Kasia Struss Directs Her Own Photo Shoot

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You've heard of Kasia Struss. She's been modeling for nine years now (and at the top of the game for most—if not all—of those years at that). So there's no real point in introducing her to you. We're all friends here.

But you learn new things every day. So when Kasia stopped by and, in the midst of chatting, casually mentioned, “You know I shot my own Vogue cover, right?” we paused a beat. Wait—did we miss something? Wouldn't we have noticed that? But if you remember back to a time before Instagram (lol when?), back to a time when people were still into that thing called “Twitpics?” Steven Meisel shot a Vogue Italia cover story called ' Meiselpic' as a take on the then-trend. Kasia, along with Gisele, Lara, and Christy, were given cameras and free rein to shoot all the selfies they wanted. Kasia shot hers in her bedroom and, poof, instant cover star. She's been a commanding presence ever since—also, a bit demanding (in a good way). When suggesting a look for some shots, she nixed powder blush out of hand. “We're shooting outside?” she said matter-of-factly. “It's not going to look good when I get hot?” Valid.

Instead, she picked up an Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Coffee. “I only know how to do the smoky eye—I know how to do cat eyes with it. I do smoke that goes underneath, and I’m good with all-black around the eye...it's simple. Here, let me do it?” She smudged the liner along her lower lashline, adding inner corner pops of iridescence and some general outer-eye blending with By Terry Ombre Blackstar Color Fix Cream Eyeshadow in 3 Blond Opal and 13 Brown Perfection. As she worked, she lectured (we were a captive audience):

'This makeup is very summer because it’s already smudged. I like when it’s a little bit wet. I think it’s kind of sexy when you have the sweaty look. I’m not a big brush person, but I have the Yves Saint Laurent Makeup Brushes. Let me just put the light in there—something to make my skin shiny. I'm just going to look old if it’s matte. When I'm done, the makeup is going to move, and skin always looks healthy with bronzer. I’m using Yves Saint Laurent's Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder in No. 30 Halee right now. Tom Ford's Bronzing Powder is also really good.

'Nothing is Perfect.' That’s the title of the story. I don’t like perfect makeup because then it almost looks like a painting. I like when it moves with the face. I like flash and some shine. That, and I just have to fix my hair. I just tie it back and it pulls up my eyes—changes my whole face shape. Better than Botox. It’s better, no? Is it shiny? We like shiny. Everything changes in the summer?”

Kasia Struss (Women Management) photographed by Tom Newton. Daphne Groeneveld gets her hands on some Tom Ford without makeup-artist supervision. See what happens.

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