Bibi Cornejo Borthwick


“I like everything black and white so my bathroom’s pretty simple. I have these polaroids up that my dad [photographer Mark Borthwick] took of my boyfriend and I in Spain]. My boyfriend broke our sink the other day. He always sits there when I shower and it just broke. [Laughs] Either he sits on the sink or the floor… we just talk; he’s my best friend so we talk about everything. We always keep each other company—we both work during the day and then at night he DJs, so we enjoy our little time together.

In terms of beauty, I’ve learned a lot from my mom [designer Maria Cornejo] and my grandmother, my dad’s mom, who’s so French—like, beyond. She loves Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream—she says if there’s ever anything wrong on your body, just put that on it. She always gives me things to use. Like Arnica oil. I have arthritis and I put that on all the time. I used to play sports; I got it when I was, like, thirteen. Arnica’s great…it’s like another solution to life. [Laughs] And this stuff’s great too, which I haven’t found in the states—it’s called Oilatum, it’s a cream from Spain for dry skin. I get eczema on my arms in the winter and this is great. My mom and I both use these bath products—have you ever used Radox, from England? It’s this kind of minty stuff we’ve used my whole life. It’s the best—if you have any aches or anything, it takes them away. I think my mom and I are pretty similar in our approaches in that she’s pretty natural; she really only wears mascara and concealer. You would think I’d have gone the other way and worn tons of makeup but that’s not the case. My parents are all ‘natural beauty,’ and I think they secretly love getting older.

And then, this is my ‘pretend I’m on vacation shelf’: I love Avène moisturizing self-tanning lotion, it’s the best moisturizer cream, and it gives you a little tan. I’m horrified of fake tanners, but this is good. Sometimes I put a little on my face. And I got a coconut lime body scrub from H&M, and it’s my favorite. It’s so cheesy and tacky, [laughs] but it smells like vacation. I’m kind of, ‘anything coconut goes’...shampoo, cream, oil. And then the Narciso Rodriguez fragrance—I’ve been wearing it forever and I have all the products: body wash, lotion, everything.

A friend of mine got me Susanne Kaufmann Wash Gel for my birthday; I use it on my body more than my face. Sometimes I take my makeup off before I go to bed, but not that often—it depends on the mascara I’m wearing. Sometimes in the morning I look like a raccoon, and not good raccoon—not, like, that sexy raccoon look. If I just have a tiny bit of eyeliner on, I’m okay the next day. I’m useless; I’m not good at washing my face and doing all those things.

A lot of my makeup was gifts. I lot of it I use, but not every day. I do like using bronzer, so I have these guys that are amazing: Tarte Maracuja Blush and Go Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in Sunlight. I just put it on my cheeks a little bit. And if I use anything bright, I use Sisley lipstick in L23 and L33. Oh, and Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer is the best coverup ever—I put it right under my eyes and sometimes on my eyelids, because they get a little bit veiny…it kind of makes the veins disappear. I can never find concealer that matches my skin tone, and these do. They’re perfect. And even if I’m a little more pale in the winter, they still match. They have them at Sephora. I can never ask anybody at those stores for help because they always end up giving me something that’s so much lighter than my skin, and then I go home and look like I have a mask on. So I just do it myself—I just put foundation or concealer on my hand, and on my jaw-line, to try it. A makeup artist, Dick Page, taught me to do that. He works with my mom on all her shows. But I’ve never really been into a whole face of makeup. Even at prom, I didn’t really have makeup on—I think I had mascara on and that’s it. I had this all-black dress on and this mega-silver jewelry when everyone else was in Hervé Léger, and I went with my best friend. I was kind of an outcast at prom.”

—as told to ITG

Bibi Cornejo Borthwick photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on July 17th, 2012. Bibi is a photographer and co-founder of the soon-to-be-launched blog Sidewalk Diaries

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  • Charu S.

    She is gorgeous! Any chance we can find out what she uses for her luscious hair?? Thanks!

