Amanda Shine, Founder, The Setting

“I moved to New York when I was 17 to model—I actually grew up as a local in Southampton. Right when I was signed there were a lot of jokes that I needed some…finesse with my look. I was a surfer so my hair needed some love, things like that. They sent me to Julien Farel on Madison and I would sit there to do hair treatments for hours. They’d give me all sorts of products to use to get my hair in shape. Back in the apartment, I’d even take an egg and olive oil and coat my hair in it, then wrap it in Saran Wrap. When I booked a Pantene job, they cut 11 inches or something off, and my agent was so happy because my ends were finally gone! [Laughs] I remember it was at this Japanese studio in a nondescript building in Chelsea, and he just cut the whole thing dry—this Japanese guy with like a Samurai sword. I was like, ‘Is this life? Like, where is my hair?’

When I turned 22, I made the abrupt transition to do something else. It was such an intense world and I needed to leave it behind. It was hard—I didn’t have a college degree or a resumé so I really had to dig in. I started interning in windowless fashion closets, getting exposure, and then I transitioned into event planning. I did special events with Gucci and brand partnerships with Everlane, which really inspired me to do what I’m doing now—my line of handmade ceramic products that I’m making myself, called The Setting.

SKINCARE
I’ve always erred more on the tomboyish side, but I think as I’ve gotten older—I’m 28—I’ve started to look at beauty as a way to be nice to myself. It’s less about being social or superficial. Working with clay is so drying, so everything I do now is about moisturizing and investing in that process. My boyfriend’s mom gave me a tub of Kiehl’s Creme de Corps and that just started me on a tear… I go through so much of it now. And hand cream! Lots and lots of hand cream after working with clay all day.

Cleansing is where I’m most basic. For my rosacea, I use Avène Antirougeurs Redness Relief Dermo-Cleansing Milk with my Clarisonic. It’s this blue-green color and I think it’s the same as the La Mer Cleanser but about an eighth of the price. For exfoliating, I love the Nivea Gommage Lissant—it’s drugstore but I got it in St. Barths so it feels very French to me. Nivea is one of the brands that always works, no matter where I get it. If I’m wearing a lot of makeup, I love the Klorane Floral Water Makeup Remover. It’s very gentle.

As far as toning, I get very into sprays and mists—that’s what I do probably the most often to stay moisturized. It’s really good for when I come home from the studio and feel dry but don’t want to reset everything on my face. I have the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, the Avène Eau Thermale, the May Lindstrom Jasmine Garden Botanical Mist… Every time I go into a place like CAP Beauty, they show me a new one. But I use them all! I’m basically out of the Caudalíe Beauty Elixir. Then I have the Chanel Silky Soothing Toner, which is a little more astringent, so I can’t use it every day.

My friend got me the tub of Aztec Clay but my skin is so sensitive, I can’t even do it for 10 minutes. After eight, I’m like ‘OK! Get it off!’ But I love it because it’s so powerful. There’s also Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid and Retinol Brightening Solution, which is basically like retinol—you’re not supposed to use it all the time, though. I bought it because I know so many people that love this brand, and it’s like a clean brand while still being pretty scientifically advanced. But again, it’s strong—I wouldn’t use it during the day. I put it on maybe once a month and only at night.

My all-purpose oil is the Caudalíe Divine Oil. I use it on my face, hair, body, scalp—it’s heavy but it feels right during the winter. I also have the original Crème de la Mer. Some people are like, ‘I can’t use that in the summer…’ I’m like, ‘I can use it all year round. Twice a day. Morning and night.’ I love this Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, too. It’s so nice, I’ve been using it for years. My routine is essentially, ‘If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.’

