These days it’s nearly impossible to know what women are spending on the way they look. Someone with Instagram-flawless contouring might have honed her craft using the finest from the drugstore aisles, and the utterly makeup-free type might be spending thousands on laser treatments and serums. Enter our series What It Costs to Be Me, in which we’re asking interesting women for radical transparency.
Next up? Dr. Lara Devgan, 40, plastic and reconstructive surgeon and founder of Dr. Devgan Scientific Beauty, from New York City. Her grand total? $12,849
Lara Devgan, M.D., M.P.H., and F.A.C.S. has so many letters after her name, we imagine it was no small feat to squeeze them all onto a nameplate to mark the door of her New York City practice. (In additional to her medical license, Devgan has a Master of Public Health degree and is a certified Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.) While she’s skilled at plastic and reconstructive surgery, Devgan spends about half her time in the operating room, and the other half administering non-surgical procedures (think Botox and filler). “I’ve intentionally tried to divide my time 50-50, because I think that one makes me better at the other—and vice versa,” she says. Her skin care line, Dr. Devgan Scientific Beauty, “fits into that, because I want to meet people where they are,” she says. “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail—but skin care is also a tool. I can give somebody my vitamin C serum, or I can do some Botox or a laser for them, or I can give them a face lift.”
Considering Devgan is also mom to six children under the age of seven—and she works with some of the top models in the industry—it seems there’s really nothing she can’t do. These products and tools keep her looking and feeling her best through it all.
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My shower essentials: $252
I like to keep my Georgia Louise Lift + Sculpt Butterfly Stone ($75) in the shower, and use it to massage in my own Platinum Microdermabrasion facial scrub ($65). I have a little loofah (~$2) that use with Le Labo Rose 31 Shower Gel ($54) because I think exfoliating your skin is really important and getting a little bit of those epidermal cells sloughed off helps your skin look smooth. And then for my hair, I’m really into The One by Frederic Fekkai The Universal Everyday Shampoo ($28) and Conditioner ($28). They smell incredible—like a fancy salon.
My post-shower hair and body routine: $377
For body lotion, I typically use something really simple. I have kids, so I often will use Johnson’s Baby Lotion ($2)—the one in the pink bottle. I think I use it half out of nostalgia and half for moisturizing! I’ll let my hair down from a towel and use The One by Frederic Fekkai The Pure Mist ($26) to help me style, then the Harry Josh Pro Tools Ultra Light Pro Dryer ($349), which is lightning fast and really lightweight. I intend to keep my long hair forever, even though it’s a challenge. There’s just something about long hair that makes me feel like the same person I was when I was 16 years old.
My hair appointments and extras: $545
I go to John Barrett Salon for my cut and color ($500 for both). I do maintenance color, but I’ve been thinking about maybe doing balayage. I love how effortless it looks and the upkeep is more simple.
I’ve been having a little bit of a hair clip moment lately: Deborah Pagani has these really cute clips ($45). I typically will just put a couple of clips in and sometimes toss up my hair in a bun if I’m going into surgery, and then if I have a more special day, or I’m seeing patients in the office, then I’ll wear it long.
My morning skin care routine: mostly free because of my job (but if I paid it would be $690)
When you’re 16 and you wake up with a pillow crease after sleeping, it’s gone in five minutes, but when you’re 35 and you wake up with a pillow crease, it’s not gone until 10 A.M. I try my very hardest to sleep on my back to avoid positional wrinkles, but sometimes I wake up on my face, and this silk pillowcase ($85) by my friend Nell Diamond [founder of Hill House Home] makes me feel better about it. When it comes to skin care, I obviously love my own products. I’ll use my Platinum Eye Repair Complex ($215) and Hyaluronic Serum ($245) and SPF 45 ($145), which is a BB cream, religiously. And that’s my morning routine! I like to keep it fairly minimalistic—I like few products that have high efficacy. I’m a busy person; I’m not the 12-step skin care routine girl.
My morning makeup routine: $374
I’m so over Instagram makeup. I want a functional, easy look that looks good in real life. I love what Gucci Westman has done with Westman Atelier. I use a little bit of her blush stick in Petal ($50). And then I use her foundation stick ($68) just for a little bit of light freshening on my face. I also love the Able Cosmetics eyeliner ($27) and mascara ($29). I pull off a cat eye about once a week, but this is my go-to look. My last steps are my Platinum Lip Plump ($50), an incredible lip plumper that enhances the natural pink tones in your lips, and Long Lash growth serum ($150) on my lashes and brows.
My signature scent: $26
The fragrance I wear is called Truth by Calvin Klein ($26), which sadly isn’t made anymore. I think I was the only person who ever bought, so it’s been discontinued! It was the fragrance I wore when my husband and I started dating, so it’s sentimental to me. He really loves it and made me say that I would always wear it. So I have to special order it from who-knows-where. I buy it in bulk, 20 at a time, every few years.
My evening makeup routine: $112
Even at night, I like to keep my make up pretty minimal. I think that good skin looks better than good makeup. So I’ll do something smoky with a Chanel eye quad ($62), with a little bit of a heavier brow using Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder ($23), and a more winged eye with Able Cosmetics liquid liner ($27). What’s cool about the liner is that it comes with a slanted rubber-tipped cap so you can use it as a guide if you need.
My evening skin care routine: free because of my job (but if I paid it would be $900)
I actually like to wash my face and my hands as soon as I walk in the door. I use lukewarm water and my Platinum Revitalizing Cleanser ($65). It helps me unwind from the day and make sure I never fall asleep in my makeup. Then I play with my kids, have dinner, and hang out with my husband. I have a totally naked face situation for probably about four or five hours before I do any kind of skin care routine. I think that it allows my skin to reacclimate to its normal milieu. I’ll do my skin care routine right before I go to bed. After I brush with my Apa Beauty toothbrush ($250), I use my Platinum Vitamin C+ Luminous Night Serum ($145) and Glow Serum ($295) and if my skin is feeling dry, my Recovery Cream ($145). Then I like to use my Long Lash again. I’m really into eyelashes.
My in-office treatments: free because of my job (but if I paid it would be $9,200)
I definitely practice what I preach in terms of maintenance and injectables. I do a very conservative and judicious amount of Botox ($1,200) and fillers (averaging around $3,500). I get my own signature Gold Microinfusion Microneedling facial ($3,000), which includes Botox, fillers, and PRP (platelet rich plasma). I also do PRP scalp injections ($1,500), which have been amazing. I had a lot of hair loss after my pregnancies and PRP is a really nice way of encouraging your hair follicles to wake up.
My supplement routine: $13
I take a drugstore brand multivitamins (~$5), and actually, I take a pre-natal vitamin (~$8) even though I’m not expecting. I think prenatal vitamins are actually really good for anyone over 30, if it’s cleared with your doctor. They’re very rich in biotin and folate, so that helps give you really pretty hair.
My fitness routine: $360
I love The Class by Taryn Toomey ($165 for pack of 5 classes). Taryn is a friend of mine—I love what she’s done to make an ordinary exercise class into a spiritual experience. She’s very cool and brilliant. For more routine exercise, I love Physique 57 ($195 for a pack of 8 classes). But I also love just hanging out and walking around with my kids in Central Park. We go to Central Park, The Met, or the Natural History Museum pretty much almost every single weekend.