Best of Fall Beauty with Kitiya Mischo King
I met Mischo Beauty founder Kitiya Mischo King last year at the launch party of her luxury, eco-sustainable nail polish line. She has since become one of my favorite DMV beauty gurus. With her impressive credentials — she has a degree in chemistry and is a licensed cosmetologist — and engaging personality, there’s no one better from whom to receive beauty advice. Recently I asked King to share some of her top beauty tips with DC on Heels readers.
DC on Heels: What are your favorite beauty trends for fall/winter 2014?
Kitiya Mischo King: I love that there is an emphasis on “less is more” this season, with my absolute favorite being clean, healthy, glowing skin — even in the fall/winter! I also love the inclusion of metallic accents — especially on eyelids and nails.
DCOH: Can you share some of the beauty products that you can’t live without?
Maybelline Volum’ Express the Falsies Mascara: To avoid bacteria buildup, I try to invest in a new tube of mascara after 30 days. This mascara separates, lengthens and gives my lashes amazing volume, and it is budget-friendly!
Wella System Professional Power Mask: This is the best conditioner I’ve used thus far for coarse, damaged or bleached hair. It replaces moisture lost during chemical treatments, returns the hair to its normal pH, and smooths and seals the hair’s cuticle, resulting in soft, shiny hair. I use it while sitting under a hooded hair dryer for 20 minutes.
Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer in the Tents: The formula is five-free, toxin-free and cruelty-free, which are all musts for me. I love that this shade is buildable — I can wear it as sheer or opaque as I want. It’s the perfect nude that works with every skin tone.
Clarisonic Brush: It’s hands down my favorite beauty tool. I use it with my favorite cleanser, but also with an exfoliant for even deeper cleansing. I love that it works to ensure a deep, thorough and gentle cleansing.
Decleor Ultra-Moisturising & Plumping Expert Mask: I have combination skin and alternate between clay-based masks and hydrating masks. When my skin feels dehydrated I reach for this mask and make sure to not forget my neck and décolleté. The result is always soft, smooth, moisturized skin.
DCOH: Can you share your favorite beauty addresses in the D.C. area?
King: Yes! My favorite place for nail treatments is the Emerald Door in Silver Spring. I love their holistic approach to nail care. The Japanese jelly pedicure is divine!
I see Ashleigh Taylor, of Taylor & York in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood for biweekly deep conditioning steam treatments and blowouts.
And once a month, I visit Lisan at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental for a facial. She has an amazing touch and customizes facials for her clients’ skin types.
DCOH: Do you have any favorite beauty secrets to share?
King: I love coconut oil! I use it for EVERYTHING – in my hair, on my skin, as a makeup remover, after waxing and the list goes on and on! It’s an amazing moisturizer, does a great job at penetrating the hair’s shaft and is both antibacterial and antifungal.
DCOH: What is the inspiration behind your latest nail polish collection?
King: The third collection for fall/winter 2014, “Brave is Beautiful,” includes four new, daring, five-free shades which are a tribute to the bold choices of women who curate fabulous lives in the face of challenge. Each shade is inspired by the place where soft and hard meets in the life of a woman in charge. Unyielding in her pursuit of excellence, today’s woman knows the cost of being the boss and knows how to play her hand to win. Determination never looked so good!