Odile Gilbert, Hairstylist

“I’ve always loved hair. And makeup, clothes, bags, everything. But the thing about hair is that everyone is always concerned with it. No matter what age—kid, man, woman, older…every day you’re concerned about your hair and what you’re going to do to it and how you’re going to fix it. I always liked the idea of not being perfect, but your hair makes you look better.

In France, I studied hair for three years—it’s a long process. When I moved to Paris, I started working with Bruno Pittini, who was a big hairstylist. He had a salon but also did shoots and theatre and movies. At that time, fashion wasn’t what it is today, but we would work with Elle and photographers like Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon…those people really had vision. Those shoots had so much imagination and with the hair, everything has to be possible. It’s not about commanding the creative process because you don’t even have time to think when you’re on a shoot. You just find solutions. We did crazy things, like in Marie Antoinette with Sofia Coppola, or for shows with Galliano or Gaultier. But the magic is the teamwork. You’re never working by yourself.

I never thought of myself as having a personal style because we worked on doing style on people. So it’s not about me—it’s about what’s happening in the picture. And I have so much energy and on set, I have to be in action! I’m in jeans and flat shoes most of the time.

SKINCARE
Skin is all about hydration. Joëlle Ciocco does my facial and I think the products are very good because she has a cream for when you’re in your 20s, one for when you’re in your 30s, another one for your 40s…there’s a specific product for every age. There’s a lotion for the morning, then a night cream—it’s a lot of work! I use a bit of Chanel and a bit of La Mer, too. It’s the crème de la crème! [Laughs] Then I like to have a bit of protection for my skin because that’s very important. In the summer I swim a lot, so I use Sisley Sunleÿa SPF 50. It’s a bit expensive but it’s a really good product. I get that—and most of my products—from the pharmacy in France. Then there’s also Biafine, which is good if you have a burn or something. Japan is similar to France in their pharmacies, so whenever I go there, I bring stuff back. Like Cosme Decorté. That brand is quite nice and is working with Kate Moss. And the other one that I love in Japan is SK-II and their famous masks. They have that Cate Blanchett seal of approval. And when I worked with her, she always had that. So I was like, ‘OK, I have to go get that.’

MAKEUP
After my creams, Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. It’s not really a foundation, but it helps unify everything. In the summer I use Terracotta Skin Foundation by Guerlain to feel fresh. Then I use a bit of powder from Chanel or Charlotte Tilbury. I don’t like the feeling of mascara so when I have time, I tint my lashes. Then I use some sheer lipstick—never red—and I’ll put it on my cheeks too. There’s a new brand called Christophe Danchaud x Absolution that’s organic lipstick that I like.

HAIR
Me, I don’t have the best hair in the world, so I don’t need that much. I get it cut once every four or five months. And I mainly wear it up because I’m working so much. That’s why I designed this pin that you can get at Bon Marché or Colette. I don’t make my own products though—not yet. I work with Kerastase and Moroccanoil on shows, though. I like the Kerastase Shampoo and Conditioner and the Moroccanoil Masks—that’s very important. I also love Leonor Greyl and Christophe Robin…they are both very French. I love Christophe’s masks because when you are blond, you need to hydrate the hair. You wash the hair and then you condition…if I’m not working, I’ll leave it in for a while. It’s really a weekend process.

Then aside from products, you need good brushes. I think women forget that they have to brush their hair—after you shampoo, you should comb the conditioner through your hair. I mean, that’s why it’s there! Conditioner helps you brush the hair! In Japan, they have the best ones—wood with half boar, half synthetic bristles. And Mason Pearson, of course. It’s the best brush.

FRAGRANCE
Eau de toilette is for day, eau de parfum for evening. I have the new Alaïa, which I love. Oh, and Santa Maria Novella. Then the Serge Lutens Fleur D’Oranger is in my bag. He has a store in the Palais-Royale and his perfume is always mixed with wood scents and things—c’est sublime. But I don’t think we should use the same perfume in the winter and in the summer. In the summer, you need to be a little more fresh. But maybe that just means you don’t wear perfume at all if it’s too heavy.

