Sometimes, a show comes along and surprises you. Perhaps it tugs at your heartstrings. Maybe it makes you laugh out loud. Maybe there's a character that you feel on a deep, cellular level. In my case, this show is Vanderpump Rules, and the "character," if you will, is Tom Sandoval.
Anyone whose a fan of the reality show can say, without pause, which cast member takes the longest to get ready - although Sandoval denies this allegation. (More on that later.) The 35-year-old coowner of TomTom Bar in West Hollywood, CA, is known for his intensity in his work, his relationships, and his beauty regimen. Nary a fan can forget when Sandoval dressed up like Sia at Tom Schwartz's bachelor party in New Orleans, putting to shame the other men and, frankly, most of the women on the trip. Or the time he was so overcome with emotion at Schwartz's wedding to Katie Maloney that he wiped his tears on the couple's dog, Butter, who he was holding during the vows. Or his endless dedication to his aesthetic: from spray tanning and hair extensions to shaving his forehead and getting a tattoo lasered off his derriere, Sandoval has put himself through the gauntlet when it comes to beauty, which leads me to believe would actually make the perfect beauty editor.
Willingness to try new products and treatments? Check. Overall comprehension of how products work? Check. I do have to mention one strike against him: Sandoval utilized tanning beds longer than most would find socially acceptable - hello, premature aging and skin cancer! - but it seems he's crossed over into strictly spray tan territory, thankfully.
As someone rewatching the series from the beginning, this combination of passion, vulnerability, and earnestness makes for the perfect cast member to watch: he keeps himself at arm's-length when it comes to drama - although I'm not sure if his support of James Kennedy is a producer's directive to keep drama alive or he truly sympathizes with him - but provides enough entertainment to keep him a core member of the show. ("Puke and rally. Puke, puke, and rally.") His appreciation for beauty is as apparent as a scarlet A; in every episode, there's a little something to remind us who the No. 1 guy on the show really is.
We spoke with Sandoval about everything - Botox, self-tanning, manicuring your nether regions. His zeal for educating me about products was so pure, it warmed my heart. Keep reading to learn more about budding beauty editor Tom Sandoval.
POPSUGAR: On the "Pumped Up" version of Vanderpump Rules, the producers say that you typically take the longest to get ready out of the entire cast. Talk us through your routine and what steps go into it.
Tom Sandoval: Well, it's funny you say that because I actually really don't take that long to get ready! I typically get ready pretty fast. I know it's a big misconception, but yeah, I really don't take that long to get ready.
PS: Why do you think the producers said that?
TS: Let's say that we're going to have a day at the beach or something like that. I'll put on a sunless tan or whatever the night before. I use Loving Tan. They have a two-hour express. Then I blow dry my hair, so it starts to dry (the tan). I wear something that's lightweight with sleeves, that way I can go to bed, and it sits on me for the whole night. I'll get ready the night before, and then that way getting ready doesn't take that long. I try to visualize my outfit, match things up in my mind before I start getting ready, and that way it makes it much faster. I can typically be ready in like 15 minutes or less.
PS: So really you spend a lot of time preparing. Do you remember a specific product you were obsessed with growing up that you had to use in your hair or on your face?
TS: I went through phases. I remember when I got my first haircut that I really thought was cool. I had a spike when I was in first grade and second grade and I used to put gel on my hair. Actually, I wanted to learn how to do it myself, so I would have my hair wet, I'd put gel in my hair, then I'd use Vavoom hairspray, and freeze it in there. Then I went to the side spike, where you have to incorporate the blow dryer to kind of blow the spikes up. I always recommend getting a really good blow dryer. Stay away from the cord-keeper ones because they just take so much longer and you might as well just splurge a little bit get yourself a good blow dryer that's ceramic, maybe infrared or whatever. It'll blow dry your hair way faster.
PS: Do you have a favorite hair dryer that you like to use?
"I can deal with a bad haircut. But if somebody overdid my eyebrows, I couldn't forgive him."
When it comes to the face, a lot of people think I get my eyebrows waxed, and I definitely don't. I think one of the worst things with guys is having overly manicured eyebrows. I can deal with a bad haircut. But if somebody overdid my eyebrows, I couldn't forgive him. I would be so mad. I do that myself. I just trim a little bit. I kind of push them upward, just trim any ones that are really long. Then I pluck just a little bit in the middle, in between, just maintain a little bit. I use an electric razor, and then I have a Gillette Fusion, the one that vibrates. I don't even have to use shaving cream.