I have some extremely exciting news to share, ladies. I’m always on the hunt for fresh and exciting news and content—especially about beauty and fashion. Highbrow, a digital magazine created by my long-time friend and makeup artist, Monika Blunder, and her business partner, Zoe has just launched. And I’ll put it simply … I am OB-SESSED.
When the girls asked me to be a part of the magic that is Highbrow it was an obvious yes. Here’s a little peek into my morning with them as I shared my story and my love for all things beauty. Make sure to check out their site for the full story.
My Early Career:
I am from Murray, Kentucky; it’s about two hours from Nashville, Tennessee- right on the border. I was very into makeup growing up. My first makeup was blush, and in the South we actually call it rouge. My Mom would always give me just a little bit, and she would wear Diorissimo [perfume] everyday, and she still does. But growing up, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. I can pretty much name every Dateline out there! I initially wanted to go into politics, and I was studying Political Law, but then I got an opportunity to model, and that was so opposite from being a Tri Delt at Vanderbilt. People would always say, ‘oh you’re so pretty’, or ‘oh, you’re so tall’- that was normally what it was, because I was my current height in eighth grade, and I’m almost five ten. I ended up going to New York for a few weeks where I got signed with Next [Model Management], and I’m still with them 23 years later. After that, I moved to Europe to model off and on for almost six years.
The Big Break:
[I remember] working with great photographers like Jean Baptiste Mondino, but probably the most memorable was getting the cover of Vogue Paris, that was so fun, working with [photographer] Ruven Afanador, [hairstylist] Serge Normant and [makeup artist] Charlotte Tilbury. Sports Illustrated and the 30 million dollar diamond bikini were also pretty big, and I actually met [Highbrow co-founder] Monika Blunder on my show House of Style!
I don’t have a favorite [industry] that I’ve worked in, but modeling gave me everything- it gave me acting, hosting and it allowed me to travel. It was also the hardest of all of my work, and people always assume that I would say acting was the hardest- uh uh. Modeling was far harder, because nothing depended on what you said or what you did, everything depended on what you look like. That amount of pressure to look a certain way, next to what a ballerina experiences, was tough.
The Industry Today:
Modeling gave me so many opportunities, which is why I wrote my book, The Everyday Supermodel. It was 20 years of working with people like Monika [Blunder] and Christian [Wood] and gathering the best of the best tips, like, you should wear this, or you should cut your hair like this, or you should go red or blonde. I had great inside access. Now, more and more, you guys have that, because of the Internet, which is amazing, but sometimes I think it can be too much. There’s almost too much information out there, and it can be overwhelming, which is why people like Charlotte Tilbury are so successful, because she puts together her products for you to create one ‘look‘ and makes it easy. Being very specific in a time where there’s so much information is really important
Right now is a great time to be working because you can be in so many different industries. For me, I have my site and my book, and I also was made a contributor to The View - I started in September - and now we’ve got a second book that we’re starting to write next week that comes out the beginning of 2017. It’s just about finding where your brand fits and taking opportunities within that.
A Year From Now:
I am so happy right now, I have never been this happy in my life. I’ve gone through a lot of different stages, and the best at this point in my life is that I can say no. If I don’t want to do something, I don’t have to do it. That’s been an amazing thing to be able to come to, just having the ability to admit that I can’t or don’t want to do something because I have to make snacks for my kids this afternoon. In that way, it gives me so much freedom, so I want to embrace that. I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything because I have done so much. That’s my favorite advice - do everything. I’m not saying you should wait to get married if you find the right person, but for me, now I am at a point where I can really be a mom because I am so fulfilled in other parts of my life. I also always think that if you look good, you feel good. I got killed [in the press] a few days ago for saying to women, even if you have tons to do and have four kids, get out of your yoga pants. Seriously, though, get out of your yoga pants! Make time for yourself and make yourself feel better for five minutes. I stand behind that. I was brought up with no money, but my Mom always took care of herself. Even if you’ve got nowhere to go, pretend like you’ve got some place to go! Put on jeans and a nice top, it doesn’t have to be a dress- and listen, I have a 6 month old, so I get it- but you have to make an effort. Do it for you, not for someone else. It will make you feel better.
My Life Through The Lens Of Beauty:
I love products; I am a total product whore! Makeup really sits on me, so I like primers, like the Veil Mineral one from Hourglass. I went away from this product for a little while, but I’m back on it- the Chantecaille ‘Just Skin’ Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen. It’s a very expensive product that it gives a good dewy tint, but it’s really sheer, it’s not even really a tinted moisturizer, but it gives you a great base. My favorite foundation is Eve Lom Radiance Lift Foundation in Wheat, it’s amazing, but it’s more of a tinted moisturizer since it’s sheer.
I have eyelash extensions, and Covergirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara is the only mascara that doesn’t ruin them. I go to Esme Winterflood for lashes. If I do an eye shadow, I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Golden Goddess Palette, or the Tom Ford one in Golden Mink. By Terry’s Aqua-Print Eye shadow pencil is addicting and totally foolproof. The Darling Muse color looks like a pale pink, but on me it shows up bronzey, and you just put it right on the top of your eye along your lashes. I tend to go more rusty or bronze on the eye, rather than black. It’s not as harsh.
If I had to choose between a lip or eyes, I’ve got to say lip. I love a hot pink, a hot red, even a wicked, dark plum with no other makeup. I like that look. Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Raven is the best red, ever. It doesn’t come off until you take it off, so if you don’t have a makeup artist who is constantly touching you up, it’s perfect. If you need a great nude gloss, Sara Happ’s The Nude Slip is my favorite because unlike a lot of nudes, it doesn’t make your lips look dead. The classic By Terry Rose Balm is an essential. I use it everywhere- lips, eyelids.
Right now, I’m addicted to Lenor Greyl, [hairstylist] Peter Butler just loaded me back up! The Masque Quintessence Deep Nourishing Treatment Mask is great for color protection, and I have really dry hair from coloring it all the time, so it helps keep it healthy. The Huile de Leonor Greyl Oil smells so amazing. I use it before I shampoo, put it on dry hair and let it sit.
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Actress, model, active humanitarian, & Mom! Author of 'Everyday Chic'.