"I don’t like the sun, but I live in California. I wear La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50, all over…I’m full scale sunscreen. I have four brothers and they all look like real California boys—golden brown—and I’m the one who sits under the umbrella by the pool with the big hat and the red lipstick.
I always wear a lip, even in the morning to yoga class or ballet. Right now I’m wearing Girl About Town by MAC—but I like reds, I like Dior Celebrity Red, I love Guerlain reds and the Guerlain packaging. I like heavy beauty stuff—I always carry a nice compact, like this limited edition Estée Lauder one. But I also buy them vintage…you can buy vintage lipstick cases on eBay, and stick your MAC lipstick into the vintage container. If you put it in the fridge first it will come out easier. I also always carry my oils—right now I have sandalwood, lavender, and rose. I use them for aromatherapy and perfume. I mix all different oils—my bathroom at home is littered with oils; I’m really into natural beauty and natural healing. Peppermint is really good if you put it on your stomach for a tummy ache; lavender is kind of all-purpose—I think everyone should carry it. It’s good for everything from bug bites to anxiety to headaches to nausea to insomnia, anything. Like if I’m going to an event or something and I get a little nervous before I arrive, I just sniff the lavender. I like the Simpler brand for oils, which you can get at Whole Foods. I get a lot of beauty products at Whole Foods.
My beauty routine is pretty homespun—like I do a yogurt and honey face mask. You just take full fat Greek yogurt—a big heaping spoonful of that—and an equal amount of honey, and you just mix it together. You can keep it in the fridge for ten days. You smooth it over your face and leave it on for however long you have, twenty minutes, an hour—and it dries, and you wash it off. It’s great for any sort of problem skin, and it makes your skin really soft. It’s a great moisturizer. I love all that stuff. My mom was always really into all that too—like when I’d get sick, she’d make me tea with calendula, and when I was a teenager and I tried putting Sun-In in my hair, she’d empty out the bottle and put a lemon juice mixture in it. And lemon juice is also a really good rinse for your hair every once in a while—you just mix lemon juice and hot water and pour it over your hair and comb it through, and it kind of strips any buildup.
I’ve worked with a lot of beauty companies over the years but I really have to say that my own routine is very natural, like I really try to be careful about the stuff I’m putting into my body, onto my body. I do believe in beauty foods—like, a lot of blueberries, salmon, kale, quinoa, avocado. I remember when I took my niece to a fashion show in Paris—I think it was Givenchy couture—and afterwards we were being interviewed by some French TV station, and they asked her, ‘What do you think of the show?’ And she said, ‘I think that the models should be eating more almonds.’ [Laughs] Because their skin tone was so yellowish-gray, and she was totally right! Just having healthy fats in your diet is so important.
Beauty recipes are good too because they’re cheap…I have ten nieces and nephews and when the girls are about twelve I tell them, ‘Okay, you gotta go buy Oil of Olay foaming cleanser for sensitive skin,’ because it’s cheap, you can buy it at the drug store. I totally don’t believe that things have to be expensive, for beauty. In fact I’m always a little bit wary if they are…because I’m like, ‘What kind of chemicals are in there? What’s going to happen in ten years, when we find out what the side effects are?’ I used to use the Olay, and now I use this natural stuff, which is also not expensive, 100% Lavender Honey foaming face wash. I discovered it at this amazing beauty apothecary in LA called Le Pink. I get a lot of amazing things there. They have this line Éminence Organics, my friend Chloë [Sevigny] turned me on to it—they have this calendula face oil that’s great. And I like this line Arcona from Santa Monica—everything expires in six months. I like their Eye Dew, and their Cleansing Pads. I’m obsessed with that brand.
I don’t usually wear makeup besides lipstick, but then sometimes I also think it looks cool to do a full blue eyelid, all the way up to the brow…like, everything that’s supposed to be wrong—I kind of like that look. I have a lot of Japanese makeup because I used to work for Shiseido; I was consultant to the CEO. Tom Pecheux was working with us at the time…when he would do my makeup it was a very erotic experience—the way he touches your face is like nobody else!”