Jacqui Getty


“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.

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  • http://lerablogs.blogspot.com/ Lera

    Days of the week underwear reminded my of my childhood, my mom was wearing it. :-)

  • http://katemossdaily.blogspot.in/ kate moss daily

    I think one of the greatest pleasures of being a woman is having the opportunity to indulge in lingerie. I love hearing how much other women love it too, so I know I'm not the only one :)


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  • http://dipitblack.com/ dipitblack

    What a great interview!
    And I also don't wear lipstick, ever!


  • mlle p

    I wonder what she thinks of her rocksalt lamp - I see them at my natural grocery and have been tempted to buy one. Any review?

    • k80

      Salt lamps are the best! I totally recommend getting one - the light they give is so beautiful and they do good things to the ions in the air. I won't be without one now. I actually have the small kind that you can put a lit tealight candle inside, as it's a nice ritual. And they're a bit less expensive too if you just want to try one out.

  • http://www.cottontrendy.com/ Cotton Trendy

    What an incredible interview, really enjoyed it! Love how she loves lingerie, I am sure she would love http://www.cottontrendy.com and all the topics we cover on lingerie! She love being a woman and we love reading about it!

  • Kitchen Afternoon

    Hooray! Skin care! She sounds lovely, utterly normal and glamorous pal.

  • Guesty

    "they don't make musk the way they used to" because it's all synthetic now and no longer animal-based...

    • beeswaxnoneofyour

      yep - she may be still able to source some naturals via places selling attars and oils, but it's slim. If it isn't regulated I think most brands are on board with synthetics because their customers prefer it from an ethical standpoint.

  • http://tonightatnoon.com/ Christine

    Just like her, lingerie is like a beauty routine to me. Nothing makes me feel sexier than wearing a nice set!

  • gigi

    so interesting to read her story! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • http://ibelieveinrosa.blogspot.com/ larissa

    Great article, I love her style, very chic yet approachable!


  • Leila

    Very interesting interview, somehow I find much more fascinating reading about a woman who has a down to earth attitude to beauty rather than a high maintenance one. I feel I can relate to her. Always a pleasure to read your blog.
    If you are in New York , hope you are safe and well.

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Haha I remember I used to LOVE my days of the week underwear when I was young. I felt so..cool--it was like having your own little secret but it still gave you some attitude. Of course mine wasn't from Bloomies--more like Mervyns or JC Penny or something :P Still, it was fun!

  • beeswaxnoneofyour

    Love Cire Trudon candles, I burn the Abd el Kader in my bathroom.

  • Sleepless

    Would be lovely to get a sneak peek of her lingerie drawers too ...

  • Fatima

    Wow, what a nice interview. Such a nice person she seems. Just talking about what makes her happy beautywise :) and isnt that what this is all about? Not trying to impress us or convincing us that they re intelligent but just a wonderful woman talking about the things that make her happy! I so can relate to her! Thanks for this interview! This is why I love this blog!
    X Fatima

  • chantelle

    The photos. The interview. I just had a big *HAPPY SIGH* moment. More of these ITG. Simple, beautiful people.


  • Creezy

    For someone that's not a big make person, she has a lot of makeup brushes lol great interview, nice and simple. I didn't feel overwhelmed with products!

  • http://profiles.google.com/fitchic29 monica noir

    The Arm&Hammer whitening booster is the God honest truth. Boy does hat stuff work, better than the crest white ing strips for me anyway.

  • amelie

    I had the same days of the week panties from Bloomies too! I love delicate French and Italian lingerie, bra, panties, teddies, all of it! Wearing something utterly gorgeous that only I (or my special someone) knows you have on, makes me feel beautiful everyday, and somewhat mysterious. Jacqui sounds like my type of woman - utterly normal and down to earth - and gorgeous to boot.

  • jamillacamel

    Epson is a Printer - EPSOM is the bath salts - named after the spa in Epsom, England. Love all her products, though!!

  • Jasmology

    Wow it's really easy to leave a comment here