BEAUTY TALK

’90s supermodel, mother, phi­lan­thropist, and face of Dior Cap­ture To­tale – the Slavic beauty jug­gles life with grace.

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Dior Cap­ture To­tale face Eva Herzigová shares her se­crets

Yours is an in­cred­i­ble suc­cess story: How were you dis­cov­ered? A pho­tog­ra­pher Tono Stano saw me and asked to take some pic­tures of me when I was 16 years old, so I went to Prague. The day af­ter, a friend of mine was go­ing to some beauty con­test and asked me to ac­com­pany her. So I went and she asked me to par­tic­i­pate but I felt un­com­fort­able and left. The owner of a Paris mod­el­ling agency ran af­ter me and asked if I would like to go to Paris! Quite a pro­posal dur­ing the com­mu­nist era. It took six months to get per­mis­sion from the gov­ern­ment. Two months later, af­ter my ar­rival in Paris, the vel­vet rev­o­lu­tion took place and ev­ery­thing thing has changed. Canal+ asked me to go back home with them and filmed me and nd my fam­ily dur­ing this his­tor­i­cal mo­ment. It’s quite a doc­u­men­tary! Who is your role model? Muses were not part of my cul­ture; I never grew up with posters, or peo­ple I wanted to be like. But I do ad­mire peo­ple who de­vote their en­tire life to a cause. A fash­ion icon? I al­ways ad­mired Françoise Sa­gan, the way she walked, her ca­sual at­ti­tude. I love her style and free­dom from dress codes: every­body would be all dressed up and she would be wear­ing a big man’s sweater, and be so ... in­spir­ing. It was so rock ’n’ roll! More than a woman, she rep­re­sented a life­style, an al­lure. What is “age­less beauty” to you? It’s all about feel­ing good in your skin. Lit­er­ally. But “age­less beauty” also brings up another idea, an ex­tra touch of in­tel­li­gence. It takes a cer­tain tal­ent to ex­press time­less, age­less beauty. Your daily beauty rou­tine? I cleanse, morn­ing and night. And I mois­turise. I wash my face with su­per cold wa­ter, but with my eyes open. I don’t know if it has any­thing to do with it, but peo­ple say I have a very white in­side of the eye.

When did you start get­ting se­ri­ous about skin­care?

The first time I came to Paris, I went out to buy Dior Cap­ture To­tale eye cream. That’s the cream I have al­ways used since. I re­mem­ber go­ing to the store and they would say, “It’s not for you, Madame; it’s for ladies.” I said, “I don’t care, I want it!”

Your best-kept se­crets?

To be hon­est, I don’t have many. I rarely get a mas­sage. I have my nails done ev­ery week; there’s some­thing very pu­ri­fy­ing about the whole process. And I don’t drink cof­fee or tea, just herbal teas.

Your tip for per­fect skin?

Don’t go out! Usu­ally, you look great the morn­ing af­ter. It’s the day af­ter that.

What’s in your sur­vival kit?

Mas­cara, blush, and a cleanser, of course.

Do you do your own make-up for of­fi­cial ap­pear­ances?

I do. I some­times pre­fer to do it my­self.

Your sig­na­ture fra­grance?

I wear plenty and I mix them all! But I do love vanilla as a base. When you have some per­fume on, it should re­main a very in­ti­mate feel­ing. I spray it in the air, and I walk through it. I never put it on di­rectly.

A mo­ment to re-cap­ture?

Meet­ing my hus­band again. It was from afar, but he caught my at­ten­tion. It was in Italy. It was sun­set and it was Septem­ber. It was beau­ti­ful – I couldn’t breathe, it re­ally felt like that. My heart was beat­ing hard and I had to kind of run away.

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