Aubrey Plaza, Actress

“I was gone for a couple months working on a couple movies that are starting to come out, so I’ve got a movie called Dirty Grandpa coming out next week, which will shock everybody. It’s really something. I’m on a break right now and waiting to figure out what I want to do. It’s been great—I get to hang out with my dogs. I’m gonna try being a normal person.

When I’m not working, I don’t wear much makeup. I was on a TV show for seven years, and having a professional put makeup on you, you are forced to learn about it—it’s definitely become a big part of my life. It’s been fun figuring out what I can do on my own because I was never very good at doing my own makeup or taking care of my skin. It’s a daily struggle for me to maintain, but, yeah—I’m much better at it now.

I need to have mascara on at all times—I feel naked without it when I leave the house. Trish McEvoy is my favorite right now—High Volume Mascara, Jet Black—I like this one and I don’t know why. Mascaras are so mysterious to me. I feel like they all work in different ways and then once you find one that you like you can’t live without it, but that one’s my jam right now. It doesn’t have big bristles and my eyelashes are not that long so it feels like it adds length to them without separating them. Then I like to have a tinted moisturizer or some light concealer on. Actually, I’ve been trying to not do that because I would like to not put anything on my skin. But I’ll put Clé de Peau Beauté Bronzer on for a bronzy, glowy situation. It looks like nothing, but it gives you an extra bronzy glow—it’s warm and nice.

The only thing I’m still not great at is figuring out color. I’m afraid of straying from my color palette, which is a bronzy brown and warm colors. I’m not very adventurous with colors, but my face can handle a lot of makeup, which is what people have told me over the years. I think it means that when some people get their eye makeup done their eyes kind of disappear and their face feels heavy, but for me, I can just keep putting makeup on and it looks better rather than worse. So, I can handle serious eye makeup. I experiment with that on my own and I have fun. Only in the past year or two have I tried to put an eyeshadow under my eyes, or something soft and smoky. Whenever I’m really hormonal I wear a lot of eyeliner. It’s a psychological thing and I think I’m protected by it—it protects me from evil. The other day I did leave the house with some Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon on and I was like, ‘I just need to put this in my car because you never know.’

It’s a very emotional process to do my own makeup. I start to zone out and then just do stuff and it almost feels artistic in a way, but sometimes it doesn’t end well. Like I said, I’m not very good at putting colors together, so I’ll think that certain things will go together and I’ll be like, ‘Fuck! That did not work out.’ At least I try.

My skin is really annoying because it will go for long stretches of being really chill and then it will just not be chill. Growing up I had really bad skin, so I had trauma. I’m always switching my routine up because I feel like I have to be five steps ahead of my skin at all times—once I get used to something, it doesn’t work as well anymore. On a regular day, I wake up and I use that gold ball in my soap dish called Golda Sphere Soap. It’s this amazing Japanese massage thing made by this woman Keiko [Matsuo] who gives me facials. It’s so awesome and it’s like a ball of oils. It’s the one thing I actually like using. It makes my skin feel really, really clean.

If I don’t have to do anything for work, I will do my little three-step routine. I’ll wash my face, do a little serum or toner, and then a lot of moisturizer. I’m really into the Kate Somerville DermalQuench [line]. They have an anti-acne one–DermalQuench Clear Anti-Acne Treatment and an anti-aging one–DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment. Those are kind of like serums. You pump them out and they fizz and you rub it all over your face. I’m into Mario Badescu’s line. I use all of his acne stuff if I’m having a bad skin day. I’m also really into oils–all purpose oils. The Pure Marula Facial Oil is awesome because you can put it in your hair and on your skin, so if I want to go completely oily, naked-y, and glowy, I’ll put that everywhere and it also smells really fucking good. My friend Peet Rivko is coming out with this oil that’s my favorite thing. It’s just a really simple, clean oil instead of a cream-based moisturizer. Then I always use Lucas’ Papaw on my lips and any weird skin irritation that I have all over my body.

At night, I have to wash my face—I have to! If I don’t take my makeup off, I’ll break out like crazy. One thing that I’m always in search of is the best makeup remover. I think the best one is the Cleansing Spa Water by Koh Gen Do. That one gets everything off, but I just ran out so I’ve been using the Erno Laszlo Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil, which is really oily and sticky. That Spa Water one is like water and I don’t know what’s in it, but it’s like magic and it gets everything off. Then I have a slip that goes over my pillowcase that’s hypoallergenic and anti-aging. I got it in a gift bag and I was like, ‘This is bullshit,’ but then I put it on and it was amazing. Your face just feels so much cleaner.

At home, I am obsessed with taking baths with salt and any kind of oil. I also have a steam room in my guest house and that’s my ideal relaxation thing—steaming and sweating and doing a mask. I love the Naturopathica Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel and this mud mask that I got from the side of the road in Mexico. Or Mario Badescu’s serious Drying Mask that I use if my face is really freaking the fuck out. I’ll do a mask weekly, usually.

My hair gets a lot of heat because of work, so I have a ton of oils for it—even straight up coconut oil I’ll use. I like things that you can put everywhere and coconut oil you can eat, too. A lot of times when I take a shower and my hair is wet, I’ll just put oil in there and sleep in it and give my hair a break. Leonor Greyl also makes a really good Huile de Magnolia that I use.

