Unlocking the secrets behind celebrities’ flawless skin is at the top of most women’s beauty bucket lists. But for Montreal-born Jennifer Brodeur, skin strategist to the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Karine Vanasse, and Michelle Obama, bringing out the glow in some of the world’s best known faces is simply another day’s work. Achieving the title of skin guru to the stars takes a special kind of savoir-faire and an unyielding quest for perfection, both of which Brodeur has down to a science — literally. As founder of holistic skin care line JB Skin Guru, she has spent over 20 years researching and amassing knowledge in cosmetic chemistry, oncology aesthetics, and organic skin science. Brodeur’s trailblazing approach has paved her path as a leader: from speaking on entrepreneurship to educating students and clients about wellness, to her multiple award nominations, including the Innovation Prize in 2005 for her invention Max+, a pioneering LED light-therapy machine. But at the end of the day, the things that the dynamic entrepreneur enjoys are simple: a good read, experimenting in the kitchen, and making memories with her family.
Jennifer Brodeur’s FAVOuRITE THINGS:
For Brodeur, beauty is all about purity and getting back to basics. In her own routine, this means streamlining: her natural radiance enhanced with botanical-based La Crème PEONI, a swipe of Chanel gloss, and a spritz of Chanel’s Coco Noir. She sports a sleek pair of British brand Cutler and Gross glasses, with Louis Vuitton’s Pallas Clutch her latest choice among, admittedly, “too many bags.” Pedro Garcia’s Parsons ‘Phat’ Laced Frayed Satin Sneakers are her current footwear crush, while an elegant Max Mara Camel Icon Coat tops her fashion wishlist. She loves to shop local whenever possible, from Montreal’s Ça va de soi essential knits, to handcrafted Ecksand jewellery, to her locally-made Montauk sofa. Aesthetically, Brodeur favours the classics: Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, which she revisits each year, and Helene Schjerfbeck’s dainty Dancing Shoes painting. Armed with her Burberry Packaway Cape and L’extrait Peoni face oil in her Tumi Larkin, she whizzes off to soak in the Maui sunshine, to Helsinki to rediscover her roots, or to Milan for its cosmopolitan charm and the best gluten-free pizza. A stay at The Jefferson Hotel in DC or Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is always a welcome treat, as is the vibrancy of fresh-cut flowers — white peonies are her favourite — or the silky taste of caramel fleur-de-sel at Montreal’s Juliette & Chocolat cafe.
Text by Kate Missine Produced by Many Ngom