The Rentmeester twins on “dry and neglected” skin
Written by: Megan O’Neill
Published on: September 27, 2022
“Being a twin feels like a superpower,” says Marlien Rentmeester, the 51-year-old founder of the fashion blog Le Catch, who shares more than a gorgeous olive-toned complexion and incredible style with her identical twin sister, Coliena (their impossibly flawless skin and way with layered maxi dresses, filmy skirts, and slinky evening gowns also qualify as superpowers). “When Coco and I are in New York, we run along the Hudson or have dinner somewhere downtown, like Bar Pitti. When we’re in LA, we jump in the ocean in Malibu or we’re at my house and she steals clothes from my closet.” The sisters, both mothers of two teenagers, also steal/share each other’s skincare and makeup – goop, Beautycounter and RMS are favourites.
Marlien’s I-am-not-tired trick
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Colina’s eye-brightening secret
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“Being a mom has aged me so I need more under-eye concealer these days,” laughs fashion photographer Colliena, who calls both LA and Tribeca home. The twins’ effortless beauty routines, outdoorsy lifestyles and soulful work (they also run Oui Want together, a platform where they curate and style some of the prettiest new and beloved brands – if you’re looking for something swishy, flattering and whimsical, check it out ) all play into their noticeable glow. So does genetics: “Our father is Dutch, with olive skin, and our mother is Indonesian. She’s 86, but could pass for 65,” says Marlien. “Probably because she doesn’t go in the sun.”
The sisters do walk in the sun though. “We have the same skin type: dry and neglected,” says Marlien. “We’re in the sun all the time—surfing, water skiing, running. We used to be skin care criminals, but now when I look at Coco and see wrinkles, I’m like, OK, I’ve got to start doing more. That looking at each other is an incentive.” Here is their common (and clearly extremely effective) strategy.
If you do nothing else, exfoliate.
“I worked with Jean Godfrey-June on Lucky magazine a million years ago, when I was fashion editor, and she said, ‘Exfoliate—just do it!'” says Marlien. “It’s true; it makes the biggest difference. I use Microderm a few times a week and the Sleep Milk serum is my new savior. It has alpha hydroxy acids and moisturizing extracts. You apply it before bed and it works overnight – it’s like the GP knew exactly what my skin needed and made it.”
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Brighten up your skin with low-key makeup.
Both Rentmeesters go for silky-smooth formulas that take no skill—or time—to smooth on for a subtle, healthy-looking shine. “I do a little Beautycounter tinted moisturizer or Iris&Romeo concealer, plus Beautycounter blush and lip gloss,” says Coliena.
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Marlien’s everyday approach is also effortless. “I almost always have goop lip balm with me, and I fill in my brows with brow gel for definition and a sculpted effect. For special occasions, I dab a little RMS highlighter along the brow bone and cheeks.”
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Drip your skin with moisture.
Colliena wakes up her dry skin with the wave of peptides and brightening bakuchiol in the Beautycounter moisturizer. “The consistency is felt suuuper light,” she says.
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Marlien follows three steps for intense hydration: “Put the goop face oil, which I love, under a rich conditioner, like the one from Oak Essentials—it’s like buttering a bagel, but for your face,” she says. “And then I love goop eye cream:”Ahhhlet’s put this on.’”
Show some skin.
A smooth thigh or strong, sun-kissed arms are almost always on display, no matter what swishy, casually slim ensemble the sisters wear. “I just slather on the delicate body butter,” says Coliena, who’s currently loving pieces from Maison Mayle (Marlien, on the other hand, has recently been into La Ligne and MOR denim). “My skin is so dry and I love the idea of covering myself in something clean.”
Drizzle yourself in mineral sunscreen.
“When I surf, I use Supergoop sunscreen. It makes my whole body glow and I love it,’ says Marlien.
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Don’t fuss too much with your hair.
“We grew up in New York and still have that laid-back sensibility,” says Marlien. “We just wear our hair up so no one can see what’s going on.”
“The standard is a quick bun,” declares Colina. “I work out every morning and I’m just so sweaty I wash my hair every day.”