When it comes to beauty, Alexa Chung is a minimalist

Alexa Chung launches collaboration with Eyeko, London Nov. 14. Credit: Getty Images
Alexa Chung launched her collaboration with Eyeko in London on Nov. 14. Credit: Getty Images

Like you, Alexa Chung is too lazy to wear makeup on the weekends and forgets her razor when she travels. We chatted with the TV personality and fashion icon at the U.S. launch of Alexa for Eyeko, her new collaboration with the U.K. cosmetics brand, about her beauty rituals.

What’s your daily beauty routine?
It’s very minimal. I’m lucky because I’m usually on TV so someone does my makeup for me, and it’s such a rare experience. But for the weekends, I really don’t wear much makeup; I just put moisturizer on. I like Laura Mercier.

How do you protect your skin in the winter?
Oh, man, it’s rough. I’ve been using Cetaphil, it’s like a medicinal moisturizer for your body but it is just so plain. And then I use Decleor Vitamin E oil and mix them together to make a richer cream.

Do you bring your makeup with you so you can reapply on the go?
No. No maintenance throughout the day. I would rather look like s— and not worry about it than constant reupping. I’m just too lazy. I would like to look nice all the time but I just can’t be bothered.

So your dream would be to walk around with your makeup artist.
I kind of do most of the time! She’s right there.

What do you listen to when you’re getting makeup applied?
We listen to Solange a lot, Lorde, Drake; then I like George Harrison and Beach House.

How do you manage your beauty routine on the road?
I always forget a razor and a toothbrush. It’s insane. I just keep everything in one bag. I have the bodywash/ shampoo things decantered into smaller things, so that’s just ready to go whenever. And then moisturizer — it’s very very important for the flight to have it on you. I’d go so far as to say hydrating mist but I don’t ever take it with me. It would be good if I did. Sometimes I get photographed at the airport, so lately I’ve been taking a red lipstick so I can feel a little more glamorous.

What are your favorite products for date night?
Oh god, I hate dates. They are so embarrassing. I tend to do this thing, which is personal to me, it’s a weird quirk I have. If I really like someone and go on a date with him I rebel and I wear dungarees and no makeup. I want to think, if they like me looking like this, then they are going to really like me when I turn it up.

Alexa Chung on sex appeal:
I really truly believe that it’s about feeling confident. Nothing is sexier than when someone is feeling comfortable. So I don’t think you should ever walk in heels you can’t work out how to maneuver in or, like, wear seven pairs of Spanx underneath or a padded bra. Because what if you were, like, pinched into this bandage dress and [later your boyfriend] finds out that realistically you like wearing Sonic Youth T-shirt and jeans? They are going to be like, “But when I dated you, you were hot.” So I like to be pretty up front about it.

And also everyone likes different things. My friend at work really likes a bit of side boob, which isn’t something that I’m good at doing. And someone else likes asses, so they might like a tight pair of jeans on a girl. I mean, it’s just so personal, so I like to think that there is someone out there that will just like the way you do it.


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