Gia Coppola, Director


"I love products. I’m trying to take it easy, because I can get crazy, and then my boyfriend is like, ‘This is too much!’ So I’m trying to use all the products before I buy more.

Dr Sebagh products are really nice—I just got into those. The vitamin C powder is really good. It says on the label that it’s the best way to get vitamin C into your skin. I guess when it comes in a liquid, like a cream, it just kind of expires, but this is a powder that you put into your moisturizer and apparently that’s the best way. And they have a good serum—a collagen serum. I really like that stuff. It’s expensive, so I haven’t gotten a new one yet. It just gets my skin a little more glowy. They have a really good exfoliant as well. I use this Azulene Calming Mask once in a while; it’s good to add some diversity from all the Dr Sebagh.

I don’t really wear makeup. I don’t like the feeling of it. I just put mascara on and that’s kind of it. I just got some stuff at Rite Aid, the pink and green—Great Lash. I like the pharmacy makeup. I always get stuck in that aisle…I’ve always liked looking at it. Once I found these sticker things for your nails—Sally Hansen—those were really fun to do. They’re really fun to do when you’re bored, and it’s better than painting your nails because you don’t mess up. It looks really good, very professional. I tried a zebra one that was really pretty, but I always get a little bored of it. I just like to be with my simple pink after a while. I always carry it in my purse; my friends say I’m boring, like, ‘Get adventurous!’ I think it’s called ‘Lollipop’, by Chanel. But I’ve had it forever and it’s running out. I don’t think they make it anymore. It’s really easy to make though, if you take a clear bottle and mix in pink and red, you can make it. I’ve done that before. You just take a little clear and put some colors! It’s fun! Just a few drops of red and pink. But anyway, sometimes I wear the Tarte blush—that’s a good blush—or the Stila highlighting cream. If I’m really in the mood, I’ll go for those.

I love Serge Lutens orange blossom perfume, my mom got it for me. It’s my favorite. It just smells clean. I feel like I don’t really have a sense for perfume. My mom is really good at that so she always buys me good perfume. I leave it to her. But she’s worn the same scent forever—an Egyptian musk oil. She has great taste; she used to be a stylist. But she’s a lot taller than me, so I don’t get to wear any of her clothes or shoes. She’s 5’9”, and I’m 5’5”. I don’t know how that happened. We can share beauty stuff and bags. I steal her bags sometimes. But actually my best friend’s mom gave that little Louis Vuitton pouch to me for my birthday a long time ago. I’ve had it forever. It’s nice because you’ll never get tired of it.

When I was younger, I had pink underneath my hair, and I got detention. I went to an all-girls school where you wore a uniform and pink hair was not ok. I think it said you’re not allowed to dye your hair and I thought, if it’s underneath, but no. I’ve been going to the same person for haircuts since I was thirteen. He’s really great, his name is Servando. He works at Byron and Tracey. I always chop my hair off, and then grow it long, and then chop it off. It’s like I can’t make up my mind. But I think I like it short just because I’m not really good at primping myself and stuff like that. I just roll out of bed. Usually I don’t really do anything, but if it feels kinda poofy, I’ll take whatever—cream or something—to flatten it. My boyfriend has some stuff that he uses sometimes and I’ll use that.

I’m Italian so I need to get someone to wax my eyebrows, but I’m not so good at keeping it up. Her name is Kim, she works at a place on Melrose called WAX. It’s funny because I get so much information out of her—she’ll tell me all these places to go, or the gossip in the tabloids—my boyfriend’s always like, ‘How’d you hear about this restaurant?’ and I’m like, ‘Umm, my waxer…’"

—as told to ITG

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  • Amelia

    i actually hyperventilated when i saw Gia Coppola: top shelf. she's so coool! that pink chanel nail polish and stila highlighter in retro packaging willl HAUNT me, why do i always fall in love with discontinued products

  • MG

    I LOVE that she doesn't like the way makeup feels on her face. That is exactly how I feel too. I want to claw at my skin when I have it on. Love her!

  • Cherlyn

    wow has she really had $350 haircuts since she was 13? fancy! :) Im curious about that Egytian musk oil - sounds intoxicating already.

    • Amelia

      well considering her family that must be small potatoes!

  • Jackie

    that louis vuitton pouch is perfect to carry around all the essentials!

  • Lyd

    The idea with mixing your own polish is awesome! Gonna try that sometime:)

  • Rose

    I do backflips of joy whenever I see a new "top shelf"! By far, the best beauty feature I have read anywhere. It's virtual rooting around in a beautiful's woman medicine cabinet- which is my idea of heaven.

  • Jessica

    Those Coppola girls are just so cool! Her beauty routine is a lot like mine, focus on skincare but not much makeup and zero hair styling. I love these Top Shelf posts! Also, if anyone has details on her dress please share, I absolutely need it in my closet immediately!

