I always try and tell my girls that I’ve not just woken up and suddenly felt more secure and more grounded. I definitely don’t feel like that all the time and it can change within a couple of hours, depending on my mood. I work on it daily and hourly and whenever I don’t feel like myself, I sit in that feeling. I don’t just breeze past it because then it catches up on you. So I’d say sit in any emotion you’re feeling, any rejection or self-hatred you might feel about the smallest or biggest thing – it’s all valid. And also, down the line, it helps shape the person that you then become.
On being part of Revlon’s Live Boldly campaign
It started because they came to me and it’s been an amazing opportunity. But what I love most about it is they’ve really embraced who I am, they’ve not tried to mould me into any type of person or standard of beauty. And I like the way in which they’ve promoted this campaign with the casting being so diverse – there’s Imaan [Hammam], there’s me, there’s Ashley [Graham] – and I think we’ve all worked really well together. We all stand for different things but it meshes really well together and we definitely have different followers and communities. Everything we stand for has been embraced by Revlon.
So a red lip is always my fave. Revlon has this amazing one which stays on for about 10 years, it’s called Colorstay. They also have this lip gloss with a bit of colour called Kiss Lip Plumping Crème. And then Revlon Volumazing Mascara.
On doing her own make-up
I’m getting better actually! Celia [Burton, make-up artist] was quite surprised the other day, she was like: who did you cheat on me with? But I did it myself! I learn from the vast amount of time I spent in the make-up seat. I can’t do liquid eyeliner but my sister is really good so if Celia’s not around she can.
I have an on/off relationship with my skin but I’m pretty militant with it because it changes all the time. Stress, flying, pollution… Always a good old wash, a mask maybe twice a week and then serum, every morning and every night. I like Barbara Sturm. They do this one where they take your blood and take bits out of it and mix it with a cream. My mum, to this day, always makes sure I take off all my make-up before bed. And I do, always.
Shaving my head was pretty nerve-racking once I’d done it. I was a bit nervous to show anyone and was like, what if everyone hates it and then I’ve already done it? And I hadn’t told my agent at the time – actually they told me not to do it but I did it anyway! But it felt really good, it felt like I’d let go of a few things. And also I didn’t have the angst of worrying about fitting it and about scraping my hair back and making it look perfect all the time when I should have just let it be what it was.
On beauty treatments
I get facials but I’m not really into being touched by a masseuse, so I don’t really get massages. I have a really good dermatologist in New York called Orentreich so I go there. It’s quite intense.
On the red carpet
I do like it because I keep it in the family and have a lovely group around me. I don’t think I’d enjoy it if it was randomers. I love the people I have around me and I also try and have friends around if it’s a big event. I am quite quick to get ready as I usually have it organised beforehand and I’m slightly impatient because I don’t like sitting around for hours. I need music and lots of food.
I use a lot of cocoa butter so I always smell like that, and of Aesop deodorant. Then there’s a Giorgio Armani perfume called Si Passione and I wear that most of the time. I like having a signature smell.
On travel beauty tips
It’s not necessarily beauty tips but I have a weird thing about making sure that my area on the plane is clean. A lot of disinfecting the area. When you think about how many germs are there and they definitely just vacuum-clean it… Don’t use the pillow. Bring your own.