… so I was familiar with them before I really got down to trying them this year. The lovely smells remind me of her every time I use them. My favourites are the Masque Yeux Age Logic Eye Contour Mask, which I use overnight because I travel so much, and the Hydra Beauty Mist. It’s so easy to use right after the shower, and you feel so clean and moisturised afterwards.
I was so busy with my studies and just trying different things while I was in college. It really felt like destiny, how it all happened. The organisers of my first pageant didn’t have enough girls to compete and one of them knew a friend of mine, so I was asked to try it. Eventually I had to stop studying because Miss Universe is a full time job, but I’m returning to it next year.
During the telecast we had a hairstylist and makeup artist, but the rest of the time we were on our own! A smoky eye is my go-to. Actually, when I do my own makeup I start with the eyes, because sometimes I end up with eye shadow on my face. It’s easier to clean that up first and then be able to start the rest with fresh skin.
I think it’s really important to do a lot of moisturising. I just started using Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream. I was told you have to start using anti-ageing products at 25, so I started! Another tip is to always remove makeup at the end of the day – it’s the key to beautiful skin.
Doing beauty pageants, I would put on lashes when I didn’t have time to properly apply mascara. In France you just do eyes or red lips, ideally a MAC matte red lipstick. Never do both!
I really like to try new products, I’m always excited about them. If something is going to be revolutionary, I want to know about it! One of my favourites is the Babor Ultimate Repair Face Mask, it’s beautiful and moisturising. I make putting it on a ritual so I can just enjoy the moment, it’s so relaxing.
I thought it would be so cool. I went to the hairstylist with my mum and it was really bad. It was really, really short at the front – I looked crazy. I had to pin it back for three weeks to look less crazy. I was so anxious for it to grow back!
I also use it in pageants on my skin to keep the swimsuit in place, and under my shoes so I don’t fall. I have one hairstylist in France, my friend William – he does simple, modern styling and colouring, and I also go to John Barret in New York.
When I go to New York or Paris I have a coach – that’s the best. Although I also do a lot of working out by myself. I like running outside when it’s sunny, or if I’m travelling I do things like squats in my hotel room.
I like to light candles too. Diptyque candles are my favourite – they have a lot of different scents and they burn for a really long time. I also like Lush bath bombs. It’s so great how they have different ones for Halloween and Christmas. I love to have lots of delicious scents in my bathroom.”