Evan Rachel Wood, Actress

“I have really pale, sensitive skin, so I need to wear sunscreen everyday–at least SPF 60—and I use La Roche Posay Anthelios 60. I found that exfoliation helps me because I also have very acne-prone skin, so I’ll exfoliate in the morning. I try to do peels once a week—there’s this pumpkin peel that’s amazing, and the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is really good, too. I also try to change up the products I use, being really careful about reading the ingredients and seeing what reacts well and what doesn’t. Growing up, I was the worst with picking this and that and over-medicating. But at the end of the day, I’ve learned to just leave it the hell alone! It’s like quitting smoking…if you can get through that first day where you want to pop the pimple and you don’t, it’ll be worth it the next day.

I like to keep my makeup really simple, because I have to have a lot of makeup on when I’m shooting. I love Stila’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer that I’ve been using. It’s also a skin corrector so it kind of gives you this glow and it’s not full, full coverage, but I like that. You’ve gotta let your skin breathe!

My hair is simple. I cut it five years ago and I’ve never gone back. If it starts to hit my neck, I freak out. It’s hard for me to imagine it any other way now. I guess I’ve sort of become one of those people who swears by short hair.

When I’m traveling or flying, I’ll try to stick with green tea instead of coffee because coffee will dehydrate you really easily. I drink a lot of water. And I take chlorophyll. It looks like squid ink, but you put a few drops in your water, especially when you’re flying, and it just helps to pump oxygen into your blood and skin. It definitely works! I also use Aquaphor or Papaw to hydrate my skin.

I’m very active on Twitter. It took me a while, but now I’m really into it. I’ve met a lot of artists on Twitter that I look up to and collaborate with, and I stay more up to date with news. I think it’s a really awesome tool and I feel more educated with it. If you do have a platform or cause you feel really passionate about, it’s such a great place to say exactly what you want to say and it doesn’t get taken out of context or warped… You can word it the way you want. I get into debates, but I never try to insult or make anyone feel dumb for having an opinion. I just want people to start talking to each other. In an open forum like that you would think that you’d get more hate mail, but it’s actually very positive.

As for projects, shooting the Gucci fragrance campaign was a blast. I started working with them six years ago, and Gucci Guilty Black has really evolved into all these different amazing styles and eras—and now we’re on to the new one. Chris Evans and I had such a good time. And I’m also really proud of my [latest] project Into The Forest with Ellen Page—it’s a dramatic thriller-post-apocalyptic drama, not the ones you’re used to with zombies or whatever. It’s a very realistic portrayal of two sisters that have kind of lost everything through the collapse of society. They live out in the middle of nowhere, so it’s just about their survival story and how it affects their relationship and their sanity. I think me and Ellen are on top of our acting games in it…if you like good acting and proper strong roles for women, then you’ll like it.”

—as told to ITG

Evan Rachel Wood photographed by Nikko La Mere in Los Angeles. Interview by Alyssa Reeder.

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Kacy Hill, Musician

“I grew up in Arizona, but I moved to LA when I was 18 to model. I was doing work for American Apparel and then got cast in the Yeezus tour. Vanessa Beecroft did the creative direction, and they hired three American Apparel models and nine dancers—it wasn’t a lot of dancing, we were mostly just walking. It was more of a performance art thing. A few months before Yeezus I had started writing music, and it was through that tour that Kanye got to hear it. After that, things started to come together. The tour lifestyle was so weird…it’s like, there’s not a lot of light in your bus bunk, you’re sleeping until 3pm, eating terrible things, staying up late. But it was such an amazing experience.

My skin wanted to jump off of my face when we were on tour. We had to wear these mesh masks on our faces everyday, and we’d also have to wear makeup underneath because they would do these close-up shots of us for the big screen… So it was just terrible. I have really sensitive skin so all I use is Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and Moisturizing Cream, and then during the day I’ll use Cerave with SPF, but nothing crazy. My skin also gets really dry, so I do a mask from time to time—or if my skin is feeling dull then I’ll put one on. The Suqqu Stretch Masks are amazing, but look really scary when you have them on. I was doing one this morning at the hotel and the minibar guy knocked on the door… I was like, ‘Give me a minute!’ Terrifying, but they work.

