Looking Good!


Have you ever looked at an attractive woman and wondered, “What’s her secret?” We posed that question to four Sacramento women.

Makeup by Sherri Morris and Shana Beals


This 31-year-old yoga instructor and studio manager is a natural beauty who bears more than a passing resemblance to Jennifer Aniston. In her 20s, she was addicted to beauty products and treatments. Now, she says, “I’m focused on being healthy and happy.”

Exercise: Johnson practices a high-intensity form of yoga called power vinyasa yoga. “I try to sweat every single day.”

Diet: A vegetarian, she eats mostly whole foods—nothing packaged or processed. She abides by the 80/20 rule: “Eighty percent of the time, I try to eat well. Then, if I want to eat a pizza, I do.”

Skin care: Her daily routine: Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser, GlyMed Plus Ultra Hydro Gel and Intense Peptide Skin Recovery Complex, Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, and Bioelements Equalizer Toner and One Extraordinary Sunscreen. Once a week, she uses a low-grade Retin-A cream prescribed by her dermatologist.

Hair: Johnson uses MoroccanOil Moisture Repair Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil Treatment daily, and she deep-conditions once a week. “I had hair extensions three or four years ago, and that really ruined my hair.” 

In her makeup bag: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Armani Lasting Silk UV foundation, Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener, Cargo eye shadow and blu_ray blush, DiorShow mascara, LipFusion plumping lip gloss and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat brightening pen.

Eyebrow stylist:
Corrie Seifert, Wink. “My all-time-favorite eyebrow person—she made them thick again.”

Hairstylist: Erin O’Hagain, Muse Hair Boutique. “She got me off bleach. Her motto is ‘back to healthy hair.’”


This 34-year-old marketing consultant believes in exercise, meditation and sleep. “When you feel good inside,” she says, “that translates into looking good outside.”

Exercise: She does vinyasa flow yoga, a quick-moving form of yoga, every day at her sister’s midtown studio, Asha Yoga.

Diet: She’s a vegetarian who steers clear of processed foods.

Skin care:
Zivkovic swears by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Soap. “It’s fair trade, organic and made in California.”

Hair: She used to fight her hair’s natural curl. Now, she embraces it. “I’m grateful for my hair—it’s happy hair.” After shampooing, she uses TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Leave-in Conditioner. “I’m biracial, and after years of trying products, this one works.”

Fragrance: “Out of respect for other people, I don’t wear perfume.”

Can’t live without:
Eight hours of sleep a night

Splurge: A monthly massage

Best buy: Carmex lip moisturizer

Hairstylist: Doug Tipton, Trendsetters Hair Design


This 37-year-old used to own Barby K Boutique in midtown. Now, she’s a stay-at-home mom of two who squeezes in workouts and believes in Botox.

Diet: She eats a high-protein, low-carb diet and pays attention to portion size.

Exercise: She works out with a trainer when she can find the time. When she can’t, she uses an elliptical machine at home. “And I run around the house after kids all day. That burns off lots of calories.” 

Skin care: Vasilj uses SkinCeuticals Vitamin C Serum 10 to even out pigmentation and Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30. She recently started getting Botox injections. “I love it.”

Hair: Vasilj sees her hairdresser once a month for color touch-ups. “I’m obsessed—I don’t want to see a single gray hair.” She uses Terax Latte Clarifying Shampoo and Terax  Crema Ultra Moisturizing Daily Conditioner. “It makes your hair phenomenally smooth.”

In her makeup bag:
Giorgio Armani mascara, Chanel lip gloss, Nars eye shadow and Nars The Multiple for cheeks, lips and eyelids.

Nails: She gets her nails done at Eastern Nail Salon. Always on her toes: OPI’s The Thrill of Brazil, “a great cherry red.”

Fragrance: French Lime Blossom by Jo Malone

Can’t live without: “My hairstylist.”

Splurge: Visiting the dermatologist every couple of months

Best buy: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.

Hairstylist: Neill SooHoo, Hair Formations

Personal trainer: Tara Getty, Midtown Strength & Conditioning

Dermatologist: Jacqueline Calkin, M.D


Elegant and polished, this 44-year-old image consultant keeps a punishing workout schedule and takes good care of her appearance. “You need to leave certain things to the experts,” she says. “I’m not going to wax my own eyebrows or color my own hair.”

Exercise: Pilates twice a week, two or three weekly sessions with a personal trainer, and two to four hours of cycling three times a week  

Diet: She sees a nutritionist monthly. “When I started biking a lot, I ate more. She taught me how to eat so I’m not ravenous from all that exercise.”

Skin care: Polan gets a massage and facial at The Spa at Arden Hills every six weeks.

Hair: Every four to five weeks, she gets her hair cut and colored. At home, she uses Bumble and bumble shampoo, conditioner and thickening spray. Short hair is her signature look. “It’s a great timesaver,” she says. “I’m done in 10 minutes.”

In her makeup bag: Products by Giorgio Armani, Chanel, MAC and Lancôme. “I want it to feel good on my skin and look as natural as possible.” She never leaves the house without applying tinted sunscreen from Elta MD.

Nails: She gets a pedicure once a month, a full manicure every other week and a mini mani on the off weeks.

Fragrance: Fendi Palazzo

“I don’t consider any of it a splurge. It’s just part of my life.”

Best buy:
Vaseline. “It’s the best lip balm in the world.”

Eyebrow stylist:
Alyssa Deacon, Papillion Urban Organic Skin Care

Hairstylist: Tobias Hernandez, Sugar

Personal trainer: Kylee Wosnuk, The Spa at Arden Hills