and wellness?
I have been a makeup artist for over 15 years and the start of my makeup career coincided with a time when I was struggling with my own beauty and wellness. I had been dealing with chronic cystic acne for a few painful years before I discovered the holistic approach. Frustrated with harsh topical treatments that only caused more redness and irritation, I knew it was time to get to the root of the problem. I transitioned to a mostly vegan diet, began exploring my spirituality and yoga, as well as ancient healing modalities such as acupuncture. This combination not only helped heal my skin, but also transformed my entire lifestyle in the best possible way. I learned so many amazing things along the way and I became passionate about helping others do the same.
What’s your beauty philosophy?
My philosophy is that inner and outer beauty are naturally connected. We look and feel our best when our mind, body and spirit are in harmony. This begins with loving ourselves enough to make healthy choices in what we eat, drink and think. When we feel good about ourselves, we radiate a kind of beauty that transcends age, weight, body type and everything in between. Support that with nourishing, plant-based foods, healthy beauty practices and products and we are illuminated from the inside out.
What’s your prescription for Health?
I wholeheartedly believe in a holistic approach to health. All aspects of our lives affect one another- work, home, relationships, and creativity, finances, exercise, diet, etc. A whole food, plant-based diet is at the foundation, but you can eat all the broccoli you want, if you are in a toxic relationship or job, your health may be compromised. I believe we have the ability to heal ourselves. So much is possible through diet and lifestyle, if we only take the time to find the right prescription. Nature provides us with an abundance of healing tools, from herbs to ancient modalities such as acupuncture and Ayurveda.
Do you have a favorite ingredient? What do you love about it?
There are so many, but I would have to say aloe vera. I love that this simple plant is full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and many healing properties. I have experienced the soothing, anti-inflammatory benefits both internally and externally, so it always makes me happy to see it on a skincare or makeup ingredient label.
What inspires you?
Nature. Beauty. Art. Self-expression. Dynamic women. Color. Healing. Energy. Love.
How do you power up in the morning? How do you get energized?
My daily rituals help me get energized. I like to begin the day with writing “morning pages”, which helps clear the mind chatter and make more room for creativity. Then I meditate with my partner, which always fills me with so much love and gratitude. Last, I will do some yoga or jump on the rebounder to get my chi flowing before getting in the shower.
Do you have a personal mantra?
Choose love. That really brings it all home for me. When I have a question about what to do or I’m feeling out of alignment, I ask myself if I’m operating out of love or fear. My answer always makes things so much clearer. A Course in Miracles, which I came to know through Marianne Williamson’s teachings, has made a great impression on my life and way of thinking.
Do you have a favorite spa treatment?
Definitely massage! When it’s done right, it’s golden. If only the effects lasted longer!
Can you share one thing we don’t know about you yet?
When I was in grammar school, I played the drums in band for a couple years. I was (and still am) a huge Prince fan, so I aspired to be like his female drummer, Sheila E. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the patience to stick with drumming, so the closest I got was replicating her eye makeup!
Zen Moment: How do you unwind at the end of the day? How do you relax?
Dinner. I enjoy cooking, but most importantly, sharing a meal with my honey at the end of the day. Afterwards we will watch something funny, or read an inspiring book out loud. One of my favorite things we do is talk about what went well for us that day. I like to unplug from the phone and computer an hour before bedtime, although that doesn’t always happen!
Where can we find you for giving out in-person makeup instruction and guidance?
There’s nothing I love more than teaching women how to enhance and celebrate their natural beauty. I’m based in New York City, where I offer one-on-one makeup lessons at Savor Spa, an eco-chic spa and boutique in the West Village. It’s very peaceful there and we carry some of my favorite green beauty brands, such as Ilia Beauty and Alima Pure. I also lead Sacred Beauty Salon Series, a 4-part, live group workshop that pairs makeup guidance with inner beauty reflection. It takes place in New York, however I have brought the concept to The Detox Market in LA and will be presenting it at the upcoming W.E.L.L. Summit in Boston.
What do you do for fun?
Thankfully, my work is fun and I wouldn’t have it any other way! When I’m not working, I like to take advantage of all the wonderful museums, restaurants and events the city has to offer. I love sharing a meal with friends, seeing independent film or live music and when the weather is nice, spending as much time outdoors and in nature as possible. Traveling is always a treat and I really enjoy exploring new cultures and environments.
Where are we most likely to run into you on a Sunday?
I’m fortunate to live near some of Brooklyn’s greatest landmarks, Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Gardens, and can often be found at one or the other on weekends. I usually like to keep it local on Sunday, but sometimes it’s fun get out of the neighborhood and try something new.
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