My texture is really fine and, weirdly enough, pretty curly. I’m not the kind of person that can let my hair air-dry and look amazing. I look like an insane muppet if I let my hair air-dry, so I have to tame it. And my hair gets oily fast, but I definitely try not to wash it everyday—maybe every two days. Because of that, I use a lot of dry texturizing sprays and dry shampoo. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is great because my hair needs as much help as it can get volume-wise. If I’m going out, I’ll use L’Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray because it’s good for colored hair, which mine is—gotta get rid of those grays. My mom went fully gray when she was 20, and it’s a genetic thing. If I was all gray like my mom maybe I would rock it, but it doesn’t work so well when you’re trying to play 20 years-old in a movie.

I went short this summer, but it’s growing out and it’s in the weird in-between. They cut it to my chin for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, which doesn’t come out till next summer. The whole idea is that my hair is long and blue and I’m a crazy party girl and then I cut it and try to clean up. I was against bangs because I had them for so long, but I’m into them again. Of course, once you go short, you want your hair to be long again, but it was fun for a little bit.

The best for me is when the oils that I use on my skin smell really good, like the Marula Oil. I almost use it as a perfume because it smells so amazing. Elizabeth and James has two scents and I have the both of them—they’re both called Nirvana—but there’s the Nirvana White and the Nirvana Black and I love them both. The black one is more musky and the white is more floral. They come in the solids, which I like. It’s a beautiful case, too.

I had gels for a while and they ruined my nails, so I’ve been trying to just keep them really clean. I like manicures, but I also like keeping it simple—I’m not into nail art. I like my nails to be healthy, shiny, and sturdy, especially for survival scenarios, you know? You gotta have nails that can do some damage. I know we want our nails to look good, ladies, but you never know when you’re going to need to claw someone’s eyes out.”

—as told to ITG

Aubrey Plaza photographed by Emily Knecht at her home in Los Angeles on January 13, 2016. Interview by Jane Helpern.

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Emily Ferber, Editor, Glossier

“When I was interviewing for this job, I actually lied about living in New York. I had just graduated, was still living in Chicago, and there was this rumor going around the journalism school that that companies like Condé Nast and Hearst wouldn’t hire you unless you could prove residency in New York. Apparently that’s completely not the case, but I believed it, so every time someone interviewed me on the phone and asked where I lived, I would say, ‘Oh, I’m visiting my family right now, but I can come next week!’ I’d fly to New York and stay with my aunt and pretend to live here. I was back and forth every two weeks for months—I used up all my miles and my parents’ miles. Then when I found out I got the job, it was a Thursday. I told them I’d start the next Tuesday. I was so green that I didn’t realize you could tell them that you’d start in two weeks or whatever. I thought they’d give the job away. [Laughs]

I started reading Into The Gloss back when Emily started it and was already getting a lot of press. But it was never for the beauty, really. I was always more curious about people’s careers and connections and personal habits. At that point, I had some makeup, but I didn’t really know how to use more than pressed powder and mascara. I remember my mom taking me to the Prescriptives counter when I was 13 and I thought they made me look like a baby hooker. It was too much—pink lips, pink cheeks, pink lids. Makeup didn’t make much sense to me as a kid—that wasn’t how I was going to express myself. Whereas when I was starting my career, it became something I was interested in. Buying yourself a fragrance when you get your first job, or taking a bath with Laura Mercier honey because you’re stressed, can really put you in charge of your space when you feel like you’re not in charge of anything else. In your early 20s, I think it’s really easy to feel like everything is spinning out of control, and I have to remind myself that I’m actually doing OK. A bath usually helps.

When I first got this job, I was using everything. I was sitting in an office full of products and just got really, really excited. And then I broke out really badly. I was using five different cleansers and five different moisturizers because I could…bad idea. Avène Antirougeurs Dermo-Cleansing Milk saved my skin and I will be loyal to it until I die. Any time I need to rebalance my skin, I massage it dry and then wipe it off with a cotton pad soaked in Sisley’s Botanical Floral Toner. If I’m wearing more serious makeup, I use Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser because it dissolves my mascara really well.

Before I moisturize, I spray my face with whatever mist I’m working through—right now it’s Pai Lotus and Orange Blossom BioAffinity Skin Tonic—because I don’t like to put lotion on dry skin. In the morning I use Glossier Priming Moisturizer because it helps reduce any residual redness and isn’t too heavy under makeup. And then I’ve started using eye cream only in the morning. Aida Bicaj told me that if you do it at night, it’ll make your eyes puffy when you wake up. So after Priming Moisturizer, I tap Kat Burki’s Rosehip Intense Recovery Eye Serum on with my middle fingers. It’s the only eye cream I’ve found that doesn’t give me milia.

At night, I use oils. Pai’s Rosehip BioRegenerative Oil is really good for skin that’s on the verge of a breakout, so I’ll use it a few times a week. But my absolute favorite is Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum because, after I use it, I feel like I wake up with a new complexion. It tones and evens and softens. In the dead of winter, I like May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon because it’s heavy duty. On my forehead, I tend to layer something extra, like Sunday Riley Bionic Anti-Aging Cream. I’m very conscious of getting wrinkles up there.