SPAS
At least once a year, maybe twice, I go to the spa and relax. That’s very important. I have thalassotherapy and Ayurvedic treatments. C’est incroyable, it’s the best treatment you can ever have. I’ll do it in August when I take holiday like everyone else. Otherwise during the year, when I have time, I go to the gym. It’s the best thing to do when you’re somewhere like LA and you have jet lag.

When I’m in New York, I go to Spa Belles for pedicures. To me, there is nothing worse than a woman who is very chic but then her feet are not perfect. And I’m always on my feet. So I’ll go and have a ‘medical pedicure’ and use Nars Soup Can. But never on my hands. Just feet.”

—as told to ITG

Odile Gilbert photographed by Virginie Khateeb at her home in Paris on October 12, 2015. Interview by Marie-Cybele Muysers.

Next up: read about Sally Hershberger’s favorite almost-lipstick and drugstore cleanser, or the skincare advice Jen Atkin got from Cindy Crawford. And discover more of The Top Shelf.

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Tali Lennox, Artist & Model

“I started developing my Bath Towel Series when I was in the bathroom of my old East Village apartment, which was a really run-down, old, kind of grimy apartment. I actually just put on a towel and had this face mask and I looked in the mirror and it really reminded me of a woman from the 17th century—almost like a Baroque or Renaissance female figure but in a present context. I just found the image kind of haunting. It’s so intimate in a way, with the skin showing…you’re undressed but at the same time, with the mask, you’re covered. You don’t know if you’re being intrusive or if you feel blocked by the person because you don’t know what’s underneath.

I love the setting of the series—old New York tiled bathrooms look like they haven’t been changed since the ’50s or earlier. And it’s interesting to me because it is a private room. You’re allowed to go in and lock the door. It’s a room where we deal with insecurities, it’s a room where we deal with our bodies, it’s a room where we deal with our vanity, it’s a room where we deal with our secrets. What’s behind closed doors? Let’s take off the layers—if I can do that through painting, it’s exciting for me. It’s liberating to be honest about yourself, too, and not just reveal yourself through Instagram.

SKINCARE
Now every time I use a mask, I think about how I can use them in my paintings. I’ll have a girlfriend come over and we’ll both put on masks and I’ll take some pictures. Organic Pharmacy has a good mask. Then I also use a Bliss All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask that makes my skin glow after I use it. It does sting a little bit—I don’t really know if you’re supposed to use anti-aging when you’re young, but you never know when wrinkles are going to pop up. I also make a lot of expressions with my face so it’s nice to know I’m taking care of it. If I want something lighter, I’ll use this Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque and leave it on when I sleep.

Recently I started using the Intraceuticals line after a makeup artist introduced me to the line. It’s great because it’s this whole process that makes for a fun ritual every day. My skin is really dry so I’ll do the whole thing—the cleanser, the serum, the hydration gel, the moisturizer, morning and night. The air here is so polluted that I enjoy that clean feeling at the end of the day. Then I’ll use the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening Exfoliator to keep things unclogged. A lot of people say things about exfoliators, but I like this one twice or three times a week. Dermalogica has a good one too—the Daily Microfoliant.

For facials, the absolute best I’ve had is at Advanced Skin Care Day Spa, a little spot in Midtown that is a real gem. I see Isabel who makes the products fresh while you’re there—she taught me that for pure skin you need oxygen and you don’t need to to oversaturate your skin with rich heavy creams. Let your skin breathe. I use their O2 Oxygen Mask a couple of times a week and it bubbles up on your skin and in minutes your face has absorbed the whole mask.

I use coconut oil for everything else. I’ll put it on when I have wet skin twice a day—just a small amount because it’s so rich. Then I also really notice the difference when I drink more water. Alcohol is just the worst because if you have a few glasses of anything, you wake up and look 10 times worse than if you hadn’t had any at all. And it makes it harder for me to go running, which is my favorite exercise. That’s something I notice in my skin—sprinting and sweating make me glow.

