“I was a costume designer, but then I had Gia [Coppola] when I was 19, so I couldn’t really go on location. I moved from New York to LA—I’ve been in LA for 26 years. Anyway, music videos and commercials were the best for me. I did so many music videos. I did the Beastie Boys, I did Faith Hill when she did her turn over from country to rock… I did the costumes for The Darjeeling Limited. I styled Counting Crows; I styled Green Day. I did a lot of guy bands; I would just get booked on those. It wasn’t until Demi Moore asked me, ‘What are you doing? Why don’t you work for a magazine?’ and she introduced me to Glenda Bailey, that I started doing stories for Harper’s Bazaar. I love Glenda so much, she’s taught me everything.
I love lingerie. I have drawers of it. I love having great bras and great underwear; it’s part of my daily beauty routine. [Laughs] It’s like how some people put on red lipstick—for me, it’s lingerie. It makes me feel whole, and completes what I’m wearing. I’ve always been like that. I must have been 15 when I got my first nice bra. I don’t remember what it was, but I remember when I was 10, I got my first pair of underwear with a signature on it. They were from Bloomingdale’s and they had the days of the week on them. These were the pre-Stella McCartney days. [Laughs] This was in the ’70s. I guess I was always drawn to that. I think if you’re wearing a t-shirt, it’s always nice to wear a pretty bra.
Everything I buy is for the smell. That’s my number one thing—not packaging. It’s a smell thing. And I have certain things that I like, and the things I use, I use for a good reason. Always I love JF Lazartigue Body-Giving Shampoo—that’s great shampoo. I love Joëlle Ciocco Body Cleansing Oil. It just smells so good. And all my Jo Malone, which I get at Neiman’s. I’m obsessed with candles, too. These are always lit in the house: Cire Trudon. I get my Cire Trudon candles at Maxfield—either Manon, which smells like laundry, or Abd El Kader, the Moroccan mint, because it’s fresh and clean.
I’m a big shower person. I shower twice a day, although I’m a bath person, too…I’ve been working out a lot, so I’m big into Epson salts. It takes all the aches and pains out, it lets you work out the next day. But I love all my shower gels—I’m, like, obsessed. I’m very particular about the shower gels and the creams I use. You know how your perfume will go away during the day? I always use a scented cream. In the morning especially, putting on the creams just makes me happy. I’m a Jo Malone person. I stay usually with the Red Roses Lotion during the day, and the Red Roses Body Wash. I feel like that’s a great thing to do; if you keep one scent, it will stay in your clothes, it stays through your house. It’s just a part of you. I also use this Egyptian musk oil that I’ve been using since I was 15 years old. Everyone knows that’s me when I’m walking by. [Laughs] I either smell like that or rose. Or, I layer the musk over the rose. You know, you used to be able to get a better musk, but now they don’t do musk the way they used to. I search on the Internet and everywhere for it—I’m insane! [Laughs]
No matter what, I never leave the house without Burt’s Bees Hand Sanitizer, and Lip Balm. The Aerin Lauder Lip Conditioner is what’s in my purse right now, and the By Terry Baume de Rose is great, too. I don’t wear lipstick, ever. I’ll wear a base, because I’m old [Laughs] and it evens the skin out, but that’s it. The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is the most incredible product. And I like T.LeClerc powder; it’s just a pressed powder. I prefer to look light, not super dewy or super matte. I’m not a big makeup person anyway. I like the little things. It’s more about the ritual: the nice gloss, the nice powder, and a nice face. I love the French products, like the Avène SPF 50 Tinted Compact. I use it for sunscreen. If I’m out paddleboarding, it’s great. There are only two shades to pick, but it kind of blends into your skin even if the color isn’t perfect.
I mix my products…I really like Dr. Sebagh products, and I love Kate Somerville—their Dermal Quench Liquid Lift. It’s oxygen in a can! [Laughs] It’s a spray for your face, like aerosol. I love oxygen facials and it’s kind of like that. She figured out how to package oxygen in a can! And if I really need a good, hydrating cream, I’ll order this from Europe: Olos Natura Puriderm Sebum Lotion. I use it if I really need to moisturize; it’s incredible. I guess it’s just how my face reacts to it, and you can see what it’s doing. It’s the same thing with eating—you know what your body needs, and everyone is different. Before a big night out, I put on Cellcosmet Switzerland Precious Mask and my skin just becomes so clean and plumped and balanced. It’s in-credible. I also like to put on Crest White Strips before I go out. You can see the difference immediately. And I like the Arm & Hammer Whitening Booster toothpaste in a tube. It looks a bit like face cream. [Laughs] If you drink a lot of coffee or smoke cigarettes, you have to keep up with your oral hygiene.”
—as told to ITG
Jacqui Getty photographed by Emily Weiss in Los Angeles in August 2012.