We're Going to Have to Buy Your Favourite French Lip Balm Now, Georgia Fowler
We're backstage at Fashion Week and there's an impromptu shoot happening. There are no stylists, hairdressers or makeup artists in sight—there's not even a professional photographer. Instead, the tiny "crew" consists of a fashion editor, her beat-up Polaroid camera, and one really talented model. Georgia Fowler is in the house, in Sydney for Etihad Airways, and she's making magic all by herself. The 24-year-old Kiwi is uncommonly sharp in front of the lens. With umpteen international covers, campaigns and runways under her belt (see: Victoria's Secret), it's hardly surprising that she knows her angles. Still, to see her in action is a beautiful thing. And when we're done? There isn't a dud shot in the bunch.
Next, it's time to talk beauty. First off, we're into skincare. What does she use? How does she use it? When? (If you could see her complexion in person, you'd understand the curiosity.) The New York-based model rattles off a refreshingly basic regimen, based on a few “simple things”. Not one for high-end treatments or outrageously expensive brands, Fowler is attracted to uncomplicated products like rosehip oil. In fact, as we move onto hair and makeup, it becomes clear her beauty ethos is largely to “stick with what you've got”. A refreshing sentiment in this age of filters and fakery, it's endearing. And that's the thing. Despite her piercing lake-blue eyes, and unjustly effortless fringe, you can't help but feel a kinship with Fowler. (We sure do.) Consider us fans.
Keep scrolling for our exclusive Q&A.
Byrdie Australia: What’s your first beauty related memory?
Georgia Fowler: My Nan always told me to moisturise, so I’ve always held on to that.
B: That’s a very good tip!
G: Yep, stay moist. [laughs]
B: Which moisturiser do you use?
G: I tend to use the simplest one I can get my hands on—Embryolisse ($35). I like simple, basic products. Things that are easy.
B: What’s your morning skincare routine like during fashion week?
G: I’m not fussy. I put on either a face oil or a moisturiser; I mix it up. I don’t know if that helps, but it keeps things different.
B: Do you have a favourite oil?
G: Something uncomplicated like rosehip oil. Every oil I’ve tried, I’ve liked. I love the glow, so lots of oils! Gone are the days of oil-free. When I was a teenager trying to get rid of pimples and doing the whole cleansing, exfoliating and toning thing, my skin was worse for it. Now I’m all for keeping things natural, keeping it simple.
B: Do you use any natural skincare brands?
G: I try to. When they’re available. I’m travelling a lot and people touch my face all the time, so it’s hard to keep things consistent.
B: If you wake up with a blemish, what do you do to fix it?
G: Try not to touch it! I do the old fashioned toothpaste trick. I don’t get blemishes much, so I don’t travel with a pimple cream, but if I were to come up with one, I’d do toothpaste overnight.
B: Are there any skincare treatments you get regularly?
G: Actually no. I exfoliate myself with my cleanser and a flannel. I have had an oxygen facial before, prior to the VS show, and that was incredible.
B: Did you get any good beauty tips backstage at the VS show?
G: Lots of bronzer and illuminator!
B: So, your haircut is having a moment right now, how would you describe your hair type and texture.
G: Curly, messy… it has a mind of its own. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad.
B: Which products do you use in your hair?
B: How do you style your fringe?
G: I don’t do a hell of a lot to my hair, it’s actually better when I do less. I’ll put some oil in the ends to keep it moisturised. And I’ll maybe spray in a tiny bit of salt spray, but I mix it with an oil so my hair doesn’t get too dry. Then, I’ll just air dry it. I never brush it or anything. Or if I need to get it dry faster, I use a diffuser.
B: What do you do if you’re having a bad hair day?
G: Hairspray and a slick bun.
B: How has your beauty style changed since moving to New York?
G: With modelling we have so much makeup put on us all the time—it makes me use less in my personal life. I think that makes me look more chic, you know, by just putting a bit of gloss on my lids rather than a full face. It’s easier. Give yourself some dewy skin with a bit of brow gel and concealer, and you’re ready to go.
B: What’s something about your job you think people would be surprised by?
G: I think people in the industry know it’s not an easy job. It isn’t all that glamorous. There are a lot of flights to amazing places, yes, but when you get to these places, you’re only there overnight. You’re in a studio and often you don’t get to see anything else. The hardest part is being away from family.
B: What’s been your favourite beauty trend from fashion week?
G: I’ve seen a lot of shows embracing the models’ individuality. It’s been like, ‘She’s got a good haircut’, or ‘She’s got great waves’, and making the most of it, which I think is cool. Stick with what you’ve got!