Kate Moss has the same sleight of hand with makeup as she does with style. Though she typically treads the less-is-more path, when she does amp up her maquillage it's with a laser-sharp eye for gorgeous detail. This spring the supermodel is having a lipstick moment, debuting Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss, a five-shade range of lip colors. Over tea at Claridge's hotel, Moss dished on her latest obsession.
The range has some unusual shades, including a royal purple. What were your inspirations?
I started with the colors I like to wear most-a nude and a fire-engine red. But I also wanted to include colors I would wear on fashion shoots.
Which is your favorite?
The bright red, No. 1. Sometimes I go for a really dark one, but I pat it on with my fingers so it's like a stain.
What are your daily beauty musts?
I just wash and then moisturize with Crème De La Mer. I always use a liquid foundation. Pretty much any brand will do, just as long as it doesn't feel too thick. I want a bit of coverage, but I hate looking too made up. Then I usually add some bronzer, eyeliner, and lipstick. I curl my lashes even when I'm not wearing mascara. Though at night, I really pile it on.
What's the most useful trick you've learned from a makeup artist?
Contouring. The face just looks fresher when you've got a bit of bronzer. I use a powder and just sweep it across my temples, cheekbones, and under the chin to make my jawline look more defined.
Who are your beauty icons?
Elizabeth Taylor in the '50s and '60s. She's the icon, I think. And of course there's Anita Pallenberg, Marianne Faithfull, and Jane Birkin. All those English rock 'n' roll girls who managed to look glamorous even when they were a little bit of a mess.
Have you ever made any beauty choices you later regretted?
I liked it when I had short hair for a minute, and then I got pregnant and thought, Oh, no, it's not working anymore-start growing it out. It's not so good when you get bigger with short hair, at least not on me. I wouldn't do it again.
What fashion and beauty advice will you pass on to your daughter?
She's only nine, but she's already a fashionista, so she doesn't need much advice. She's got so many clothes. I wish I had half of her wardrobe! I will tell her not to wear too much makeup. You know when you see young girls and they wear foundation even though they've got perfect skin? She hasn't showed much interest in it yet, though. She's into nail art.
What tips have you given your little sister about modeling?
I had lunch with her the other day, and I told her the most important thing is just to be yourself and have fun, and if you're not having fun, leave.
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