Because I have freckles, you can always tell when I’m wearing makeup. They’ll just be under a layer of stuff! It’s always been mascara and moisturizer and a face mask. I have the Eyeko Eye Do Mascara that I like, and sometimes I’ll use the L’Oréal Voluminous one—that’s good. Sometimes I’ll do a bold lip, like a darker red or a deeper purple. Or I’ll just do a little illuminating stuff on the cheeks to look glow-ier.

My hair, though, is very directional. As a kid I had really blond hair, and I’ve just colored it for so long. I try to stay away from really pink tones. I dye my hair maybe four times a year, max, and it fades to a copper more than a gross pink color. I use this really cheap shampoo that I found, but it’s the best–it’s called Renpure Argan Oil Shampoo and I bought it on accident. I wash my hair with it twice a week to preserve the color. And I love the It’s A 10 Miracle Hair Mask. Back when I was modeling, I would use that a lot. You leave it on for a while, but when you take it off, your hair is perfect. I’ve also been using argan oil a ton and it’s so good. Mine is called U Luxury. I would sleep in it overnight! I’d put it on my head, put a little shower cap on, and sleep with it. Your hair feels amazing when you wake up.

Chris McMillan did my bob, and I really like it. I used to have a super blunt haircut, but Chris gave me some layers and now it shapes my face more. It’s a good change. Sometimes I’ll wear it wavy, which is how it naturally is—I’ll do a little argan oil and scrunch it up and then I’ll let it air dry. If I’m wearing it straight, I’ll do the same thing with argan oil, blowdry, do a little more argan oil, straighten it, and then you’re good to go! I use a Rusk Blowdryer—I’ve had it for so long. When it starts shooting flames, then I’ll throw it away.

I take these vitamins that make my hair grow like crazy. They’re called Herpanacine and I get them on Amazon—they’ve got echinacea and vitamins A and E. They’re really good for your immune system, too. You don’t get sick, and they really help your skin, hair, and nails. So I have these long nails, but I literally do nothing to them! The thought of filing my nails drives me insane.”

—as told to ITG

Kacy Hill photographed by Tom Newton in New York on October 5, 2015.

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Aja King, Actress

“For How To Get Away With Murder, we’ll start at like 5 or 5:30 in the morning for makeup and hair. Viola [Davis] and I are the longest in the chair—I think we both do two hours. We put on so much makeup each day…and, for continuity purposes, they have to keep touching it up and putting on more powder and more this and more that and your pores get clogged so easily. I was having huge breakouts and it was horribly embarrassing. They can only do so much editing or lighting or makeup, but if it’s in HD, you’re gonna see it. That pimple is gonna be there for everyone to comment on. So I don’t want to wear too much makeup when I’m not on set.

I’ll apply foundation on certain spots, like under the eye. You think that you have to smear it all over but no, just use it where you need it—plus a little bit of powder, lots of eyeliner, and call it a day. The makeup artists for the show used this Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen on me—it’s gorgeous. They also introduced me to MAC Ruby Woo, even though my character doesn’t get to wear it. I’ve tried to get them to let me wear red lipstick—it’s an uphill battle, but one day I will be victorious. [Laughs] For now, we use a Clinique Chubby Stick. It’s very translucent and moisturizing and gives just a tinge of color.

I’m obsessed with eyeliner—the darker and kohl-ier, the better. When I was younger, it was harder for me to find a black eyeliner that would actually show up on my skin. Being a dark-skinned woman, when you find something that actually shows up on your face, you love it even more. I go between random drugstore ones, like L’Oréal Silkissime…that’s so affordable. But right now I’m also using a Marc Jacobs Gel Eye Crayon. Sometimes I’ll put a little bit of white liner on the inside lower crease of the water line and then a black right outside of that—it makes the whites of my eyes really pop.

