We don't know anyone who hasn't fallen under Alexa Chung's sartorial spell.
Now, as brand ambassador Code8, the model, fashion designer and TV presenter has detailed her entire beauty routine in September's issue of Red (out now). And, as you might expect from her wardrobe, there's some seriously cool under-the-radar labels and classic buys in her beauty bag...
I’m definitely not the type of woman who spends hours contouring her face. I gravitate towards easy-to-apply, low-maintenance make-up. I love Code8’s Blush Palette in Rosé (£34), and the AM/PM Tinted Lip Balm in At The Barre (£24), which make me look pretty and polished.
If I’m going out, a pillarbox-red lipstick (applied straight from the bullet because I don’t trust myself with lip liner or a lip brush!) such as Code8’s Matte Velour Lipstick in Pop Art (£32), is my go-to.
If I’m home late, I’ll probably go to bed with my make-up on. W hen I do remember to cleanse, I use the creamy and delicious Then I Met You Living Cleansing Balm, approx £31, but I’m equally happy with coconut oil.
My skincare routine is haphazard. I have moments when I'll get really worried about wrinkles and sunspots and force myself to use moisturiser and wear SPF. I love Sisley's Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Cream, £132, and Augustinus Bader The Cream, from £125, but they're expensive, so are definitely splurge items.
I love a fresh, dewy base but avoid face powder as I think it highlights my wrinkles. I prefer concealer to foundation for coverage and if I need more warmth (in winter, when my skin becomes deathly pale) I turn to Code8’s Radiate Beauty Balm in N10, £41, which is idiot-proof and non-streaky.
Less is more when it comes to make-up, I think. Now I’m older, I can see the value in keeping things light and uncomplicated. All the women I think who have aged beautifully, like Audrey Hepburn, weren’t renowned for wearing lots of make-up. I think she looked stunning, and had a such graceful, simple look – a chic bun, delicate eye make-up and a pale pink lip.
I feel beautiful for about a week in August when I’m on holiday. Ideally, I’ll be tanned
and have wavy, tousled hair but I might spritz in some of David Mallett’s Australian Salt Spray (£28), to give my curls a bit of a boost. The clothes also help; an Eres bikini, a Maison Michel headscarf and some Ancient Greek Sandals.
Read our full interview with Alexa Chung in Red's September issue, out now.
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