The Secret Life of Cara Delevingne ♦ ELLE Culture

“If I don’t cry pretty much every day I will hold it in, and it will manifest in me.”








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The Secret to Candice Swanepoel’s Skin

ELLE Exclusive:

The Angel doesn’t just wake up like this (ok, maybe a bit).


As Max Factor’s global ambassador, Candice Swanepoel gets to glean makeup tips from the best in the business – like the brands Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath. When she’s not travelling to far flung locations for a shoot or walking the runway in frilly bits of lace, she’s blending up homemade face masks in her kitchen.

Describe a standard day.  

Waking up at 7am, getting ready for work, making breakfast or a quick smoothie. I could be going to the airport, or being on a photo shoot. After work I either spend time with loved ones take my dogs for a walk or do a yoga class if I have energy. I love to be at home if I have a day off, FaceTiming my family, catching up on sleep and organising my days so I can be properly prepared.

What’s the secret to great looking skin? 

Regular exfoliation and using a good illuminator. I use a sunscreen everyday which also can give a nice glow.

What are your makeup essentials?

I’m combination/oily so I use Max Factor Facefinity Compact [$31.95, 1800 181 040] and blotting papers to keep the shine in check. I always have on mascara and a compact foundation on me – I’m currently using Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascara [$23.95, 1800 181 040] as it helps build big lashes really quickly. I also always have some lip balm to keep lips hydrated and some eye drops.

You’ve worked with makeup extraordinaire Pat McGrath a lot of your career. What’s been your favourite?

I’ve had so many unforgettable moments with Pat. I met her when I first started modelling when I was in Milan doing the make-up looks for Dolce & Gabbana. She took my hand in such a motherly way that I will never forgot that moment. It’s really amazing to work with her through Max Factor after all these years that I have been working and now that I’m at a different stage of my career. I have a very special place for her in my heart. Aside from the person she is, her make-up is the best in the industry. The way she can transform you is unbelievable, it’s an art. It’s beyond make-up.

What’s the best tip she’s taught you? 

I’ve taken tips from many brilliant make-up artists, including Pat McGrath. She taught me all about contouring, which when done right can look amazing. It’s really important to find the right colours and shades for your skin tone. What may suit one person, make-up styles or colours, may not suit you.

What other brands do you use?  

I’m usually in search for a more natural approach to my beauty products, so using things you would normally find in your fridge, like coconut oil, yoghurt, honey, fresh avocado, persimmon fruit. I started making my own face masks when I was a little girl.





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Alexa Chung Is ELLE’s December Cover Star

 ‘I nearly posted a selfie yesterday from bed and I was thinking, ‘What’s wrong with me? I’m an adult.’ 

Presenter, turned model, turned tech entrepreneur Alexa Chung talks style, selfies and insecurities in ELLE’s December issue.

In ELLE this month Alexa hands over the fashion reigns to her squad of stylish BFFs including Henry Holland, Pixie Geldof and Daisy Lowe as they dress her in their dream looks to celebrate Alexa’s foray into the world of mobile apps.

Alexa discusses her fashion instinct, finding her own version of sexy and the launch of her mobile shopping app Villoid. She also speaks candidly about her insecurities and admits that despite her fashion pedigree, she is far from high maintenance: ‘I’m terrible at looking in the mirror, I just get out of the shower and put moisturiser on and often don’t wear any makeup’.

Alexa Chung by Matt Irwin for Elle UK December 2015

Alexa Chung by Matt Irwin for Elle UK December 2015

She may have a reputation as one of fashion’s best dressed and most beautiful muses, but when asked about feeling sexy Alexa says: ‘I feel uncomfortable in anything tight or body-con. Anything sexy, I don’t feel myself in. I don’t know what the psychology behind that is. Maybe I’m constantly fighting for people to listen to what I have to say, so it seems undermining to look too girlie or frivolous.’

The frank and funny interview also covers being a parent: ‘I’m open to it and I would like a family one day’. Selfies: ‘I nearly posted a selfie yesterday from bed and I was thinking, ‘What’s wrong with me? I’m an adult.’ And her fashion hoarding habits: ‘My wardrobe is a floordrobe. I can’t take it any more. I’m terrible at throwing things away. I don’t wear about 70% of my clothes.’

Alexa Chung by Matt Irwin for Elle UK December 2015

Alexa Chung by Matt Irwin for Elle UK December 2015

ELLE’s December issue also includes a world exclusive give-away: a Benefit They’re Real Tinted Eyelash Primer which won’t be in shops for another nine weeks and is the ultimate quick fix for long, lustrous lashes.
Read the full interview in ELLE’s December issue, out now.
Alexa gets it sooo right Word Games with Ms Chung

Paulina Porizkova: ‘I Feel Sorry for the Girls Who Are Modeling Now’



Before the unfiltered candor of Chrissy Teigen, there was Paulina Porizkova. Outspoken and delightfully forthright, Porizkova catapulted to supermodel status in the 1980s, ascending quickly from Sports Illustrated swimsuit covers to contracts with Coca-Cola and Estée Lauder. After stints on reality television, including a gig as a judge on America’s Next Top Model (where, Porizkova complained, the queen of smize was habitually late), Porizkova is beginning her latest project as the face of anti-aging skin-care line Rx Genesys. The Cut caught up with the model to discuss Botox, sperm eyebrows, and what she thinks about models today. Continue reading