So most people on set will take off their makeup with a hot towel, but I go home right after work and hop in the shower and wash the day off of me. I use cleanser from Dr. Ablon in Manhattan Beach in the shower and I’ll also go over my face again with Neutrogena Face Wipes afterwards. Sometimes I’ll use Cetaphil instead, because I’ve found that my skin sometimes gets used to products and they stop working, so I have to switch it up. I use a moisturizer from my dermatologist, but in the past I’ve loved using Neutrogena. I also love Bobbi Brown’s face scrub, which I got from on set—that’s great.

As far as beauty tips, I’ve been told to freeze black tea bags overnight and then put them under the eyes, but that gets a little messy because they drip. Also, a friend of mine once told me that you’re not supposed to rub perfume in, you’re supposed to just spray it on and let it sit so that it’ll bond to your skin and last longer. I really love perfume, especially Chanel No. 5 and Coco Mademoiselle, and Diptyque Eau Mohéli, which I have it at my hotel in a little roller ball. Also, Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin is really good.

My hair routine is to let someone else do it. [Laughs] So much heat is being put on my hair, so I need to leave it alone when I can. It’s challenging, though, because I have to wash my hair after I work out—and sometimes I work out every day. I use Pureology Shampoo and Conditioner, and after shampooing I’ll put the conditioner on, go watch a movie, and wash it out later. When you have black girl hair, once we wash, we’ve gotta do the whole press and get in the edges and everything. That’s a lot of heat to go back to straight on a daily basis.

To relax, I love sitting back and turning my brain off and watching TV. Peaky Blinders, is so good—if you’re not watching, what are you doing with your life?! I’ve been trying to eat healthier, but sometimes it doesn’t work out when you’re sitting in front of the TV drinking wine and you realize you really need ice cream to go along with it. [Laughs] I love Haagen Daaz Caramel Cone, or the Ben and Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake. Pairs well with anything.”

—as told to ITG

Aja King photographed by Tom Newton in New York on November 13, 2015. 

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Malin Akerman, Actress

“My mom was a model. We moved to Canada from Sweden I was two years old, and I think at a certain point she would bring me to work and they would throw me in one of the catalogues. So I started doing some modeling here and there, which turned into TV commercials, which turned into guest roles on Canadian TV shows… It was great and I got to get out of school every now and then for a day. Eventually I went to college to study psychology, but I was getting more and more TV roles, so I thought, ‘You know? It’s kind of like psychology, but a little more selfish.’ I took a break from school, moved to LA, and never went back. I actually moved Brooklyn with my son while filming Billions and it was amazing. New York reminds me a little bit of Canada and my upbringing. Los Angeles is like living in a vacation and you have to pinch yourself every once and a while.

Growing up going to photoshoots, sometimes the makeup artists were nice enough to let me play with their makeup. I was such a little princess back then, so that was exciting. Now, a regular makeup day is probably wearing nothing on my skin. When I need a little something, I do have this really light BB cream called Diorskin Nude. I just put it on the areas that need it with a Beautyblender. Then I’ll do Chanel Le Crayon Yeux—they do such great liners—in Brun-Cuivré. It has a little bit of a shine to it and it’s really lovely. My mascaras fluctuate, but I like Revlon’s DoubleTwist Mascara. It’ll be that and maybe I’ll do eyeshadow, but it depends on the day. My favorite is Kevyn Aucoin’s Eyeshadow Duo in Storm Cloud/Malbec. I’ll do a little bit of bronzer depending on the time of the year and Benefit’s Hoola is really great.

For something that’s a little more dressed up, I’ll use the Kevyn Aucoin eyeshadow duo and just load it on. I might add a little Chanel Les 4 Ombre in Tissé Smoky—I’ll use the black on the edges of my eye for a bit of a cat eye and then a black liner inside the eye and on top. Lots of mascara. That’s a big thing in Sweden—lots of mascara—because of the blond lashes. I’ll sometimes add a lipstick, too. My favorite one that makes me feel kind of sassy is this really cool Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in Satin Bright Orange… If it’s not that, then there’s another one that I really love, which is the complete opposite, from Charlotte Tilbury called Nude KateThen I like to do a fun added touch with By Terry Ombre Blackstar Pen in Frozen Quartz. I put it on the insides of my eyes to give them a little pop.

