Jourdan Dunn

“I got scouted when I was 14—a long time ago. At the beginning there were a lot of things that happened that I didn’t expect. Like, me walking for Prada. It was such a big moment, and at the time I didn’t really know what was going on, but afterwards it was such a big thing and it was in the newspapers, like ‘First Black Model!’ Then the Italian Vogue all-black issue—that was crazy to be a part of! The things that I put out into the universe, that I said I wanted were a Vogue cover, and I wanted to be in Victoria’s Secret, and I wanted a Maybelline contract. I never said ‘a beauty contract,’ I always said ‘Maybelline.’ When I got my first British Vogue cover and when I first started working with Maybelline, I was overwhelmed and crying with happiness and joy. It’s crazy because you start seeing it everywhere. I’ll go to Boots and there’s me, Super Drug, there’s me, airport, there’s me. It’s like, ‘Ah!’ Whenever I’m out with my son and people come up to me and ask me if I’m Jourdan Dunn, I’ll be like, ‘No.’ But he’s like, ‘Yes you are, mum!’ One time he said it in front of someone! When I won Model of the Year, he was like, ‘See, mummy, you are a model, see?’ He kind of takes the mick out of me. He doesn’t understand why I deny it sometimes.

I’m really excited for 2016 because I’m going to be launching my kid’s clothing line, and that’s been another surreal moment. This has been in talks for two years and now having meetings and seeing samples and picking models is crazy! I had a meeting today for my cookbook! I’m so excited for that. I would love for someone to be like, ‘Yeah, that’s my go-to!’ Of course, if I could chill in my pajamas and loungewear all day, I would. My son and I are very low-key and relaxed.

My beauty routine actually hasn’t really changed since I had my son. If anything it’s probably become more intense. I remember the first day I got back home from the hospital [after giving birth]—I woke up in the morning and I did my face and my mum was like, ‘Jourdan, what are you doing? Just relax!’ I have a routine of taking my son to school and traveling and all of that, and it just gets more intense, so I make sure that the products that I use are very hydrating for my skin. Skincare is what burns my pocket because I see new things and I’m like, ‘Ooo! Gotta buy it!’

In my first season, we were backstage at the shows and they would ask me what my skin regimen was because I had amazing skin. I would be like, ‘Oh, I just use Clean & Clear face wash,’ and they were like, ‘Clean & Clear?’ I used that up until I was 19 and then I got my first taste of luxury skincare, which was Crème de La Mer. I got it in a gift bag and my mum joked, ‘Yeah, now you’re going to have to keep on doing this, so we can get this stuff!’ I got my routine from her—she was always big on looking after your skin and making sure you take your makeup off and drink water.

I like to change which products I use from day to night because I feel like you need different things to protect your skin in the daytime, when you’re outside. Then when I’m at home at night, it’s all about care and hydration. In the morning I’ve been playing with a bunch of different cleansers—I used to really love foaming cleansers, but lately I’ve been trying oils and balms. Now I’m using Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, which is really good and just melts on the skin. When I run out of that I run down to the kitchen and just use coconut oil. Then I use my toner, which is Pixi Glow Tonic. Cult Beauty’s blog raved about it and Caroline Hirons’ raved about it, so I was like, ‘I’ve got to try it!’ Now I’m hooked! I just love the feeling that it leaves on my skin. It exfoliates as well, so I feel like it’s really doing its job.

Straight after that, I use my SK-II Essence. It’s one of my favorite brands to use. I found it on a trip to Tokyo when I tried the sheet mask. In Tokyo, their skincare regimen is next level and I was so intrigued that they had 11 steps. So after I use my toner, I use the essence and I feel like it just works together with everything. Then I use a vitamin C serum…right now it’s Ren. It just adds extra vibrancy to the skin, like a booster to brighten up your complexion. When I’m traveling on planes a lot, my skin can look really tired and dull, so I like to add vitamin C in to fix that. After that, I use Good Genes by Sunday Riley as a second serum. You can do it as a treatment mask, but I can’t really handle the burning sensation on my face. I tried it once and it did make my skin look and feel amazing though. My moisturizer to top it all off is Zelens’ [Hydro-Shiso] Balancing Moisturizer. It’s light and gives a nice finish.

There are so many masks I like—particularly SK-II’s sheet mask and Sisley’s Rose Mask. It’s more like a lotion you leave on and wipe off whatever doesn’t absorb. It’s supposed to plump your skin, so I use it on the plane. There’s also my Ling Oxygen Recovery Mask…that’s another hydrating one. With my masks, it’s all about hydrating.