For zits, I use Aesop Control because it’s sticky and really stays in place. My dermatologist recommended a retinol, but the prescription one I have has benzoyl peroxide and bleaches my pillows. Instead, I have a travel size of Sunday Riley Good Genes that I use between my eyebrows because I’m convinced it’ll keep me from getting cystic bumps there. When it comes to exfoliation, I just believe in really rough washcloths.

I like a mask that I don’t have to wash off—washing off is so messy. I desperately love La Mer’s Intensive Revitalizing Mask—I use a generous quarter-size and massage it in for like three minutes, until it’s all gone. Also, Fresh’s Black Tea line is so good. They have a mask called the Instant Perfecting Mask and it’s a very accurate product name. You leave it on for five to 10 minutes, wipe it off with a damp cloth, and you’re golden. After I work out, I like putting honey on my face because it’s antibacterial, so I have this Honey and Coconut Mask that the Earth Tu Face girls made for me. It does exfoliate a little, and it tastes really delicious.

Alicia Yoon told me about Rose By Dr. Dream Powder Essence, which is the coolest product I’ve ever seen in my entire life. It comes in these four little capsules and you tap it out onto your hand…it looks a little like cocaine or something. And then when you rub it in, it turns into water immediately. She mixes it with her cushion compact, so I’ve been trying that, too.

When I try to put myself together in a very manicured way, something always goes wrong and I end up looking messier than if I had just gone for a natural look. For everyday, I use the Lancôme Cushion Compact in Ivoire C. It’s super sheer, but the coverage is insane to the point where I don’t need concealer with it. I use my fingers and put it on my red areas around my cheeks, nose and eyes and on any spots on my forehead. After that, I like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick—I use Apricot, which is discontinued, but Bronze is pretty close. I apply it with this Sonia Kashuk Duo-Fiber Brush over my cheekbones and between my eye and my brow, and up and down my forehead. I never don’t get compliments when I wear that.

One thing that I have learned to do is use a cream blush. I have the Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher in Surf’s Up, which is really fun. You apply it with the sponge tip and it dries to velvet. That one is very light pink, so if I want something rosier, I use Sonia Kashuk Crème Blush in Petal. I like to put that on the apples of my cheeks and then I do a powder Guerlain Terracotta bronzer over that for a glow-from-within look. Then there’s Topshop Glow, but I use that mainly as a cream eyeshadow. I’m big on shimmer for the lids, so I’ll layer that with L’Oréal’s Infallible Silkissime Liner in Silver because it’s really blendable and soft.

I can only do a cat eye with a gel pot and a concealer brush. I really like the Nars Ubangi, which is actually blue, not black. To give the color more depth, I use Laura Mercier Kajal d’Orient Eyeliner under my gel as a kind of base. It’s much easier to use a brush over that because I have a line to follow. For mascara, I don’t care. I like Better Than Sex by Too Faced, or any drugstore brand with a big fluffy brush works. If I’m wearing glasses, I don’t wear any because it gets on my lenses. And Boy Brow every day. I never cared about putting anything into my brows before it, and now I can tell when I’m not wearing it and when I am. It has completely changed everything.

If I’m wearing red lipstick, it’s because I have a zit—the best distraction method. I really only wear true, bluish reds. Topshop Hazard is great for $12. Or there’s the investment red, Dior Rouge 742. Also, Charlotte Tilbury makes really incredible products and her Red Carpet Red is a favorite. It’s just a dream to use.

My hair is naturally very curly. When I moved to New York, I got my hair cut at Bumble and bumble and the hairstylist was like, ‘What do you want to do? Want me to do it curly?’ I had just broken up with a guy, and I was fine about it, but I was like, ‘You know what? Blow it out!’ I haven’t really worn it curly since because it was easier to manage and I looked less like Shirley Temple. I’ll get it blown out professionally once or twice a month at Drybar, but if I have to do it myself, I use Philip Kingsley Minimizer to help me manage my volume.

One thing people don’t talk about enough is shower caps. I love shower caps—good ones, not the hotel freebies. If I’m not washing my hair, I put it back in a big headband and put a cap over it so I don’t have to worry. When I do wash it, I use Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo because it helps my scalp deal with not washing it much. For conditioner, it’s Leonor Greyl’s Jasmine Mask. The only difference between a hair mask and a conditioner is that a hair mask is a better conditioner.

My three main styling products are Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil to defrizz, Milk by Garrett Markenson Reverie to coax a natural-looking wave out, and Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Styling Balm on my ends to make them piecey but not sticky. At night, I brush my hair for like 10 minutes with a boar bristle brush—it distributes the oil and by the time I wake up, my hair is noticeably less greasy.

After years of them not working, I gave up on body scrubs. To really exfoliate my legs, I do my own version of dry brushing with a towel instead of a brush—it really does work if you have scars and skin you want to turn over. Then I moisturize while I’m still wet with Kiehl’s Creme de Corps because I’m a sucker for their holiday packaging. That’s also when I put on perfume—I think it was Diddy who said it lasts longer when you apply it to wet skin. I’m in love with Bel Époq by Régime des Fleurs. It’s sweet and sophisticated, and I try not to use it too much because I never want to run out.

