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How to Look Like a Fashion Week Model, According to the Face of Chloé

Feb 14 2014 - 10:30am

So much of the Fashion Week attention is placed on the designers, hair pros, and makeup experts [1], but there is a key group that works as the glue for all of these groups: the models [2]. So we spoke to top model Caroline Brasch Nielsen, who has walked in shows for Valentino, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton [3], about her Fashion Week rituals. She also currently fronts the campaign for one of our favorite Valentine's Day scents, Roses de Chloé [4] ($120). Read on to learn more about how to have flawless skin, which scent inspires her, and how much sleep she actually gets.

Source: Stephane Feugere [5]

POPSUGAR: How did you break into modeling? Did you pursue it, or were you "discovered"?
Caroline Brasch Nielse: My agent discovered me in a pizza restaurant in Copenhagen when I was having lunch with some friends. I’ve been modeling for five years now.

PS: What was it like to shoot this campaign?
CBN: It was fabulous and extremely creative. There was so much talent there. The three of us have worked together in shows before (Valentino Haute Couture Spring 2013, Roberto Cavalli [6] Fall 2013), and Tilda and I shot the Chloé Spring 2013 campaign together, so it's cool to work with girls I know. Being a part of a trio for the campaign brings more energy to the set, and it translates to the final image.

PS: What does the new Chloé fragrance smell like to you?
CBN: Flowery, wearable, and fresh.

PS: Do you have any fragrance-wearing secrets? Where do you you spray it and how often?
CBN: I spray it on wrists, neck, and a little mist on my hair.

PS: Is there a scent that inspires you?
CBN: Sea salt. I grew up near the water.

Source: Stephane Feugere [7]

PS: What is the secret to effortless model-off-duty hair and makeup?
CBN: For my hair, I use lots of conditioner! I also try to only wash it a couple times a week, since that helps with the natural oil to keep my hair soft and strong. My everyday makeup is very light and fresh. I'm usually going to a lot of castings, so I have to look very natural. In the evening, maybe I add some lipstick or eyeliner.

PS: How do you keep your skin looking great when you need to have your makeup done so often, especially for Fashion Week?
CBN: I don't really wear makeup when I am not working; it gives my skin time to heal itself. I drink lots of water and use a good moisturizer.

PS: Did you do Fashion Week this season? Which was your favorite look so far, and why?
CBN: I skipped NYC and London, but I am doing Milan and Paris. As I haven't started yet, I have that to look forward to.

PS: Do you have any pre-Fashion Week rituals?
CBN: Your skin has to be prepared for Fashion Week with all of the makeup that is applied to it and taken off every day! I eat very healthy, clean, simple food, and I drink a lot of water before Fashion Week.

PS: What is your skin care routine?
CBN: In the morning, I splash my face with cold water to wake my skin — and myself — up. Then I dab on a little cream to get my skin ready for any makeup I'm going to put on. At night, I always wash my face before bed. It lets my skin breathe overnight. If I'm too tired from a long day of work, I'll try to at least use those makeup-remover towelettes. I just don't like to leave makeup on when I sleep, because that means I'm not taking proper care of my skin.

Source: Eric Megret [7]

PS: What beauty products do you always carry with you?

CBN: Suki Skincare Delicate Hydrating Oil [8] ($28). I have to keep my skin healthy and protected during busy days of running around town.

PS: How much sleep do you honestly get, and how does it affect your beauty?
CBN: Not much during the show season, but normally around seven to eight hours.

PS: Are there certain foods you eat or avoid for beauty reasons?
CBN: I just try to eat as healthy as possible.

PS: If you weren't a model, what would you do?
CBN: I would probably try to compete in horseback riding.

PS: Where do you see yourself and your career in 10 years?
CBN: To be honest, I don't even know where I will be next month after the shows. But if I had to try and answer, I dream of being a fashion editor at French Vogue — all wishful thinking at this point, but one can dream. And someone once told me to dream big, so I am.

Source: Fabien Baron [9]

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