Suki Waterhouse

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"I’ve always been called 'Suki,' but my actual first name is Alice. My boyfriend started calling me Alice because I told him that that was my name when we first met, and I called him something else, too. It was just something fun, but then I stopped and he didn’t, so he introduced me to everyone as Alice. It confuses people sometimes. You know, on True Blood the character’s name is Sookie Stackhouse, and my name is Suki Waterhouse. So, I get people saying, ‘Oh, I thought we were meeting the girl from True Blood.’ [Laughs] It’s nice having a more traditional name as an option—I can be Alice or I can be Suki.

Anyway, I grew up in Chiswick, West London. My parents are both English. My dad is a plastic surgeon—his name’s Norman Waterhouse, but we call him Normy. And my mom’s a nurse, which is how they met—in a hospital, over decaying bone. My mom’s kind of a secret hippie, and my dad always had us doing things like rock climbing and karate—I got my black belt because he’s a black belt. He really treated me like a boy.

When I was around 16 or 17 I got asked to model, but because I was very 'tomboy' at the time, I wasn’t interested. But then I had a bit of teenage rebellion, and I saw modeling as an opportunity to get away from school and parents, so I thought, ‘OK, maybe I will be a model.’ [Laughs] But even so, I’m still not someone that, like, blow-dries my hair every morning. I’ll sleep in my clothes sometimes. I sleep in my clothes all the time, actually—in my coat. I just hate getting changed for bed; I like the idea of falling asleep in a natural way. It’s a bad habit, but I will sleep in all my clothes, under the covers. I don’t know, it’s a comfort thing; I just want to be constantly wrapped in stuff.

I do try to wash my face before I go to bed now, which I never really used to do. Sometimes, if it’s really dire, I won’t, but most times I get around to it, even if it’s just with water. I usually don’t take off eye makeup, though, because it’s a nightmare and mascara will be running down everywhere. I do keep Lancôme Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover by the bed with some little wipes, so I can just roll over and do it.

I’m using Crème de la Mer The Cleansing Lotion at the moment. It’s really nice. I get dry, so the moisturizing cleanser is really good. I’ve just started using sun cream in the last month. I don’t like it, but I’ve got these sun spots that popped up a few months ago, and they’re not that easy to get rid of. I’ve started treatment, but my mom was saying she has the same thing. It’s because I’ve been so careless with sun cream my whole life—going on holiday and getting burned all the time, and being in the sun in LA and never wearing sun cream. So I just saw these spots and I was like, ‘Oh my god!’ So now I’m using Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50. I also use Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Cleanser and Nu-Derm Toner if I feel like I’m getting zit-y. It dries you out quite a lot, but it tightens everything and when everything’s tighter it feels like nothing can creep through into the skin.

My dad also has a skincare clinic in London—I’m so lucky, I just go in there every week and raid the products and say, ‘Give me a facial!’ I also have a facialist in LA that Rosie Huntington [Whiteley] recommended named Shani Darden. She’s really cool; she does treatments in the back of her house. I just had a facial with her and it was amazing. She recommended I use retinol, just to start doing that kind of stuff.

I will do crazy skincare things in the kitchen, as well. I love coconut oil, so if I come home at night feeling all dry and like a fossil I’ll put my hand in a jar of coconut oil and just mush it over my face. I'll put it in my hair, too, and sleep like that…in my coat. Just kidding, I wouldn’t do that in my coat. [Laughs]

If I do want to wear a little bit of makeup, I really like a pink lip. There's one called Lip Mist in Pink Heather from Burberry that I love. That and a little bit of mascara. I use Chantecaille Future Skin Gel Foundation, which comes in a little pot. I have to reapply it quite often, but I like it. I’m shit at doing eye makeup, though. It’s really embarrassing. I'm not very well-coordinated in some ways—my fingers are just all over the place. I’m always using Bumble and Bumble for my hair, especially the Prep Spray. My hair is like flat baby hair after I wash it, so it needs something in it to get that 'day after' texture. Then also I will use Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, or just a bit of dry shampoo from the drugstore. I’ve got the one that’s called Pssssst!. I think it’s great. And I use a lot of bobby pins when I want to get rid of my fringe.

At the moment, I'm thinking of growing out my fringe, I’ve just gotten so tired of it. When someone does it for you at the salon, it’s great, but maintaining a fringe is such a bollock. It’s a nightmare. I’ll just end up cutting it with a pair of kitchen scissors. It’s just hard to get it to look nice—it’s a maintenance thing, and also the fucking wind! I probably look like a prat, but I’ve recently just been pinning it down on the sides. I should get the little girl clips from Claire’s, then it would be super '90s Drew Barrymore. I’ve had a real phase of that recently.

Style-wise, I am very much influenced by things I come across on shopping sprees, people I see, movies I see… I don’t feel like I ever have my style set in stone. Sometimes I love looking super groomed, and sometimes I like to look super weird. For instance, there’s something great about ugly shoes, there really is. I wore this old pair of Dr. Martens for years that I found in a skip, which is like a dumpster, that I just looooved. I painted them—I quite like doing that. The Burberry show that I just walked in London was all inspired by Bloomsbury art, and they’ve painted all these sheepskin jackets in the collection. It’s awesome. I was asking them how they do it and they showed me and gave me all the tools to try it myself. It’s like ‘70s Shampoo vibes. I love that film. I’m super inspired by that and Boogie Nights."

