It comes as no surprise to us that Santa is packing some pretty powerful beauty secrets in that red bag of his. Come on, how else would he always look so fresh even after visiting every house on Christmas Eve?! The oh-so-lucky team at Beautylish got a chance to sit down with the man in red at the Plaza Hotel in NYC to see what tricks Ole Saint Nick has up his fur lined sleeves:
Do you keep your beard all year?
After Christmas, I shave it all off and keep it that way for a couple of weeks. I buzz my hair off, too—I get tired of having it all! Then I usually wear my beard short for about six months. And once June rolls around, I get it trimmed for the last time, and when I finally let it grow again it just blossoms in to this!
How do you keep your famous beard so flossy and white?
I bleach it—I bleach everything to get out the greys! I wish I didn’t have to. Have you smelled that stuff before? Now imagine it around your nose and mouth. I have to plug my nose and breathe through a straw! And the hair on my face takes longer to whiten than the hair on my head. It’s still not as white as I’d like it to be, but it looks good.
Do you wear any foundation, blush, or other cosmetics to look your best for the photos?
The only cosmetic I wear is a bit of white paint on my eyebrows, the clown costume stuff. I’ve got all this hair on my face but I have no brows. The makeup highlights them and helps them show up in pictures.
Do you overheat in your suit? How do you stay fresh through all your visits with kids?
I keep a fan running all the time to stay comfortable—it’s hot in this fur suit! I always have Altoids in my mouth and people say, “You smell just like Santa!” Which is just the peppermint. My hair stylist [yes Santa has a stylist] gave me a product to make my beard glisten, and it also makes it smell great!
And there you have it! Mr. Claus isn’t so mysterious now, is he?