Self-care se­crets from model and mama Lily Aldridge

Your eye­brows al­ways look in­cred­i­ble. Are they nat­u­rally that full, or do you have a method? I never used to do any­thing with them. But as I’ve got­ten older, I’ve started us­ing a pen­cil to fill in the gaps and ex­tend the length be­fore brush­ing up the hairs. Even when I’m not wear­ing makeup, I’ll still fix my brows.

When you do put on makeup, what goes on the rest of your face? Say I’m head­ing out for a date night: I start by mois­tur­iz­ing to prep my skin—some­times I’ll even throw on a face mask—and then ap­ply Gior­gio Ar­mani Beauty Lu­mi­nous Silk Foun­da­tion. It has a nice amount of cov­er­age and looks re­ally ra­di­ant and pretty. Next, I’ll dust Tom Ford bronzer on my cheeks and eye­lids for a tonal look and then fin­ish with Marc Ja­cobs mas­cara, one of my cur­rent ob­ses­sions.

You come from a fam­ily of mod­els. Who had the big­gest im­pact on your ap­proach to beauty? My mom [1970s Play­boy model Laura Lyons] was def­i­nitely the per­son I went to for ad­vice grow­ing up. She taught me about self­care. I think it’s one of the most important things you can do for your­self, both for in­ner and outer beauty.

Did you ever “bor­row” any of her prod­ucts? Her per­fume was one of my fa­vorite things to play with as a kid. I took it so of­ten, she bought me a squirt bot­tle of rose wa­ter so I could have my own “per­fume” and spray it ev­ery­where.

Does your 7-year-old daugh­ter, Dixie, do the same thing now? I have a lot of fra­grance bot­tles on my van­ity be­cause I love the dif­fer­ent shapes and tex­tures. She steals them to make her own lit­tle beauty counter and spritzes ev­ery­one in our home. Speak­ing of scents, tell me about Sum­mit, your sec­ond per­fume, which re­cently came out. It’s meant to re-cre­ate the feel­ing of be­ing in the Smoky Moun­tains in the win­ter­time with my fam­ily. The ex­pe­ri­ence is all about be­ing cozy, from hav­ing a glass of wine by the fire with my hus­band to mak­ing s’mores. I used notes of leather, to­bacco, and cin­na­mon to form a very warm, in­tox­i­cat­ing scent. Since it’s cold out­side now, I’m wear­ing it non­stop. But I’ve al­ways been a girl who likes a va­ri­ety of fra­grances. I play off my mood for the day. Do you switch things up in the rest of your rou­tine? I went with an all-nat­u­ral reg­i­men dur­ing both my preg­nan­cies and while nurs­ing my two chil­dren. I just weaned my baby son, Win­ston, and it’s opened up a whole new world of beauty prod­ucts I can in­tro­duce back into my life. In gen­eral, though, I lean to­ward nat­u­ral op­tions such as Tata Harper, a skin-care line I started us­ing while breast­feed­ing and have con­tin­ued with be­cause the for­mu­las are fan­tas­tic.

You’ve posted about belly-sheet mask­ing on In­sta­gram. Was that a reg­u­lar part of your preg­nancy? To­ward the end of my third trimester with my son, when I was count­ing the sec­onds un­til giv­ing birth, I’d put one sheet mask on my face and an­other on my bump and watch TV. My daugh­ter thought it was so hi­lar­i­ous! I didn’t do it ev­ery day, but when­ever I had 20 ex­tra min­utes to treat my­self, I’d think, “Oh, a sheet mask on my belly? That sounds fun.”


I think self­care is one of the most important things you can do for your­self.”

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