MAKEUP
My lipstick is like my security blanket a lot of the time. I feel like, with lipstick, I don’t need anything else. My friend works at Tom Ford and whenever I see him, he brings me one of the mini Lips & Boys lipsticks—it’s always a funny little surprise. My most used one though is Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria. I actually didn’t pick it out for myself either… I was in Selfridges with someone I worked with and she picked it up and said, ‘This color I think would be really nice on you.’ I was trying to be a woman but I thought it was too mature for me anyway. But then I put it on, and if you just do one layer of it, I feel like it just darkens your lip a little, plus it’s moisturizing. Her products are beautiful—I have the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder, too. It’s a ‘daily luminous tint’ with SPF 15 in it that takes your natural skin and puts like a very light sheen on top of it. I’ll still do a highlighter on top of that—Benefit Watt’s Up. It fits right in the crook of your face. One time, I put it on and went out and took a photo, and it looked like I had a UFO ring under both eyes. I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s when happens when you don’t blend it in…’

I just started playing around with liquid eyeliner. I bought the Chanel Stylo Eyeliner Pen in Noir after I saw this woman on the street with the perfect little flick. She was in shopping mode, so I stopped her and said, ‘I’m so sorry, I need to ask you like a) what that product is and b) is it hard to do it?’ And she was so nice! She walked me through a tutorial. My mascara is also Chanel—it’s got a rubbery brush. But I also have Diorshow, and I was using the Givenchy one for a while. It’s the packaging that draws me in to all of them.

My brows are huge and the only thing I’ll use on them is the Bobbi Brown Brow Pencil. Other than that, I’ve never known what to do about them. Part of it has to be because one time when I was younger—and I think every girl has a horror story about this—I took a razor and tried to clean them up. I shaved half of the end off and a girl at school told me, ‘You know, they don’t always come back…’ I was so horrified.

HAIR
Right now, my hair is the longest it’s been in years. I wash it every five days consistently with Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine for ‘frizzy, dry, and unmanageable’ hair, so it’s made for me. To condition, I use the Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak. Actually, to wash my hair, I’ve been going to Drybar more frequently, especially when it’s cold and I don’t want to let it dry on its own. So I’ll go once a week—it’s $49 plus tip, which I don’t think is that bad. Blowout’s the new manicure.

BODY
When I first started modeling, I was doing a lot of Pilates and yoga to sculpt because I was a broader girl. Now one of the biggest benefits of starting The Setting—outside of all of the creative and professional rewards of doing something for yourself and on your own—would be my ability to create my own schedule. And I am somebody who works late at night and gets up early and writes emails, but I can still go for a workout class at 9:30am if I want to. It’s so nice, and it also makes me work even harder, because I really now believe in being strategic with my time and my energy and being as efficient as possible. Now I go to Modelfit on Bowery, and I sometimes train one-on-one with Noosha who’s amazing. Don’t let her beautiful face fool you—she is extremely hard. I do that three to four times a week, and then I also do Pilates at Plank. It’s beautiful and I work mostly on the tower. Then when I get home and shower, I use Aveeno Body Wash Stress Relief, which I love.

FRAGRANCE
Obviously Santal 33 is my jam. And then I used to work at Bond No. 9 when I first moved to New York, and it’s so funny because Laurice Rahme, who’s the founder, hired me because of my handwriting. I didn’t have a college degree and I was interning and had just left modeling, and so she was just like, ‘Who are you..?’ So I did a handwriting test for her, and she was a really cool person to be around, and I would just watch how she ran her business. I would do a lot of customer relations for her and a lot of gift-wrapping… Their Nuits de NoHo fragrance is the one I love. It’s a really nice sort of nighttime scent with jasmine. It’s strong, but it’s also so simple. I also like to wear this oil from a boutique called Warm—the oil is called Warm, too. The owner is from Hawaii and when you put it on, you feel that.

A lot of the times, I’ll just use essential oils. I have a Muji diffuser in my bedroom that I’ll use every day with whatever I’m feeling. And then sometimes I’ll put a few drops in the bath. My go-tos are sandalwood, jasmine, and neroli. Together I just feel like it’s a bit of a moodlifter. Everyone has a mixture that they like, I feel. And I think it’s nice to get back to basics and smell things that are pure and raw.”

—as told to ITG

Amanda Shine photographed by Tom Newton at her home in New York on October 8, 2015. 

