"I like going out, but I hate clubbing. I don't drink alcohol, so it's hard for me to go to clubs in New York. That's impossible. But I love going out in Ibiza—I'll go to DC10, they play this deep house music. With electro music, you get the energy, even if you're not drinking. I'll go to events, too... I went to the Met Ball a few weeks ago, which has changed so much. You have to be more of a personality [to get invited]. The girls at the Met are the Kendalls, the Gigis. You have to be in the crew. Before, an agent would book you for an event. Now you book yourself. [Laughs]
To get ready for an event like the Met Ball is so nerve-wracking, so I try to work out the morning before, or I'll go to the spa to relax. I love the Wall Street Bath and Spa—it's actually Russian. My favorite thing to do is get facial acupuncture. They put 100 needles in your face and it's like a facelift. I have all these frown lines on my forehead, so this is good for that. I tried Botox, but it was a disaster. [Laughs] It made me look like Cruella. So severe. I can't mess with that.
If I don't get a facial, I'll do a mask. I’m always walking around the house with a mask on. I love the SK-II Skin Signature 3-D Redefining Mask, which kind of sits on your skin—you see results the day after. The Biocyte Cosmetic Cryo-Mask penetrates and makes your skin more plump, so that's good for right before [I go out]. But the Biocyte Moisturizing Mask is the best one. I have this great collagen spray, Pure Collagen by Carol Joy London, which is like thermal water, but with collagen. It's like a quick fix, even though I don't really believe in quick fixes.
I’ll do a scrub for cleansing—Dr. Brandt's Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant is lovely and makes my skin really soft. Or I'll use this Lenajapon Soap Bar, which is from Japan and not expensive at all. I'm really oily, and I don't like creamy moisturizers. Instead I like this Neocutis Hyalis Hydrating Serum—it's like a gel. I used to have bad acne, so I'm sensitive about products. I was complaining about pimples backstage once, and Pat McGrath told me, 'Honey, trust me. You’re lucky. And who cares?' I was like, that's true! Who cares.
I like to let my moisturizer sit before I do my makeup, so I do my hair next. Right now I'm growing out my bangs—I like that kind of Sienna Miller grown out bang. I used to have bangs, that was big for me. I think bangs work for you a few times in your life and in a certain moment. For me, I was 20... That was a good moment. I only like my hair parted in the middle. I think on the side it makes me look tackier. A middle part is cooler. If I'm going out, I'll curl the ends. But I always wear it down. If I wear it in a ponytail, it gives me a headache.
My foundation is Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 5. It looks just like skin, it's so good. I also have the Maestro Eraser Concealer in Beige, which is amazing. I put on Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow, and then I do a bit of blush—I use MAC Dainty, which doesn't look too pink. My lipstick is Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect. It's the best lipstick in the world. If I don't wear that, I'll do a red. I usually go out like that—beautiful, clean skin, some mascara, and a lip. That's my makeup.
Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift Eyebrow Pencil is great for a thick eyebrow. My mascara is always Diorshow, and for eyeliner, I’ll use Sisley Black Phyto-Khol Perfect Eyeliner inside my eye. I don’t use the smudge side ever, I don’t know why it exists. [Laughs] If I need heavy makeup, I'll call a makeup artist. I can't do my own makeup like that. I mean, I'm not Natasha Poly!"
—as told to ITG
Maryna Linchuk photographed by Tom Newton at her home in New York on May 4, 2016.