Reality stars Heather Dubrow, of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County and her plastic surgeon husband Terry Dubrow of E!’s Botched, and numerous other shows, recently appeared at Mall of America to promote their new book Dr. & Mrs. Guinea Pig Present The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need to the Best Anti-Aging Treatments. And they needed no help finding their way to Barnes & Noble. The Dubrows are regulars in the Twin Cities—headquarters to the Evine shopping channel, which sells their skincare line Consult Beaute. When they’re not taking the kids to Nickelodeon Universe or the nearby Water Park of America, you’re likely to catch them eating around Minneapolis at Yum!, or Manny’s Steak House.
Before their MOA appearance, I talked to Heather about the book, Botox, and beauty.
I hear the B-word came up on your very first date.
Is that so rude? I was on this TV show at the time and (Terry) goes, “When you frown, you have this line.” I go,”I do not.” Of course, when I watched it the next week, I realized. I do. I was a New Yorker. I had no clue about the whole Botox/ plastic surgery thing. But you know what, I started with a little bit back then, and I never got those deep lines.
So how often do you do Botox?
Sparingly—every four months or so. I want my kids to know when I’m mad.
Everyone thinks because I’m married to a plastic surgeon I’ve had everything done, but I haven’t. I do little things—non-surgical.
Well, you do call yourself Mrs. Guinea Pig in the book title.
In the process of creating our own skincare line, we tried every health wellness and beauty product on the shelves. That’s how the book was born.
What’s the worst thing you tried?
Leech therapy! We did it last year on the show. Tamara had a bondage party and we did leech therapy. We didn’t realize you’d literally bleed for hours and hours!
What about Terry—is he ever the guinea pig?
He tried cold sculpting. He’d ben on the road with Botched for Nature and, well, he got a little chubby. I told him, you’ve got to try cold sculpting, but it works on only a very small percentage of people, and it can be really painful.
You are constantly in front of a camera—do you have a makeup artist come to your house every morning?
I do my own makeup 99 percent of the time. Hair, too. I just don’t have time. I get antsy sitting in the chair. Although I’ve learned so many great tips and tricks from makeup artists.
Highlighter. I use it on the top of my cheek bones and inside corners of my eyes, and the little area at the peak of the brow. It brings the whole face and eyes up.
What products are always in your makeup bag?
One of my favorites is lip liner from Wet and Wild—666. It’s universally good on everyone.
What are you teaching your daughters about beauty?
They see I’m not crazy. I don’t live my life in the 20-zoom mirror. I think I have a healthy opinion about how i look and how I take care of myself. Beauty comes from within. When you’re healthy, you feel confident, you feel beautiful. That’s what we’re teaching them.