Anine Bing, Designer


"I just want to feel like myself when I go out. I love throwing on a pair of pants with a denim or leather jacket so I still look kind of casual, and just add a pair of heels and a bit of makeup around the eyes. I love Danish girls—I just came back from Copenhagen and they’re just so natural and aren’t trying too hard. I like natural, like a Paris vibe. Now I live in LA, but I don’t love the whole blown-up LA look. Maybe a smoky eye if it’s a Kate Moss smokey eye, but I don’t like the contour. When I go out, I go to dinners, I don’t go clubbing or anything like that. I'm a mom of two!

To get ready, I maybe have a glass of wine, put on some music first. Step one to getting ready is a shower, and I like to put on a nice body lotion which I never have time to do during the day. For body lotion, do you know Weleda? I have the rose lotion from them that I love. Then I put on my Savage Rose after that. I like a perfume oil because I can carry it around with me. I clean my face and I use the SKII Facial Treatment Essence, or the Paula’s Choice one—I love their stuff too. I use the Skin Perfecting Liquid because it really smooths you out. Then I use La Prairie Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream, that’s a good one. And this one I buy in Paris, The Dermaceutic Laboratoire K-Ceutic. It’s one of those secret products that makeup artists and models use. At the pharmacies, you have to ask inside if they have it in the back, so it’s kind of secret. It gives just a little bit of glow. So days when I don’t wear makeup, I just put this on. Sometimes after I travel, especially when I go to Europe and feel horrible from jet lag, I do a mask. It just wakes you up. I use the SK-II Facial Treatment Masks. There’s a lot of great ones, I just happen to have these on me. This Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is good as an anytime moisture.

For a full face of makeup, I use the Lune+Aster Realglow Primer, and the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude. I start with that and then I do the Cle de Peau concealer—I do that under the eyes, wherever I need to cover up a little bit. I don’t like a thick foundation, so I prefer this. After that I use the Chanel Soleil de Tan. I just take a little bit with a brush. A makeup artist that I work with uses it with a big fluffy brush, and they just put it everywhere. After that, sometimes I do this powder blush from the Lune+Aster Bronzer Blush Palette in Sunrise. It has a bronzer and a blush, which is nice—I like a pink tone on the cheeks. I like the La Prairie cream blush too—it’s so expensive, so the Clinique Chubby Stick in Roly Poly Rosy is a budget version of that and I feel like it kind of gives the same look. It’s a really nice shade. A makeup artist told me about these Madina Milano sticks and she said, 'You can never tell anyone else about them.' Well, I guess I am. [Laughs] I get these in Italy—they’re so hard to find. You can’t get them online, so I had to contact a person who lived in Italy and order them to her house and she sent them to me. One is more gold and one is more rosy. I do it down the nose and a little on my [cheeks]. And they last forever, they’re huge.

On eyes, I love these thick shadow sticks that almost every brand makes now. I line the whole eye almost. Sometimes I smoke it out, but never with black. Back in the day I used to do it with black, but now I feel like it’s too much. I use a different tone, like a grey or bronze-y one. I have the By Terry ones, the Ombre Blackstar in 4 Bronze Moon, and 9 Velvet Orchid. I also like the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Cocoa and the Bobbi Brown Longwear Shadow Stick in Dusty Mauve. They all have this earthy tone to them, which I personally prefer. I normally take Nars Portobello and mix it with one of the shadow sticks and just blend it across my lid. I love using my hands, because it’s a little messier and sexier, not too perfect. For mascara, I love the Chanel one, but I just ran out. Now I use the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara Volume. Sometimes I also use the Lune+Aster one. For lips, I use Sugar Rose from Fresh. I don’t feel comfortable in a red lip so I’d rather do eyes and a natural lip, like a pink. Sometimes I just use the cream blush on my lips.

I don’t wash my hair everyday—twice a week, maximum. I have really fine hair, so dry shampoo is the key. I let it air dry and then I curl it with a one-inch barrel... I just do a few strands. My curling iron is Solia. For hair, I seriously don’t care about products. Is that bad? I have the Dry Shampoo Paste from R+CO - it’s good, but if you take too much, it gets weird. My favorite is BlowPro Faux Dry Dry Shampoo. I used to find it in New York, but can’t find it here. That’s my favorite.

I always have my nails done, I’m obsessed. I don’t always have time to get a manicure, so I do it myself too, but they need to be perfect. As soon as they grow out a little too much or chip, I take everything off and start over. I do my nails like twice a week. This one I have on is Malaga Wine by OPI. I like burgundy, brownish, and black colors for my nails.

When I get home from an event, I use coconut oil to take off my makeup, or just any wipe. And then I always end with the SKII Essence. I also like the Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Mask. It makes the skin look good and I think it boosts the collagen. There are a lot of masks where after, you don’t feel anything, but this one is good—I can feel the difference. Otherwise, I just moisturize, drink a lot of water and sleep—it really makes a difference."

—as told to ITG

Anine Bing photographed by Tom Newton in New York at The Mercer on July 25, 2017.