"I was first scouted when I was 12 years old but I didn’t feel like modeling then—I was too young. I was still in high school and pretty insecure. Later, I was scouted again and thought, OK, let’s try it out and see what happens. Also, I saw Doutzen Kroes, one of the biggest models in Holland, doing Victoria’s Secret and looking beautiful—her body is crazy—so I thought modeling was cool. Of course my parents were like, 'You have to finish school.' It’s what parents kind of have to do.
It was scary at first. My English was really bad. My first season didn’t go well, but my second season I started by opening for Calvin Klein here in New York. Since then, it’s picked up really fast. The first product I bought as a model was Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre. A lot of makeup artists use it. Backstage they put a cream on my face and I was like, 'This is the best!' Before that, my first real product was probably some cheap-ass lip gloss. In high school everyone was putting makeup on, so I was doing the same. I put mascara on, but not foundation because I never really liked it—but I did make my lips lighter because I thought they were too big.
I’ve done more makeup campaigns than skincare, but I’ve learned more about creams and products to clean my face with than makeup. I use Bioderma to clean my face and a Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser after. I use the Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense as well. They have good ones that go up to SPF 50. That’s pretty much my routine. I never, ever, ever go to bed with makeup on. I can’t sleep—even if I am sleeping at someone else’s place, I’ll have to go and buy makeup wipes from Duane Reade or something.
I’m actually going to the dermatologist for the first time today. I met a woman at a show and she told me to come see her if I was in New York. She works with organic stuff and I’m interested in that. I want to learn more about it because there are so many products. I know Miranda Kerr has her own line, so maybe I’ll look that up. I also work with this woman who has a line called Three—she gave me these masks that are all natural and organic. She is big in Japan. I’ve only tried the Balancing Lotion Mask, but I like it.
When you’re modeling, your hair can get so thin. When I started, I had a massive thick, long ponytail. I’d walk into a room and people would love my hair, but when they started to work with it, they’d be like, 'Ugh, too much.' They told me to bleach it because it was so straight and soft that products wouldn’t stay in it. Now that I’ve bleached it, they do everything with my hair. I use Kérastase Resistance Bain De Force Shampoo—it’s the best shampoo because it makes my hair very soft. I also like their Resistance Concentre Vita-Ciment Reconstructive Treatment For Weakened Hair. My hair is so straight, so I put in the Purely Perfect Cleansing Crème to give it a little bit of volume.
My brows have been bleached for some shoots. The first time it was for a cover and I thought it was going to be really cool, and then when I saw them I was kind of in shock. But when they put the eyes and red lips on me, they were so cool! When I’m doing shows, sometimes I just leave them because the next day they might get bleached again. I used to go back to school with bleached eyebrows. It was so bad! People would look at me like I was crazy! When I was in high school I didn’t know how to work with bleached brows, but now I know to put dark colors on my eyes to make them look really cool.
I got Gucci Opulent Volume Mascara from a show, it’s thin. I don’t like thick mascaras. I change mascaras all the time—sometimes it’s Maybelline, sometimes it’s Chanel, sometimes it’s Gucci. I use mascara more often than any other makeup. I also use Brow Mousse from Tweezerman—it’s just for eyebrows, to gel them. I tweezed my eyebrows for the first time when I was really young, like 10. I didn’t like my eyebrows, so my mom tweezed them for me. It was so painful and I was crying. Now I’m so used to it, but I’m scared of threading. One mistake and your brows could be a different shape.
I have the Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain—it’s from Duane Reade. I learned that to fill in my lips, everyone does it differently. Some make them smaller, some make them bigger. It’s nice to not make them that big, but to define the shape. I never do bright red lips, but when I go on a red carpet or something, I’ll put on lipstick. The thing with models is that we don’t wear makeup that much. When I go to the grocery store, I don’t wear any—I don’t care [Laughs].
Maybelline Dream Wonder is the powder I use when I go out to a party or to see my friends. My niece told me it was the best powder ever, so I was like, 'Okay, I’ll try it!' She’s 14 and into makeup. I also use YSL Touche Éclat in #2. It’s the best for going to castings when you’re tired—you just put a little on and you’re fine. I must say I really do love Tom Ford makeup. When I shoot with them I actually feel really comfortable and pretty and like, 'I should wear makeup more often.' But then when I try it myself…I think I’m just not that good at doing my own makeup.
I like dark, smokey eyes. I think metallics are super cool. I put bronzer on my face a lot, like a contour. I have a round face so that shapes it. When I walk into my agency here, my booker is like, 'You’re so cute!' and I’m like, 'No! I want to be rough!' My agent isn’t sending me to Victoria's Secret yet, but it’s always been a dream of mine to walk the show. Now if it happens, it happens.”
—as told to ITG
Daphne Groeneveld photographed by Tom Newton.
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