For a long time, I really only wore Sugar Daddy by Essie, but now I’ve gotten more into blues and cool colors—I wear my nails short and I think blue on short nails looks really cool. I like Tenoverten’s Austin a lot, or Chanel Vibrato. If it’s important to me to have perfect nails, I won’t do them without Smith & Cult’s Basis of Everything and Above It All. Not only will your manicure not chip for seven days, your manicure looks new for seven days. I actually never go out to get my nails done—the hand massage is nice, but I think that doing my own nails with friends is the best bonding activity. My roommate and I will do ours together. I’ve bonded over nails so many times.”

—as told to ITG

Emily Ferber photographed by Tom Newton in New York on January 11, 2015. Emily is wearing a Tabula Rasa sweater and Helmut Lang jeans.

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Jhené Aiko, Singer

“I just did a DNA kit from, and basically, I’m pretty mixed-up. My mom is half-Japanese, but her mother is mixed [race], too. And my dad—both of his parents are mixed. So we found out that it’s, at least with my DNA, I’m 28% Asian, 33% African, and 34% European. But it’s a little different for each of my siblings. No one in my family, my cousins or anything, really look the same. My grandmother was Japanese and my mom told us that she would wash her face with rice water, and something in the rice water helped her skin stay young. I haven’t tried it yet, but I always think of that. And my dad has a lot of Native American blood, supposedly, so he uses a lot of oils. His skin is very moisturized all the time. He’s in his 70s and everyone thinks he’s in his 40s or 50s. So I think your background can really affect what you use on your body.

Honestly, I only got serious about skincare about three years ago. Before that, the cycle would be, I’d have a pimple and I’d need to get rid of it now. So I would just pick at it and then put toothpaste on it and do stuff like that. I thought I was serious about it because I wanted it to be off of my face. But then I started realizing it’s a process—you have to be disciplined with washing your face every night and day, and you have to eat right. Having to take pictures and stuff like that reminds you how important it is to be consistent. I wouldn’t get serious about being consistent until like two days before I had to do a photoshoot or something, and my skin would not look great. But that’s not how it works! You’ve been going to sleep with makeup on all week, doing stuff like that, and now you expect to put on a mask and the next day you’re going to look flawless…? Like, no. So I’ve been learning that I have to actually care about my skincare.

So, my skin is combination, and it really always depends on what my diet is and if I’m travelling a lot or if I’m getting enough sleep. So I literally have two drawers full of things that I go back and forth with. Circ-Cell ABO Face Rejuvenation Serum is something that was introduced to me by an esthetician in New York—I’ve really noticed it improving my skin. It supposedly—and I believe them—has more oxygen than human blood. I use that after I wash my face with a SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel with the Clarisonic and tone with the SkinCeuticals LHA Solution. Sometimes I’ll layer on Rodial Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Serum that really does lift. I also just got a NuFace that sends microcurrents into the skin—it works! I get my facials at Equinox with the stronger version, but this one you can slightly feel, too. So you run it along your jaw, under your eye, and then your forehead.

In the morning, I use Rodial Glamtox Cleansing Balm. At first I was using this cleanser with the Clarisonic too, but then my aesthetician told me that for the daytime, you don’t want to stimulate your skin too much because it’s going to react to all the stuff you do in a day. So I wash without it, tone, and then I do this Eminence Organics Stone Crop Hydrating Gel, which keeps you matte, since I can get, like, real oily in the sun. And then once a week, I use the Eminence Organics Eight Greens Phyto Masque and Stone Crop Masque. And this is really good for hormonal breakouts. When I’m PMS-ing, I do this mask.

My mom went to Hawaii for college, all four years. And she would always tell us about her sunspots. She’s like, ‘This is what happens when you lay out in the sun and try to get brown.’ And I didn’t listen for a long time, because I was a kid, and I was like, what do you know, Mom, who’s lived 30 years longer than me…? But as I got older, I started realizing that my skin was drying out, because as a teenager I would put tanning oil on and lay out for hours, and in LA especially, that’s what you do in the summertime! So once I started seeing the signs of premature aging, I was like, oh, okay. I still like the nice little tan glow, but I definitely can tell once I’ve gotten past the point of burning—it’s like, this doesn’t feel good now. That stuck with me, because she did warn us.

I don’t go out a lot, but when I do go out, I love makeup—my own makeup. And I want to make sure I have all the tools I need. I’m always asking makeup artists I work with, ‘What kind of brush is that? What kind of lipstick is that?’ The first time I went on tour, I was 14 years old. I couldn’t take a makeup artist with me, so I sat down with the makeup artist I had been seeing, and she showed me step-by-step-by-step the basics of makeup. My sister also had Kevyn Aucoin’s book and I would study the art of it. Now, I’m very picky about my makeup because I’ve been doing it myself for so long.

