We’re cautious of brands that self-proclaim authenticity—just think of that disastrous Pepsi ad with Kendall. It seems Laura Mercier is too, which is why they chose Suki Waterhouse as their inaugural Muse.
At first glance, Waterhouse may not be your poster child for individuality—she’s hardly the gap-toothed freckle-faced snarling face of alternative beauty. But Waterhouse is, by her own hand and not that of any brand, beauty-adventurous. She is much more experimental than other models, who choose to buckle down when off duty.
Waterhouse, as explained in a recent Harper’s Bazaar interview, isn’t afraid to wear a little—or a lot—of makeup: “She’s worn golden glitter tears on a red carpet, and never shies away from retro-inspired liner or fluttery lashes.” Here, we’re given more of her Harper’s Bazaar interview, to discuss life as a beauty chameleon:
HARPER’S BAZAAR (HB): You’re constantly changing your hair and hair color—do you find it difficult to adapt your makeup? Or do you tend to wear the same products no matter what your hair color is?
SUKI WATERHOUSE (SK): The times that my hair has been peroxide blonde I find myself needing more makeup, but generally I like to keep makeup quite natural; my go-to products are Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen for a natural, dewy look. They help skin to sing and look healthy. Those are my safety hero products which I know I can apply even in a moving car and they’ll do the job. At the moment, I’m playing an 18-year-old girl with pink hair, my character’s inspiration for makeup is Anime characters, so it’s been fun to experiment with brighter colors around my eyes, and pops of color on my lips.
HB: What are the beauty products you always carry with you?
SW: I like to carry a really small bag, so my favorite thing to have [in there are a handful of] Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour. They are a dream, with electric colors with silky smoothness on the skin. I just throw them on and smudge a bit. They can create any look, subtle or bold. The best part is once they are on they don’t budge!
HB: How do you think your British upbringing has influenced your beauty routine?
SW: I think being British gave me a very low-key approach to putting makeup on. Culturally the first thing that inspired me growing up in London was the Camden market heavy smokey eye look, which I wanted to emulate, so I started taking long romantic trips down the makeup aisle and experimenting with black eyeliner. When I first working in fashion and began to have my makeup done professionally on shoots, I fell in love with the ’60s cat eye look which definitely draws on British heritage too. When in doubt, just wing it. Life, eyeliner, everything.
HB: What are your go-to spots for facials?
SW: I go Shani Darden in Los Angeles for facials. Whenever I’m in London I run into the Waterhouse Young clinic for a hyaluronic facial. I promise I’m not being biased because it’s my dad’s place!
HB: What have been your favorite and least favorite red carpet beauty looks? Why?
SW: My favorite red carpet look was the first time I went to the Met Gala in 2014. To be honest any red carpet where I don’t get nervous and pull a bizarre face is a win for me!
HB: What is the one thing we’d be surprised to find in your medicine cabinet or makeup bag?
SW: I’ve been using organic apricot oil which is rich in omega six and vitamins A and E. I slather it on at night when my skin needs a moisture boost.