Oh, and brows! I’m a big brow person. I’ve got this Kelley Baker Brow Powder that’s a little darker then you would expect. I like blonds with statement brows. I actually tint my brows and lashes alone because they never get dark enough. I always tell makeup artists or aestheticians, ‘Don’t be afraid to go dark,’ but they never go quite as dark, so I just got the products to do it myself. If I go somewhere to get them done, it’s an hour that I don’t have with my son, so it feels better to do them myself. It takes like two seconds and you’re done.

It’s the same with my skincare—when you have a two-and-a-half-year-old, everything has to be quick. In the morning, I rinse my face with water, wash off with a face cloth and then put on Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. It has been amazing for my skin and not too heavy. When I’m in LA I need sunscreen, so there’s the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47. It’s all-natural and argan oil-based. Nighttime is a little bit more of a process…I start with Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil to get makeup off. I like oil-based products because they get down into your pores. Same with the Dermalogica Precleanse—I’ll use that and then Cleansing Spa Water by Koh Gen Do. They have wipes as well that I take with me when I travel. It’s great for taking off the residual makeup and it’s kind of a toner at the same time. My night cream is Crème de la Mer, which was given to me. I only use it when I feel I need it because it can be a bit much. It’s a special treatment, maybe three or four times a week.

My shower isn’t daily—it’s called a European shower. You kind of just do all the parts that need it as quick as possible. I use my son’s California Baby Bodywash. I will go to a Korean spa every once and a while—that’s my favorite. A hundred bucks, you’re in, you get a body scrub, and you can spend the whole afternoon. There’s one called Olympic Spa with all these different baths and a Himalayan salt sauna that’s not too hot. I won’t do the scrubs that often, maybe once or twice a year. I like the massages. And the food!

When I wash my hair, I’ll use a Kérastase Shampoo and Conditioner. Right now I’ve got Living Proof Prime Style Extender and I put that through to protect it from the heat, and I use a little bit of thickening hairspray on the roots before I blowdry it. I try to not wash my hair daily. I kind of like messy hair—Day three is the best day, but it’s also the last day. After a blowdry, the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is amazing and it smells really great, too—it’s like wearing perfume. And then there’s good ol’ Elnett, which has been around forever. My hair is naturally blond and thin, so I like to give it some texture. Sexy, dirty bedhead is good for blonds.

I probably wouldn’t leave the house without getting ready before I had my child just because I felt more comfortable—even if it was a little bit of mascara. Now, I’ll leave the house in my pajamas without an ounce of makeup. I have all these nice clothes that I’ve bought over the years and I never wear anything because when you have a toddler everything gets spilled and they wipe their boogers on you, whatever. You end up shifting a little bit and your values shift a bit too. I don’t care about that as much as I used to. You get so into motherhood and I’m a single mom, so it’s a lot. Now it’s just a nice thing I do for myself—make myself presentable.”

—as told to ITG

Malin Åkerman photographed by Rick Rodney at her home in Los Angeles on January 4, 2016. Interview by Jane Helpern.

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Marie Sophie Lockhart, Designer, Lockhart Embroidery

“I grew up in the suburbs of Paris [and lived there] pretty much all of my life—I went to university there and studied business and law. It’s what my parents wanted me to study because they thought I would find a good job and stuff, so I did it, but I never ended up working in those fields. I got my degree and was like, now is the time for me to do what I really want to do. I really wanted to travel, so I took a year off and traveled to Australia, Malaysia, and Indonesia, doing all kinds of odd jobs—waitressing, picking fruits, planting tomatoes. When I moved back to Paris I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, and I ended up getting a job at Colette. Colette doesn’t care if you’ve worked in fashion before, [Sarah Andelman] just likes people who work hard. I worked in the Beauty department, and then in Ready-To-Wear, but after two years I relocated to New York with my husband. He’s American, so I moved for love.

