Tricks of the Trade: Mary Kathryn Yeiser Hudson

Mary Kathryn Yeiser Hudson’s extensive retail background includes stints at Harrods London, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, but she’s been at her current post at Therapy Systems for 12 years. She works as the regional sales manager for the company, which comprises three brands (Therapy Systems, Private Edition and The Cosmetic Market). She also serves as the director of hair and makeup for Nashville Fashion Week and is a newlywed, having married Hud Hudson in May of this year.


When it comes to fashion designers, Mary Kathryn says, “Tibi is by far my favorite. It’s pretty classic but always with a twist. I always feel great when I wear it.” Beyond that, she loves comfortable classics. “I love jeans — I wish I could wear them everyday! I love Frame and Madewell denim. I also love heels, and I am rarely not wearing them during the week. But I usually wear sneakers when I am not working and live in my Rag & Bone leather leggings — just not in the summer!”


A beauty product guru, it’s no surprise that Mary Kathryn has recommendations of how to fix whatever ails you. For puffy eyes, she suggests Patchology Flashpatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels. Beat blemishes with Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask (as a mask or spot treatment). To handle humidity and frizzy hair, Mary Kathryn recommends “tons of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.” To combat winter skin, she says, “I lightly press a facial oil into my skin before moisturizer, and I add oil to my foundation (usually Therapy Systems Multi-Use Nourishing Oil) to create a luminous glow.”


To stay fit, Mary Kathryn keeps it simple. “I work out mostly at home,” she says. “We live on a farm with lots of hills, so running and hiking with our two dogs is my favorite thing to do, followed by a series of exercises with a medicine ball and light weights.” She doesn’t diet or follow a specific nutrition plan but says, “I just honestly like to eat healthy foods — lots of lean meats and veggies — and I limit my carbs.”


As a beauty expert herself, Mary Kathryn knows how important it is to trust the pros. For hair care, she uses Sarah Morgan at Hyde. “She is wonderful, always makes my hair look great and is able to do my hair in a way that I only need to get it done every three to four months,” she raves. For makeup, she swears by Sara Jones at The Cosmetic Market and Traci Vaughn, an aesthetician at Private Edition, is her go-to for skin care. “She has worked with me to help get rid of my hyperpigmentation, and my skin has never looked better.”


1. Avène Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+

"I am very prone to getting hyperpigmentation, so I wear a SPF 50 every day. This one does not break me out and looks great under makeup."

2. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

"Love this! It makes my hair look lived in, gives it body and holds my style all day."

3. Therapy Systems Calm and Clearing Facial Wash

"I have sensitive skin, and this takes off my makeup without overdrying my skin. I have tried a million things, and I always go back to it."

4. Trish McEvoy Precision Brow Shaper in brunette

"I never leave home without filling in my brows. It makes a huge difference and frames my face."

5. Concealer

"I have tried them all! Currently, I like Trish McEvoy Correct and Even Full-Face Perfector, BareMinerals Barepro 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer, and Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Brightening Serum + Concealer. I have dark circles, so I need a high coverage concealer that really works and does not crease! These all do the job."


From my dad: “Wear sunscreen.” From my mom: “Never leave the house without lipstick.”