South African model Candice Swanepoel’s se­crets.


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South African girls are laid-back; all that warm weather turns us into hip­pies! As a model, I’m con­stantly in full make-up, but my off-duty style is way more care­free. Peo­ple can’t be­lieve how sim­ple my rou­tine is: cleanse, tone, moisturise, SPF, fra­grance, and I’m out the door.

I love us­ing nat­u­ral pantry in­gre­di­ents; they are ef­fec­tive and in­ex­pen­sive. I use co­conut oil, rose water, witch hazel and pure aloe vera on my skin. My se­cret weapon is un­pas­teurised ap­ple cider vine­gar for re-bal­anc­ing an oily scalp, heal­ing sun­burn and aid­ing di­ges­tion when added to hot water. It’s a true “su­per-fluid”.

I hy­drate my hair with ar­gan oil masks that I leave on for hours – it res­cues dry strands. My other tip is to let your hair dry nat­u­rally when­ever you can. I gen­er­ally keep fit with re­sis­tance train­ing and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties like pad­dle­board­ing and swim­ming. When I’m trav­el­ling, I’ll still stay ac­tive; hiking is an easy go-to ex­er­cise. Be­fore beach shoots or a Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret show I have to bring my A-game, so I ex­fo­li­ate all over with a cof­fee and co­conut oil scrub and ap­ply oil to keep skin ex­tra smooth and soft. And there’s noth­ing more flat­ter­ing than a sun-kissed glow…

I have to pinch my­self that I’m the face for Juicy Cou­ture’s new per­fume Su­cré, as I re­mem­ber see­ing the ads as a teen and re­lat­ing to that sassy spirit. I had to chan­nel the ad­ven­tur­ous Juicy girl on the shoot. The look was all about pink – in­spired by the play­ful bot­tle de­sign – and the set was cov­ered in cup­cakes and mac­arons to con­jure the sweet, flirty fun of the fra­grance. Grow­ing up I was drawn to the likes of Natalia Vo­di­anova, Stephanie Sey­mour and Bo Derek. There’s noth­ing hot­ter than own­ing your fem­i­nin­ity, yet be­ing strong at the same time. Travel and street style were an­other in­flu­ence, al­though look­ing back at old photos, I can see it was hit and miss!

Work­ing with so many pros at fash­ion week, my big­gest take­away is well­blended con­tour­ing, adding def­i­ni­tion with a cat-eye, and a fo­cus on skin. Some­times I’ll mix a bit of foun­da­tion with my sun­screen for a nice, sheer cov­er­age and sun pro­tec­tion.

The more com­pli­cated life gets, the more I turn to sim­plic­ity. For­get gold and di­a­monds – give me a sleep-in and a re­mote set­ting with clean air. That’s true lux­ury to me…


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