Model, mother, best-selling author and Kérastase muse, Emily Ratajkowski (also known asEmRata), can now add the title of podcaster to his impressive CV. She talks here with Hannah Coatesbeauty and wellness editor at Vogue.uk, about her French drugstore preferences, her instincts and why she’s obsessed with TikTok.
His routine when he wakes up in the morning
Emily Ratajkowski – “Well, I have a son, he wakes me up! The first thing I do is change his diaper and feed him, then I have a coffee and watch him while he eats. I’m done, I take care of my skin. I’ve improved a lot on that. In my early twenties I was like, ‘I’m not going to deal with this’, but now I’m putting on sunscreen, I use a toner and a moisturizer. I have a whole routine. Then I get dressed, hopefully quickly, because my closet is relatively tidy, and I go out.
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Her secret to exceptional hair
I have relatively new bangs. I always say, even in private, that Kerastase really changed my hair. When I signed [pour être ambassadrice] I didn’t know any good hair products with them about five years ago, and while I’m pretty good at makeup, I’m not very good at hair. I always thought I had bad hair and I couldn’t help it. What’s great is that now I don’t have to do much for my hair, because it’s all in the care and maintenance. I love the range Extentionist because it makes my hair grow really fast! I’m someone whose hair reaches a certain stage and then breaks, but with this shampoo it grows to a longer length. I also really like the oil, it’s light and smells wonderful.
His new podcast “High Low”
It broadcasts two episodes a week, sometimes three. The first episode is a conversation with a guest, hosted by me. The second is a solo episode, called “EmRata asks”, in which I ask a question and investigate. The third episode is a subscription-based episode, where listeners can give feedback and send in their thoughts, voice notes and DMs and we open the conversation. I worked like crazy on this project, I’m really excited.
Her skincare routine
I wash my face every night, well, I try. I use Bioderma : it is a French pharmacy product which is an incredible make-up remover. It is the only one that allows you to do this effectively without leaving traces on the skin and without drying it out. After washing my face, I use the Lotion P50 from Biologique Recherche, some people don’t like it, but I’m someone for whom retinol is too extreme, so the Lotion P50 is a happy medium. It balances my skin and I layer it over a fairly thick moisturizer.
Her favorite products in pharmacies
In addition to BiodermaI love the Biafine. I had a really horrible sunburn and that was the only thing that cured it. I also love Aquaphor, another amazing product from Eucerin. I also feel like drugstore makeup gets a bad rap, but I think it’s really good. I have some highlighters incredible and products that are really great. In addition, my friend who works in makeup development told me: “I assure you, they all come from the same factories, it’s just the packaging that changes!”.
Rituals that help him relax and disconnect
I watch an hour of TikTok, that’s how I disconnect! There is nothing else that is more entertaining or relaxing for me. My algorithm has gone crazy for a sound, so right now I’m all about “Sbagliato”. I also love story times, where people say “one thing about me” and get into a story. I watch for three minutes, then launch into part two. TikTok does not look like a social network. It’s like Netflix or Hulu, not like Instagram, and I learned a lot. It’s funny and it makes me feel good about human beings.
What she thinks of social networks in general
It’s both a place where I feel like I’m in control and a way to connect directly with people, but also a totally toxic waste of time that makes me feel like I’m not to be present as I would really like. It’s both. I have a complicated relationship with it. I set the timer on Instagram for an hour and usually go over that time. I would love to get more advice on this!
His experience writing his book My Body
I want to say that I didn’t know I was writing a book about my body until it was practically written and I was looking for a title. I realized what I was writing about was the commodification of my body and my image, and even the violation of my body, not in the industry, but as a young girl. It definitely changed my relationship with my body. My editor had advised me that the last essay of the book be hopeful, a moment of taking stock of where we are, but I didn’t feel like that. I was going through a difficult time.
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