Discover Benelux | Cover Interview | Lara Stone
is a constant siege, though. Earlier, during our shoot, she was standing on the balcony having a sneaky Marlboro Red, wondering whether the paps below were allowed to photograph her on a private terrace. Judging from the “Lara flashes her knickers” headlines in the papers the following day, the answer, alas, is yes.
Lara Stone and French fashion designer Olivier Rousteing at a screening of The Beguiled during the 70th Cannes Film Festival in May 2017.
Is it tough, the pressure of constant cameras? She shrugs. “I’m usually barefaced as I can’t be rushing around doing the school run in a face full of make-up. And, of course, you can’t beat a nap for making your skin look great,” she says, sinking happily back into the pillows. “My son is four, but still naps every now and again, which I love as it’s one of my favourite hobbies,” she says, beaming at the photographer still clicking away. “So how about we try a sleeping shot now?”
Lara’s speed beauty Date-night look ‘I’ll do a bit of a contour, put a bit of eyeliner on, a bit of extra mascara, fill my brows so they don’t disappear. Done.’ Fitness regime ‘I’ve only started getting serious about exercise over the past few months. I go to Bodyism, as the guys there are so nice and don’t make you feel bad for doing a terrible squat. I mix it up with a bit of Pilates and boxing.’
“On the other hand, I feel like if you’re really not happy with something, it’s so easy to get it fixed these days, so why not? I definitely get tempted on occasion and think, ‘Maybe just a bit of Botox here and bit of thingy there.’ But at the end of the day, I just don’t think it’s for me.” She has always been resistant to change herself to please others, having kept the now trademark gap in her teeth despite early advice to have corrective orthodontics. “I never really got the fuss over my teeth,” she says, looking perplexed. “Personally, I’ve never had a problem with them. I got teased about them when I was much younger, but I see them every day, so I’d feel really strange if I suddenly started looking different.” 50 | Issue 45 | September 2017
Amen to that. So is there any other beauty advice she would care to pass on? “Don’t attempt to pluck your eyebrows using nail scissors for starters,” she laughs. “I did that when I was about nine. I didn’t have any tweezers, so I thought that scissors might work. Smart move, huh? Other than that, it’s the usual — drink lots of water, moisturise, use sunblock and take your make-up off before you go to bed.” She does not always feel like she is nailing it. “The iPhone camera just doesn’t agree with my face,” she says (insert eyerolling emoji here). “No, really. Everyone else takes a selfie and looks great, and I’m just like, ‘Urgh, this isn’t working’. Black and white is definitely my default filter.” It
Skincare regime ‘I’ve got my regime down to a couple of minutes as I’m a mum and I travel so much. Right now, L’Oréal’s new Fine Flowers Cleansing Cream [£8] is saving my skin. It comes in a big jar and is really thick and nourishing, so I’ll do that morning and night.’ Hair — amateur or pro? ‘I can do a ponytail and a bun and that’s about it, so I just let it hang otherwise. Nicola Clarke does my colour — she’s a genius — and to keep it fresh, I use L’Oréal Elvive Colour Protect Masque Serum [£5].’ Can’t-live-without product ‘Sudocrem. I put it on my entire face before the plane takes off and it somehow fixes everything.’
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