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Kat Borchart, Photographer

“Hi! I’m Kat [@kat_borchart] and I live in Los Angeles, in a small area near Glendale called Atwater Village. I’m a freelance photographer, which allows me to dabble in a lot of different things—production, marketing, taking photos, editing, and actually some accounting—so every day is a bit different. In college I majored in commercial advertising at a photography school, and then I worked for a few companies doing in-house ecommerce photography and assisting other photographers before going full-time. Those ‘grunt work’ years felt like going to college all over again, but now being able to be my own boss is so rewarding…to feel that sense of accomplishment when I get a new job or make a client happy is truly the best feeling.

My work mainly involves shooting models, mostly women, so pulling references for beauty is always a part of my creative process. Even though it’s winter, I’ve lately been pulling a lot of summer vibes—rosy and sunburnt skin, tan lines, road trips. If I’m in a creative rut, I love to pick up copies of Russh, Oyster, and Mirage and jump on my secret Pinterest boards to get the juices flowing again. In my teenage years I was totally obsessed with Roxy. I loved the Surf Riders and their golden tans, freckles, and salty blonde hair. I think that gave me my first sense of wanderlust.

Around that time, when I was getting into makeup—and also getting acne—my grandma taught me the importance of cleansing and moisturizing on a daily basis. She took me to Rite Aid and bought me a Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar and two Neutrogena moisturizers, one for day and one for night. I still use the bar! I swear my skin is groomed to their formulas. I wash my face in the shower, and then I wash my body with Rudy’s Body Wash or Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Peppermint Bar Soap. I was getting into dry brushing for a minute, but because it’s winter, all I want to do is go from one warm spot to the next. So like Cindy Crawford I’ll just lather on Whole Foods’ apricot or almond oil and pat dry. It really makes a difference, and my skin just drinks it in.

After the shower, I’ll put on a coat of Glossier Priming Moisturizer and then do my makeup. I’m of a ‘set-it-and-forget-it’ mindset because I hate carrying touch-up stuff with me. If I’m just doing a day at home for work, I try not to wear any to give my skin a little break. But for doing errands or taking meetings I’ll use Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye in 2.5 and then an all-over pass with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Sand. It gives enough coverage without making you feel like you’re suffocating your face.

Then I’ll add mascara—lately I’ve using Benefit Roller Lash—and I’ll fill in my brows where they need it. A producer on set was gushing about the Diorshow Brow Styler and begged me to let her do my brows. Now I’m a convert, and I love sketching them in ever so slightly. If we’re going out, I’ll add a lip. I love MAC’s Sin, although I have Ruby Woo on standby. And if I’m feeling wilder I have a small Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette that I’ll go to for a little eyeshadow smudge. I do a mix of nudes and gold with a bit of black, and I apply it with a liner brush.

There isn’t a lot of rhyme or reason when it comes to my hair products, except adding texture and a good scent. To wash, I typically use Pantene, but sometimes I’ll switch to my boyfriend’s shampoo—he’s using Rudy’s, which has a great citrus smell. I’m a huge Bumble and bumble fanatic, so if it’s summer and I’m not drying my hair, I’ll use Don’t Blow It with a spritz of Brooklyn Beach Hair in Summer Scent. If I do dry it I’ll scrunch in some Brilliantine. I can’t do my hair with irons or anything, but I’m obsessed with my Babyliss Pro Hair Dryer. It’s not too expensive and really dries your wet hair without frying it. Also, I learned this one great hair trick… After I discovered that all dry shampoo is mostly made up of cornstarch, I’ve kept an old spice shaker of it in my bathroom to run through my roots if I don’t have time to shower. It works like a charm, although you have to work it through really well.

I’m also pretty obsessed with these Japanese foot exfoliation peels called Baby Foot. I only do them once or twice a year, but you put these little plastic booties on for about 30–45 minutes, and for the rest of the week, all of the skin peels off your feet—including the super rough parts. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I love having super smooth heels after the whole process is over.

