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.

SKINCARE
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.

MAKEUP
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.

HAIR
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.

BODY
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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Aida Bicaj’s Top 5 Skin Tips

There is one facialist in all of New York whom I know by name. She is Aida Bicaj and for a while, I didn’t even think she was real—sort of like Sally Hansen, or Chiquita Banana. More concept than woman. Real she is (I can confirm; I sat with her for an hour in the lobby of her Upper East Side salon for this interview), and influential, too. She’s the reason everyone’s at least considered Biologique Recherche P50, if not completely converted to its skin-rehabbing powers. Also, just a small thing: She regularly touches Jenna Lyons’ face.

Someone with that kind of power clearly has wisdom to spread. So I sat her down and asked: What do you know about our collective skin that us plebes do not know? A lot, it turns out. Here are her Top Five of sorts. Simple, but face-and-body-changing. Read on…

[Side note: Her absolute, #1 live-by-it tip is actually to use P50, which is part toner, part chemical exfoliant that treats your skin after you wash it but before you put on the rest of your serums or lotions. But you knew that already, so go forth with that in mind.]

1. Not all serums are the same, so they should not be used the same. “You have the water-based serums and the oil-based serums. Water-based serums go under the cream and they are so important. They nourish the inner layer of the skin because the molecule is very small so it penetrates—because of the P50, of course. The oil-based serums go on top of the moisturizer because they have a bigger molecule. They’re supposed to keep the cream and whatever you put underneath moist during the entire day. There are so many products out there and everybody claims that it’s the best, so consumers are confused as to what works for them.”

2. Don’t use eye cream at night! “Only use it during the day. Because that skin is thinner, the water retention is more noticeable there—so when you apply eye cream at night and then go to sleep, you wake up puffy. In the morning, use very little from the temple and then you push it in towards the eye. “

3. You can do your own lymphatic drainage massage: “It’s very consuming to do, but people don’t want to pay $400 on a body treatment. They don’t care so much about skin on your body. But if you have cellulite, you can’t just treat the cellulite—you have to treat the muscles and the aging skin. If you start at 25, you won’t have to deal with this at 40. I do it every day with a silicone glove that Biologique makes. You massage your products in with the glove—there’s P50 for body, but you can also use their Creme MSR-H Corps—pushing everything up towards the heart. This makes the product penetrate deeper. When your skin gets red, you stop. I mix body lotion and body oil together because I want to have a glow. I apply it section by section and then use the glove upwards, never down!”

4. Cheese with caution: “Usually younger people have a problem with oiliness and often it is what you eat. I see a lot of dairy products consumed by people and I know right away that oiliness, zits underneath the skin, patches, and redness are from dairy.”

5. Skincare is like working out (but better, because it’s not working out): “You don’t need to do anything to clean damage on the skin if you are always working on it. If you workout daily and you eat well, you are not going to have problems—and it is the same with skin. It takes five minutes! When people say, ‘I don’t have time,’ how is that possible? If you have time to brush your teeth, you have time to put on five minutes worth of products. People don’t think of the skin as the most important thing that exists in your body—it is. If you have good skin and good hair, you can put anything on and look like a million dollars.”

—Emily Ferber

Photo via ITG.

Time for a facial. Tips on at-home skincare from the woman who handles Mila Kunis and Condoleezza Rice can be found here.

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Annie Kreighbaum, Executive Editor, Glossier

“I redecorated my apartment and keep my bar fully stocked as a ploy to try to get my friends to come over and hang out at my place before we go out. That way I can get ready at my own speed. I need two hours to chill out and get ready if we’re doing something major—at least. The dream is to have everyone sitting around at mine, getting their buzz, listening to good music…basically entertaining me while I take my sweet time putting on makeup. It didn’t work though—I still have to take an $8 Uber to my friend James’s to meet up with everyone like three nights a week. He’s Enzo’s dad—this hairless cat that I always Instagram.

There’s a whole crew of us from Texas that hang out all the time. If it’s a special occasion—birthday, promotion, reunion—I’ll turn it out. But if we’re going to see a band or bar hop I do a straight-from-the-shower look. Wet hair, no makeup, slathered in moisturizer. I always use Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner. It truly is the best for my hair, and makes it smell really fresh—guys love it. I comb it out with a Tangle Teezer when it’s sopping wet using the Alexa Chung technique—straight part down the middle, then comb everything slightly forward and tuck the sides behind the ears. And then I rub Kérastase Oleo Relax through the ends and let it dry throughout the night. Though lately I’ve been going to my neighborhood salon on Graham Ave. called Hair Studio 73 for a shampoo and blowout. I just walk in with my Davines products and whoever isn’t busy will do me. Sometimes they’ll shampoo your hair like four times—no clue why—and they don’t use any product except for at the very end they put this gel just at the roots to keep everything really smooth and shiny. The blowout takes forever because as the walk-in sometimes they pause to go work on someone else, and the heat can be painful, but I’m serious when I say it’s better than any blowout I’ve ever had—and it lasts for days. They use a straightener to curl just the ends into big ringlets, then I walk home and brush everything out with a boar bristle brush so it’s all smooth and bouncy. I look like a pageant toddler at first, but a budget Adriana Lima when it’s all said and done. I just got back from there to finish getting ready tonight.

