Who’s that girl?

Cana­dian ac­tress Caro­line Dhav­er­nas joins the coolest beauty club

ELLE (Canada) - - In­sider - BY Vanessa Craft & carli whitwell

Na­tional pride Caro­line Dhav­er­nas leads a his­toric Cana­dian brand into the fu­ture.

Caro­line Dhav­er­nas has a very po­lite fam­ily. Case in point: She is Lise Watier Cos­metic’s new brand am­bas­sador and no one in her in­ner cir­cle has hit her up for any makeup- or skin­care-prod­uct free­bies. “Not yet,” says the 38-year-old ac­tress, laugh­ing, over the phone from Toronto, where she’s film­ing the up­com­ing TV drama Mary Kills Peo­ple.

This is Dhav­er­nas’ first beauty con­tract, but you could say that it was years in the mak­ing. The Mon­treal na­tive, who is best known for her role in TV’s Han­ni­bal and the 2008 movie Pass­chen­daele, re­calls her mom and her aunt us­ing prod­ucts by the es­teemed Québé­cois en­tre­pre­neur. “We’ve all looked at our moms putting on makeup and hoped that this mo­ment would hap­pen for us as soon as pos­si­ble,” she says. “I re­mem­ber play­ing [in my mom’s van­ity] and then go­ing out on the street. Bright-red lips when you’re five! It’s the be­gin­ning of dis­cov­er­ing your fem­i­nin­ity.”

To­day, in­stead of those bright-red lips, Dhav­er­nas leans to­ward even richer hues. Bur­gundy is her go-to for fall. “If I have a night out, I love strong colours,” she says, though she does ad­mit to switch­ing up her look fairly of­ten. “Makeup is some­thing you can play with; it can boost your self-con­fi­dence when you need it to.”

That phi­los­o­phy cer­tainly helped when she was film­ing the fall cam­paign for Lise Watier Cos­met­ics. Even though she has been act­ing since she was eight, Dhav­er­nas was trepi­da­tious about em­brac­ing her in­ner model. “As ac­tors, we usu­ally hide be­hind the cam­era be­cause we’re try­ing to for­get it’s there. With mod­el­ling, you have to pose and of­fer your­self to the cam­era—it’s very dif­fer­ent.”

Hair, makeup and hip hop helped her un­wind on­set. “The mu­sic is al­ways a real in­spi­ra­tion,” she says. “It’s like when you’re on the dance floor: If the song is good, you’re go­ing to want to have fun.” Mic drop. “For me, scent is a day and a night thing. I’ll go a bit heav­ier at night. [My favourite note] is musk—that’s sexy for me.” – Kate Moss, the face of the first fra­grance from Brit makeup artist Char­lotte Til­bury, Scent of a Dream. Til­bury, who used to cus­tom mix essences and oils to wear while grow­ing up in Ibiza, hand­picked notes of pep­per, frank­in­cense and vi­o­let for the heady chypre flo­ral. Hap­pily for Moss, the per­fume also con­tains musk, which is lay­ered with “pseu­do­phero­mones” that mimic the chem­i­cals that at­tract us to one an­other. Pre­pare to amass an en­tourage.

In our In­sta­gram-ad­dled imag­i­na­tions, the life of a su­per­model is one gi­ant party as she flies from photo shoot to photo shoot in cham­pagne-sod­den pri­vate jets. IRL, not so much, says supe Adri­ana Lima. “Peo­ple think there’s 30 min­utes of hair and makeup and you put on pretty clothes and take two pic­tures and you’re done,” says the Brazil­ian, who was dis­cov­ered 20 years ago, at 15. “Be­ing on-set is al­most like [film­ing] a movie.”