  • Laura

    I agree w/ Amelia- when I saw your tweet saying Gia Coppola I immediately popped on over. Another excellent top shelf-- I love that she seems so no fuss. it seems more natural that she just said her top products

  • Farah

    I love that shirtdress she is wearing. Any info on it?

    • K

      I'm almost positive this is APC.

  • Samantha

    Agreed with all above- really excited about this top shelf! The Coppola ladies are so cool and unique. Perhaps a Sofia top shelf in our future?

  • May

    wow, her contact lenses' case is OFF THE HOOK! So cute...Don't wear contacts but if I did...

    • sara

      hahah i was thinking the same thing.
      hello kitty contact lenses case is awesome!

  • marcela

    I like this post on her, is great to see that there are more laid back people out there.
    Top shelf post, as always, are my favorites.
    great post

  • Gemma

    She seems really lovely! Simple and charming... and I must know where her shirtdress is from!!

  • laughing out loud

    the Vit-C powder has silica, not so great for your skin.

  • Nicole

    I am sooo excited to see Gia Coppola on here!! She is simply amazing (I love her photographs + short films) and I admire her simple regimen. She seems so down to earth-I love it. It would be fantastic to see Sofia Coppola on Top Shelf as well!! Great Post!

  • lua j

    oh emily i love your blog, it would be totally cool in you could consider interviewing olivia palermo and/or leighton meester for your future topshelf posts because those girls have flawless skin! so i'm dying to know what products they use! anyway, thanks for this blog it's truly fantastic!

  • Nicole

    Actually, Laughing out loud, silica is an amazing mineral for your skin, hair and definitely shows when you are lacking. Maybe you're thinking of silicone?

    • Lisa C

      I'm going to presume you are right because I'm really excited about trying this Vitamin C powder. My life's goal is to get Vitamin C and retinol on my face in the easiest, most effective way...

  • Laura

    She seems cool and down to earth but I guess these are just her favorite products? There's no moisturiser, cleanser etc mentioned. But anyway, great post! Thanks

  • Jess

    Great post -absolutely gorgeous pictures. I love how sort of down-to-earth these products are.

  • Capitalist Pancake

    This girl is positively minimalist! I love that she's just working away at that one bottle of polish - too funny. I don't think I've ever known anyone to go through a whole bottle without getting bored and throwing it out.

  • otti

    ditto on interviewing olivia palermo~

  • Iggy

    Bravo! I'm also getting a weird kick out of seeing someone actually use up an entire bottle of nail polish.

  • jLA

    what a beauty cutie! I wonder... could I mix vitamin c powder with my moisturizer and get sth similar to the Dr. Sebagh? Worth a try!?

  • KAM

    Gia Coppola, oh man! I loved this article and how real she is.

    “I love products. I’m trying to take it easy, because I can get crazy, and then my boyfriend is like, ‘This is too much!’ So I’m trying to use all the products before I buy more.

    This is so me, I have a few things in common with Gia, wowie.
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  • the polka leopard

    i love her louis vuitton makeup bag, it's classic and timeless!

  • anita

    I love seeing beauty products I own, and especially the little makeup bag.

  • Rena

    I think that's the APC dress that I have as well :) x

  • Natalie

    I love the Coppola girls, such pared down natural chic style. They are a huge inspiration to me.

    By the way, I love this blog, it's the most delicious read on the Internet.

    • TheBeautyPhilosopher

      Yes, delicious is the perfect word. I love it too.

  • TheBeautyPhilosopher

    What a gorgeous photo of Gia. When I read the first line saying she loved products and is trying to take it easy I expected a trillion products but this is a very minimal and diverse selection. I wonder what her stash looks like when she does indulge and go crazy?!

  • Julia

    I am so bad at knowing the right product to buy. This was so helpful. I hate the way make-up feels on my face too! She is lovely.

  • Style Souk

    Agreed, Dr Sebagh's collagen Serum Repair is excellent. It feels a little tight on the skin, but makes pores invisible.

    So good to see Gia...

    The Coppola girls rock!

    Sarah x

  • Jenna

    I love Into the Gloss. I'm a MUA and am super obsessed. Thank you for your hard work :> I realized, Sofia Coppola also wears Fleur d'Oranger. Odd coincidence. I will fall to the floor if you could do a similar interview with Sofia. And if you do, please ask the lipstick Scarlett Johanssen (sp) applied in Lost in Translation. Thank you!!!!

  • erika

    love that pink polish!

  • ginny branch stelling

    i love how old that stila product is! one of my first makeup purchases back in the day- hasn't it been long discontinued? hahaha, i just love that she still uses it.

  • Kate

    She looks so gorgeous in that first photo. My hair used to look the exact same way before I started to let it grow; makes me want to go get it cut! I love these top shelf posts.

  • J.

    I love how she thinks! She really seems like someone very sure of her own beauty style, not someone who buys to impress others. I love that!


Dr. Sebagh
Vitamin C Powder Cream
Dr. Sebagh
Serum Repair
Mario Badescu
Mario Badescu Azulene Calming Mask
Tarte Cheek Stain