Beauty

Ac­tress Eva Men­des, the lead­ing lady of Estée Lauder’s New Di­men­sion skin­care col­lec­tion, talks the art of trans­for­ma­tion and bal­anc­ing beauty rit­u­als with moth­er­hood

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Eva Men­des bal­ances her beauty rit­u­als with moth­er­hood. 137 New face creams to lift your vis­age—and your spir­its. 140 Un­leash the power of dark­ened lips. 147 Chan­nel the swing­ing ’60s and get the Twiggy look with vo­lu­mis­ing mas­caras

Why did you want to work with Estée Lauder?

When I was younger, Estée Lauder was the epit­ome of beauty and I grew up ad­mir­ing the brand’s iconic im­ages. It was only later in life that I re­alised Estée Lauder is a brand for women, founded by a woman and run by women. I have a strong fe­male sup­port sys­tem around me, so it’s very im­por­tant for me to be part of a com­pany that re­ally cel­e­brates and em­pow­ers my sex.

Why do you like the New Di­men­sion range?

The New Di­men­sion skin­care col­lec­tion is all about trans­for­ma­tion and em­pow­er­ing women to be in con­trol of their own beauty. There is a lot of anti-age­ing di­a­logue out there—i feel like it’s passé and un­re­al­is­tic. Once I heard the New Di­men­sion skin­care story, I was so ex­cited to fi­nally find a prod­uct that em­braces change.

What’s your skin­care rit­ual?

I al­ways ap­ply New Di­men­sion Shape + Fill Ex­pert Serum. I’m al­ways very lib­eral with the serum. If my skin is feel­ing dry or it’s dry out­side, I’ll ap­ply a mois­turiser on top. Some­times I’ll pair it with Estée Lauder’s Ad­vanced Night Re­pair, which has hyaluronic acid and is su­per-mois­tur­is­ing. I don’t al­ways have as much time in the morn­ing, but at night it’s im­por­tant that I have my rit­ual.

What other beauty prod­ucts do you swear by?

Estée Lauder Ad­vanced Night Re­pair and Estée Lauder Take It Away Makeup Re­mover Lo­tion. I’m re­ally on the co­conut oil band­wagon for my hair— although a hair band is a musthave for those bad hair days. I al­ways use cream blush—with my olive com­plex­ion, I can look a lit­tle sal­low if I’m tired. A cream blush brings life and ra­di­ance to my face.

Are you more of a lip or an eye girl?

I feel more com­fort­able play­ing with my eyes and not so much with my mouth. I some­times like a bright lip—it’s fun. But I pre­fer a de­fined eye with a nude lip.

Has your beauty rou­tine changed with moth­er­hood?

I’m still re­ally dili­gent about my rit­ual, but it’s just at dif­fer­ent times of the day. Some­times it’s at four in the morn­ing, some­times it’s at two in the af­ter­noon. I’m no longer on my own time. I don’t have a nanny and I’m a very hands-on mum. But, as tired as I am, I do sneak in those few min­utes so I can keep my rit­ual.

What do you do to stay in shape?

For me, it’s re­ally just about a healthy diet. I cer­tainly al­low my­self to splurge, but I watch what I eat and I ex­er­cise when I can. When I have a re­ally busy day, es­pe­cially since I’ve be­come a mum, the first thing to go out the win­dow is ex­er­cise. When I do ex­er­cise, I just up the car­dio and the weight train­ing when I need to. You have to find what works for you.

What is lux­ury to you?

Sleep. Sleep and a pair of warm socks—that’s lux­ury for me.

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