"This is my secret—I use nothing on my hair. Just recently I've started spraying myself with this Verb Sea Spray. I wash my hair with any shampoo, I'm not picky, and I spray that. Done. No moisturizer, nothing, because I feel like it makes my hair kinky and oily. I like it natural, and my curls are even better for it.
All in all, it takes me 15 to 30 minutes to get ready to go out. If I want to be quick, it's 15, no music playing. If I want to take my time, it's a half an hour. Although, if I was going to go to like, the Met Gala, I'd take a nice long bath beforehand with some lavender and olive oil. Maybe Jo Malone's Pomegranate Candle, and a glass of champagne. [Laughs] If I had a whole glam team, that'd be nice, too. But I love doing it myself. Beforehand I start with a mask—Charlotte Tilbury makes a great one. Not the clay mask, that makes my skin feel like paper. It's the Dry Sheet Mask. It works really well. I didn't know you could reuse them... I almost threw it in the bin!
I have this Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Skin Care Primer, too, that I use before makeup. It makes my skin glow. I used to use MAC Strobe Cream everywhere, but then I saw somebody just using it under their eyes, so that's what I do now. My coverage is Bobbi Foundation Stick in Honey, and I blend it with a Kiko Foundation Brush. Today I didn't wear too much—sometimes I'll just wear Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer. I love how that doesn't move around, and it doesn't crease, or anything. It's really easy. On bare days, I'll do that and blusher. Blush kind of gives you life. I like Bobbi Brown's the most, but I've been using this Chanel Crème Blush in Intonation. I'll use it on my cheeks, lips, and the top of my nose.
My lip is this Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Dusty Rose I got from Sephora. It's really nice, but it's a bit dry, so I'll put MAC Mineralize Glass in Eloquently Elegant over top. I do my brows with this Miss Sporty Just Clear Mascara—I used to use a brow gel with a tint, but I feel like they don't look like your natural brows. This does. Right now I'm using the Dior Pump'N'Volume Mascara, which I got from an event. That's my go-to mascara now.
I do use eyeliner—but then again, it makes my eyes look small. Sometimes I'll do this Burberry Effortless Kohl Eyeliner in Jet Black, but lately, I've been using Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk under the eye. It's reddish, and the formula is so soft. I won't go for the full smoky eye. When Wendy Rowe does a smoky eye on you for the Burberry show, you think you can do it, and then it doesn't work out. [Laughs] She's just better at it, and I like to play it safe."
—as told to ITG
Malaika Firth photographed by Tom Newton at her home in New York on May 22, 2017.