The Telegraph – October 6, 2016
The £1.95 beauty buy Edie Campbell can’t live without
“I’m always inspired by people who use make-up to channel their individuality and make a statement — like Kate Bush and the late, great David Bowie. But for me, in everyday life, the most attractive women are those who aren’t concerned about being beautiful and don’t spend too long looking in the mirror.
Because I spend so much time wearing and having my make-up done for work, I don’t wear a lot at home. However, I do always carry a YSL Touche Eclat concealer, because it offers maximum effect for minimum effort. It’s my go-to make-up product and I use it under my eyes, around my nose and anywhere I need coverage. Vaseline is my other essential – the best beauty tip I’ve ever picked up is to use it as a highlighter. If I’m looking tired, I apply some on my cheekbones and instantly look better. Aside from a little bit of mascara on my lashes and brow gel to brush up my eyebrows, I don’t tend to wear much else day-to-day.
My skincare routine is equally simple and fuss-free. I have sensitive skin, so I’m careful about what I use. In the morning, I wash my face with warm water and Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion before using its Gentle Toner, £11.50. My skin burns like a newborn baby’s, so I’m very disciplined about wearing sun cream. It has to be SPF 50 and I slather it on all over.
I try to stick to the same skincare regime even if I’m travelling — and then with a few additions. Once my flight has landed, I spritz my face and neck with Caudalíe Beauty Elixir Face Mist and I love Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment. While I’ve yet to find the cure for jet-lag, over the years I’ve managed to train myself to be able to sleep on the plane, which is great. Post-flight I try to get as much fresh air as possible, or if I’m at home I’ll ride my horse. Having horses keeps you pretty active and it’s my main source of exercise. Occasionally I play tennis, but that’s really just because I like the white outfit. If I’m in the city I walk or cycle everywhere, but generally I try not to think of exercise as ‘exercise’.
When it comes to fragrance, I think it should be almost unnoticeable, like a quiet purr in the background. With some people, their choice of scent becomes irreversibly intertwined with their identity and can be used to represent them, so it’s quite powerful. I was flattered when YSL Beauté approached me to embody the Black Opium woman, as the scent is strangely familiar. It isn’t overpowering or alien, and I like how the bitterness of coffee contrasts with the sweetness of vanilla.
My hair is the one thing I’m experimental with — it’s part of the job. I’ve gone from blonde to black to brunette and back to blonde several times over. As a result, I try not to wash my hair very often as it strips the colour and makes it dry. If I have to wash it more often I’ll use a colour-protecting shampoo and conditioner, then let it dry naturally. A must-have is Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Pre Shampoo Treatment. It’s like lard that you slather on, before putting on a shower cap to really cook the fat into your hair. It’s the best thing I’ve found to repair bleached, processed hair like mine. My biggest hair disaster? Well, when I was 15, I dyed it blue at home. Looking back on it now it was so bad it was almost a good look!”