For facials, I go see Debbie [Thomas] in London. I don’t know what she does to my skin, but she always makes it look on point. She uses lasers to even out my skin tone. Also, I’m quite hairy and I had a lot of hair on my face. [Laughs] It’s true! But I’m not anymore because of Debbie. My son the other day was like, ‘Mummy, why do you have a mustache?’ We were in a car! I was like, ‘Why are you talking?’ When I’m [in New York], I go to Ling and do a full cleanse or an oxygen facial or peel.

I didn’t really wear that much makeup growing up, but what my mum did allow me to wear was mascara and it was Maybelline Great Lash, which was my first. It’s stuck in my mind because of the pink and green. Now when I’m not working, I don’t wear any makeup because my job makes me wear makeup all the time. When I’m at home chillin’ I just want to have a nice, clean, fresh face.

When I’m going out, I feel like if you have a good base then you’re pretty much good to go, and then put on some mascara. Everybody now is obsessed with contour, so I’ve been trying it out–just subtly. I love that Maybelline has come out with the contouring palette where it shows you the highlight and shade and everything.

One of my favorite things to do myself is eyes. I really like to take the time in the daytime to emphasize my lashes to make them look fuller. I have extensions right now because I’m on holiday and I don’t want to think about putting anything on. But when I don’t have them, I love the Lash Sensational.

Girls have gotten so good at makeup because of blogs and Instagram. I see so many normal people just doing their everyday makeup and I think, ‘Oh, I could do that—I want to look like that.’ I used to think I was pretty good, but now I don’t think I am anymore! Everyone’s surpassed me. When I do get it right, I’m like, ‘Yes, Jourdan! You look good!’ But then there’s some days where I’m so over it—like if I get the base too dark or too light. It’s hard with darker skin tones, obviously. I use my Dream Velvet Foundation because it’s really hydrating, and then I use my concealer. I’ve just now started using powders because it sets it. Traditional foundation and concealer works better than BB cream for me.

With lip colors, I’m all about dark reds or a dark purple. Possessed Plum and Divine Wine are my favorites. I like mattes—and lips are much easier for me to do than eyeshadoes. But with the Nudes and the Rock Nudes, it shows you where to put the colors and which ones go together, so that helps. I like playing around with that, but I do like more natural tones, like browns and blacks.

I cut my hair about a year ago. My agency wanted me to change my hairstyle for a while, but because it was my agency telling me to do it, I didn’t want to do it. My hairstylist is Renda Attia and she’s based in the UK. She’s been wanting me to change up my style for the longest time! It was just long, middle part, dead straight. I wear wigs because it got to the point where my hair was so damaged from work—I remember I was at her salon and she was like, ‘Jourdan, I’m not putting these clips back in your hair, you have no hairline and it’s going to get to the point where you’re going to have no hair, and I’m not going to be held responsible for it.’ We talked about having it in a bob and different bob ideas. It was a fun process. I’m protecting my hair, but at the same time playing with what kind of style I want to do. I have so many wigs now! I have a blue wig, a purple wig, I have long, bob, medium–it’s fun!

My natural hair is just braided now, so I go see my hairstylist every month to take the braids out, wash it, and treat it. On my wigs, use this hair shine–Phyto Subtil Elixir–to protect my hair from heat. I’ll spray that on and then straighten it so it doesn’t look all frizzy. It locks in the moisture. I’m good at straightening, but when it comes to adding waves and all that stuff, I literally send my wigs to my hairstylist and she’ll wash it, treat it, curl it and then send it back to me and boom, got a new ‘do. My hair has grown so much and it’s so strong and healthy, so I kind of don’t want to [let anyone touch it], but when I take my braids out I’m like, ‘Oh my god, that’s actually my hair!’ I think I want to continue to protect it. Maybe in the summer I’ll rock my natural hair.

I’m such rubbish at working out even though I have a trainer and a gym downstairs and cute little workout outfits. But I don’t do it like I should. I’ll be obsessed with it for a month or a week or whatever, but then I just won’t do anything. On my body, I’m simple and use Nivea and Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish. Then I always have basics like cocoa butter because my skin is quite dry. I use it right after shower. I also like to use an oil this time of year to really lock in moisture.

I’ve always had a really good relationship with food. I do have my days where I crave fried chicken and I’ll eat that fried chicken, or like today, I had mac’n’cheese and steak. But generally I love eating my veg. I think it’s important for me and, because I have a son, to introduce that to him as well. It’s all about putting goodness into your body.”

—as told to ITG

Jourdan Dunn photographed by Tom Newton in New York on December 18, 2015.

