Nouvelle Meets – Pauline Van Der Cruysse
Q: What is your beauty routine?
“I try to use only natural products as have very sensitive skin. I tried the pharmacy products, but even they can be to harsh on my skin. At night I use coconut oil on my face and sometimes my hair as well. I put a lot in my hair and leave it in overnight like a mask. It rinses out easy in the morning and leaves my hair soft and shiny. I remove my makeup with organic rosewater mixed with argan oil. I have had a hard time removing mascara, as the products easily can make my eyes red and make my lashes fall of. I mix the two things on a cotton pad and let it soak on my lashes for 20 seconds and then it comes right off. I wash my face with a milt face wash from Dr. Hauschka before applying the coconut oil. The rosewater I always have on a small spray bottle, so I can spritz my face during the day and on flights. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, as long as its organic.”
Q: And for makeup?
“I’m very bad with makeup – I never really wear anything, but my agency says I have to wear just a little when I go to castings. So I use a little concealer if I have something to cover up. My favourite one is from Chanel – it’s very thin and soaks easily into my skin. I never use mascara, except when I’m going out. I have very big and heavy brows and the brow gel doesn’t work for me. I have to use so much than you can tell that it’s there – so I spray a brow brush with hairspray and comb them. Then they stay in place. If I have no spots to cover, I still use a little Yves Saint Laurent Touch Éclat so I don’t look liked I just rolled out of bed. My lips are very dry so I use Homeoplasmine – it is good for everything. If you have scars or scrapes or blisters it is amazing. I also use it on my eyelids to add a little shine. It’s an amazing all round product. When I go out I wear red lipstick. I love red lipstick and my favourites are from Chanel. I think I almost have all the red shades they made, and I love to discover new shades of red. A lipstick is not so expensive so it’s ok to spend some money on a really good one – I can tell the difference in the colour and how it feels on my lips. And I have practised for 5 years, so I’m really good at putting it on perfect, ha ha.”
Q: Which city is your favourite?
“It used to be New York, but now it’s actually London. London is so big and the areas are so different, that anyone can feel at home there. People in London are so sweet and it’s easy to make new friends. The are super creative, and I love that some dress crazy and different, but no one looks at them weird -there is room for different types in London. They are easy going and I like that.”
Q: The best place to go shopping?
“I love shopping in Belgium – in Antwerp and Bruxelles. The big Belgian designers have stores in Antwerp and in Brxelles there’s a lot of small very nice shops. And twice a year the Belgian designers have stocksale where you can get Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester and many for really good prices. The stocksales are fantastic. My favourite designer is Ann Demeulemeester and I was so happy that I got to both open and close the show this season. I wen’t to the fitting and I was so happy when they told me I was opening and closing. Another favourite is Maison Martin Margiela off course.”
Q: What’s one of the jobs you did you remember the best?
“My first shoot ever was for a big Belgian magazine and my agent called me and asked if I was afraid of birds. I said no and it turned out we were using vultures and scary birds like that on the shoot. A little crazy but the pictures came out amazing. My first show season was also fantastic. I had just done an interview with a Belgian newspaper that asked me about the shows. I told them that I really wanted to do Marc Jacobs in New York, Prada in Milan and Givenchy in Paris. And then I was booked for those shows. That was so wild – a dream come true.”
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