Annabelle Dexter-Jones


"I had a phase when I was fifteen that was mostly inspired by my mom. She became friends with the people behind—remember that brand Tony & Tina? They would just deliver packages of makeup to our house. They had a glitter eyeliner that my mom used to wear a lot, which I then started to wear a lot. So, there was always glitter all over the house, all over the sheets. Eventually, that just had to stop. My introduction to beauty was probably the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, because my mom would put it all over her face and it had such a strong smell. That’s my first memory of any beauty product.

And then I started working at Harper’s Bazaar in the beauty department. My mom was always like, ‘You guys need to be working, or have some kind of internship at all times.’ She wanted us to have that experience. I think I was sixteen, maybe seventeen. I would spend the entire day organizing the beauty closet. And they get so much stuff there that they’re just like, ‘Take it, take it all. We don’t want any more of this.’ So I would go home with bags. I would feel so guilty: ‘Really? I don’t have to take this much.’ And they’re like, ‘No, we want you to take it!’ But I was never really good at applying makeup, or putting on foundation or anything like that. Most of it went to use as birthday presents. I didn’t have to buy another birthday gift for a year or two.

Every day I put on some kind of moisturizer. I was in Florence recently, so I went to Santa Maria Novella. I knew the products, but I’d never been there before, and it’s such a magical place. I stocked up on Crema Idralia, and I got this really funny set of creams from Agent Provocateur, L’Agent Titillation—one is for your breasts, and one is for your ass. I just think it’s funny to have such specific moisturizers. And in the winter, I use Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm because it’s thick. I like it because it makes me feel like a lady. My godmother—her name is Lady Sharon Sondes—is an uptown, kind of fabulous socialite, and had her initials on her cigarettes. She always told me, ‘You must moisturize every day,’ and I guess it just stuck in my head that that’s what you do.

I always wear red lipstick—MAC Ruby Woo is my favorite. I also use a tiny bit of their blush: Pink Swoon. I don’t like to create the definition that you see makeup artists do with blush, or, like, in fashion editorials; I like to use it to have that flush—it adds a little bit of color to your face. You know, back in the day, girls used to just pinch their cheeks to get that little bit of color—so it’s like that, but with a brush. And for eyes, I use Volume Effet Faux Cils mascara from YSL, just because that’s what I decided to buy in the store. Packaging is really important to me—I’m very shallow. And obviously I wear Charlotte Ronson for Sephora in Annabelle. [Charlotte and I] talked about it. She said, ‘What do you think you’d be if you were a makeup?’ And I said, ‘Well, I’d definitely be a lipstick ‘cause that’s usually the only thing I wear.’ Samantha [Ronson] is definitely more of a mascara or eyeliner kind of person. I also just got a package of Chanel lipsticks and it had this pink color, and I actually dig it. It’s called Rouge Allure Velvet37 L'Exubérante. It matches my new Charlotte Olympia shoes.

I usually wear a bit of Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation, or else just concealer—Clé de Peau. That’s one of my favorite brands. I have their makeup remover, which is good, and their black eyeliner is really soft. I used to like my eyeliner to look slept-in, but now I don’t like it so much anymore. I guess I finished college and then, like I said with moisturizer, it’s nice to feel like a lady. I wanted to be clean and feel more civilized. [Laughs] I naturally evolved.

In college, I wanted to be beach-y, and never brushed my hair. My boyfriend was like, ‘You have to brush your hair!’ So I started brushing it and cutting it regularly. I like Mason Pearson brushes. I use Moroccan Oil, and either chamomile Klorane conditioner, or the Moroccan Oil shampoo and conditioner, but this is probably my favorite: Terax, the conditioner. And Klorane dry shampoo is extremely important to me. [Laughs] Because even if your hair is clean, it gives it a really nice texture.

When I go in to see [hairstylist] Ashley Javier, I just let him do whatever he wants to do. Last time, he was like, ‘What do you think about bangs?’ My hair was really dry and dead, and this haircut was just a way to, I don’t know, clean it up. A lot of people tell me it makes me looks younger, but it makes me feel older, because I’ve never had, like, a ‘hairstyle.’ It’s always been long and wavy and messy. I went to Ashley’s the day before to do the color, and at that point he was thinking about the bangs. So, he gave me a bang piece and said, ‘Do a focus group.’ So me and my friends just played with the fake bangs for hours. The next day I went back and he cut it."

—as told to ITG

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  • Jenna

    I love the little surprise of a bar of Dove soap. Is that a fragrance on the back left portion of her sink?

  • Kitchen afternoon

    sweet girl! love her dress, and the smell of Klorane Chamimile, it is really fresh.

  • mimi

    i remember her always being in teen vogue back when i was a teen, she hasn't aged a bit! i love that her bathroom looks like a regular person's bathroom haha.

  • Christine

    I'm not sure who she is, but I loved this post and her take on natural beauty. I tend to overdo it on the blush -- I should take example on her and just use it to give me some flush.

  • VotreAmie

    Fresh faced and lovely! Ah, I need to get my hands on a pair of fake bangs so that I can make the same assessment!! Love the bangs and cut on her!

  • Ashleigh @ Jolie Jouel

    Loved this article. She seems so sweet and laid back. Love hearing her choice of makeup, skin care, and hair care.

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  • Katie

    I love Annabelle Dexter-Jones. She's a natural beauty and always looks so serene. It's such a treat to see her featured here!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    She is beautiful and I love her taste in beauty. I've always wanted to try Santa Maria Novella! Oh, and Klorane dry shampoo too--I hear its the best. I am currently using the Oscar Blandi one, but I don't really like my hair to smell like lemon lysol

  • mlle p

    Beautiful hair color - it looks totally natural.

  • Mall-fashion

    I love her taste in beauty.and i hope i can have mystyle in beauty.

  • Azrakun

    These posts are the best. I want to try the blush she mentioned.

  • Lena

    i love the top shelf!! makes my day whenever you upload one! would be amazing if you could eniko or natalia vodianova!!!

    • Denisa

      I agree with Lena + Liv Tyler + Diane Kruger. Thank you!

      • Kath

        Diane Kruger....that would be awesome. You can do it Emily!!!

    • Hannah

      I would love to see some more models as well! Preferably ones without beauty contracts that are required to promote the products that they represent...

  • mandm

    Nice interview, check our tips

  • Michelle Suwannukul

    Such a pretty girl. I love it when they keep it simple.

  • Theyearofyou

    She's SO pretty.

    • Manu

      Oh yesss she' so pretty

  • CamMi Pham

    I love this story.

  • Modern-sky

    love those shoes with it so gorgeous!

  • Thefashioninformer

    She is just too cute!

  • Vfontaine929

    HOW do you get your initials on your cigarettes!?!? SO CHIC. Someone please tell me.

  • Lea Apel

    love these pics! anabelle is soo sweet and beautiful!



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  • Fashioninfor

    you are so beautiful! love your smile!

  • ivy

    who is this?! i also remember seeing her in teen vogue and have no idea who she is. she has a famous mother apparently?