HAIR
Maybe it’s kind of gross, but I only wash my hair once every 10 days. And only with conditioner—not shampoo because it strips it too much. I have the best hair after I go to the gym and get really sweaty. It gets so thick and the sweat weighs it down a bit. My dad’s family has the best thick hair—it’s course and a little annoying, but hairstylists love it because they can do so much with it. I’ll use jojoba oil for my hair when it’s wet and then I’ll do a mask. I have a Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, and Kiehl’s Superbly Smoothing Argan Hair Pak is a good hair one. My ends can get really fried, so I’ll just do it overnight. I’ve been tempted to dye my hair but I haven’t. I like to keep things natural. I don’t pluck my eyebrows either. I don’t like to mess with things too much because then there’s too much upkeep.

MAKEUP
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light is the perfect color for me. And I love her Shimmer Bricks because they just give you a glow that’s not too obvious. Then I’ll use a sheer clear gloss or strobe cream for a healthy and natural look on my eyelids, maybe a little bit on my nose, and on my cheekbones. It doesn’t really look like makeup—just glow. Sometimes I’ll just do that with a Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and no mascara. I might add Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Base since it’s such a nice tone and it wears well all day. For the night, I love the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Luxury Palette. Charlotte’s makeup is amazing, it blends so well. I switch it around, but what I usually do is darken my eyebrows with eyeshadow. Taupe by Bobbi Brown is good for that as well. As long as you don’t put too much on.

For lips during the day I love Burberry Lip Gloss in Pale Nude No. 9. And Burberry Mascara is really good for daytime because it’s light and doesn’t clump up—just lengthens subtly. When you want metallic-y eyes for the evening, this is what you want—Chanel Eye Gloss (ed note: unavailable, but try this). I got it when I was 13 and it’s super old. But if you want shimmery eyes that are extra opaque, put water on your brush first, and it’s like watercolor, and it just makes the pigment pop.

When I do my makeup, I want to look healthy and I want to be approachable as well. It’s fun dressing up, too. But, the way I view myself changes a lot when I paint because when I paint it’s not about the way I look at all. I don’t wear any makeup to the studio, it’s made me a lot more practical about how I treat my skin and looks so I don’t take it too seriously. I’m just all about glowiness. It’s fun dressing up at night, it’s fun getting into character.”

—as told to ITG

Tali Lennox photographed by Tom Newton in New York on June 11, 2015.

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Katherine Power, CEO, Clique Media Group

“I definitely discover products through friends, or through some sort of social post from Byrdie or Violet Grey or Into The Gloss. But I’m not naturally curious about beauty—I would use the same thing my whole life, so it kind of has to fall in my lap. Someone has to tell me, ‘This is great—try it!’ And then I’ll get obsessed with it. I would say I’ve started trying new things a lot more, and on Byrdie there’s a lot of information on beauty hacks—how to save time doing something, how to fall asleep fast, all kinds of how-to information that I really love to read. It’s really approachable and it’s just kind of encouraged me to do more.

SKINCARE
As far as face wash, every day I use Sanítas, which I was referred to by Francesca Paige, who’s an aesthetician. Then I use Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 morning and night—it’s life-changing. I just started using this RéVive Eye Cream that I really love…I was never really an eye cream believer before this. I just sort of used whatever free eye cream someone sent me. But this one I bought, and I really do think that it works. It’s very expensive, that’s the only downfall. I don’t have dark circles—my problem is more the thinness of the skin and crepe-iness under the eyes. So this is supposed to be a little bit of a filler, and I think it’s helped my fine lines as well.

I’ve been using this iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum that the facialist Shani Darden turned me on to. It’s a really light way to moisturize, and then I put on my Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Sunscreen with it, so it’s not super greasy. Or sometimes I’ll use my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer or Honest Beauty Everything Tinted Moisturizer, which have sunscreen in them. Once I put those on, then I put a little eye cream on, and then I go for makeup.