It feels like this special ritual when I really have time to get ready. I put on the same playlist I’ve listened to since I was like 20—a weird mix of The Black Lips, King Tuff, The Ronettes, Nicki Minaj ‘Super Bass’, Destiny’s Child ‘Soldier’…Shakira’s ‘She Wolf’—that one is embarrassing but really sets the tone for the night. Everyone should try it. The only time I light candles is when I’m cleaning my apartment on a Sunday or when I’m doing my makeup to go out. Carrousel by Byredo is the yummiest candle, and I’m really into Rose of No Man’s Land for perfume. Freja Erichsen and Craig McDean designed it. Chic. I spray it in my belly button because Liv Tyler said to.

If I’m going all-out and doing a makeup look, I start with ExfoliKate. Exfoliating before you put on makeup just makes a perfectly smooth canvas—you might have a little scab that developed over a zit or some flakes building up, and makeup isn’t going to sit nicely on top of that. There was a time I used to think that my face could take more makeup at night—that I needed to wear foundation to do a look. But full foundation looks like you’re wearing foundation—and isn’t that not the point? Plus if I’m going to be out late or not come home, having a face full of makeup will wreck my skin. I like to keep things light on my face in terms of makeup so I can just pass out, not put all that work in at the end of the night to take it off.

So after I exfoliate I do a hydrogel mask if I have time, and then a little cocktail of serums. Serums are my fancy going-out skincare routine—I coat my face and my skin just drinks them up. I use Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum for non-oily moisture, SK-II Ultimate Revival Serum and Chanel Sublimage L’Essence, which smooth and tone, and La Prairie Cellular Radiance Concentrate because it has gold particles in it and makes me feel expensive. I pat Makeup Artist’s Choice Anti Aging Eye Repair just around the bottoms of my eyes—not on the lids because it’ll make things too greasy. I like this one because it doesn’t pill like a lot of eye creams. Then I massage in Glossier Priming Moisturizer. At this point my skin is nice and rosy and dewy, slightly sticky, for makeup. I do Perfecting Skin Tint and a mix of concealers if I need them. I like creamier formulas that sort of melt into the skin like RMS ‘Un’ Cover Up. If I’m doing any contour I’ll break out my Kryolan Camouflage Creme Palette, which is truly the best. I highlight tops of my cheeks, inner corners of my eyes, middle of my chin, and cupid’s bow using a tiny sample of RMS Living Luminizer. I’m constantly buying this stuff because every time I realize a friend hasn’t heard about it, I give them the whole jar—I’m like, just take it! And they still won’t come cover… [Laughs] On my eyebrows, I use Boy Brow in Brown, even though a lot of people online assume I use Black because my eyebrows are so intense. I have a theory that girls are buying Boy Brow too dark because Black sold out before Brown. But that’s not the end of the world—I used to go out with black mascara on my eyebrows because I thought it was very chic and dramatic.

So besides the basics, when it comes to the fun color makeup, I’m a bit haphazard. I’ll take a little of one color from this palette, and pick up a little bit of another from a lipstick, put some here, flick some there…there’s no science to it, this is when I just sort of do what feels right. It’s my face, I know what I’m doing. Instead of contouring tonight, I used a Nars Multiple in Na Pali Coast blended from right by my ears, whooshed out below the cheeks. Then I blend whatever’s leftover from my fingers around my hairline, which gives everything a softer look.

If I’m doing an eye look, primer is necessary. I have these huge, oily eyelids that get pushed back into my skull when I open my eyes, so I need to use something that helps stuff stick. The Urban Decay Primer Potion is great—Urban Decay truly sets the standard for good eye makeup. Then for shadow, I’m using the orangey-tan shades from the MAC Trend Forecast Spring ’16 Eye Palette. I used Stila’s Got Inked Cushion Liner in a metallic dark brown—just little straight horizontal flicks from the corners of the eyes with a small angled brush. Nothing irks me more than a curved cat eye. Tonight I’m doing a lip gloss on my eyelids—YSL Golden Gloss that I’ve had since high school. I’ll take it with me because I’ll probably have to reapply, just like with lip gloss on your lips. I use really gooey mascara just on the outer edges and kind of clump them together—Diorshow in Black.

