Jamaican-born Nadine Gentles came to the U.S. in 2001 and spent her first three years in Mississippi working odd jobs. Today, she is owner of Dorcas Couture Customs, a brand she launched in 2015 as a tribute to her mom, the late Dorcas Gentles, who taught her how to sew and inspired her love of fashion.
“I would like think of myself as a more couture designer with an urban flair,” she says. “We offer custom designs from start to finish.”
Gentles is a talented creative who is serious about skincare; here are the products that comprise her beauty routine.
1. GREAT CLEANSER FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
I love using products that are edible on my skin. The ingredients in Three Notes Multi-Tea Crème Facial Cleanser are various herbs used for teas, and it works wonders for my normal-to-oily skin. This cleanser is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that soothe the skin, leaving it smooth, soft and nourished.
2. GENTLE TONER THAT STILL DOES THE JOB
My skin is on the sensitive side, and many toners are too harsh for my skin. E.l.f. Pure Skin Toner moisturizes and smooths the complexion, and it is formulated for daily use in your skincare routine for all skin types (even sensitive skin). Infused with calming, skin-happy ingredients like oat milk, aloe juice and niacinamide, this non-irritating toner gently nourishes and softens, promoting smooth, even and healthy-looking skin.
3. ELASTICITY AND RADIANCE IN ONE PUMP
The high-efficacy snail essence in COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence mixes with the radiance essence upon pumping to create a combination of plumping and brightening care.
4. TREATS MY DARK SPOTS
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is a natural dark spot diminisher to visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots and even skin tone, providing a radiance booster for your complexion. It works on and diminishes all types of dark spots, including mine due to aging, sun exposure and my glasses.
5. LIFTS AND FIRMS
For my nighttime routine, after washing with my Three Notes cleanser, I use Mary Kay TimeWise Replenishing Serum+C. This gives my skin a lifted and firm appearance and helps with collagen and elastin.
6. ANTI-AGING AND SKIN-BRIGHTENING
TruSkin Vitamin C Facial Serum contains not only vitamin C, but also hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to correct dark spots, even skin tone and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
7. SHINY HAIR FROM ROOT TO TIP
Pureology Color Fanatic Multi-Tasking Leave-In Conditioner is a leave-in treatment that primes, detangles, preserves color vibrancy and adds shine.