My eyebrows have always been really thick, and in the ’90s, my sisters would dye theirs a lighter brown and make them pencil thin. And I just remember trying to do that myself. I had a unibrow, so I took a razor and shaved a little in elementary school. Now I wish I had those full eyebrows so I didn’t have to fill them in here and there. My daughter has beautiful eyebrows—they’re just like mine when I was younger. Thick. And I always tell her, don’t touch them! I have to use my Anastasia Brow Wiz because I used to overpluck, so I have spaces where it just doesn’t grow anymore. So I’ll just look crazy if I don’t fill in those spots. I literally have like three of these Brow Wiz’ on me at any given time.

Every morning, I put on the Eminence Organics Sun Defense Minerals in Calendula Spice. I’ll use Peaches and Cream depending on if it’s summer or winter, or I’ll mix them sometimes. It evens out your skin tone and it protects you from the sun, and that’s pretty much what I need every day. For lips, I like just a regular balm. Right now I have a Burt’s Bees Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm. So it has like a slight color, but for the most part, I don’t like a lot of gloss. I like to put mascara just on the corner to give my eyes a wing sort of effect. My bottom lashes are as long as my top lashes, so I can’t put a lot on or it’ll just look like spiders. But I do like mascara and I learned how to apply it awhile ago…One time I got my makeup done, and the makeup artist layered on so much mascara that it looked like I had on false eyelashes.

If I’m really doing my makeup, I’ll use Nars Sheer Glow Foundation—it feels like lotion on your face, but it gives really good coverage. I don’t use too much—it’s sheer anyway—because I like my skin to breathe. Then I like to use the Laura Mercier Contour Kit. It comes with little cards that tell you where to use each section, but I don’t really need them anymore. I like it personally for me, because it matches my skin tone really well. And it’s got a light consistency, too. I feel like a lot of the time people use really thick things to do contour but this is very, very light. Also, Kevyn Aucoin’s concealer! I just have a tester of it, because one day I was in Barneys, and I was like, “This looks like it would be really good and really creamy!” And they gave me a really big sample, and it’s lasted me for a long time. That’s what I use at a photoshoot—it’s too glamorous for every day.

I also really like the OCC line because it’s all vegan. A couple years ago, I went vegan for six months because I hadn’t been feeling well and ended up in the hospital. Changing my diet like that made me feel like I had so much more energy. But it’s a lot of work to live like that. At one point, I was going to a place that’s really far from my house to get all-vegan everything. One day I went and got everything I would need—makeup, all of that, and then when I ran out, I thought, am I going to really do this every month? My goal is to totally be completely vegan and only use vegan products, but I’m human and I have to work on it daily.

When I’m traveling, I like the bath because at the end of the day I want to come to the hotel room and soak. Also I’m usually doing interviews and photoshoots all day so I like to get my makeup done and then sit in the bath and still have that glow before I take it off. Especially if I have my hair styled, I don’t want to put a shower cap over it or get it wet. But when I’m home, I like to take showers. Especially since my daughter likes taking baths, she’s usually hogging up the bath anyway. I love all of Dr. Bronner’s soaps, but the lavender is my favorite one. Sometimes I even wash my face with that when I’m in the shower. I’ll just like do a tiny bit in my hands and then rinse off whatever happened when I was asleep, sweat or whatever. And then I use Nutiva Coconut Oil all over my body. But you have to be careful that you don’t put on your clothes right away because you will have coconut streaks all on your clothes. I tell myself that all the time, but I always am impatient and I put on leggings and then there’s coconut everywhere. But I really like how it treats my skin, and there’s a slight scent, but it’s good.

I am in the natural days of my life right now. My hair’s naturally very curly, but sometimes I like it slicked back. I don’t have to do anything but just take a brush to it to get a look like this. I’ve been going between curly, and French braids, and then slick with a bun. But for each of those styles, I don’t have to put heat on my hair. And the real goal is to not even have to brush my hair because it does something weird to my curl pattern. The DevaCurl line is what I’ve been using. The No-Poo is sulfate-free and it doesn’t suds up, so it helps you keep your natural oils and your curls really nice. And it’s something that I use even if I’m not going to wear my hair out and curly. And then the DevaCurl SuperCream is what I use when I’m wearing my hair out and curly—I comb that through wet hair with my fingers to hold all the curls together and help with frizz and humidity.

The Nature’s Answer Sambucus Black Elderberry Extract Spray is something I found while I was on tour and now I use it daily. It’s just good for your immune system—you spray it directly into the back of your throat, which is good for me because I’m a singer. And then I love Tom’s deodorant and toothpaste. The toothpaste is fluoride-free, and the deodorant is aluminum-free. Those things are bad for you! So I like Tom’s.

When I go out, I like Chanel Coco because I really like how it smells when it wears off. I’ll spray a jacket with it and the next day, it smells perfect. Then there’s this little gem called Essential Faith. I only know two places that have it. One is on Abbot Kinney near Venice Beach. And it’s such a subtle thing that mixes well with any type of actual perfume. It’s one of those scents that will mix with my smell and I’ll get a whiff of it that’s just the best. Because you know, sometimes you can get a perfume that you thought smelled good…but when you wear it, it’s different. My friend and I bought the same perfume once—we were in the store like, “This smells good, let’s both get a bottle!” And it smells so much better on her. On me it just smelled like an old lady. I had to give her my new bottle! It was clearly her fragrance.”

