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Karen Elson

"I really have an issue with people trying to look younger. I just want to look like me. I hate that people will say, ‘You look good for your age.' I’m actually happy about being 38."Read more >

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Emma Leth, Actress

On applying practicality to her footwear as well as her makeup: "I don't like buying things that I can't wear every day"Read more >

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Rati Sahi Levesque, Chief Merchant, The RealReal

"In truth, I'm not a huge beauty person—I like shoes instead. I'm building my routines."Read more >

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Fara Homidi, Makeup Artist

When it comes to mascara, eyeliner, and cleanser, two is better than oneRead more >

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Suzanne Koller, Fashion Director, M Le Monde

"If there's makeup, I still want to see the person behind it. It's all about the person, not about the makeup. A red lip gives character, but you still see the personality."Read more >

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Emma Watson

After years of researching the best of the natural beauty world, the actress is here with her favorites, from organic hairspray to non-toxic nail polish and everything in betweenRead more >

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Camille Rowe, Model

On the best French drugstore product for dealing with cystic acne, the eye creams that actually work, and moreRead more >

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Monica Paolini, Designer, Sea

"When I worked at Betsey [Johnson], she and I were having a glass of wine and she cut my hair into bangs. When I woke up the next morning, I was mortified. Too much wine."Read more >

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Ebonee Davis, Model & Activist

On how being true yourself can be a deeply political actRead more >

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Larissa Hofmann, Model

On how she kicked smoking and why nasal spray is the most essential beauty product she ownsRead more >

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Kelly Vittengl, Founder, Frances Loom

On makeup that's dewy—but not shiny—and the throng of Skinceuticals products she swears byRead more >

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Alencia Johnson, Director Of Constituency Communications, Planned Parenthood

"Nobody else is telling me what I can and cannot do with my body, and that is liberating beyond any means. That in itself is a beauty secret that you can’t really buy anywhere."Read more >

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Kate Jones, Jewelry Designer

Ursa Major's founder on the neverending goodness of Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion and the best dry shampoos for beach loversRead more >

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Pernille Teisbaek, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Social Zoo

On tackling dry skin, intense pigmentation, and brow care the Danish wayRead more >

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Laurie Simmons, Artist

"I feel sorry for makeup artists that have to work on me... [I'm] asking so many questions. I always talk to the makeup artist to find out what they’re using. I’m really interested in it. It’s like painting!"Read more >

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Marjon Carlos, Senior Fashion Writer, Vogue.com

"My main focus in beauty has always been my hair. It’s where I put in the time, I put in the money, I put in the research…let’s start at the beginning."Read more >

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Mette Thorsgaard, Hairstylist

"I don't use hair masks, but I do love a hand mask... when you have your hands in models' faces all day long, it's good to keep your hands [nice]."Read more >

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Louise Follain, Model & Stylist

"I like perfume to be for me—it’s very personal, and if someone knows my scent, that means he knows me. I don’t want people on the street to know exactly what I’m wearing."Read more >

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Liv Winther, Beauty Director, Cover Magazine

She wears Madonna's favorite perfume, Alexa Chung's favorite eyeliner, and every Danish makeup artist's favorite mascaraRead more >

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Solange Franklin, Stylist

"I don't sleep with a silk scarf on, or anything. I don't like silk pillowcases either! I like my hair in its natural state, and I’m not afraid of frizz—it’s a pejorative [word]. It's me."Read more >

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Ditte Reffstrup, Creative Director, Ganni

"I’m trying to hold onto everything right now and be happy about that. I'm riding my bike home every day, and I'm still going out and dancing, even though I'm pregnant."Read more >

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Brennan Kilbane, Assistant Editor, Into The Gloss

"I actually interned at Into The Gloss back in 2013 and I was the worst intern that anyone has ever had at any publication in New York City...just goes to show that you can be the worst intern but still get the job."Read more >

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Sandy Linter, Makeup Artist

On doing Jackie O's eyeliner, never forgetting eyeshadow primer, and always moving forwardRead more >

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Alyse Archer-Coité, Director of Culture & Programing, A/D/O

On how to DIY a true nude lipstick with spare concealer—plus a primer on cutting your hair at homeRead more >

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Yvonne Koné, Accessories Designer

"I remember when there weren't so many women of color to look up to [in pop culture] either. Then Neneh Cherry came, the singer, and it was such a relief... Now you have Beyoncé, and she's the most beautiful woman in the world."Read more >

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Susan Lyne, President & Managing Partner, BBG Ventures

On how losing your job can be the best career move and why the best skincare is the simplestRead more >

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Parris Goebel, Dancer & Choreographer

"I like to look different. Like, I shaved my head when I was 18 and I was bald all the way up 'til last year. I like the idea of being bald... It was very empowering to me to be bald but still be a woman and still be hot."Read more >

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Audrey Gelman, Co-Founder & CEO, The Wing

"I know that when I’m taking care of myself and engaging in self care, even if it’s just making sure to shower consistently, it actually has a real impact on my mood. That’s mainly the reason why I do it."Read more >

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Stephanie Gundelach, Creative Consultant

On overcoming ABBA bangs, Googling breakout remedies, and applying Danish minimalism to her beauty routinesRead more >

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Ashley Weatherford, Associate Beauty Editor, The Cut

Winning the award for Top Shelf routine with the most topical acid recommendations everRead more >

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Adriana Lima

"You know what? I'm the type of person that has a strong personality, and I like to be noticed, in a good way. There are things you can do to be noticed and not forgotten, and wearing perfume is one of those things."Read more >