Lima’s lat­est star­ring role is as the face of Marc Ja­cobs’ Di­vine Deca­dence, a flo­ral fol­low-up to last year’s Deca­dence. (Lima also fronted that fra­grance’s cam­paign at the be­quest of bestie Ja­cobs.) The scent con­tains notes of hy­drangea, hon­ey­suckle, or­ange blos­som and, fit­tingly, cham­pagne. “It’s a lit­tle bit sparkly,” she says, adding that it con­nects with her per­son­al­ity. “I have a strong side, a fem­i­nine side and a play­ful side.”

Lima is more than just a pretty face. She is known for her work ethic and, with nu­mer­ous fash­ion and mod­el­ling con­tracts, rarely out of the spot­light. “I want to last a very long time in this busi­ness,” she says. “My mantra is hard work, dis­ci­pline, re­spon­si­bil­ity and a love for what I do.” That’s not to say life is with­out in­dul­gence. “My dream deca­dence is a day at the spa with my girl­friends. I’d have a full-body mas­sage, facial, hair treat­ment, man­i­cure and pedi­cure, caviar and cham­pagne.” Just as we’d imag­ined.


Gwyneth Pal­trow, cre­ative direc­tor for Juice Beauty, on her pas­sion for healthy liv­ing and why she al­ways speaks her mind.

You have your choice of so many projects to work on—why

this one? “I’ve been cu­ri­ous about the idea of well­ness and what that means for a long time. Over the past decade, the more I re­searched the ef­fects of en­vi­ron­men­tal tox­ins on our health, the more I started to think. I re­mem­ber I was bathing [my daugh­ter] Ap­ple with these beau­ti­ful French­per­fumy gor­geous, sudsy things when I sud­denly stopped and thought, ‘What’s in this?’ Work­ing with Juice is a real op­por­tu­nity, be­cause I—much like mil­lions of other women—care about what I put on my body, but there is re­ally noth­ing for us in terms of ef­fi­cacy, pig­ments and the lux­ury feel.”

How im­por­tant is eat­ing and liv­ing or­gan­i­cally to you? “I try to, but it oc­curred to me that when you em­brace some­thing and then get very rigid about it, it can un­der­mine the whole thing. I try to go with or­ganic as much as pos­si­ble, like blue­ber­ries, let­tuce and broc­coli—any­thing [with a sur­face that is] pes­ti­cide ab­sorbent. It’s ex­pen­sive [to eat or­ganic]. My hope is that more peo­ple can buy or­ganic; the more that hap­pens, it will have an ef­fect on pro­duc­tion and drive prices down. Ev­ery­body in ev­ery so­cio-eco­nomic area de­serves to have non-toxic food! It’s crim­i­nal that the peo­ple who truly need it the most don’t have ac­cess to it.” How com­fort­able are you about stat­ing what you want? “I’ve al­ways been pretty true to my­self, for bet­ter or worse; I’ve al­ways stuck my neck out and done what I be­lieve in. I’ve al­ways tried to push cul­ture, ask dif­fi­cult ques­tions and drop new con­cepts, and I ac­cept that that’s just part of my role in life. I try to re­ally em­brace it, and, you know, I’m noth­ing if not authen­tic.”

How di­vine Adri­ana Lima on work­ing hard and play­ing harder.

Clock­wise, from left: Lise Watier Cos­met­ics Pal­ette Chic & Rus­tique Eye­shad­ows ($44), Éclat Velouté Cheeks and Lips ($24), Smokey Kohl Velours in Écorce Velours ($23) and Dra­ma­tique Weather­proof Mas­cara in Brun Noir ($27). Wool bustier (Vic­to­ria Beck­ham) and 18-karat-gold neck­lace (Elsa Peretti for Tif­fany & Co.). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

Char­lotte Til­bury Scent of a Dream Eau de Par­fum Spray ($85 for 30 mL)

Juice Beauty Liq­uid Lip in Ap­ple ($30) and Last Looks Cream Blush in Or­ange Blos­som ($30). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

Juice Beauty Ul­tra-Nat­u­ral Mas­cara in Black ($28)

Marc Ja­cobs Di­vine Deca­dence Eau de Par­fum Spray ($115 for 50 mL)

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