My husband is a tattoo artist at Fineline, and he does this old Japanese technique with the stick. He was always encouraging me to create things—I was collecting patches at the time and just decided to make my own! Getting started with embroidery is mad cheap, too. It’s like $5 and you can buy a hoop, thread, needles, and that’s all you need. So I was doing that, and that’s how the whole Drake thing started. My friend and I were listening to one of his songs, and the next day I couldn’t stop listening to it, so I decided to embroider his prayer hands on the back of my jeans. I Instagrammed it and tagged him, and the next thing I knew, I had 4,000 more followers because he regrammed me! He sent me a DM saying, ‘I’d love to have some custom embroidery from you.’ We started texting, and when he was in town, he came to Lovely Day [where I was working] and dropped off his clothes, gave me a hug, and gave me some money. I put the money in my pocket and that was the beginning.

I’m doing more work now—I’ve done embroidery for Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, and Miley Cyrus. Everything I do is done by hand, and it takes a long time. That’s why I don’t wear any nail polish, because I work with my hands, and after one day they’re chipped! But I love makeup. I buy all my makeup at MAC on Broadway or at Duane Reade. I like to wear mascara, just L’Oréal Telescopic. It’s not a regular brush, it’s long and skinny and it’s plastic. I like it because I don’t have really long eyelashes, so it makes them longer. I’ll use it if I look tired or if I have a meeting and I have to look nice. When I wear lipstick, I like MAC’s Ruby Woo. It’s a really deep red. I used to have all the lipstick colors when I was younger, but I don’t really wear makeup that much anymore. Most days, I use the Australian Lucas Papaw Ointment for my lips and that’s it. For eyeliner, I’ll use MAC Liquid Liner, which is easy to take off but stays on all day.

Like every French girl, I use Bioderma Créaline just to wash my face and remove makeup morning and night. My whole family was using it and it doesn’t leave my face dry—and maybe because it’s French, I trust it. Nobody has complaints about it. At night, I put Weleda Rose Smoothing Cream on. I like the smell and it’s not too greasy. For the day I’ll use Weleda’s Skin Food Cream, too, and I always, always have to wear SPF. I had skin cancer two years ago and had to get surgery—my dermatologist told me I had used up all my ‘solar capital’ so I can’t go into the sun anymore. Now I use Actinica SPF 50, which is Swiss. It’s the best one although it’s really expensive and the bottle is really small. I put it on my face, neck and chest. It’s really thick, but I don’t have many other choices.

For my hair I use Bumble and bumble. They just launched the Bb Curl line for curly hair, and I use the Bb Curl Shampoo, Priming Spray, and Conditioning Mousse. After I wash, I put my head upside down and rub the mousse in. It makes your hair very curly and I love it! I’m telling all my friends with curly hair to try it. I used to blow dry my hair when I was younger because you’re never happy—when you have curly hair you want straight hair. Now, I don’t color my hair and I don’t blow it dry. I leave it natural and crazy. It’s just who I am and I want to enjoy it. If I want a treatment, I’ll sleep in coconut oil and wash my hair really carefully the next day—not too much on the scalp.

I love to get massages in Chinatown! There’s a great place called Fishion Herb Center. You can get acupuncture and massage and it’s pretty cheap. If I’m working at Lovely Day I’ll go after because I always work, so my neck hurts and I need a good massage to feel better and relax. And the acupuncture is great…I get really bad headaches, and acupuncture is way better than those pills they give you. I’ll get tea, too, in Chinatown—brown rice tea or green tea—and maybe some dim sum. And after that, there’s a crepe place on Spring Street that has the best chocolate croissant. I love bread, I’m a bread monster. I don’t really work out, but maybe I should.”

—as told to ITG

Marie Sophie Lockhart photographed by Tom Newton. 

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