Karmen Pedaru, Model

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'I live in between Rome and Estonia. It’s great—I was living in New York, but it was too busy and hectic. I’m European as well—I grew up in Estonia—so I like to be in Europe. And it’s just very calm and beautiful. You can go outside and really look around at everything. I don’t want to talk about fashion every single day. And that’s the best thing with my friends in Rome...we never talk about it!

My husband and I go out for dinner every night—we have three restaurants in the Piazza Navona that we switch between. My husband always wants to try new things, but I freak out if I have to go to a new restaurant. I don’t know what to expect. I mean, I love raw food and I know where I can get the best of that— La Rosetta. My good friend is the chef, and it’s won a Michelin Star as well. My husband is probably the only Italian who doesn’t cook. The only thing we do in the kitchen is open a bottle of wine. I think that’s the only thing we need—a bottle opener. Sometimes he does cook pasta at 5 in the morning, but at that time, everything is good!

When we go to Estonia, we play cards all night. I love cards, and I love casinos, and I love gambling. I grew up with cards all my life. Blackjack, and then there’s a bunch of Italian games I play with my husband’s mom a lot. I'd rather do that then go out to a normal club. But if we do go out—the trashier, the better. Oh, it’s so much more fun! I love really cheesy music from the '80s. Regular clubs bore me.

When I go out, I try to do a bit of a smokey eye, and I love the contour—but I’m actually bad at putting mascara on myself. I do everything really fast. For my eyes, I just put some color on, it’s not really very technical. [Laughs] I do it with a pencil inside the eye a little and then on the lids. And then I smudge it up with my fingers. Yes, I love the Charlotte Tilbury Rock'n'Kohl Eyeliner. I mean, all of her stuff is great. Then I use concealer when I have to cover something, but I try not to. And I’ve been using Le Volume de Chanel Mascara—it's basic and easy to use.

I don’t like to do lips, because it always comes off. On me it’s always all over the place when I put on a red lip. I just started liking the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner, just to throw it on, because it makes your lips look bigger. It's nude-ish—pink is not acceptable in my life. But I do use Michael Kors' Rose Radiant Gold Eau de Parfum! [Laughs] It's a bit spicy, which I like a lot.

Before I put on makeup, I love doing a face massage. In an ideal world, I would do the Mommy Dearest, Joan Crawford routine—the whole thing. But, you know, I’m so freakin’ lazy that I don’t. The reason they do it before shoots is because it relaxes the muscles, and the makeup does look better. So that, I really like. I love face massages. And I do a lot of masks. In the morning, I use cold water—lots of it. It helps to get my cheekbones back and looking normal again, like a human! And then just toner and moisturizer and eye cream—all La Prairie. I’ve been trying every single one, so many different creams…it’s so expensive, but it’s the only cream that actually works. I do have the serum and toner and everything. But I put on a lot, like when I go to sleep, I put on a lot of the moisturizer, like slap it on.

My hair has a natural wave in it because I don't like to blow dry it. I don't do any of that stuff—curling irons or straighteners or hairsprays. Right now I'm blondish because of the sea water and the sun, but I don't color it. I just use whatever my husband is using—we have the Kiehl's Shampoo and Conditioner and I use a lot of it. The one thing I do have is hair oil. During the summer when you have the sun and the sea water, and after washing, I put that on, just to moisturize a bit, so it’s not so rough—it does get like that.

A lot of times when we come back from the party or whatever, friends are coming over to our house, because we have a very beautiful terrace. And we just have more fun, until someone passes out. [Laughs]'

—as told to ITG

Karmen Pedaru photographed by Tom Newton in New York on September 13, 2015.

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