Star power; Trend trac­ing; Pri­mary cause.

Meet the Lon­don-born, Cal­i­for­nia-raised mu­si­cian and new face of Yves Saint Lau­rent Beauté. By Lilith Hardie Lupica.

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At just 24, Staz Lin­des is on the verge of be­com­ing a house­hold name. The mu­si­cian – her band the Para­noyds, a four-piece based in Los An­ge­les, play the Golden State’s mu­sic of choice, garage punk – and model, who has walked for both Moschino and Saint Lau­rent, was tapped by the lat­ter to front the brand’s beauty line. (Former Saint Lau­rent cre­ative di­rec­tor Hedi Sli­mane first spot­ted Lin­des per­form­ing on stage.)

The blonde, blue-eyed beauty, who ad­mits she would rather talk songs than fash­ion (“I can ex­press my­self most freely with mu­sic”), may come from mu­sic roy­alty – her fa­ther is Dire Straits gui­tarist Hal Lin­des – but it seems the worlds of fash­ion and beauty can’t get enough.

“I started get­ting scouted as soon as I was 13 or 14,” Lin­des says of the ca­reer that chose her, but it wasn’t un­til the age of 20 that she re­ally be­gan mod­el­ling full-time.

“I just wanted to be my­self no mat­ter what. It wasn’t some­thing I was pres­sur­ing my­self to be. If it was go­ing to hap­pen it was go­ing to hap­pen nat­u­rally,” Lin­des ad­mits. “If some­one wants to put me in their clothes and have me rep­re­sent it then I will, but it’s not some­thing I’m go­ing to lose sleep over.”

While her wil­lowy fig­ure and per­fect pout may say model-on­the-verge, Lin­des con­fesses to not ex­actly know­ing the ins and outs of fash­ion. This, how­ever, is not to say she doesn’t en­joy the process of get­ting dressed in the morn­ing. “I wear some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent ev­ery day,” Lin­des says. “I’ve heard peo­ple say: ‘I’ve never seen you wear some­thing more than once.’” She also de­scribes the free­dom of liv­ing in an al­most sea­son­less Los An­ge­les and her pro­cliv­ity to wear vintage.

“I grew up on vintage, and didn’t even re­ally know what brands were un­til I started mod­el­ling. I don’t recog­nise or look for names or la­bels or any­thing.”

So it should come as no sur­prise then that when it comes to beauty, Lin­des prefers to pare it back, ad­mit­ting her beauty look is “pretty plain”. “I don’t re­ally wear con­cealer or any­thing and I typ­i­cally wash my hair three times a month, if that, and then I’ll do a nat­u­ral con­di­tioner on the ends.” On the other hand, catch Lin­des per­form­ing and ex­pect to see lash­ings of glit­ter, which she ap­plies with lip gloss, eye­lash glue, ChapStick or what­ever ad­he­sive she and her band­mates can get their hands on.

As for her Yves Saint Lau­rent Beauté stash, Lin­des counts the brand’s Baby Doll Kiss & Blush lip-and-cheek stain and Cou­ture Ka­jal eye pen­cil as her favourites. She looks to cin­ema, mu­sic and pho­tog­ra­phy for in­spi­ra­tion, ad­mit­ting she’s al­ways tended to do her own thing rather than fol­low some­one else’s lead. “I’ve just al­ways liked us­ing make-up as a tool to ex­press my­self,” says the beauty muse. We couldn’t agree more.

Staz Lin­des wears a Gucci dress.

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