Inside Her Makeup Bag: Karlie Kloss

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As the new L’Oréal brand ambassador, supermodel Karlie Kloss joins the ranks of other famous faces, like Eva Longoria, Jane Fonda, and Ines de la Fressange. This might be an intimidating line-up to be added to, but Kloss loves her new role; she tells Savoir Flair, “It’s such an honor to be a L’Oréal Paris ambassador and to be among such a powerful, smart, hardworking, extraordinary group of diverse women. To be in the company of these women makes me want to be better. They are the reason I’ve always admired the L’Oréal brand and the strength, beauty, and diversity it represents.”

Now a prominent name in both the fashion and beauty industries, Kloss reveals how, in order to stay in tip-top shape for both her modeling career and the L’Oréal ambassadorship, she incorporates more than just beauty products into her routine. Exercise and diet are just as important; she argues, “Beauty is about more than secret products and regimens. Eating healthy, nutritious foods and exercising on a regular basis is what helps me feel beautiful, strong, and confident.” Read more in our in-depth interview with Kloss where she goes beyond discussion of her beauty routine and also shares her holiday plans, travel tips, and guilty pleasures.

Growing up, did you feel you were treated differently because of your beauty?

I was actually really lanky and giraffe-like growing up! I was taller than all the boys in my class and, like any teenager, it definitely took some time for me to grow into my height and body.

What is your beauty regime?

I love a natural look and try to keep it simple. My short hair makes my beauty routine easy. I usually take a quick shower, nourish my skin with L’Oréal’s ‘Skin Perfection Serum’ and am out the door!

Take us through your day. In the morning, what is your first step in your beauty routine?

My number one goal in the morning is to take care of morning breath! I brush my teeth and wash my face first thing.

What about your last one before going to bed?

Before going to bed every night, I’m always sure to wash my face. It’s the best to wipe off the day and go to sleep feeling fresh and clean.

What is your biggest beauty secret?

Taking care of myself on the inside is so important. Beauty is about more than secret products and regimens. Eating healthy, nutritious foods and exercising on a regular basis is what helps me feel beautiful, strong, and confident.

Taking care of myself on the inside is so important. Beauty is about more than secret products and regimens.

What beauty/lifestyle/fitness advice would you most like to impart to your daughter?

Find ways to incorporate movement into your everyday life. Working out doesn’t have to be a chore and it doesn’t have to mean going to the gym and lifting weights. Biking to lunch with a friend or trying out a new, fun dance class are great ways to stay active and enjoy what you’re doing.

What kind of guilty pleasures do you allow yourself?

Cookies! I’m a huge cookie fiend. My grandma makes these delicious ginger snap cookies, and they’re the most delicious treats in the world.

What do you always have in your handbag?

I always have gum and chapstick in my bag!

What has been your biggest beauty faux-pas?

When I was younger and would have breakouts, I used to pick at my face and get scarring. I’m so conscious now about my skincare regime and really know how to treat my skin to prevent breakouts.

Any other no-nos?

I really hate bleached eyebrows! I’ve done many shoots where I have to get my eyebrows bleached and I hate the process. It’s a part of the gig but I much prefer keeping my eyebrows looking natural.

What would you say are your weapons of seduction?

A great hair day! Having thick voluminous hair that bounces as you walk is the best weapon of seduction. You feel confident when your hair looks and smells good, and nothing is sexier than confidence. ‘Elseve Fibralogy’ works like magic for getting your hair to bounce and sit just right.

When you’re not walking a runway or posing for the cameras, how do you like to unwind?
Whenever I need some downtime, I go to my parent’s place in upstate New York. There’s nothing better than relaxing at home, baking cookies, and hanging out with my puppy Jo.

How do you like to spend your holidays?

I travel so much during the year that during the holidays it’s nice to stay in and spend some quality time with my family and friends.

What are your travelling essentials?

My phone is always dying so I travel with an extra phone charger no matter what. A lot of my travel is spontaneous, because my schedule shifts around so much. So even if I’m traveling in the United States. I always have my passport on me, just in case.

What are the places you recommend to visit in NYC?

There’s so much to see! Every neighborhood in New York has such a distinct character and life to it. I think a lot of tourists who come to New York for the first time don’t get to really experience the different neighborhoods. So while the MOMA, the MET, and Central Park are must-sees, nothing beats a walk around the West Village on a warm summer night.

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