“We just finished working on our house. I guess I wanted this floor to be our floor, and for the kids to be upstairs, so we just made it into our floor. I like taking baths, I like taking showers… We have the ‘ his and hers’ showers, but we never really shower together. [Laughs] But I've always been pretty low-maintenance with beauty. I’m from England—Cambridgeshire, it’s in the countryside.
For my skincare, first I’ll cleanse with the SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Gel. Then I’ll use the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence to sort of wipe everything off. And then I use Valmont cream, which is my favorite, favorite stuff. That I find either find in Paris, or at the Four Seasons here [in New York]. It’s a very thick cream…it sort of tightens and makes you all glow-y. That I use in the morning and at night. The rest of my stuff I use other times…I might use something else at night so that your skin doesn’t get so used to it, where it almost stops working. So I also have Multi-Active Night Cream by Clarins. Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream—oh my God, that stuff is amazing, but you can only get it in England. Say you get a dry patch…it’s brilliant for irritation, like a skin irritation, it’s really really brilliant. And then E45 cream is really good…in London ‘skin irritant cream’ is really good—it must be the pale, sensitive skin we all have. [Laughs]
I love Eight Hour by Elizabeth Arden, I use it so much. I love it for lips—so if you’ve got chapped lips, it’s really brilliant for that…I love it for sunburn—it stops all peeling. And then, for night, I use it as lip gloss or I put it on my eyelids like eye shadow and it gives this nice dewy sheen…it’s nice because it looks a bit sparkly. I’m not very precious with my makeup. For mascara I use the Yves Saint Laurent in shade number two. It’s not quite black—it’s like a dark brown, and it’s really good for green eyes. And I also use the YSL Multi-Action concealer. I stick with the same thing all the time. I’m one if the worst people that does that. I never really deviate. My only new thing is this Dolce & Gabbana red lipstick, and Dolce & Gabbana nail polishes—they’ve been the latest addition. I take them to a salon. And my prize possessions are these compacts that I’m almost too scared to use—a limited edition Chanel printed powder that Peter Philips gave me, and a Dolce & Gabbana animal print one. This is good— Benefit’s Benetint. I also have Posietint by Benefit, and I love to use Dolce & Gabbana lip gloss in Nude—it’s got a tiny bit of sparkle, and I like how it tastes. I love the smell. And this I always use: Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Foundation. That is amazing. When you put it on it doesn’t feel like foundation, it feels so light, and your skin just looks flawless. When I wear this, loads of people say, ‘Wow, you’ve got really good skin’…but it’s not, it’s this. [Laughs] That is the key! I wear makeup, I’d say, most days. Some of my strange makeup comes from bags that are free at parties, like a goodie bag or something. Marchesa Sheer Illumination Highlighter I only just got but I like it too.
I use Palmer's Cocoa Butter all the time for my body—I love the smell, it’s cheap, you just pick it up at the chemist, but it’s good. I use Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub, and Johnson’s Deep Hydrating Intense Body Wash—it’s just a normal body wash, it’s quite hydrating, and it just smells clean. For hair I use Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo, I just went and got some. I started thinking—I always used to use Paul Mitchell, and then I used to use loads and loads of different products, and I almost feel as though I have come full circle, and I thought—you know what, that was really good shampoo, why have I not picked that up in years? So I went back to the chemist and I bought a massive container of it, and I love it. For conditioner I use Kérastase Volumactive, it makes my hair feel a bit thicker. It’s so funny; I must have gotten kind of nostalgic about the Paul Mitchell…
I like perfumes that are more floral, so I like rose and violet and I love Gardenia. Those are sort of the ones that I really gravitate towards, more feminine and flowery. Actually, I just smashed my favorite bottle of perfume—my Estée Lauder, the Private Collection one; I had it in my handbag and I smashed the bloody bottle. They do a really great travel one…I should have put that in my bag. [Laughs] What’s good for carrying around in your handbag is the Philosykos Solid Perfume by Diptyque. It’s heavy, but you know what my bag is like…I need to be able to find things.”
—as told to ITG