Lindsey Wixson, Model


"I don’t believe in putting petroleum or preservatives on my skin. Over time, you kind of just want to go back to basics. Especially if you’ve been working a long time and you get makeup put on you, you just want to wash all that stuff off, because it’s not really who I am. I’m a really natural person; I love nature. I just bought a house in Kansas at eighteen years old! I’m a veteran now. [Laughs] With makeup, I don’t really care if it's natural. I’m obviously not going to wear it—hopefully—for more than a few hours. Work is different because I can’t control it, but when I’m doing my own thing—skin should be able to breathe.

All of Rose-Marie Swift’s stuff is somewhere hidden away in a bag, and when I find her treasures at my house, back home in Kansas, I’ll be freaking out, but then I’ll realize that I can’t bring all of the makeup back because I have to check it in through security, and then it’s a battle: What do I bring? What do I need?

Beauty wise, my staples are Dior Diorshow Mascara—iconic!—because, number one, they gave it to me. [Laughs] Two, it’s great—it lengthens, it thickens, it doesn’t irritate my eyes. Also, I have sensitive skin, so I always pack a powder that has moderate coverage, like a pressed powder by Neutrogena. It has SPF, as well. It’s so good because it covers all the little stuff—little imperfections—especially if you don’t like the greasiness of concealers and foundation, which kind of weird me out because I don’t know what’s in them… I just try to stay away from those unless I have to look good. [Laughs] Right now, I am using Erase Paste by Benefit in #2 Medium. It’s like a paste, but it’s concealer. I was just in Sephora and I picked it out myself. The saleswomen don’t usually come up to me, actually; I know exactly what I want. When I’m not working, I like to try different things, but this is basically it, plus the sheer Rose Silk Finishing Powder by Jurlique. It cuts down the shine. I’m anti-shine completely, but I like a good glow! [Laughs] So, I’ll pack argan oil for highlighting, or really any type of oil that’s good for your skin, like almond oil, coconut oil…just not synthetic oils. I also love Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in RD103. It’s sort of like Nars Orgasm blush. I use it sort of as a highlighter, with my fingers. I use my fingers for everything. If I wanted to do a night look, I'd just do that with some eyeliner. Then, I add eye shadow on top. You have to blend it with a Q-tip or your fingers. I’m an artist! [Laughs]  I’ve always liked playing with makeup. It’s fun. I love going places and getting dressed up. Sometimes models don’t know how to do makeup, and sometimes they just don’t care.

I feel the most beautiful with a taupe smoky eye with mascara, like Versace, old school…To do the smoky eye, I just rub on some brown eyeliner and smudge it around. I also like doing that kind of glowy, 'supermodel eyebrow' thing. Pat [McGrath] calls it a 'supermodel eyebrow' because she’ll make it super…chic. Thick and defined, but not overpowering, just sort of adding to what you’ve already got. You have to really know your face to do your eyebrows yourself. I use this brow kit called Brow Zings by Benefit in the Light color. I recently had my eyebrows bleached. I don’t really have a say in whether my eyebrows are bleached; it’s just how work is. I just go with it. I don’t care at this point. I’m fully past caring. [Laughs] And it’s part of getting into character, you know? So are the lips. My lips are a lot thinner than what makeup artists usually create, because they make them almost graphic. I love having my makeup done by Aaron de May because he knows how to make you feel comfortable. He’s one of my favorite people ever. And Rose-Marie Swift. I think those are my two favorite people.

I would actually prefer to do my own makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have someone do my makeup—I think everyone is—but it gets a little intense during fashion week. Just like, they’ll put different products on and use Embryolisse a lot, I get sort of like polyps or little pimples. It’s just really gross. To get rid of little bumps, I use an ionized clay by Living Clay. It comes from California. They have a mask, they have a muscle rub with peppermint and tea tree oil, and lotions and stuff. It’s really good if you have bad arthritis or bad skin issues. I’ve had really easy skin, but I’ve always just washed my face and had a routine. I was afraid that I was going to get really bad skin when I started modeling, so I would always exfoliate. The first scrub I used was St. Ives Apricot Scrub and Aveeno Positively Radiant—the one without the sparkles. And for moisturizing, this stuff is great: Cocoon Apothecary Kahuna Body Lotion. I’m all about natural. My mom would use any lotions and not even care what was in it. I think, for me, the Internet has been a really good resource. I’ve educated myself with what’s really going on with skincare.

If I’m having trouble getting my skin under control, I’ll use Simply Divine Botanicals Black Velvet Foaming Facial Cleanser. I found it at Lucky Duck [in Union Square]. I usually order it online; they don’t really have it in stores. I read the ingredients and I liked it. I’m really into researching things: I look for witch-crafted, natural, vitamins…Saffron Rouge is a good resource. It’s sort of like a beauty/healthy cosmetics website…they sell a lot of Dr. Haushcka’s stuff, too.