My routine is all about good skin and textured hair. So much of beauty is subjective, and everyone has their own preferences and sensitivities, so I try not to think too much about what everyone else uses and focus instead on what works best for me. I assisted on a big brand’s beauty campaign once and they didn’t use any of the product on the model at all! That was my first truth-in-advertising lesson—now, I really only take recommendations from friends and coworkers instead of from product copy.”

—as told to ITG

Further reading: Photographer Libby Gray shares the best skin-reset mask, student Ryen Staggers swears by her one “beauty potion in a bottle,” and product stylist Diana del Río believes in wearing a satin cap to bed in the #ITGTopShelfie.

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Maayan Zilberman, Artist & Confectioner

“I have this weird Canadian, monotone, slightly-hick accent because I was born in Israel but spent most of my childhood in Canada. I moved to New York 20 years ago to attend the School of Visual Arts. After I graduated, a friend of mine and I launched a lingerie company with called The Lake and Stars. And we had the line for several years, up until about two years ago. I wanted to get back into making art but didn’t have a sculpture studio, a kiln, or any of those kind of materials. So in the meantime I thought, I’ll just start making some small work at home in the kitchen—so I made these candy sugar sculptures. I started posting pictures about my candy and people were really interested in it and asked me for orders for events. I called it Sweet Saba. It grew organically from there, but I didn’t necessarily intend on making the candy line a big business. Actually, we’re having this pop-up at The Shop at The Standard, High Line tonight. I’m calling it Lover’s Rock, and all of the candy is going to be mixtapes. I’m also developing an edibles brand. It’s not available yet, but hopefully when it is it’ll be just as popular, if not more.

A lot of people who have businesses will tell you that they don’t go out that much. When I do go out, it’s usually to different friends’ houses. I like dinner parties, and I’m really into themes. I went to an Egyptian one recently, which called for a lot of gold and really great Cleopatra makeup. And I had a voodoo party that was really fun. I like to surround myself with people who have enthusiasm. It’s very sad if people get lazy… If you’re lazy [about your look], you don’t get invited back.

I was born in the desert, and somehow I was cursed with very dry skin. So I douse it with oil. I always use this DHC Deep Cleansing Oil to take my makeup off… It’s from Japan. I’m really into Japanese and charcoal products right now. I’ll also use Boscia’s Detoxifying Black Cleanser, followed with my moisturizer. I’ve used Egyptian Magic Skin Cream forever. It comes from bees, and bees are magic, and you can put it on anything! And then La Mer Lip Balm on my lips. This one tastes really sweet—I love it.

If I have time, I like to do a mask. Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask makes my skin feel like someone just tickled me. I’ll do those kinds of rituals before I go out—I always apply a lot of moisturizer, and I’ll put oils or bronzer on my body. Jennifer Lopez told me about Scott Barnes Body Bling and it changed my life. You contour your body and it stays on all night. It’s not orange-y and it really gives you a glow. I put Maui Babe Browning Lotion on my legs, too, just to go out. It smells like coffee, and it’s delicious. I don’t mind putting scented stuff on my lower body parts like my legs, because you can’t smell it when you give someone a kiss.

Sometimes I think I should just have my makeup tattooed on. It’s the same shit, always. I start with YSL’s Touche Éclat Neutralizer in Bisque and then I have this Kanebo Kate Powder that I only put on my eyelids, just to seal. I learned about this on a blog. It’s very light and you can get it at the 24-hour Don Quijote stores in Japan. And then my forever bronzer is Nars Casino. I’ve been known to over-bronze… I used to just wear it everywhere until I saw the Kim Kardashian tutorial. Let’s not lie, we’ve all seen it. I really like it on my eyelids, because I don’t wear eyeshadow.

Then I work on my eyebrows. I use the best, which is Anastasia’s Brow Gel, and then I’ll set it with Maybelline Brow Drama. I like it because [the applicator is] a little ball. Maybelline Eye Studio Master Graphic is my favorite eyeliner. What’s great about it is that it looks like a Sharpie, and I love anything that looks like art supplies. I like to be making my art and painting and drawing, and then I go to the bathroom and I paint on my face with the same kind of tools, you know? I want everything to feel like that. And after I put that on, I’ll use this Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Escalator Mascara. It makes me feel like I’m turning into a doll. I love anime, so anything that’s going to make me look like a Japanese doll is key.