Read about EmRata’s preferance of Maybelline Great Lash to Chanel Le Volume, Karlie Kloss’ Clarisonic routine, and Gigi Hadid’s favorite foundation in The Top Shelf.

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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.

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.’

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.

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.

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.

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. 

More like this: Meta Flora’s Marisa Competello talks the best Whole Foods hair buys, Jennifer Fisher shares her high/low brow routine, and Meredith Melling has bronzer recommendations for days in The Top Shelf.

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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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In celebration of the end of NYFW F/W 2016, we bring you the queen of After Dark, Ladyfag, photographed as she got ready for Diesel’s blowout last week.

“I live in Brooklyn and I throw parties all over the world, but mainly in Manhattan and in Brooklyn. I’ve always been someone who loved nightlife and I’ve always been a part of nightlife, even in Toronto, which is where I’m from. And I never thought of it as a career, like ‘I’m going to be in nightlife.’ Then I came to New York for a few months—I had a business selling vintage clothes and antiques—and I started go-go dancing at parties. One night I did this impromptu floor show, and Kenny Kenny came up and he’s like, ‘You! Come dance for me at Happy Valley,’ which was the party of the time. And so they stuck me in a cage, and I remember thinking, who cares? I’m never going to see any of these people again. And I did this crazy show and he came up, and he’s like, ‘OK, that’s it. You’re hired. Come do this every week. And come downstairs, they all want to know who you are.’ And then it just kind of started happening, and I started go-go dancing at every party, and I started hosting. At one point, my record was 17 or 19 days in a row that I‘d been working a party. And then it evolved into my own parties and then into producing events and then producing fashion events and after-parties.

I’ve probably met everyone I know in a nightclub. That’s how I met Nicola [Formichetti, Artistic Director of Diesel], at a nightclub. He’s always got his finger on the pulse so I’ve developed this love for him and what he’s doing with the brand. They let me run crazy in the store to pick out what I was going to wear, which is very Diesel, too. Some people think of [after-parties] as going to a nightclub and getting drunk and that’s for some people, but that’s not what it is for me. It’s this platform for you to express yourself, it’s a space to enjoy some of the arts that I find the most exciting, be it fashion and dance and music and lighting design…there’s so many elements. But then on top of that, you know, for people especially in the queer community, it becomes this place where you network and you make friends and you find lovers and you connect with people. I guess that’s what church is, right?

My style of hosting is making everybody feel like it’s their party, because it’s theirs. And the minute you stop thinking that it’s theirs and you start thinking that it’s your party, you’re probably a really shitty host. We always say everyone’s welcome. No douchebags allowed. And I mean girls in flip-flops probably shouldn’t come either, but you know, I don’t want to be snobby about things. You’ve got to have some rules. No flip-flops, people! When it comes to fashion, my style would be schizophrenic more than anything. Obviously there’s a few certain kinds of things that I like, and I think everyone has their beauty habits, be it makeup or clothing. You have your fallbacks, and then you’re like, ‘Wait a minute. I’ve got to stop wearing those boots I’ve worn too many times. I’ve got to stop wearing my eyeliner that way…’ Get inspired and change things up. Sometimes I feel bad for my friends. Maybe not at parties, but, you know, you invite me out for dinner, and you have no idea if I’m going to come looking like some John Waters character or I’m going to look like Leave It To Beaver, or I’m going to come having a Jerry Hall moment in a long fur coat and a bathing suit, you just don’t know. I have my goth moments, I’ve got my Cry Baby/Rockabilly girl moments, I’ve got my Mad Max futuristic look… And then during the day a lot of times I look like either some kind of Russian Dr. Zhivago kind of moment or something kind of Cabaret. So it really just depends on, I wouldn’t even say the day, but the hour…

At home, I have this 6-foot long dresser and on top, I’ve stacked all of my wigs—30 or 40 of them. I wear them quite a bit! And so then today, the Bumble and bumble team came and they restyled this one for me. At first, we thought let’s do a snatchback and do braids, and then it just seemed too obvious. The thing is, it’s one of my fallbacks. I’ve been doing it for years. So this hair is to play to the high/low of the look—because high/low can mean so many things. If you’re going to do everything all chic then you should do something to fuck it up a little but, you know, and give it a little twist. Otherwise it’s just a costume as opposed to something that you’re living in.

It can be really hard to do your own hair! One time, Danilo was doing my hair and I asked if he could do just a ponytail and he was like, ‘Just a ponytail!? Ponytails are one of the most difficult things to actually master.’ Girls just throw their hair in ponytails. That’s not a ponytail, you know? And I will say the ponytail he did on me was the ponytail of life. Down to my butt.