For hair my, I like Kérastase Masquintense, the orange one. It just works. It’s great for fashion week. It keeps my hair from looking like a Raggedy Ann doll—that, and the Bain Satin Nutrition shampoo, and Elnett hairspray for wisps and flyaways."

—as told to ITG

Lindsey Wixson, wearing Mother jeans and a Chloé blouse, photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on July 27th, 2012. 

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  • Chasing a Butterfly

    I LOVE St. Ives. It's affordable and great skin care at its best. It's great to read that there are those in the public eye who still believe in organic skin care! I'm a fan of it myself and love brands like Eminence and Mario Badescu where I know the ingredients and can pronounce each one!

    • Kat

      st ives isn't organic...

  • Guest

    Great post. But Embryolisse actually is not "natural" or petroleum-free for skin; it's full of paraffin and Propylene Glycol, mineral oil, etc. which are all actually petroleum derivatives. Just to be clear.

    • Francine

      I don't think she was promoting it... she said it gives her pimples...

    • Kharina SternerJones

      That is probably the reason why she commented she gets breakouts when the mua use it on her.

      • dana antoria tenant

        yep - its an oil pit for your face...I bought it after it was recommended on this blog....I guess just because its pricey doesn't mean its the best for you - certainly wasn't for me

        • tina

          It really shouldn't be touted as a good moisturizer. It's not the best formulation for skin health per se and there's really nothing in it to promote good skin.
          I think makeup artists just use it because its a 2 in 1. It's occlusive and acts as a good primer/base for foundation but it also feels moisturizing.
          The skincare makeup artists use isn't always the best. Most of the time it's better for makeup application rather than skin health.

    • Kfgregor

      She said "they" meaning the makeup artists use it on her.. that's at least how I read it.

    • Katie

      I think she was also referring to someone else putting it on her. That being said, Aveeno is full of crap (parabens, artificial gragrances, etc) and Kerestase, while beloved by many, is full of alcohols, preservatives and fragrance. Glad to hear she does her research, maybe these two slipped through the cracks.

      • kneelbeforetigers

        Agreed, Kerastase is the worst! It dried out my hair so badly I had to use an intensive olive oil deep conditioning treatment to get it back to only a DECENT state. Never again!

  • Lois

    I once saw an editorial in teen vogue with lindsay, and she looked great! She has a beautiful face.

  • Jaq Fonte

    i've been waiting to read her routine for what feels like forever! so glad you profiled her. Maybe it has a little to do with her face shape, but she always looks like she has skin as smooth as a babies bottom.

  • Daul Be

    Amazing Lindsey! I like a lot of nature skincare too. I recently got into Jurlique and their skincare range is ah-mazing!!! They have a sweet aroma scent and makes my skin baby soft. I love their sunscreen and herbal range.

  • Panglu

    I love that Lindsey uses the Shiseido Luminizing Face Color! I adore Shiseido makeup as it's one of my favorite cosmetic lines ever and I really like Dick Page. Shiseido makeup is extremely underrated!

  • ROKderm

    Nice! I like how she keeps her skin-care so simple, it's often the best trick I guess! she looks great for it too. :)

  • Maiastras

    Maybe models are just too busy to do some internet research? Except for a few products like the face wash by Simply Divine Botanicals, she doesn't use very many petroleum + preservative free products. I don't blame her though - it must be difficult to be independent from the products and hype that her industry pumps out. Endorsing these aspects is a part of being a professional, and unfortunately so.

    • Guest

      I understand what you mean, a lot of better known 'clean' brands - Chantecaille, Yes to Carrots, Jurlique, Mario Badescu, Dr Hauschka et al - do actually use preservatives, parabens etc but from what I've researched it tends to change product to product, so your research needs to be fine tuned. Which is why I still use and love those brands anyway, find the right product from a relatively 'clean' brand and you won't want to use anything else on your skin.

  • Nomadic D.

    Argan oil, huh? I've been hearing a lot about this lately and am now officially intrigued. I actually use pure jojoba oil when I'm especially dry and instead of an eye cream as well, but I wonder how the argan oil would compare. Definitely going to have to look into it...

  • Marta E

    Lovely pics!!!



  • cat

    Wow. This was great. I really appreciate her honesty and will look into some of those products.

    I noticed a lot of models don't like to reveal much or what they have to say is rarely genuine. They either endorse a product they probably don't use and/or just say something annoying along the lines like "i don't wash my face."

  • Mabelmatilda

    I LOVE LINDSEY WIXSON! I'm so happy about this post! and we even use some of the same products :) yay!