I do my lips right before I leave the house, and I always do red. I’ve had every lipstick under the sun, and Wet N Wild is the best one. I have every one of them in my kitchen, because I’m usually in there until I have to leave the house.

Nails are a huge part of my personality. For one, I started doing my nails because I used to bite them when I was a kid, and I figured out that the only way to not bite my nails was if they were too hard to bite through. So I started wearing drugstore press-ons because that was a big thing back in the day. I order them in stiletto shapes and file them down, and then I paint them. This is my red—Orly Nail Lacquer in Haute Red. They’re an Israeli brand, actually. In the summertime I use this Mia Secret Mood Color Changing Polish in Pink to Peach. It changes colors when you do the dishes!

The biggest hardship of my beauty routine has been to tame my hair, because it’s really thick and coarse and curly. You wouldn’t know, but it is. Because I work so much, I end up not having a lot of time to make the curl look the way I want, so I’ll wear it straight most of the time. I wash it, I let it air dry, and then I iron it. I like using Chi Oil and camellia oil… All of my different body and face oils are for my hair, too. Every now and then if I want it to stay put, I’ll use this R+Co Park Ave Blow Out Balm. It smells yummy.

I dye my own hair, too. I actually have white hair—I went gray really young. And then a few years ago on a whim I decided to dye it back dark because I thought it would be so cool to just let it go later. So I dye my own hair with Garnier Fructis Hair Dye from the box. In between, because my hair grows so fast, I use this Kiss Trucolor Stick on my roots.

One of the best nights out ever was my first real date with my boyfriend. He told me that he wanted to take me on a roller coaster, and my response was, ‘Do you mean figuratively?’ We went to Coney Island, and he said to dress up like we did in high school… I wore my hair in pigtails. We rode on all the roller coasters and it was really romantic. And while we were on the Wonder Wheel, all of the fireworks went off. It was so beautiful, I might cry if I think about it too much.”

—as told to ITG

Maayan Zilberman photographed by Tom Newton at her home in Brooklyn on February 2, 2016.

Next up: Alexandra Agoston adapts Pat McGrath’s runway makeup for an evening out, Julia Restoin Roitfeld ends the night with freezer pizza, and Soo Joo Park delivers a master class in clutch purse packing in the Top Shelf After Dark.

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The Little Wedding Black Book

A little over two weeks ago, I got married in front of 37 of my nearest and dearest in the Bahamas. It was a truly magical weekend—one I’ll be reporting on in my next ITG post, once the pictures come in.

The real story, seeing as though this is a beauty website and I’m a beauty editor, is in the prep. Months of prep! So much prep. Not of the venue, guest list, or seating chart—that was fairly easy—but of my limbs, skin, wanted hair, unwanted hair, nails, muscles, digestive tract, lashes and brows. Did I go overboard? Perhaps. Was it high maintenance? Maybe. I did spend an inordinate amount of the fall on my back. But, it worked. I was 8/10 happy with how I looked…pretty good!

WELLNESS
The Clean Program. I’d taken Dr. Alejandro Junger’s 21 day challenge five or six years ago, and came back for more on the first day of November 2015. I can’t say it enough—I love this detox/overall good-common-sense program. No dairy, gluten, sugar, alcohol, coffee, or pretty much any of my other favorite foods…but, let’s put it this way: What cleanse have you actually wanted to continue at the end? I’m eating 75% clean still, because it feels so damn good.

Hydrocolon therapy: Yes, you guessed it, colonics. It’s recommended during the Clean Program. Tracy Piper and/or any of the ladies at the Piper Wellness Center have your back.

BODY
Trainer. Key Son. I started weekly training sessions with Daria Werbowy’s former trainer Key Son about 3 months out. The focus is on what tiny movements to elongate and tone. In between our meet-ups, Key suggests daily hour-long walks. In the end, I did not look like Daria (shocker), but I was in way better shape than when we started.

