Glowy complexions around the world are the handiwork of facialist Joanna Czech. When she’s not busy getting A-list stars such as Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, and Cate Blanchett red-carpet ready, she’s working as the La Mer global skincare advisor, prepping for product launches and crafting new facials and treatments for the brand.
“It was an amazing birthday gift for me last year,” Czech says. “Some people get jewelry, but I found the highest level of recognition in my profession. I’m crazy about what I do, so that was a great feeling.”
Czech moved to Dallas from New York three years ago and has run her business out of her Park Cities home office. In the fall, though, she will open her first stand-alone studio, in Victory Park. The highlight of a tour of her house: her closet. Lined with designer pieces from favorites Stella McCartney and Brunello Cucinelli, the space is an exhibit in good taste. It also includes an installation of 300-plus pairs of shoes that would fill any fashion archivist with joy. Exhibit A: a pair of brown Brunello Cucinelli ostrich leather flats, studded with .8 karats of diamond dust.
Despite trading time zones, Czech’s style has remained consistent. She prefers modest, travel-friendly pieces, though she says her Dallas stylist, Pamela Morrow, has pushed her to be more adventurous. She tried wearing color for a while after moving to Texas but quickly returned to a palette of black, gray, cream, and navy. “Fashion is art and I admire it, but I do not find it all beautiful,” she says. “Beauty comes from within. It’s about personality, confidence, and intelligence.”
But outer beauty is, of course, the business that Czech, who studied biology, has chosen for herself. She tosses out technical terms like “lymphatic drainage” and rattles off the pros and cons of oil- versus water-based creams. So when you leave her studio with brighter, happier skin, you’ll feel just a little smarter about how all the pieces fit together. “Beauty is vital and fashion is not, but when the two cross, it is magic,” she says.
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