—as told to ITG

Suki Waterhouse, in a Burberry leather jacket and jeans, photographed by Emily Weiss in Los Angeles, CA on April 4, 2014. Suki is the face of Burberry's new fragrance, Brit Rhythm. Buy it here

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  • becky scullion

    shes so quirky. love it

  • Rebecca

    Article in the Evening Standard last week in which she talks about being low maintenance, but also says that to stay slim she gets all her meals delivered...made me laugh!

    • L

      It makes me a little disheartened when I see in every Interview article here that someone is nitpicking the subject in the comments about one little thing they said or how they defined something in their lives. I do appreciate a well rounded view on a website, and this website is by no means a monarchy, but sometimes I feel like people should be allowed to define themselves on their own without everybody jumping the gun to criticize... I see what you mean though, I just wanted to add my two cents!

      • Rebecca

        Totally understand your point and I did think before posting. I didn't mean it as an attack on Suki Waterhouse, just think it is important generally to remember when reading about a celebrity who is claiming to be normal/down to earth/low maintenance that they are still living lives that are far removed from the majority of the population - and in this case I was immediately reminded of the interview I read last week. It's all relative though and I recognise that there is a level of jealousy involved on my part!

  • http://www.coolallure.com/ Cool Allure

    she's so lucky and she knows it!

  • Amy Mills

    Solid top shelf. My favorites are ones like this where it's clear that the person's allure comes from a combination of weird personality quirks and that are impossible to reproduce - the beauty that can't be bought

  • Alyssa Gapske

    I totally get what she's saying about bangs. The wind!!! But she looks sooo good with bangs!

  • Isabel

    I've been excited for an interview like this ever since I saw all those photos on Instagram!
    I've been thinking about getting a Suki Waterhouse fringe, but now hearing her complain about it I'm not so sure...

  • Lauren

    I wonder what she called her "boyfriend" when they first met. If I ever met Bradley Cooper, I'd definitely call him "Will From Alias"

  • http://coocooforcoco.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    Definitely can relate to sleeping in clothes. I frequently sleep with my jeans on even though it's kind of weird (and dirty I guess).

    • Alyssa

      I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who does this.

    • dederka

      oh god yesss

  • Dru

    Such a lovely girl, but this is definitely a top shelf that's better for the personality behind it than the actual skincare routine she uses. Some of the things she says she does (being careless with makeup removal, using a cleanser and toner that dry out enough to make skin feel tight, skipping out on sun protection until very recently - though thank goodness she started!) are a recipe for disaster, but I appreciate her honesty.

  • Janine

    Burberry Pink Heather is my favorite as well. Beautiful. Lovely girl. Very sweet.

  • KS

    ITG, you've got a mistake in the headline. The English word for bangs is indeed fringe, but we say "cutting A fringe," not "cutting fringe". In the same way that you say "on THE fringes of society" rather than "on fringes of society."

    Fabulous piece otherwise.

    • Isabel

      Well spotted, I didn't even notice that.
      I don't understand why Americans call them 'bangs'. Fringe makes so much more sense, you can understand where the word came from... bangs, I have no idea.

  • Bee

    The further I got through the interview the more likable she became. But cutting her own bangs with kitchen scissors definitely explains a lot - her hair always looks like a mess! (and not in a good way)
    And I agree - I had bangs. It was a pain. And it was impossible to get it to look as nice as when a hairdresser blow-dried it :(
    Anyway she definitely looks lovely when they're pinned to the side!

  • thejulia

    What treatments is she doing for the sun spots? That's what I want to know!

    • SWF77

      Retinol and Obagi Nu-Derm (or another lightening cream) or an AHA moisturizer. Ignore the brand name stuff. The only skincare proved to make any differences can still be purchased for $10 using a dermatologist's prescription and medical insurance.

  • rach

    Bradley Cooper calls her Alice. That's the most important thing I took from this (not really, but omg so cute.)

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    I'll have to try the Obagi suncream!

  • Dannie Bennett – Style Honey

    Suki Waterhouse is so cute I just want put her in my pocket!

    Dannie

  • jk

    I get what she means by ugly shoes. It takes the preciousness out of the whole shoe game. I mean, heels are fab and all but a good pair of ugly stomping shoes makes me feel like i don't give a faaaahhh :)

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

Lancôme
Lancôme Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover
Creme de la Mer
Creme De La Mer The Cleansing Lotion
Obagi
Obagi Sunshield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Obagi
Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel
Obagi
Obagi Nu-Derm Toner
Burberry
Burberry Lip Mist
Chantecaille
Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation
Bumble and bumble
Bumble and bumble Prep Spray
Oribe
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Psssssst
Pssssst! Instant Dry Shampoo Spray
Burberry
Burberry Brit Rhythm Eau De Toilette
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