“Beauty is really about listening to who you are and respecting who you are. And if you honor that feeling, then it shows. The best decade is 40 to 50!" -Ippolita Rostagno

Ippolita is a woman whom we admire for many reasons. Not only is she the founder and designer of luxury jewelry brand and celeb-favorite, IPPOLITA, and a mother to a vibrant family (including a new baby boy!) but have you seen her hashtag flawless skin? With that kind of glow, we were all ears and taking detailed notes to accurately capture her skincare and beauty routines. This glow (from both the inside and outside) is why we immediately thought of her and her daughter, Maya, as a natural fit for our Gift of Knowledge campaign. From professional to personal, we got The Glowdown on how she’s arrived at where she is at today (plus the difference in the beauty regimens of her Italian and American grandmothers!).

The Basics

Name : Ippolita Rostagno
Age : 53
Occupation : Designer, Artist and Entrepreneur
Location : New York, New York
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius 

If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Curious, strong, creative.

When were you first introduced to Erno Laszlo and how?

Honestly, since I grew up in Italy, I mostly missed being introduced to the brand as a child, which is when most nostalgic attachments form to perfumes and creams. But the pink and black label resonated somehow, so that when I came to the states and started buying cream, I gravitated towards it. But it wasn’t until recently that I came back to it in search of an actual skin regimen.

What does Erno Laszlo mean to you?

The secret to good skin of some of the most famous women in the world!

Favorite Erno Laszlo product?

I’m currently torn between two – the Timeless Skin Serum and the Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask .


What does a typical day look like for you at work?

When I am not on the road, I like to arrive at my studio mid-morning and spend a few minutes enjoying a quiet cup of tea while I review my to-do list for the day.  After that, I rotate through meetings with my Design, Product Development and Marketing teams, fitting in some solitary time to work on new designs.  Lunch is typically a salad in my office while I go through emails and return phone calls.  The afternoon could consist of a meeting with our PR agency to discuss upcoming appearances and interviews, or scouring the city’s museums and galleries for design inspiration. I make an effort to end my days by 6:00pm so that I can have dinner with my family and spend time with my newborn son, Dante, before he goes to sleep.

What is one piece of advice you would give others trying to get where you are today?

Have a plan, but don’t be afraid to deviate from the plan – you never know what sort of opportunities are around the corner! In other words be a methodical dreamer.

What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about your job?

Out of all of the things to do on my daily schedule, I spend the least amount of time designing jewelry!


What's your favorite part about the holidays?

The pace at work tends to relax around the holidays, so I find myself with a bit more personal time.  And after Christmas day, I love to hunt around for exceptional ornaments I might have missed.

Which three songs would be on your holiday playlist?

Otis Redding’s Merry Christmas Baby, Judy Garland’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and Christmas Time is Here by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Do you have a holiday tradition that you look forward to every year?

I’m close with a lot of my neighbors, and before the holidays get too hectic I love to host an open house.  I’ll cook Italian classics like lasagna, open up some wine, and spend the day visiting with friends on the block.


Tell us about your relationship with skincare. Where did it start? How has it evolved?

All of the women in my family took very good care of their skin, in their own way. My Italian grandmother never went to bed without taking off her rouge and putting cream on, and my American grandmother, who spent 6 months a year in the Caribbean literally bathed herself in liquid Nivea. When I moved to California for college and experienced the region’s endless sunshine, I became cognizant of the importance of sunscreen, adding that to my daily skincare routine.  After arriving in New York City in my 20s, I became serious about moisturizing every night before going to sleep.  As I’ve gotten older, I am seeing how these routines have paid off – my skin is fairly resistant!

Best beauty advice your Mom/Grandma/Aunt, etc. shared with you?

Sleep and drink plenty of water every day. It seems like old hat, but it still holds up as good advice.

What is your skincare/beauty guilty pleasure/confession? (We won't judge!)

When I renovated my townhouse, I added a bathtub large enough to completely lie down in – I love to soak for hours!  And a sauna….

Walk us through your typical morning and evening skincare routine. How and why does it differ on a daily basis?

They are actually quite similar – I always cleanse and moisturize morning and night, but I add serums or an eye treatment at night.  I find that my skin responds to products better when I am at rest.  In the winter months, I add a heavier moisturizer at night to combat the aggressive heat of New York apartments.

Do you have a skincare/beauty hack to share?

If my hair is feeling a little dry I will rub some olive oil on the ends when I wash it – an old Italian trick! But don’t ever use mayonnaise, as it doesn’t wash out.


Describe your standard beauty routine. How does it differ from daytime to evening?

As with my cleansing routine, my daytime and nighttime beauty routines are quite similar. I always start with a tinted sunscreen to even out my skin tone, followed by a touch of powder to combat shine.  I love my eyebrows and give them a quick sweep of a tinted brow gel to keep them in place.  For my eyes, during the day I will curl my lashes and apply two coats of mascara.  Add a bit of rouge (or a dab of lipstick) on the cheeks, Blistex on the lips, and I’m good to go.

If I have evening plans I’ll smudge a bit of dark shadow for a smoky eye and add another coat of mascara, finishing the look with a touch of illuminator to highlight my cheekbones.

You’re stranded on a deserted island and can only bring 5 skincare/beauty products. What are they?

Erno Laszlo Timeless Skin Serum , Lancôme DÉFINICILS Mascara, DevaCurl No-Poo Shampoo, DevaCurl Heaven in Hair and Blistex Lip Medex.

Who is your #1 beauty icon?

Sophia Loren, always and forever

You snoozed your alarm and only have time to brush your teeth and do one step in your skincare/beauty routine? What is it?

If I only had time for one step I would splash water on my face and apply a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen for protection and a healthy glow.

The beauty (and fashion!) space is constantly evolving. What are your thoughts on its current status and how that impacts you as a woman? What do you wish this space would continue to improve on?

I wish I felt comfortable not wearing makeup—ever. Unfortunately, I think women of my generation never feel completely comfortable without a mask of some sort, even if it’s light. My 29-year old daughter, on the other hand, has grown up wearing sunscreen and looks and feels beautiful without anything more than a bit of cream.

Et Cetera

Last Book You Read : Loving Kindness, The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

Last Selfie You Took : With my baby boy, Dante, before heading to my studio

Last Text You Sent : To my daughter, Maya – we were trying to figure out a time to meet for yoga

Last TV Show/Movie You Watched : This amazing series on Netflix – Abstract: The Art of Design

Last Thing You Ate : A salad of tomato and burrata with a little smoked olive oil and Maldon sea salt, which my sweet partner, Leo, made for me. That’s not a hard question since he makes that for me every day.