—as told to ITG

Jhené Aiko photographed by Emily Knecht in Los Angeles on December 8, 2015. Interview by Jane Helpern.

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Enikö Mihalik, Model

“I’m from Hungary, and looking back now, I think it’s quite boring. I mean, compared to New York City, a lot of places are boring. I liked growing up there, I had a really long childhood until I started modeling. I guess I was also a late bloomer, so I consider myself being a young girl up until I turned 14. Then an agent stumbled on me at the mall. I looked at this woman like, what? ‘Are you talking to me? Are you sure you think that I should be a model, like, posing and wearing clothes…?’ Luckily it was a woman, because I would’ve been really scared if it was a man. You know, small town, Eastern Europe, someone comes up to you, ‘Come make money with modeling…’ You should be very skeptical about that. But it was a woman, so I gave her my mom’s phone number, and I said, ‘You can talk to her about it.’ And she turned out to be legit. And that’s where it all started.

At first I didn’t really take it seriously—it was just a way to travel and get out of school. I wasn’t booking much, and after a couple of years of not making much money, I started talking to my mom about going to university to take time to study. And of course a few days after this conversation, my phone rang and my model agent told me, ‘Well, we got you a working visa to the United States, so you’re getting your ass shipped out.’ It was exciting but disappointing, too, because I was getting into the idea of going back to school and all. But I couldn’t pass up that opportunity. It took a season for me to get in shape and figure it out. But my second season, I went out and did 50, 55 shows in New York—then Milan, then Paris. It was like, finally! I’m working!

My agency does this thing to me where they don’t really tell me what jobs I’m in the running for because they don’t want me to get my hopes up—and then they break this really great news to me out of the blue over the phone. I understand it, because if a big job is on the line, I don’t want to stress about it. But it always happens like this. One day maybe eight years ago, I met Inez and Vinoodh at a casting so briefly—literally hello and goodbye—and the next morning at 9am, I get a call, ‘You got a Gucci campaign.’ …what?! It took me a while to figure out what was happening to my career, that we weren’t just shooting catalogues anymore. This was Daria Werbowy, Eva Herzegova, and Natasha Poly-type stuff. And it was so much fun.

That was when I was 21 and just starting to get into skincare. I had been a lucky kid without many pimples and then all of a sudden, I was like, what do I do? My skin was going to shit and my hair was falling out. It was because I was going to seven or eight castings a day, getting home, eating cereal and watching cartoons, then getting a call and going out for another casting. My dermatologist told me that it was hormonal and gave me some pills—but I’m not very happy taking pills, so I waited it out. But skincare is like something that I think you have to be smart with. I like face masks, and I love moisturizers and all sorts of oils and cleansers and this and that. Of course I like to pamper. I put on face masks every weekend, or if I feel tired or puffy during the week. But I only use what I need. I think I’ve gotten like three, maybe four facials in my whole entire life. I give myself facials.

My skin is a bit complicated because it’s pretty dry, but as soon as I put anything heavy on it, it becomes crazy-oily. And then I get breakouts. So I usually use a light, gel-based moisturizer. Chanel Hydra Beauty Crème is a really good one. And it’s never caused me any breakouts or anything. It covers my face and protects from dry, cold wind, but it doesn’t make me feel oily and shiny and gross.

When I do get a breakout, I use one of Kiehl’s oldest products—their Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion. A makeup artist recommended it to me and I switched to it from Biologique Recherche P50. I rub it on my problem areas morning and night and then follow up with a heavier cream so I don’t get too dry. People who hadn’t seen me in a while see me now and say, ‘Wow, your skin looks amazing.’ And I’m like, that’s the magic product—everybody needs to go and buy it and test it for two weeks. I also use the Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Face Scrub, but I don’t use it every day. I go by the feel of my skin and then decide what I need. And for makeup remover, I use Bioderma Crealine. For heavier makeup removing, I use the Chanel Bi-Phase Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, the one that you have to shake up before. But I have to cleanse after I use it because it’s an oil and I feel it stay on my skin after I use it. Then I have a makeup remover from the Danish brand Tromborg. Their products are super good. Their Anti-Aging Eye Cream is one of my favorites. I alternate it with SK-II’s.

I have a whole bag of masks for different things. When I arrive somewhere after traveling, I need to use one as like post-damage repair. I have the SK-II Facial Treatment Masks, and Shiseido Benefiance Revitalizing Masks…then I have this Japanese brand called Three, which is by a makeup artist friend of mine. Her products are really nice. She should bring it to the States, because right now it’s only on the Japanese website, and I don’t speak Japanese. So, unless you have her phone number, good luck!

I think because of the jobs I did when I was younger, I didn’t always like hair and makeup. Plus, I don’t even know how to do it. What pisses me off is I can never get eyeliner straight, so why am I competing with Pat McGrath when she can just do it when we go to work? But I still have the products and I have a lot of fun with it. I love a black smoky eye! Before I started working, I actually always had a love for makeup—ask my mom…I also am a bit of a hoarder. Things that are colorful and that you can do pretty things with, I tend to collect. Or just over-buy. And I told my mom at one point that I maybe should be a makeup artist and I really enjoyed collecting colorful eyeshadow palettes.