I just started using Retinol at night, which is new for me. I got Resurface from Shani Darden, and it’s amazing. Before bed, I use the same face wash and the P50 and then the Retinol. I’ll wash my face once, and then I put more of the face wash on my Clarisonic. I probably should use the Clarisonic every night, but I’m a little lazy about it, so I do it like four times a week. Of course I have my Glossier Balm Dotcom, which I typically use as lip balm or sometimes on my cuticles.

For facials, I go to Francesca Paige and Biba de Sousa at Esthetic Underground on South Beverly. Last year I went on a round of really strong antibiotics, and it completely messed up the bacteria in my gut, so I broke out with adult acne for the first time in my life—it was terrible. The reason it got better was because I took a lot of probiotics and worked on my stomach. Biba really helped me through that, and she gave me this Esthetic Underground Acne Gel [ed note: not available online]. The best advice I got from her was, if you have cystic acne, every night she would have me ice my face, basically rub an ice cube over it for two minutes, and then I would use this gel. And then I just started going to Shani Darden because Jessica Alba gave me a gift certificate to her for my birthday, and I really loved her, she’s great. Everybody has great light machines, but hers seems to really work for me. It’s definitely a commitment, because you look great the day after, but then it kind of goes away, so you want to do it every day.

MAKEUP
I usually either use Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer or Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, depending on the day. Normally I probably would just use the Laura Mercier, or if I have an event or something I’ll use the Armani for more coverage. And then Clé de Peau in Beige is the go-to concealer. Too Faced Primed & Poreless is a powder that one of my facialists recommended because it’s totally non-irritating and you can use it as a primer or as a setting powder. And then in my purse, I carry the Laura Mercier Setting Powder. For blush, I’ve been using this Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Plum Radiance with the little brush. And then I use a little bit of the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Highlighter and Bronzer—sometimes I use the bronzer, but mostly just the highlighter. Or I use Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Intensity One highlighter with my finger. And that’s it for my skin.

My eyelash extensions are from this place on Robertson. I have them done by this woman named Katie, so I just comb them out and I do my lower lashes with Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. Then to do my eyebrows, I use Anastasia Brow Gel. I go to Kristie Streicher for grooming. She’s great, but [with her process] you can’t touch them for eight weeks so that they grow. But mine don’t really grow that much.

And then I have a bunch of different lip colors. I usually have one Clinique Chubby Stick in a natural color—Graped-Up—and a red lipstick in my purse. I like Short Circuit by Nars, which is not in action anymore. It was a special edition, so I kind of bought up all I could find and then I’ll use Heat Wave, too. For night, I would usually just put on a red lip. Maybe I would add a little bit more highlighter with the Charlotte Tilbury or the Tom Ford. But it’s pretty much just a red lip, and I’ll just mess my hair up a little bit more. I dress so conservatively that I try to have messier hair. And then sometimes I’ll slick my hair back into a little nub.

HAIR
I workout every morning really early, 6AM at Tracy Anderson. Because it’s such a hot workout, I have to shower every single day, and wash my hair. For my body, I use Honest Body Wash and I typically use either René Furterer Shampoo and Conditioner, or I have Jen Atkin’s samples from her new haircare line that I’m obsessed with. So if I have those, then I’ll use them. If I don’t, I use [Furterer]. And then I just started using an apple cider vinegar rinse, which I love. You can use it instead of shampoo and conditioner so that you don’t have to shampoo your hair every day. So every other day I’ll use it, and it’ll sud up and it cleans everything. I want to preserve my hair color longer, and I have a Brazilian blowout that I want to preserve, so I just tried it and I really liked it. Now I’m a big apple cider vinegar believer. Jen also has a great hair mask that she makes, and I’ll only use it once a week since it’s very conditioning. My natural hair texture is wavy and frizzy. Gregory Russell at Andy LeCompte cuts it—he did my short hair, so I feel like he has to always do the same with me. I mean Jen Atkin would [cut it] if she was ever there, but she’s never in the salon. So I’ve been going to Gregory for a couple years, and I love his haircuts. Short hair is so much easier. I’ve had all different lengths, but I love this.

