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Melania Trump’s Makeup Artist Would Like to Sell You $450 Artisanal Face Water

How many Nicole Bryl products would your rent afford you?

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Nicole Bryl’s $1,150 Four Minute Anti-aging Treatment
Photo: Nicole Bryl

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Melania Trump is about to be the First Lady of the United States and as is tradition (?), her makeup artist is making the rounds, granting interviews to Women’s Wear Daily and Us Weekly, which declared “Melania Trump Will Have a Glam Room With Photo Studio Lighting in the White House.”

So, who is Nicole Bryl? She’s a New York-based makeup artist whom Melania first met long before she was a Trump. “I met Melania 17 years ago when I was a makeup artist on a commercial and she was the Super Model on that same commercial,” Bryl writes on her blog. Years later, they teamed up again. Soon Bryl was also making up Ivanka (though never Donald, she swears), flying to Chicago on “Trump Force One” to visit Oprah, and spending her days at the “Golden Sky Palace.”

On the side, Bryl also runs her own business, an eponymous skincare brand centered around vitamin C, the ingredient she believes to be the key to looking young (the ultimate goal, according to her brand). An article she wrote for the Huffington Post says it launched at the Plaza Hotel in December 2014, and it might be the most expensive skincare sold in Muji bottles we’ve ever seen.

Thank you @usweekly for the beauty interview! @carasprunk rocked it #nicolebrylmakeupnewyork #nicolebrylskincare #usweekly

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“Each 4oz. Artisanal VITAMIN C FACE LIFTING WATER bottle requires 46 hours to create and is personally formulated and handmade through an exclusive 12-whip purification technique,” she writes. And that’s as close as an explanation you’ll get for said water’s $450 price tag.

There are 366 words explaining how to use this particular artisanal water, but the most important notes seem to be “generously saturate” and “do not wash off.”

If this water doesn’t fix your skin problems, the Four Minute Anti-aging Treatment for the Face is good for “tightening, smoothing & lifting skin to perfection.” All for $1,150! (The travel size version is only $575.)

To enjoy the kind of luxury Melania does in her Golden Sky Palace, however, you’ll have to go all in and add the Body Polish ($409.99) and Body Lift Lotion ($279.99) to your cart. Don’t worry, shipping is free.

And for the ultimate punch, there’s the Artisanal Vitamin C Face Tightening Mask ($375). There are at least three warnings across Bryl’s site in which she promises it won’t burn your skin — if you follow the instructions to a T.

DO NOT leave the Tightening MASK on your face for longer than 2 minutes...The Tightening MASK is not able to actually burn or harm your skin in any way; however, if you accidentally leave it on your skin longer than directed, temporary redness can occur which may take 20 minutes to fully subside. This can be compared to the result of exiting a hot steam room: your face may appear quite red but ultimately it will be ultra refreshed.

We’ve reached out to Bryl for answers to (many) questions regarding her skincare collection, and will update if we hear back.