Efva Attling & Eva Dahlgren


Eva Dahlgren, Musician: We're both from Sweden. I'm from up north, a smaller town, but we met in Stockholm.

Efva Attling, Jewelry Designer and Perfumer: We had known each other for a long time. Then, suddenly, we met-met.

Eva: The way we met-met is a secret. We're not telling that one. [Laughs] It happened in the '80s, when Eva was a singer. We met at a music festival. Sometimes we sang together.

Efva: When we fell in love, it was really weird. It's like, you've known a person for a long time, and then you see them in a different light. What year was that, Eva?

Eva: I think it was '94, '98, something? We've been married for 20 years.

Efva: But we have so many anniversaries because we married three times. We like to get married. [Laughs] The civil union was on the 25th of January, and then we got married in 2009 when marriage equality passed in Sweden. We went to Vegas and got married again with Elvis Presley, which was really fun. Now we’re just waiting for the fourth marriage. Why not? It's a party for love! It’s a good thing.

Eva: Now we share a bathroom. But I think it's important [in a relationship] to have your own things, your own integrity. Belongings that are just yours.

Efva: We're married, but we're not glued together. Otherwise, we wouldn't have lasted this long.

Eva: I did steal your Prada fragrance—the one we bought in Italy. Today I'm wearing Amor Vincit Omnia, one of Efva's fragrances.

Efva: She started to wear it! And I'd walk in and say, "Oh, she smells good." It's my first perfume!

Eva: But I have a favorite from many years ago, L’ombre Rose L’Original by Jean Charles Brosseau. You can get it in Paris still. You remember, from when we met?

Efva: Yes! It's a love scent. We do use some of the same things, but we don't share. I always wear my Kanebo Sensei Silk Radiance Cream since Eva showed it to me—

Eva: You said, "No, I can't have that, it'll give me a rash!" And then you said, "Ohhh..." It's perfect.

Efva: And now I also use Kanebo's milky soap—I'm devoted to Kanebo. But I only do it at night. That was my grandmother's advice.

Eva: I just splash my face in the morning, because the skin has built up what you need. Only a splash of water–that’s really all you need. At night, I use the Pixi Glow Tonic. It's the best-selling toner, it sells like crazy at Liberty in London.

Efva: When I was in London, Vogue treated me to a skincare thing, and that's how I found Eve Lom. You know that brand? The Rescue Mask is amazing. I do that once in awhile, but I never get a facial.

Eva: I use the Eve Lom mask too, or the Sisley Black Rose Mask.

Efva: Then makeup. Lately I've been using Dior. I like their foundation, it's really light.

Eva: And the Glow Maximizer, in the bathroom, but they don't make that anymore.

Efva: Today, this is how I look every day. Some Dior eyeliner with some L'Oréal Eye Shadow Pen over it, and my lipstick. Right now, I have on the L’Oréal Infallible Le Rouge in Tender Berry. I mix all my lipsticks with the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.

Eva: We do makeup where there's good light, in the bedroom. We have so many magnifying mirrors, because we travel with them, and we keep losing them!

Efva: When you're touring, it's perfect, because the hotel rooms have such bad lighting...

Eva: Because they're made by men.

Efva: So bad. Our bathroom is so organized—I'm a designer, so it has to be.

Eva: Right now, I'm mixing the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with the Dior Glow Maximizer. I use this Smashbox Palette—you can see I use these purple-y, matte shades. I use the darker ones at nighttime, I mix them on my lid with an eyeshadow brush. You have to be quick to get ready, so this Smashbox one is easy to use. I'll also use this mascara—the Kanebo 38 Mascara—because it comes off with water. It's fantastic.

Efva: I use it, too. It's amazing. You can cry with it on!

Eva: And for hair, we just discovered this Redken Full Body recently, on a sailing trip.

Efva: I have longer hair than Eva—this is my party bun. I love to play around with my hair, because it's Swedish and fine. It's fun!

Eva: That's why we use this Lernberger Stafsing Fiber Mousse. Two beautiful boys from Gothenburg made this—you put it in wet hair, and it’s really great. I don’t know if you can get it in the US, but I think they’re working on it.

Efva: I wash my hair three times a week, maybe? Then I use a strong mousse, or curl it, maybe. Or do a party bun. It depends. Our hair is always great when we get to New York, but after three weeks, it gets messy. Then it's time to go back to Sweden. [Laughs]

—as told to ITG

Eva Dahlgren and Efva Attling photographed by Tom Newton at their home in New York on March 1, 2017.