After I get out of the shower, when my hair’s wet, I part it and I put in a nickel-size of Kevin Murphy Motion Lotion, and I scrunch it, and then I put on a little bit of Osmo Clay Wax—this is the best wax in the world. I’ve tried every sort of pomade-y wax. I just take a little bit of that and rub it in my hands and go through the ends. It’ll kind of make your hair stick in a shape. And then, as my hair dries, once it kind of gets the moisture out, then I flip it. Depending on where I am in the cycle of the Brazilian, it’s either great, or it’s not great. So there’s like a month of my peak, and then it’s either too frizzy or too straight and I have it done probably every five months. I let it pretty much totally wear off, and then I go back in. This is the first time in my life that I’ve had a hairstyle where I can literally just go. And you know, my time is so much more limited now as I get older that I really just need to have a look that I can quickly put together.

NAILS
Every week I wear the same Tom Ford red, Scarlet Chinois. Or I’ve been doing Essie Waltz lately on my toes because I’ve been wearing these burgundy Céline mules, so it looks bad to have a bright red nail with the shoes. But, I’ve probably done red pretty consistently for like the last three years. The Christian Louboutin is another good red. But the bottle is a little embarrassing unless you’re in Beverly Hills, they’re all like, ‘Oh, the Christian Louboutin one!’ But I get my nails done in the valley, and they’re scared of it.

FRAGRANCE
I’ve been wearing Quelques Fleurs Perfume since I was like, 14. If I want to feel a little more sophisticated, I’ll wear this Chanel No. 19. I’ve tried to wear different things, but I just always go back to the [Quelques Fleurs]. This Caudalie Divine Oil is really cool. During summer, even though I don’t tan, I would put this on and pretend I was golden and glowing. And then I always buy a new Ligne St. Barth lotion when I go there, but I wear that mostly in the summer. In the house, we like the Le Labo Santal candle, and sometimes Diptyque Baies—that’s pretty much it.

FITNESS & HEALTH
I take a lot of herbal supplements from my acupuncturist Dr. Mao at Tao of Wellness. And he has me taking a lot of different things for my adrenal glands and digestive enzymes and all of that. I have a very sensitive stomach. Every morning before I go work out I have a green tea smoothie, which I make every single day with matcha powder and half a banana, vanilla protein powder, and hemp milk. I’ve been doing Tracy Anderson for probably two years now, two and a half, Monday through Friday. I don’t even know anymore if I feel sore, or it’s just the way it feels. Every Saturday, I do Cardio Barre in the valley with my childhood best friend and Sunday is my day of rest.”

—as told to ITG

Katherine Power photographed by Nikko LaMere in Los Angeles on September 10, 2015. Interview by Alexis Brunswick.

Meredith Melling can also make a blowout last far beyond its expiration, Alicia Yoon shares the de facto method for keeping skin hydrated and Britt Morgan-Saks talks exercising for people who hate exercising in the Top Shelf.

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Maude Apatow, Actress

“I just finished a movie called Other People. And it was really fun! We shot in LA, and I worked for just a little bit, but it was amazing. It was the first thing I’ve done on my own, without my parents being there, which was really nice. I’m also in the process of applying to college…that’s less fun.

MAKEUP
For products, I actually steal a lot of my mom’s stuff. Sometimes I’ll do my makeup in her room, too. Every day I use Armani Luminessence CC Cream—it’s light and it doesn’t look cake-y. And then I use powder…I have two. The Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Powder Foundation is good in the morning and throughout the day. Then I also have Guerlain Pressed Powder. That one’s lighter, but I’ll use whichever is closest.