  • Phil

    I wonder, is this Oilatum a cheaper version of Embryolisse?
    I like how she mixes some low end to hard to find items all in her routine.
    Adding some brands & products to my own list again.

    • Elenita

      Oilatum cream is the same as Physiogel A.I. cream. They are made by the same company but sold under different brand names - go figure...

  • BrooklynnG NYC

    she's so beautiful. The tarte maracuja blush and gos are amazing! I just discovered them recently.
    Love the Bumble in her shower too.
    I'm a huge fan of Maria Cornejo's designs. Fun to see that her daughter is just as chic.

  • Mabelmatilda

    I've always wanted to try the Bumble and Bumble creme de coco line, I really like the products she uses!

  • larissa

    She's seems so effortless when it comes to beauty !

  • Cris

    I loved it!
    I'm posting looks from Los Angeles and summer accessories:

  • VotreAmie

    I love her relaxed attitude about beauty and makeup! Incredible natural beauty. Always fun to read where people pick up their little tricks, habits and products throughout life!

  • SF City Editor

    Could she be any prettier? Love....just ordered the Oilatum, cream from Amazon.

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Another natural beauty :) I love that little story she told about her boyfriend always talking to her in the shower and how she mentioned that they truly were best friends. I love that and would want someone to do the same thing with me :) Also love those polaroids on her cupboard

  • Cdp

    does no one wear makeup anymore? Its so tired.

    • Lauren

      it's all about natural beauty! but i still love me a fun lipstick or some eyeliner for a night out.

      Emily - any idea where her acrylic storage unit is from? it looks similar to the ones from the container store but i've never seen that combination

      • JM


    • Guest

      Don't worry, they do... Chantecaille Anti Smog, Bobbi Brown concealer, MAC eye kohl in the blackest of black, YSL Faux Cils, balm smudged on the eyelids, lips and smoothing the brows, and Agadir Shine Spray, which has turned my hair from a bleached mess to near silk. And that's on the no makeup days X

  • fluffybunniesareadorable

    everyone at your prom wore Herve Leger?? where the heck did you go to school!

  • fairytalesandcoffee

    I missed Top Shelf. This is one of those entries that's like a throwback to the hey day of top shelf. I love the pictures of their vanities and medicine cabinets with all the product....

  • TiffanySquared

    I can totally sign on the the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Cream theory. Its not a myth. It is quite literally a cure for all evils. Bibi is crazy adorable.

  • Kinah

    Where on earth is that acrylic organizer that is holding all of her makeup from??? Just love it!

  • Bibi

    thank you everyone !
    the organizer is from muji xxx bibi

  • reddysteadygo

    Her skin is sooo beautiful, I love that glowy wonderful color she has. No self tanner needed! I am loving all the new content but I agree, I miss Top Shelf! Also that story about her and her boyfriend is a d o r a b l e. I like how she's not even mad about the sink :)

  • Fmcandy

    Wow, I used to see her as a little girl in Mark Borthwick photos. He is my favourite photographer. Allways loved the clima in the family photos, and wondered about the mix of freedom, naturality and truth with all that fashion business. This young lady looks so fresh and happy! That s a great photo message, although I love products. Being so natural is adorable!

    • Bibi

      Thank you so much! That was such a sweet comment

  • BeautyholicRomy

    I looooove these posts. In ElleGirl magazine I used to always flip to the 'What's in My Bathroom' posts where celebs show you what products they have in their beauty cabinets! <3

    I'd love to raid hers! xx

  • Roberta Barros

    this my favorite topshelf off all. she's natural, and i can identify myself with her. the natural tan skin, the taste for all coconut things and low maintenance beauty practice. shes is great!

  • Marissa Daniels

    Finally someone mentioning the Avene self-tanning milk! It's actually the best self tanner, even for fair skin like mine...I put it on my face before bed every few days and it gives me a great natural glow the following morning (plus very soft skin!)