My favorite, favorite, favorite lip liner is La Prairie’s Luxe Lip Liner in Nude. It’s super creamy and it twists up so you don’t have to sharpen it, but it’s fat enough so you can easily color in the entire lip. And it just like matches my lips perfectly, so I can overdraw them and you can’t really tell. Tonight I’m using Kevyn Aucoin Lip Gloss in Janelline over it. It’s hot pink but super sheer. Kevyn Aucoin makes the best lipglosses.

My outfit depends on where I’m going—or if ITG is coming over to take photos. So tonight I went nuts and wore this vintage jumpsuit I’ve been dying to wear. It’s from What Goes Around Comes Around. James works there. If I’m going to a party, I’ll usually wear a vintage sheer Jean-Paul Gaultier mesh top or dress. I collect them, I’m on eBay alert. I wear them over some black underwear and a nice black La Perla Triangle Bra with these black Wolford tights that I’m obsessed with—I get a lot of deals on cool vintage and spend real money on nice underwear and these tights in particular. They have this high-cut lace panty woven at the top—you don’t want to be wearing ugly tights when you’re going out in a sheer dress, you know what I mean? And they make your legs look really long and skinny which makes you look taller. For shoes I always like to wear platforms when I go out. I have some Harley Davidson loafers that are nice and easy to walk in, but being short in a crowded room or at a show sucks.

Right before I leave, I brush my teeth with Aquafresh Extreme Clean Whitening Toothpaste. But it’s not so my breath smells nice, it’s so I feel fresh and minty. Plus the Aquafresh is quite potent—pretty sure it irritates my lips a bit, which makes them swell slightly. The One DIY Trick To At-Home Lip Plumpers Hiding In Plain Sight!

—as told to ITG

Annie Kreighbaum photographed by Tom Newton at her home in Brooklyn on December 18, 2015.

Next up in going-out jumpsuits (and beauty routines): Fleur du Mal’s Jennifer Zuccarini uses Uber for massages before a night out, Anja Rubik eats peanut butter to fill up before champagne, and more of the Top Shelf After Dark.

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A Moment For Skinceuticals

The world (and we’d like to think this site) is full of good skincare advice. But of course, some of that advice carries more weight than the rest. This particularly applies when anyone says “I use XYZ product from Skinceuticals.” Because Skinceuticals is not messing around—they know what they’re doing when it comes to making products. It’s a brand our Market Editor Pauline Maynard—she of charming French accent and discerning French taste—likens to life insurance: “The price is pretty painful now, but it’s the best protection and prevention I can get, simply because the ingredient concentration is unparalleled.”

It’s not just her. Other fans include: Stevie Dance, Alexandra Spencer, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, and Martha Stewart. But the product line is vast, full of very science-y ingredients, and is a bit like an insider’s game. If you’re new to the brand, a) welcome to the club, we’re happy to be in good company. And b) there are three standouts we’d like to call your attention to as ultimate skincare “investment collection.” They are as follows, in order from least to most complicated:

Hydrating B5
This super lightweight gel works under any moisturizer, day or night, for an extra boost of hydration (thanks, hyaluronic acid!). Put simply, it feels like applying water directly to your face—no residual stickiness at all. Can’t help but love a product that feels exactly the way you want it to feel.

Phloretin CF
This product comes in two forms—a serum and a gel. Both have 10% vitamin C (when most have about 1-2%), 2% phloretin and 0.5% ferulic acid. Both are still very gentle on sensitive skin—but you’re going to want to have a game plan for when to use which form. Some suggestions from Pauline: “The liquid is great for when I want to feel like it vanishes on my skin and leaves nothing behind. The gel I love to take with me when I travel because the pump is made for carry-ons. It’s also much easier to use as it’s not drippy like the liquid one. It does feel richer though and leaves more of a slight tack afterwards—but nothing I can’t sleep on.”

CE Ferulic
This one is the heavy hitter, with a whopping 15% vitamin C, 1% vitamin E and 0.5% ferulic acid. Lots of numbers that add up to glow. It is richer than the Phloretin though and might leave a slightly tackier film—good news if you find yourself dealing with dry skin. Thank goodness it’s winter.

Photographed by Tom Newton.

For more products well-loved, read up on ITG’s Things We Finish.