Most days, I’ll wear lipstick. It’s always been a thing for me—my mom has a lot of them and I’d always use hers. Eventually I started buying my own because my mom has lighter hair and lighter skin, so we don’t always look good in the same colors. I really like dark colors—but even if I don’t want something dark, I’ll still wear lipstick, just in nude. My favorite is Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk, but that’s more of a lip liner. Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria Matte Revolution Lipstick is like a darker nude that I like, too. For lighter days, Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color in Uninterrupted is good. My favorite brand for lipstick, though, is Lipstick Queen—I have their Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage. I get them all at SpaceNK because it’s by this place I’ll go for breakfast or coffee, so I’m always hanging out over there. I really trust the people who work there.

And then I have loads of lip balm. What happens is I buy them, then I lose them, so I buy more, and then I find them again. In my bag right now I have the Weleda Lip Balm and then the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Moisturizing Stick. Then I have some from the drugstore, too. I swear I have 12 in every bag.

All my main makeup is in my purse so I can take it with me. I have this Jillian Dempsey Khôl Eyeliner in Jet Black that I really like—and then I also have a black Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. And then I use this Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara…it’s really good, but I also use They’re Real! by Benefit. Usually I curl my lashes first and then put on a lot of mascara [Laughs]. Top and bottom. And then, I don’t always wear eyeshadow, but if I do, I really like the Urban Decay palettes. The Naked3 one specifically, which has these pinky, purply colors. The blush I use—Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Blush—looks really pink in the compact, but it looks good on your face. I don’t always wear blush, but when I do, I just put a tiny bit on over a tinted moisturizer.

And then there’s just extra stuff everywhere. A lot of eyeliners, for example. This Eyeko one I really like for liquid eyeliner. I’m really bad at liquid liner, so whenever I have time to do it, I’ll try, but it takes me a really long time. When I bought this one, they gave me a little pamphlet on how to do the cat eye with Alexa Chung, and I looked at that, and that actually helped me because I didn’t know what I was doing before. Drawing a little tail and connecting it—that was really helpful. I usually just use a tiny bit of pencil and like, smudge it because I cannot do it straight. My eyes always look different.

I’ve always filled my brows in, but I really like dying them now. I go to Mirella at Anastasia Beverly Hills. Most days I’ll use the Kevyn Aucoin Brow Pencil in Brunette to fill them in, and I also really like Glossier Boy Brow. It has a tint, but since it also works like a gel, you can fluff your brows up nicely.

SKINCARE
Every day, in the morning and before bed, I wash my face with Evologie Stay Clear Cleanser. I’ll take my makeup off with the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water—I’m sort of allergic to waterproof makeup, so it gets rid of what I do wear pretty well. I have the smaller ones and the wipes version because they’re no-oil. Then I use Jergens—my mom is the face of the brand, so we have a lot of it. The Wet Skin Moisturizer is actually really good. I don’t mean to be an ad for it, but you just put it on while you’re still wet in the shower, and then when you dry yourself off with the towel…it’s there! [Laughs]

HAIR
When I’m in the shower, I use the Pureology line—the Pure Volume Shampoo and Conditioner are my favorites. And then this cleansing one is also good, but I don’t use it every day because it makes my hair kind of oily. Then I have this Kiehl’s Silk Groom Hair Styling Serum that I put on my hair while it’s wet to make it look really shiny. After that, I brush it and let it air dry in braids. I have really curly hair so I keep it in a loose braid so it doesn’t crimp. Then I sometimes straighten it with a Chi. When I do blowdry my hair, I use the T3. But my hair is really fine so I try not to use heat because it damages it so quickly.

I wash my hair every day—but it still gets oily so I use a lot of dry shampoo. R+Co Death Valley is a good one. Especially for school days, because I do theatre and days sometimes go until like 7pm, so I just feel gross by the end. I also bring dry shampoo to school just in case I need it. I have a smaller one—Alterna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Dry Shampoo—that fits in my bag. And then I always bring a hairbrush. And powder—just in case, because we are there for so long.”