When I’m wearing makeup for myself, I like products that don’t feel like makeup-makeup. I prefer things that at least feel like they’re better for my skin. RMS Beauty is great—it’s all coconut oil-based. I use their Un Cover-Up and Living Luminizer with Tromborg Mineral Foundation. My favorite eyeliner is the YSL crayon because it’s very easy to smudge. The only lipstick I use is Armani Lip Maestro in 201 because it goes on as a gloss but dries matte. Tom Ford makes my favorite eyebrow pencil—it’s called the Tom Ford Brow Sculptor and it gets the angle just right. Mascara is always Diorshow Waterproof. It lasts longer, and if I go to the gym, I don’t want to accidentally rub my eye and end up with it all over my face. Then the Shiseido Shimmer Cream Eyeshadow in Yuba is a good taupe—not too dark. The Tom Ford Eyeshadow Palettes are also really beautiful. The only thing I haven’t figured out is how to wear bronzer. Maybe I haven’t found the right color, shade, or technique to do it, but I suck at it so bad that I just don’t even touch it. Also, I’m a lefty, so I do one side and it looks OK, but then the other one looks completely different—I don’t know what it is, I don’t know why right-handed people can do symmetrical jobs and me, with my left hand, I cannot.

I never really touched my hair length or color up until a few years ago when I got a job for L’Oréal, and I had to go strawberry blonde—almost red, actually. Before, my hair was a pretty dark, ashy blonde. We thought it’d be an easy process to get that reddish-pinky tone to my hair, but unfortunately it was not that easy. They had to completely bleach my hair, which was down to under my breasts at the time. That process sucked everything out of it. For four hours, I thought all my hair was going to fall out, it was so scary. The pictures turned out really, really beautiful, but then two or three days later, they had to bleach my hair again because of course I had to go back to my natural blonde. It was tough job to turn it back to normal, so I came out a little blonder, and unfortunately, the color has started turning yellow. Then I was getting these terrible, unbrushable knots because my hair was so broken, so I went to a hairdresser and said, ‘Chop it all off.’ It was while I was in Paris, so my agency couldn’t do anything about it after the fact. But it looked so beautiful—I don’t know if I realized that it was really time for a change.

For my color, I got to Lena Ott now at Suite Caroline—I found her after Doutzen tagged her in a photo on Instagram. She does an amazing, amazing blonde, and she does it very naturally. And I also told her that eventually I want to go back to my normal color, so we’re kind of working on me growing that out. For now I’m using Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner—they’re the best at keeping the hair moisturized.

I have my dad’s nails—man nails. They don’t grow, it’s really funny. People laugh at it, but I resemble my dad a lot. And my mom, she has these beautiful, long, feminine nail beds and strong nails, and then I look at my nails, and they look like I was playing the guitar for five hours straight. And they’re soft so they don’t grow. As soon as they grow, they break. And then I looked at my dad’s hand one day and I was like, yeah, definitely. I get a mani/pedi once a week at a place in Union Square called Rehoboth. They’re the best!

Actually one of the best gifts that I’ve ever gotten was this Chanel nail polish, and it was a very, very beautiful red that they only had for one season, and I tried to get it but I couldn’t. And literally two years later, I was working the day before my birthday or something, and they used that color on my nails, and I told the manicurist, this is my favorite color, and what would I give if I could get it…And she’s like, ‘Yeah, but it’s discontinued. I’m sorry, I would give it if I can…’ And I’m like, that sucks. Somebody sneaked into the picture and said, ‘Oh, by the way Eniko, happy birthday!’ So at the end of the day she’s like, ‘You know what? It’s your birthday… here’s the nail polish.’ I was like, yes! Yes! My favorite nail polish ever, and it’s all mine! I think I have over 50 or 60 Chanel nail polishes in a big kit, organized by color. I had it with me in Europe and I tried to ship it back, but the courier said that it’s extremely dangerous to ship nail polish. So it’s literally stuck in Denmark. It’s the greatest part of my whole beauty collection—my nail polishes!”

—as told to ITG

Enikö Mihalik photographed by Tom Newton in her home in Brooklyn on December 11, 2015.

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Karla Welch, Stylist

“I had to wear a uniform at school in my little town in Canada every day growing up, and that totally influenced me going into fashion. I was really excited about clothes! Of course, I still have my own sort of uniform…I wore these pants three days in a row, but I don’t really care, I’ll put on a clean shirt, it’s fine, and I feel good about it. It’s purely self-pleasing, in a way. I think you are your own business card.

But the uniform, my days are never the same. I’ll be working on something editorial one day and red carpet the next, depending on what my clients are doing. The roster of people I’m working with is really great—Justin Bieber, Olivia Wilde, Felicity Jones… Styling for me is about working together. We meet, we talk about who they are and what they want the clothes to say depending on the event. Creatively, one of my most exciting project was working on Justin’s Believe World Tour. We designed 60 custom pieces for that and ever since, we’ve seen the styles everywhere in retail. That was a really fun process for me.

