Kloss Act

Pi­lates, argan oil, protein, and choco­late ... su­per­model Kar­lie Kloss takes her health and beauty reg­i­men very se­ri­ously, learns Car­rie Buckle.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Contents - KAR­LIE’S PICKS

It’s all lights, cam­eras, and make-up back­stage at Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret, and Kar­lie Kloss is hold­ing court, rock­ing her sig­na­ture choppy bob, known as “the Kar­lie”, sport­ing flared jeans be­neath her slinky striped robe, and spread­ing An­gel love hand­ing out her very own whole­some Kook­ies. Just like good pal Cara Delev­ingne (at a nearby hair sta­tion stick­ing out her tongue for a selfie), 21-year-old Kloss isn’t afraid to em­brace what makes her stand out from the crowd.

“This is the first year I’ve had short hair for the show. Last year I had ex­ten­sions,” re­calls the 185-cen­time­tre model du jour, chat­ting with BAZAAR be­fore a show fea­tur­ing a record 40 mod­els (and 28 pairs of wings). “Ev­ery­one here is beau­ti­ful, but in dif­fer­ent ways.”

Up close and per­sonal with run­way-ready Kloss, we can re­port that her skin is dewy and glow­ing, and there is no mis­tak­ing those sky-high cheek­bones. The star­let’s be­witch­ing green eyes are ac­cen­tu­ated with smokey choco­late brown shadow and pen­cil, she has flushed cheeks, and a per­fect rosy pout. “I learned a new trick to­day,” says the chatty, down-to-earth girl from St. Louis, Mis­souri, de­scrib­ing how make-up artist Dick Page started by sweep­ing a red­dish lip­stick along her nose and cheeks (“al­most like war paint”), be­fore blend­ing with a brush. He then ap­plied con­cealer and tinted mois­turiser “for a nat­u­ral glow”.

How is Kloss feel­ing about strut­ting down a 30-me­tre shim­mer­ing run­way for a show aired in 185 coun­tries? Last year’s ex­trav­a­ganza cost a for­tune to stage – a re­ported USD12 mil­lion (RM38 mil­lion) – and this year’s is no ex­cep­tion, with a per­for­mance by Tay­lor Swift, a be­jew­elled USD10 mil­lion (RM32 mil­lion) fan­tasy bra, and Swarovski crys­tals aplenty. Have the past few months seen her in hard­core train­ing mode? “I’ve been do­ing a com­bi­na­tion of high-in­ten­sity car­dio like SoulCy­cle and Pi­lates-type strength train­ing, iso­lat­ing cer­tain mus­cle groups and us­ing rub­ber bands to strengthen legs and arms,” she shares. “Also, lots of butt lifts. It’s all about ton­ing and feel­ing strong; that’s what I think is sexy.” The key is switch­ing it up, so she does car­dio one day and then strength

train­ing the next. “It’s okay to take a day or two off train­ing, but I al­ways try and be ac­tive at some point,” says Kloss. “It doesn’t have to be at the gym; even if you’re run­ning around with your dog in the park, break­ing into a sweat makes your body work.” Along­side this ex­er­cise reg­i­men, she stepped up her healthy eat­ing. “In the run-up to the show, I’ve tried to en­sure I’m get­ting enough protein.” She stresses the im­por­tance of this when work­ing out. “You need to keep up your en­ergy lev­els and get plenty of sleep. You’re in your un­der­wear go­ing down the cat­walk, so I think ev­ery­one here has been work­ing out more than usual,” laughs the for­mer bal­le­rina known for her dis­tinc­tive walk.

“I don’t want to be skinny, I want to be strong,” she adds. “That’s what I think is re­ally beau­ti­ful.” Any tips for us mere mor­tals? “Be­fore wear­ing a short dress, I rub olive oil or argan oil into my legs. It gives that ex­tra shim­mer and shine, and it pho­to­graphs re­ally nicely.”

Glo­be­trot­ting Kloss’s skin en­dures lots of wear and tear, so sim­plic­ity is key to her ev­ery­day beauty rou­tine. “In the morn­ing, I use a ba­sic Neu­tro­gena Pink Grape­fruit face wash with ex­fo­li­at­ing beads in the shower. To save time, I also brush my teeth in the shower.” She flashes her bright smile, ad­mit­ting she’s a fan of Crest 3D White tooth­paste. In the day, she slathers on Clar­ins Beauty Flash Balm (“It’s re­ally good for your skin, es­pe­cially in the win­ter or when you’re fly­ing”). In the sum­mer, she wears Laura Mercier Tinted Mois­tur­izer, and at night her se­cret weapon for hy­drated skin is Estée Lauder Ad­vanced Night Re­pair.

