Janice Alida, Model


"I'm crazy about makeup. If I wasn't modeling, I'd go into makeup, I think. It's something I do when I'm taking care of myself. And I always befriend makeup artists on set...if I'm in the hair chair I fall asleep, but when I'm getting my makeup done, it's like I'm at school—always asking questions. There's nothing wrong with liking makeup! You can like wearing it without hiding behind it. It just makes you look a little brighter.

What I've learned from makeup artists is to do a little face massage for five minutes. It just gets the blood flowing—and it brings so much life to your skin. Then I've been wearing foundation lately, just a few drops of Chanel Vitalumière Aqua into my CeraVe moisturizer. I also have this rose oil that my husband got for me when he was in Egypt, so I add a drop of that, too. It's like a tinted moisturizer, so I don't get that foundation-y border. I have the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate, but otherwise, I'll just do my brows. I like wearing brown clothes, so I keep my makeup to brown...brown mascara, brown eyeliner in a cat-eye. When my hair was black, it was black everything. I like to do a tonal thing.

When I read things online about the 11 step skincare routine, I don’t get how it’s possible. It would take such a long time to do! I'd rather have a few simple steps. But then it also makes me mad when people wash their faces with just a bar of soap. How is it so easy? [Laughs] I don't cleanse in the morning—only at night whenever I get home. I use the Avène Cleanance Gel, I really like that. And I follow it up with the 2% BHA liquid exfoliant from Paula's Choice on a cotton pad. Jordana Mattioli, my facialist, recommended that brand to me, and I usually just use whatever she tells me. If I have a breakout, I have this Clear Blemish Treatment, also from Paula's Choice, that's more of a spot treatment. I never do my whole face, just wherever the breakout is. I bought three and a have a couple back-ups and use those for travel. I have a Paula's Choice Antioxidant Serum to get rid of old acne scars... but the strict thing I always do is the cleanser and exfoliant.

And sunscreen! I was talking to Jordana about the pollution in New York, and how it can have such a negative effect on your skin. And just doing something as simple as wearing sunscreen can have such an impact. The moisturizer I use is the CeraVe one with sunscreen, and I use that in the morning. I actually don't moisturize at night. I don't think my skin is that dry, and in my head, I just think, 'Why should I do this twice a day?' Especially because I'm prone to breakouts. I've been breaking out since I hit my 20s—on my wedding day, I had the worst skin of my life. My little sister is 18 now, with flawless skin. I'm just waiting for the day she turns 20." [Laughs]

—as told to ITG

Janice Alida photographed by Tom Newton in New York on November 21, 2016.