Genetically, I won pretty good skin, but around 33, I started dealing with adult acne. Once I was noticing regular pimples, someone recommended I go see Christie Kidd and she’s amazing, She put me on this Clean Cleanser by Rodeo Drive Dermatology , which I use when I’m in the shower. After that, if I’m still feeling oily, I use their Fresh Antibacterial Drying Pads, sometimes only in specific areas, like on my chin. The whole base of her method is to do it all with wet skin, so I do it all before I dry off my face. [Ed. note: Rodeo Drive Dermatology products unavailable for purchase online.]

If it’s daytime, I’ve been putting Caudalie’s Radiant Serum under my La Mer—which I got in a gift bag, but I have to say, it’s amazing. And then I’ll use the Elta MD Sunscreen every single day before I go out and do anything. That’s important. Because I have short hair, I put it on the back of my neck and whatever is left over I rub on the top of my hands, like a little old lady.

At night, I’ll use the same cleanser if I’m not wearing too much makeup. If I am, I’ll use Lancôme Bi-Facial Double Action Eye Remover—it’s the best for eye makeup. But I’ve had it for two years, that’s how little makeup I wear. Then, instead of sunscreen, I use night cream. Every few weeks, particularly if I have an event, I’ll use the SK-II undereye masks and lay still for 15 minutes. Then I like an eye cream that Katy Denno gave to me–it’s called Devita Revitalizing Eye Lift Crème. I use it in the morning, but just a little bit, and I tap tap tap underneath. In the winter, I’ll use Baume De La Mer.

I’m probably more aware of aging skin now, but my career changed after I had my daughter, Clementine. I became way busier and way more successful—that sort of thing. So maybe I got a little more savvy the longer I was in the industry, like I wasn’t buying La Mer or SK-II before I had her.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a bath at home, but when I’m in New York in a hotel room, I will definitely go buy some epsom salt and draw a bath. Other than that, for my body, I just wear a ton of Tom’s of Maine deodorant.

I put eucalyptus in my shower at home. We have a eucalyptus tree, so we throw eucalyptus leaves in there, especially in the winter to steam up, and I swear that’s how I keep my kid from having colds. They’re just germs—children are germs. But the eucalyptus helps. And I always use a Neti Pot in the winter—sorry, that sounds so California.

I started wearing lipstick at 16 and I’ve not looked back—it’s always been my thing. But other than that, I never really learned how to wear makeup. I did haircuts and lips—also eyebrows are the most important things you can do for yourself. A little haircut, a little eyebrow…it goes a long way, that’s what Oprah says.

I’ll use Chanel powder sometimes if I’m a little shiny or feel like I just need a little. No foundation. I don’t like how my face looks with it, and I don’t need foundation. Maybe a professional would beg to differ, but I don’t like it. Although Jenn Streicher does an amazing job on my face. She put makeup on me for one thing and I was like, ‘Oh!’ She was the one who gave me this Charlotte Tilbury Concealer and showed me how to use it. Besides that, I mean, I’m pretty satisfied with how I look. Lipstick is the only thing I wouldn’t leave at home. I don’t deviate from a red or an orange-red. Although, I’m thinking about plum this year—Lipstick Queen has a good one. It looks like Red Red Wine from Revlon like years ago.

Armani Privé Rose d’Arabie is my favorite. This is my daily-wear, and I only wear it daily now because it’s finally available in America and it’s amazing. But I love anything with a rose. If I’m going away for more than three days I’ll travel with it, but otherwise I’ll travel with Comme des Garçons Series 2 Red Rose. Anything rose-scented, but I love the Armani Privé. They gave some to me when I went to my very, very first couture show. I flew into Paris with a client and they gave us this perfume, so maybe it’s meant to be. My husband loves it and everybody who ever smells it is always like, ‘Oh, what is it?’

I wash my hair three times a week with O&M Organic Mineral Hydrate And Conquer Shampoo and O&M Maintain The Mane Conditioner. It can get a little dry, which is remarkable because I’ve never used a hair dryer and I’ve never colored my hair in my life. Actually, you know what? I have—briefly, I went blue by mistake. I thought black hair would be really cool to have a blue tinge in it, but it wasn’t cool, it looked horrible. That was like 17 years ago. Now when I’m getting ready, all I have to do is brush my hair into place. I spray a little Surf Balm in and then I do Davines Oi/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion, which is the best hair stuff. I use the Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, too—it just does something fun to it.

I’m not satisfied with my hair right now. Sometimes I think about slicking it back, but not every day. For events, I go to Pamela Neal at Salon Benjamin. It’s a great salon! She cuts David Bowie and Tilda Swinton’s hair. Pamela will give me a precision slick where she uses a ton of Aveda gel and blows it into place. It’s like a lacquer. I can’t do it on my own…Actually I tried to do it today and this is what I look like—it just doesn’t look as good. The inspiration comes from Le Smoking–that Helmut Newton kind of sharp look done to the side. Everyone who sees my curls will say, ‘Oh, you should wear your hair slicked back!’ But I just don’t like how it looks if it’s straight back, so I do it over the side. To do it straight back I think you have to have it a little bit longer, so it’s always been by necessity to do it to the side. I’m a creature of habit, except with the changing out of my beauty products. [Laughs]”

—as told to ITG

Karla Welch photographed by Matthew Welch at her home in Los Angeles on September 9, 2015.

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