Gym. A month out, I jumped on board the Physique 57 barre method bandwagon. At the Soho location, I took three or four of their signature and mat classes. This place is legit: They guarantee results in seven to eight classes; I saw them after one.

Massage. I like a semi-stressful massage—one where I can really feel something being worked out. After an hour-long session with private practitioner LouLou Piscatore, complete with aromatherapy and acupuncture, you will basically melt off of the table. Highly recommended to do bi-weekly before the wedding.

FACE
Microcurrent. It’s been around forever—one of those things that was invented for serious medical reasons and then reappropriated for vanity purposes (see: Botox). Shamara Bondaroff is NYC’s cool-girl practitioner; at her studio SB Skin, she uses a combination of wands and pads to jolt sluggish face and body muscles into action and stimulate collagen production, thereby lifting and sculpting. It’s not uncomfortable, it takes roughly an hour and a half, and I believe in it. Body is where I noticed the biggest difference after our six sessions. Butt = higher.

Facial. Several years after our initial encounter and my subsequent fan-girling out, I went back to Isabelle Bellis two weeks before the wedding. This woman is a goddess and I only wish she were half as expensive and available again before July 2016. This is a must-try facial for brides/anyone who wants a holistic total-package experience.

Laser Hair Removal. I’ve had some not-great experiences with laser hair removal, probably because I haven’t done what they told me. Anyway. Myriam Vasicka’s office is very Park Avenue, her demeanor is very soothing grandmother, and, most importantly, her technique/machines/what have you are swift and painless. My upper lip is on the road to permanent smoothness, at last.

NAILS
Gels. Paintbox, for me, lives up to the hype. I only see Julie Kandalec who is incredibly precise and focused. Gels aren’t a forever jam, but they definitely help those looking to grow their nails. CND’s Powder My Nose is my perfect nude. Shout out to Annie Kreighbaum for turning me on to that shade.

Mani/Pedi. Iris Nails on University Place is my jam for a quick in-and-out. I specifically ask for Lisa. Also, kudos to Florence for giving the best 10-minute-chair-massage this side of Houston Street.

LASHES
My pal Celia Ellenberg at Vogue told me about Soul Lee, who runs her own operation, Beautiful Soul Makeup Studio in Flatiron for lash extensions and brow jobs. I showed her an Instagram selfie of west coast babe Caroline Vreeland who gets super subtle extensions that make her eyes look like anime almonds, and said I wanted less “glam hooker” and more of the Vreeland look. Nailed it! Warning: Soul is more expensive than the competition like JJ or Ebenezer. But she is good.

BROWS
A week before the big day, I spent 30 minutes with Jimena Garcia who has a residency at another one of my trusty nail haunts, Tenoverten. Jimena creates a slightly more trim, tailored look than my West Coast favorite, Kristie Streicher of Striiike.

HAIR
You know what? I didn’t do a thing! It’s the first time since middle school that I’ve been my natural color, and I wasn’t going to fuck with that before the wedding. Jon Reyman at Spoke and Weal gave my now-husband and I bang-up haircuts several months ago, and I’ve just been letting it grow. Save for a test with my wedding-weekend stylist, Teddi Cranford of White Rose Collective, the hairs on my head were largely spared from bridal preparation. I swear they grew two inches to thank me.

—Emily Weiss

Photo courtesy of the author.

Getting married? First of all—congrats! ITG has tips for you on all things nuptial over here.

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Lolita Cros, Curator

“I work as an independent curator. I started doing it in college—I put together my first show there and I really liked it, so I started to do mostly group shows in the city. Recently I started curating solo shows, which is a little more focused, and a little more time consuming, and a little more stressful. But I’ve always really liked art. I’m constantly accumulating the names of people I want to work with. I approach artists I really like, and they’ll introduce me to other artists…It’s a very social thing. New York definitely has an art scene to go out in, whereas in France, where I’m from, it’s more of a music world where DJs are hanging out at night.