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Dana Schwartz, Senior Fashion Director, Wetherly Group

“I’m Dana Schwartz [@danalaurenschwartz] and I live in New York, originally from Toronto, Canada. I’m the Senior Fashion Director at Wetherly Group, where I work on publicity for brands like Brother Vellies and Zadig & Voltaire, but I’ve been into beauty for as long as I can remember. When I was very young—we’re talking 4 or 5—my mum would give me the perfume samples from magazine tear outs and I would save them in a special box like they were treasures. I would sit on the bathroom floor and watch her take her face off. It was so glamorous to me. It takes me like 40 minutes to get ready for bed now and that is probably why. Good skin is like the new it-bag.

My beauty philosophy is gentle but consistent. In the morning I clean my face with Erno Lazlo Phelityl Cleansing Gel or Cetaphil or Philosophy Purity Made Simple. I’ve used Cetaphil and Philosophy Purity for eons. All of these cleansers are just really nice and simple, which to me is ideal. So many products are so ‘active’ that I just like a simple step, plus it’s on your skin for like 20 seconds. If I’m broken out I’ll use Spectro Jel Cleanser For Blemish-Prone Skin. It’s from Canada and you can find it on Amazon and eBay. In the winter when it’s really dry, I’ll sometimes just splash warm water on my face in the morning so I don’t wash off whatever cream I just slept in.

I usually wash my face right when I wake up because I need to let everything soak in which makes this a lengthy process. I get up much earlier than I need to and will sit in my robe and marinate while drinking coffee before I actually make any noticeable progress that an outsider can see. I start with Joanna Vargas Daily Serum. It’s really light and a good base for anything. It’s supposed to be like green juice for your skin which is good because I don’t drink green juice and I should. On top is sunscreen and I switch between Erno Lazlo Firmarine Moisturizer with SPF 30, Amore Pacific Future Response Age Defense Creme With SPF 30, and Ole Henriksen’s Protect The Truth Vitamin C SPF 50 Sunscreen. If I’m going to be outside I also dust on Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45.

The oils I like to mix are Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil, Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil, and Fresh Elixir Ancien. The Sunday Riley oil is amazing and I can see that my skin is firmer and more awake when I use it. Anything that makes my skin look more rested is wonderful. The Ole Henriksen oil is neon orange and you absolutely need to let it sink in. But once you do, you’ll notice how plump everything is. The Fresh Elixir Ancien is just dreamy and lovely and it’s blended in a monastery in the Czech Republic, so it must be somewhat godly. Actually, my best beauty tip is to use up old face products—the ones we spent a fortune on and stop using after one week—on the tops of your hands at night.

Twice a week I’ll do a face mask. I like the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask which is a peel off. It hurts a little when you take it off and my eyes always water but you can see everything is pulled off which is wonderfully satisfying. If my skin is oily or broken out I use Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque which is like $2.99 and by far the most rational beauty product I own. I never totally got into sheet masks but the closest thing I have are these Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Skin Vitality Treatment Masks. You mix this powder together with this liquid and it forms a sort of rubber paste that you need to apply quickly. It’s the most soothing mask I’ve ever tried. It’s a splurge or I would use it all the time. I love Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, which is just like nutrition for your skin. I also like exfoliating masks and I have a lot but one of my favorites is Caudalie Glycolic Peel—it’s effective but gentle. I also do weekly body scrubs, and the best is Bliss’ Hot Salt Scrub.

I’ve never found a foundation I like. The only product I think looks halfway decent on me is Bare Minerals Original Foundation loose powder and I mix this with No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder to make it even more lightweight. I buy all of my brushes from Sonia Kashuk’s line at Target. I love blush and my favorite is Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush. It’s supposed to bring out that flushed, healthy look. I finish my makeup with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder which is the next best thing to walking around holding a candelabra.

I’m big on eyeliner and I mix them. I use the Sonia Kashuk Eyeliner Palette in Lay It On The Line 11, which comes with six colors. I ignore three of them and mix the navy, brown, and black together on an angled eye brush. The blue is supposed to make the whites of your eyes look brighter and then I like the brown and black mix because it creates a softer black liner look. After I apply Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Mousse and Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Instant Thickening & Strengthening Serum. Both of these really condition and thicken, while at the same time don’t weigh my hair down, which is like the holy grail for fine hair. One of my favorite tips is to use dry shampoo at night before bed. I only wash my hair every other night, so this is great for me. I find it works best on cleanish hair where it can be oil and grease-preventative. I like Klorane and Psssst.

I grew up in the contemporary art world and because of that art has always been something that’s close to me.  I love portraits and reference them a lot for beauty inspiration. Nan Goldin, Diane Arbus, Francesca Woodman, Cindy Sherman. And anything with great light! Lighting is a great beauty reference. I love artists that play with it, like James Turrell…His spaces are usually bathed in a rainbow of colors that I would like to see in an eyeshadow compact.”

—as told to ITG

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