From being part of the production team responsible for the success of Keeping Up with the Kardashians to running her own business development advisory firm in six-inch Louboutins, Carla DiBello’s life is one of undeniable glamor. Splitting her time between Los Angeles and Dubai, the latter of which she fell in love with during a visit in 2005 and relocated to in 2012, she has a penchant for the finer things in life – and that includes her arsenal of top-of-the-range beauty products.
Click through the gallery to discover DiBello’s beauty routine as she takes Savoir Flair through her beauty secrets, favorite products, and daily routine.
Photographer Anna Shtraus Producer Noor Tehini
Special thanks to the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah.
“I spent a few years producing a TV show, during which I was on set with some of the top makeup artists every day. I would always ask questions about the best products and how to use them, as well as what not to do when it comes to beauty. They would always tell me if they didn’t like a product I was using on my face.”
Carla is wearing a Tibi dress from BySymphony.com.
“I use the Oribe ‘Gold Lust’ range for my hair. I’m in love with these products – especially the texturizing spray and serum.”
“When I first wake up, I immediately wash my face with Brave Soldier ‘Clean Skin’. A doctor recommended it to me and it’s by far my favorite face wash. It’s great for removing makeup and very gentle on the skin.”
“After that, I apply Institut Esthederm’s ‘Intensif Hyaluronic’ serum, which I found in a French pharmacy. It’s my favorite everyday moisturizer.”
“I’ve only recently started using it, but I now love the Beauty Blender sponge. The secret is that you always have to dampen the sponge with water before using it for smoother foundation application. This product is a life changer!”
“I became interested in makeup at a young age. I always had older girl cousins, so I would constantly study them applying makeup and then go practice with all their products. I was probably around ten years old when I started.”
“I love the long-lasting wear and color of this Beauty Is Life lipgloss. I can’t find it here, so I order it online. I usually apply it with a MAC lip liner in ‘Soar’.”
“I’m not sure what’s in this product, but it’s one of my favorite masks to use twice a week. I buy it from The Dollhouse Dubai.”
“I never thought I would wake up one day and decide to cut my hair shoulder length. It turned out to be the most refreshing feeling ever. I think it’s important to make some kind of change every so often! My go-to hairdresser is Joe Raad in DIFC.”
“I love using this Nuxe oil on my body to give it a nice bronzed shine, especially in summer.”
“This is my favorite translucent powder. I use the ‘Banana’ color under my eyes and the ‘Fair’ color to help with contouring.”
“I love the Malin + Goetz ‘Lip Moisturizer’. It’s great to use over a light-colored lip liner during the day.”
“If you want to grow long, dark lashes, I recommend using the Epione ‘Lash Therapy’ by Dr. Simon Ourian every day. It really works!”
“The Crème de la Mer is my go-to cream when I’m feeling dry and just need something to really moisturize and repair my skin overnight.”
“The St. Tropez ‘Gradual Tan’ is a great self-tanner for the face. I apply it to my face at night if I want an extra-bronzed look for the next day.”
“I don’t think it’s recommended for everyone, but taking Vitamin A has really helped me maintain good skin and control any type of blemishes that may arise. I take one pill before sleeping. Make sure it’s made from fish-liver oil and consult a dermatologist before you start taking it.”
BUY NOW: Le Labo fragrances, AED 587/SAR 600 each, LeLabo.com
BUY NOW: Oribe ‘Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil’, AED 154/SAR 157, Oribe
BUY NOW: Oribe ‘Gold Texturizing Spray’, AED 180/SAR 183, Oribe
BUY NOW: Oribe ‘Gold Lust Repair and Restore Conditioner’, AED 180/SAR 183, Oribe
BUY NOW: Brave Soldier ‘Clean Skin’, AED 73/SAR 75, Brave Soldier
BUY NOW: Humphreys Facial Toner, AED 20/SAR 20, iHerb
BUY NOW: Beauty is Life lipstick, AED 100/SAR 101, Barneys
BUY NOW: Molton Brown lipsaver, AED 66/SAR 68, Molton Brown
BUY NOW: Malin + Goetz lip moisturizer, AED 44/SAR 45, Malin + Goetz
BUY NOW: Epione ‘Lash Therapy’ eyelash stimulator, AED 511/SAR 521, Epione Skincare