On days when I do my own hair, the Bumble and bumble Surf Spray is a really good cheat without having to do too much. Then I have this Aesop Violet Leaf Hair Balm that’s like a hair mask to make it shiny. Then lots of hairspray, also from Bumble. Of course, there are days I can’t do my own hair—that’s when I like to wear a really big turban. Well, we call them headwraps because turban could imply a cute little thing from the ‘30s. I will take a tablecloth off and I will suddenly be in this humongous headwrap. That’s usually when I didn’t have time to do my hair—that’s the honest truth.

My makeup routine is great for nighttime because it’s dramatic and it looks good in the dark, but it only takes 15 minutes. Like an old lady, I use the YSL Touche Éclat under my eyes, and then MAC Studio Fix on the rest of my face. One of the things I use the most is liquid eyeliner. I go back and forth on brand—there’s one from Faces Cosmetics and I like the way that the pen is because I’ve gotten used to it. And then I’ll take the MAC one because it’s a softer brush and I fill it in with that. I’ll rim my eyes with a black kohl always. I don’t like that it gets smudgy, but it’s a good look at first. Actually, one of my go-to looks is when I make the cat eye kind of Cleopatra all the way into my hairline. I was talking to a makeup artist about it—he works with Pat McGrath—so I said, ‘I hope Pat never copies that, because if one day she does that then it’s over for me!’ I’ve done it for years.

Mascara is another one of those things I go back and forth on. I have the classic Maybelline Great Lash that everyone uses, and then I use the MAC Opulash. I have tons of lashes on the top and then no lashes on the bottom. Usually I try to do nothing to them on the bottom because otherwise it shows how much less I have. It’s better to focus on the top and ignore the bottom. That’s actually an analogy for my sex life! [Laughs] Sorry! And I don’t use fake lashes because people already think I’m a drag queen, which is not a bad thing! I’m proud that people think I’m a drag queen.

For my lips, I use a Chanel clear lipgloss a lot or MAC Russian Red the most. I use Nars Blush for contour—I do it way too much, like full drag cheekbones. Sometimes when I bleach my eyebrows I use the yellow MAC concealer. I can’t imagine it’s for skin, but I use it around my eyebrows. One time, I actually threaded my eyebrows completely off. It’s one of the most painful things to take your entire eyebrow off—but I do it for fashion! It’s a good look. Or sometimes I’ll glue things to them, like biker jacket studs… There’s this stuff called Pros-Aide and it’s what they use for films when they are doing special effects, so my makeup artist will glue things to my face with it. I can look at anything and be like, ‘I’m gonna glue this to my face!’ It comes off with oils, but when you do it in your eyebrows it gets all balled up so for days I’ll have it in my eyebrows and I’ll be wearing a hat.

Naomi Yasuda does my nails a lot–I do them pointy and I’ve done it for years. They’re gel extensions. I went to the bank and the lady there was like, ‘Did you see that Rihanna has those nails now? She copied you!’ I was like, ‘I don’t know if she copied me, but yeah.’ I’ve always had my nails in sharp little claws and they’re a natural or a blood red. Today they’re green, which is different and a little ugly, but I like it.

Everything I do in terms of beauty is an occupational hazard of nightlife. I destroy my face basically. You put on too much makeup, and then you’re scrubbing it all off every night. Sometimes I get a little drunk and then wake up in the morning and my makeup is still on and that’s not good for me. As you get older you need to remember to take your makeup off. I use Dr. Jart’s Dermaclear Micro Water. It’s literally water and I’m paying a lot for it, but it works. Then I’ll use a moist towelette and Aesop toner, followed by the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery. It’s like the macaroni and cheese of facial products because it’s like comfort food. You put it on your face and it eats it up. I’m also obsessed with exfoliating—I probably do it too much. The Geranium Leaf Body Scrub from Aesop smells so good. I eat it practically! It’s like, ‘Oh, the tube is empty…again!’ When I have time, I use those white sheet masks from Shiseido. They really work and if you look tired you can do it right before an event or if you’re hungover, but then I started using it as a crutch, like, ‘Oh, I’ll be fine, I’ll just use that Shiseido thing!’ It works, but it’s not a miracle—possibly a placebo? I’m OK with that, too.”

—as told to ITG

Ladyfag photographed by Tom Newton in New York on February 13, 2016.

More nighttime advice from people who go out for a living: The Dolls instruct on how to turn a pack of silver bobby pins into “disco ball hair,” Amanda Lepore talks the best pin-up shade of red lipstick, and Matthew Mazur shares his de facto hangover remedy 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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