  • Tiana

    Thank you so much for doing this post!! I've been such a fan of Lindsey Wixson and almost keeled over and died when I saw this post :)

  • Kate {Modette}

    I love love love her beauty routine! I love her recommendation to get rid of little bumps too, as that's a real problem I have with my skin too. She's gorgeous, one of my favourite models! xx

    Kate {Modette}

  • James

    What's that perfume on the marble table on the right?

    • Milicacello

      It's Prada Infusion d'Iris Eau de Parfum Absolue

  • Kitchen Afternoon

    How utterly normal she is for such success, lovely!

  • Lauren

    The models always make it sound so effortless!

  • Joy Of Stranger Sensibilities

    Love her so much. It's probably so weird to be a seasoned vet at only 18!

  • CST

    I found this post a bit confusing, to be honest. A lot of statements about not liking to wear much makeup, then a list of makeup she wears most of the time, or comments about only using 'natural' products, but then products noted that aren't particularly natural...Sometimes it seems like there's a conspiracy afoot, wherein people who work in beauty deny using many beauty products so that they seem more effortless and casual. I mean, you work in the beauty business- you care about products, etc. There shouldn't be any shame in that, and it shouldn't be a competition of who uses the least to look the best.

    • Eastvillagesiren

      I agree; it can be confusing. I also think the definition of "natural" can vary, just like "chemical," etc. I can't use a lot of "naturally" based products because the essential oils irritate my skin too much. I try to look more for simple formulas, no color or scent, and mild to no preservatives. Then I read about a model or stylist who uses these incredible "natural" or "organic" products, buy them, and my skin reacts ; )

    • kim

      I believe she wrote about what type of makeup she would wear if she has to go out/dinner/events or important meetings.

  • Mckennarishmawy

    Can I just say that I love the fact that she's bought a house in Kansas and has not moved out to NYC or Paris as an 18-year-old?! That's great! And I love the idea of the "supermodel brow" ... I've been trying to emulate that for a while now!

  • sashi

    I like it, she has a charming personality - however when I was 18 I used Dial for Kids handsoap on my face because that's what was in our bathroom and had perfect skin... because I was 18.

    • Guest

      Believe me age has nothing to do with it, you were lucky. I had horrible skin ages fifteen through nineteen, and don't doubt they'll reappear in future X

      • claire

        RIGHT?! Age and skin only correlate when it comes to wrinkles & sagging. Acne is something you honestly shouldn't have a problem with as an adult.

      • sashi

        Sure, I understand adolescent skin, but with youth comes a glow and beauty that is unattainable later in life no matter the products.

        • Guest

          Fair enough, but it's very individual. I see forty year olds with glowier skin than mine and during that period the only glow I had was sunburn X

  • Guest

    PS. Thank you for introducing me to Saffron Rouge! Although the seventy five dollar shipping fee to Australia is defeating

  • Annika

    The perfume is Prada Infusion d'Iris Eau De Parfum Absolue, to whoever asked!

  • TiffanySquared

    Amazing. I love the movement in these photos of Lindsey. Like watching a film
    I love how Lindsey has come into her own in front of our eyes. So beautiful.

  • antoinette marie

    I'm glad you did a top shelf on Lindsey Wixson.

  • Marchebouvier

    Call me bitter, but I have a hard time taking advice from a flawless 18 year old :)

  • Hannah Johnson

    I think she meant Diorshow Iconic, which is different from the classic Diorshow (different brush, different formula) and in my opinion the best of Dior's mascaras! She has good taste ;)

  • banga

    Any chance Lindsey would share the name of that grey wall paint?

  • Sarah

    wow, this is totally weird. she completely contradicts herself all over the show. but my major issue is, she is an 18 year old supermodel......she has young great skin. she could probably soak in a vat of toxins for a month and come out glowing. not particularly awe inspiring! she likes the idea of natural but clearly has no idea what that would entail. i don't think nars and shiseido are renowned for their environmental purity. i also think calling yourself a veteran at 18 is just a tiny bit ridic. what does that make kate moss?

    • diane

      I don't think it's fair to assume that young models have great skin no matter what. They are more likely to have skin problems because new products are used on them all the time. On top of that, they need to have decent skin to maintain bookings and so they are more likely to spend more time on maintaining their skin than most people. There was a top shelf with caroline trentini and she talks about how she went on accutane.

      I think "veteran" for Lindsey Wixson is appropriate. She is only 18 and that is what is incredible about it. She has done above and beyond what most models will ever get to do in their career and she already has a following. She books consistently season after season after season...that's a veteran.

  • Marina

    After reading this I really felt like trying on the Black Velvet Foaming Facial Cleanser so I bought it and some other things from Simply Divine Botanicals. I'm really enjoying all my products, but I don't use then in daily bases 'cause they make me feel like a spa day or something like it!

  • Desiree Brown

    I think lots of women switch to organic beauty products! they want to protect their skin from harmful toxins.