De­spite her su­per­model cre­den­tials, Kloss isn’t im­mune to the odd pim­ple. “I get break­outs all the time. I woke up this morn­ing and felt a cou­ple com­ing through,” she sighs. “The big­gest thing is sleep. I also try to take care of my skin by cleans­ing prop­erly be­cause work­ing in fash­ion, I con­stantly have make-up ap­plied.” When off-duty, she goes au na­turel: “I won’t even wear con­cealer. The more you put on your skin, the more you clog your pores.”

Not one for in­dulging in new­fan­gled treat­ments, Kloss sticks to two es­sen­tials: fa­cials and mas­sages, both at Bliss Spa in New York. When her skin needs some TLC, she splurges on a Triple Oxy­gen fa­cial. “It gives amaz­ing re­sults,” she en­thuses. Once or twice a month, she treats her­self to a full-body mas­sage. “It’s the best thing to just kick back af­ter work­ing out su­per hard.”

Make-up is kept sim­ple with her trusty Laura Mercier pal­ette. “It has ev­ery­thing you need for a ba­sic nat­u­ral look, so I ap­ply a lit­tle shim­mery blush on the cheeks. I love a brown cream eye­shadow and then mas­cara.” Her hero is RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up from make-up artist Rose-Marie Swift’s or­ganic line. “I use it for ev­ery­thing, as an un­der-eye con­cealer, to cover blem­ishes or for a nude lip.”

On the red car­pet, the model favours un­der­stated el­e­gance. “I like to keep both my hair and make-up very clas­sic,” re­veals Kloss, who plucks her own eye­brows rather than go­ing to a sa­lon. “A beau­ti­ful red lip is al­ways strik­ing or a nude lip with a fresh face, co­ral blush, and a smokey eye; you can’t go wrong with that.” For a hot date with her 28-year-old beau, in­vestor Josh Kush­ner (brother of Ivanka Trump’s hus­band, Jared Kush­ner), her go-to look is sul­try eyes. “I love a nude lip and a mys­te­ri­ous eye,” she ex­claims, de­scrib­ing how she uses dark brown shadow and black liq­uid eye­liner to de­fine the lids. “Then a good mas­cara with a thick brush to get in the top lashes and de­fine the bot­tom lashes, for that baby doll look.” How does her boyfriend find her most at­trac­tive? “Less is more. He doesn’t like too much make-up,” she smiles. “I think that’s the thing about boys; for the most part they like it more when you’re nat­u­ral. At the end of the day, I think get­ting dressed up and putting make-up on is more for the woman – it’s more about mak­ing her feel beau­ti­ful. The man, if he has any sense, should love her re­gard­less of whether she has make-up on.”

To­day, her honey-tone tresses look ef­fort­lessly chic, as al­ways. The tex­tured bob was the brain­child of stylist-to-the-

“I don’t want to be skinny. I want to be strong.”

stars Gar­ren Defazio. Since snip­ping off her long locks, she finds her wash-and-go cut a breeze. “It’s so easy. The tex­ture of my hair is very fine and straight, so the cut works.”

Kloss is the queen of snacks, so you’ll find healthy good­ies in her bag at all times – from nuts to Kind gra­nola bars. Her diet is packed with whole foods and she sub­sti­tutes cow’s milk for al­mond milk. For break­fast, her favourite meal of the day, she whips up a protein shake, egg white omelette or por­ridge, or she sim­ply munches on fresh fruit with yo­ghurt. “I’m a veg­e­tar­ian, so I try to take care of my body and get enough protein even though I don’t eat meat.”

Her not-so-guilty plea­sure is choco­late “in all forms”, and if she can in­cor­po­rate it into her daily diet, she will, from choco­late chip pan­cakes to choco­late protein bars. She has even de­vel­oped her own line of bis­cuits, the afore­men­tioned Kar­lie’s Kook­ies, with Mo­mo­fuku Milk Bar to raise money for Lauren Bush Lauren’s Feed Projects, which pro­vides meals to those in need. Free from dairy, gluten, and raw su­gar, they con­tain al­mond flour, oats, olive oil, dark choco­late, and agave. There’s talk of launch­ing muffins next.

As well as sweet treats, Kloss has a pen­chant for cold­pressed juices. To­day it’s a Killer X smoothie with ap­ple, lemon, and gin­ger from New York’s Liq­ui­te­ria. “I’m try­ing not to get sick, so this is packed with vi­ta­min C,” she ex­plains, adding that she of­ten gets fresh food de­liv­ered. “Beauty starts from within, so for me eat­ing healthily is a big part of that. When I take care of my­self, ex­er­cise, and eat well, that’s what makes me feel most beau­ti­ful and con­fi­dent.”

Kar­lie Kloss at the 2013 Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret show

Kloss au na­turel

Estée Lauder

Ad­vanced Night Re­pair Syn­chro­nized Re­cov­ery Com­plex

II, RM350

Neu­tro­gena Deep Clean Re­vi­tal­is­ing Pink Grape­fruit Daily Scrub,

RM21.90

Clar­ins Beauty Flash Balm, RM134

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