—as told to ITG

Maude Apatow photographed by Valentina Cytrynowicz in Los Angeles on August 31, 2015. Video by James Gallagher.

Shailene Woodley wears makeup out of respect, Amy Hood loves an economy-sized shampoo and Camilla Blackett receives beauty and life advice from Aaron Sorkin in the Top Shelf.

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Ali Michael

Our very exciting news: Boy Brow just launched—it’s a grooming pomade that answers the question of what to do with your eyebrows now that the natural look is back. You can shop it now on glossier.com! And because you’re already thinking about brows, it seems like a good time to catch up on some eyebrow-related reading, starting with the below. But FYI there are more brow stories this way.

“When I was younger and was just starting to model, I was actually obsessed with other models. Part of it is because I am a perfectionist, so I was always ‘studying.’ But also, I was really fascinated by their lives and found comfort in seeing other girls doing what I was doing. Like Natalia Vodianova—I loved her because she had big eyebrows like me and we were with the same agency. And Sasha [Pivovarova]. At my first fitting with Lanvin when I was 16, I saw Daria walking out while I was going in and she winked at me. I mean, maybe she didn’t—she probably just had something in her eye…but that was a very cool moment for me.

My first shoot ever in New York was for Teen Vogue with Arthur Elgort. The story was actually about Gucci Westman—and she was pregnant! They were so awesome to work with…I think modeling, in a way, gave me more self-confidence because I wasn’t seen as a beautiful girl at my school or anything like that, but then I was in an environment where people were complimenting these things that I had been really insecure about.

BROWS
I was teased all the time at school for my eyebrows. For a 12-year-old, they were very intense, so I would beg my mom to let me get them waxed. She told me I’d end up regretting it and wouldn’t let me tweeze them or anything. I stole her tweezers once out of her drawer and I got grounded because I did it without her permission. Actually, looking back on it, I’m so thankful that she didn’t let me because I grew into them. When I started modeling, if anyone would try to pluck them, my agency wouldn’t let them. I would not let anyone touch them—ever.

I did Balenciaga one season, which was really cool, and they bleached my eyebrows for it. At the time, I thought it looked weird, but now I love having my eyebrows bleached. We bleached them for a Nick Knight thing that I did a year ago, too. It makes my face look so different because my eyebrows are the defining feature on my face. Change that and it’s weird and I like it. Any time that somebody bleaches them, I always leave it for as long as I can.

SKINCARE
I’ve learned more about products doing shows than I have anywhere else. I still use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream sometimes, which smells like backstage to me, so that’s kind of nostalgic. The minute you get to a show, they sit you down in a chair, cleanse your face with Bioderma, and massage it in Embryolisse. The whole process makes the makeup look so different and so much better.

In the morning, I wash my face with Ren Evercalm Cleansing Milk and at night I use Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion. I’ll just put it on a cotton pad and wipe my face with it—it’s so frightening what comes off of your skin at the end of the day when you live in New York. I’ll also use some Dr. Alkaitis products, which I found at Great Jones Spa. I’ve been using their Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil for a long time, but I don’t really know how it works. Then I use the Glossier Priming Moisturizer, which I really like especially for summer because it’s light. No eye cream or anything else. Maybe that’ll change, but for now I feel like I don’t need to overthink the routine or have it be decadent. But I do use SkinCeuticals SPF 50 Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen every day. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed I’ve gotten really sensitive in the sun. I’m very fair so I always wear sunscreen and long sleeves even in August, which is horrible. I use Shiseido Sunscreen on my body.

I have a couple of masks that I use occasionally. The Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, I love—and I also have the Moisturizing Moon Mask in my fridge because Annie [Kreighbaum] told me to do that. Then I have the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. I never use it, but it’s here. It’s intense. I mean it’s not that intense but my skin is just so sensitive. My Witch Stick is quicker for spots. I got it in England.