When I go out, I like to take my time getting ready—usually I’ll put French TV on the iPad first. There’s a show called Le Petit Journal which is really good—it’s like a late-night show with great reporters all over the world. Then I like to take a shower, because I feel like it wakes me up and gets me in the mood. I need to clean my hair before I go out—it drives me crazy when I’m out with dirty hair. When I wash it, I use this one amazing French brand called Phyto, and after that I use Klorane Conditioner with Oat Milk. I wash my hair every two or three days, but I clean my bangs every day with a tiny bit of shampoo because if I don’t, they look greasy.

After I shower, I sit around in my towel looking at Instagram for an hour, and then I’ll remember I’m going out and I start picking my clothes. [Laughs] I’ll also pin my bangs back to give them a little volume, which is really embarrassing. My hair is really boring and flat…I can try to make it look good and it’ll go flat as soon as I leave the house. But I love to go dancing, so I’ll usually end up putting my hair into a high ponytail anyway and it doesn’t really matter. I also love to put lotion on when I’m getting ready. I moisturize really heavily, it’s just something that I like to do. I like Laboratoires Gilbert Liniment—it’s for babies and it’s made with olive oil. I actually stole it from my niece! Then I have this Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm when I’m traveling because you can’t bring a whole bottle. This is pretty good, but it’s not as amazing as the other one.

I wash my face with this thing called Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash. I’ve only had a facial once in my life—in France, people don’t do that, but here it’s a really big thing—and the guy recommended that I use this because I have really sensitive skin, and it’s really good. Right after the shower I’ll use Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Day Cream. I was friends with a bunch of hippies in college and they all had it and I was like, whatever, it looks pretty, and then I used it and it was amazing. After moisturizing, I’ll put on the Touche Éclat, and then I’ll use Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint to equalize everything. It’s also really nice because you feel like you don’t have stuff on your face. You forget about it. Oh, I have this really great thing actually that I use every weekend…it’s Nars Orgasm blush—it’s so good!

I think beauty is kind of like clothing, in that it should enhance whatever you’ve got. Because I have thin lips, I like wearing lipstick. It depends on my outfit, but I always put on a chapstick before—I’ve been using the Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom. I like Chanel Coco Rouge in Marie, but only if I’m wearing a deeper color. I already have dark features, so oftentimes I’ll go for the lighter Dior Special Edition Holiday Red. Sometimes I do the eyeliner thing, like for weddings or slightly bigger occasions, but I keep rubbing my eyes because I forget I have it on! Before I discovered high-end mascara, I used an eyelash curler from CVS and Maybelline Great Lash. I have big eyelashes, so again, it’s all about enhancing. Now I wear Diorshow—that’s good when I’m not really doing anything else and I just want to bring out my eyes. Also, I learned that if you highlight your eyes, then it’ll make it look like you slept, so I’ll wear Balm Dotcom on my lids.

Tonight, I’m wearing this plaid dress—I don’t know the brand because it was my mother’s from 20 years ago. You can call it vintage! I always wear it—I like that it shows some leg, I like that I can wear it with sneakers, I like that I can wear it with cute little ballerina flats. The look that I like to go for is ‘five-year-old boy.’ [Laughs] If I have a cocktail party or an opening I’ll dress up a little more, but for the bars, this works.

I stay out very late and I always eat somewhere after. There’s this dollar pizza place around the corner and I’ll go with my boyfriend and the guy is so sweet. And then I’ll go home and watch TV. I love having the luxury of watching TV really late and knowing that it’s OK because I can sleep late after. I was re-watching all the seasons of Friends last year, so that was perfect for late-night, but that took me a whole year. I just started re-watching Sex & The City. I like these little late-night things.”

—as told to ITG

Lolita Cros photographed by Tom Newton in New York on November 17, 2015.

Learn about model Alexandra Agoston’s meticulous loose bun technique and illustrator Joana Avillez‘ “skinvigorating” cheek tint in the Top Shelf After Dark.

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