MAKEUP
The most makeup I’ve ever worn was when I was in 7th grade, before I started modeling. Back then, I was listening to a lot of Bright Eyes and Radiohead. Super deep. I didn’t know anything about makeup obviously, so my look involved outlining my whole eye in black eyeliner and then doing the inner part of my eye in black eyeliner, too. I would wear a black The Used hoodie with American Eagle jeans and socks with Adidas slides. That was my look every day for school. When I had my eyebrows bleached, for some reason, I always wanted to have liner on the inner rim of my eye, I don’t know why. I love eyeliner but I don’t wear it much anymore. I think because I’ve been working as a model for so long and you can’t really wear eyeliner or anything to castings, I’m just not used to it anymore.

Now I don’t wear much makeup. I have an eyelash curler, but if I wore mascara, it’d end up all over my face. I do have a concealer. I’m super, super fair, as I said, so if I have something that I want to cover up, my friend Rie Omoto has this skincare and makeup line that’s only sold in Asia, and her concealer is the perfect color for my skin. Her brand is called Three, and everything else is in Japanese, so I don’t know exactly what it’s called, but it’s a concealer pen. And then I also have the two lightest shades of Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick in Porcelain and Alabaster.

I also have one of the tinted Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments. It’s the plum one, so it’s kind of deep in color, and I’ll put that on my lips or on my cheeks. But I also have a Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss. It’s new, and I really like it, so I’ll put that on my lips sometimes, too. It doesn’t feel sticky or lip gloss-y, which I can’t stand. I used to be so obsessed with lip balm—and I still am, but I used to have a bag full of every single lip balm that had ever existed and it got really out of control, so I try to just stick to a couple of things. But I definitely like them to feel moisturizing. And then—Oh, I love Maybelline Baby Lips. Grape Vine is the goth Baby Lips, but still completely see-through when you put it on.

HAIR
When I started doing shows, my hair was down to my hips—so it used to be a lot longer. It gets oily at the roots, plus I work out, so I wash it every day. People say that to fix that you have to not wash it every day, but I work and go to castings and if I don’t wash it people will say I have oily hair. So I can’t. But I just read about Emily’s shampoo in her Top Shelf and I bought it—Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt. It’s intense, so I don’t use it every day, but I really like it. And then I also have a Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo that I use on in-between days.

This summer I was visiting my boyfriend in London and his sister had a Tangle Teaser. I’d never used it before, but they’re so good! And I also have like a little Mason Pearson one that I carry around with me, and if I feel like my hair’s getting flat, which it does, I just do that and then brush through it.

FITNESS
I have a membership at Equinox. And I used to go to SoulCycle all the time—I was one of those people. But lately I’ve just been going to the Equinox spin room when no one’s there and I do my own spin class for myself. My music is usually hip-hop. If it’s not inappropriate, I won’t be motivated by it. Basically that’s my philosophy—dirty hip-hop. I’m recently obsessed with Justin Bieber. I was never into him ever, but I love his new songs! And I’ve choreographed a couple of different spin routines to them and they’re really great. I’m not a very good Belieber, but I’m a convert now. So I do that and then I sometimes will walk on an incline on the treadmill or do the Stairmaster, and then I do stuff on the mat. I have a subscription to Ballet Beautiful online, so I do that occasionally. I also do Pilates at Karen Lord sometimes. It’s hard, but I like working out a lot. And I also have a trainer whose name is Mike Maloney, and he is awesome. He’s like a great guy and he’s definitely my favorite trainer I’ve worked with in my career. I’m cursing a lot every single session, in horrible discomfort and wanting to go home. But it’s great. Like not discomfort in a bad way, discomfort in a ‘this is working’ way.

INSPIRATION
As far as who I’m inspired by, that would be my mom. That’s kind of a tangent, but she is my best friend and the most beautiful person in the world to me for sure. I actually just sent her an eyelash curler in the mail like last week because she said that hers didn’t work. So I went to Sephora and I bought her one.”

—as told to ITG

Ali Michael photographed by Tom Newton in New York City on October 6, 2015.

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