According to Miranda Kerr, This Luminiser Basically Melts Into Your Skin
Let me tell you something about my interview with Miranda Kerr. It was a Friday morning, and I was more than prepared: I had a list of burning questions, my recording device was at full charge, and I was eagerly sipping on her Noni Glow supplement in anticipation for our 10 a.m. phone call, because hey, this is Miranda we're talking about. As the scheduled time neared, I headed to the sound-proof studio I'd organised, only to find another journalist already in there undertaking a phone interview of their own. Cue waves of panic that resulted in barricading myself, iPhone in hand, in the office utility closet. Yep, I interviewed one of the world's most beautiful women while face-to-face with bottles of Windex and spare rolls of toilet paper. True story.
Naturally, Miranda called from Los Angeles where she was powering through work calls by a fireplace. The model-turned-businesswoman was open and endearing as she took me through everything from her life with husband Evan, to building a holistic beauty empire via her brand, Kora Organics, and even her so-healthy-it-hurts refrigerator staples (don't pretend you're not curious). After our chat, I can honestly confirm that she really is as kind as they come. Literally days after the interview, Miranda broke the news that she was expecting baby number two with Evan. You might have seen her and her bump looking positively radiant at the Golden Globes party yesterday? Yep, there really is something enchanting about Miranda, so keep reading for a taste of the magic.
Byrdie Australia: What's your first beauty-related memory?
Miranda Kerr: It would be with my grandmother. She had all this makeup, and my cousins and I would go through her drawers and use it all. I remember she wore this blue eyeliner, and I was fascinated by the way it made her blue eyes look so piercing. I loved playing with her eyebrow pencils, and dressing up in all her clothes, too. It was always so much fun.
B: How would you describe your approach to beauty?
MK: I try to keep it simple and uncomplicated. I really feel that healthy skin is the most beautiful skin, so that's what I focus on. I work on keeping my skin healthy, making sure I'm getting the nutrients on the outside and the inside. If I do this, my skin is glowing, and at its healthiest.
B: You’re known for your long-standing love of natural products, but would you say your approach to the way you look at beauty has evolved overtime?
MK: No. I'd say it's basically been the same almost my whole life. I’ve always been about a simple routine, and healthy skin. My mum has never really worn makeup-she still doesn’t actually—it was just always about the health of her skin, instead. I inherited her beliefs, for sure.
B: Do you have any embarrassing beauty moments at all?
MK: Yes! When I was about 12, my mum went to get a perm and I went with her. When we were in the salon, they offered me one as well—big mistake. It didn't work very well, it was like one of those tight perms. And I had bangs. It was bad. I remember thinking, “why can't it look like the beautiful loose waves in the photo”.
B: Have you had one since?
MK: Actually, for the second time about a year ago, I got the American Wave perm and it really helped. My hair was dead straight, so the perm was amazing because I could just wash my hair and let it dry. It gave it a beautiful natural wave. I love them.
B: Did you try that when your hair was short?
MK: Yeah, not long after I cut it all off. I’ll warn you though, they take a really long time—I had someone come to the house.
B: What beauty items do you always have with you in your handbag?
MK: I always have a hairbrush, a little mirror, and I’m obsessed with the Kora Organics Hand Cream ($40). I don’t go anywhere without RMS Un Cover-Up Concealer ($52) in 22, or my eyelash curler. I also love carrying the Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer ($35), it just melts into my skin. Have you tried it yet?
B: Yes, it’s beautiful! Is it one of your favourite new products in the Kora range?
MK: Yeah, I'm really proud of our Luminizer, it's pretty special. It actually contains rose quartz powder, so it has this beautiful energy and gives off vibrations of love.
B: What other makeup products do you love?
MK: I switch between the RMS and Charlotte Tilbury mascara. For every day, I use RMS, but if I have an event or something, I'll use the Charlotte Tilbury. I love Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks. For foundation, I love a Japanese brand called Suqqu. It’s lightweight, but has an amazing full coverage without being heavy.
B: What are some of the staples that you always have in your fridge?
MK: I have so much in my fridge. I always have organic goat's milk—I prefer to drink goat's milk, it’s easier on the stomach. I have organic apple juice for Flynny, and there’s always lots of berries like blueberries and raspberries. I love papaya's, and lots of vegetables like carrots, celery, and hummus. I also keep the Kora Organics Citrus Mist ($40) and Recovery Eye Gel Cream ($55), that way it's cooling when I use them—especially for you right now during summer.
B: You have such a holistic, clean lifestyle. Are there any things you love to indulge in?
MK: Life is all about balance. I love to treat myself to good food, I love dark chocolate. I also love to enjoy a drink with friends. I’m actually obsessed with what I like to call a Noni Spritz—I add a sachet of my Noni Glow Skin Food Supplement ($70) to a glass of champagne (pre-pregnancy, of course). It’s sweet, and makes it feel a little less naughty.
B: What does your morning routine look like?
MK: Evan wakes up at 5:30am, so I give him a hug and a kiss and then he hops into the shower and gets ready for work. I'll do my morning meditation for 20 minutes, so by the time that’s done, Flynny will have come in and said good morning. I'll get him ready for school and get dressed at the same time (Mum life). I dry body brush, and have a cold shower to really wake me up. I always make sure every morning I cleanse, mist, and moisturise. I like to use the Kora Organics Foaming Cleanser ($40) first thing because it's super invigorating and fresh. Next, I’ll use the Kora Organics Balancing Rose Mist ($40) (I alternate between the Rose Mist and the Citrus Mist during the day depending how I’m feeling, because the citrus is energising, but the rose is very soothing).
Next, I’ll put on some of the Kora Organics Hydrating Moisturiser ($60), and a few drops of the Noni Glow Face Oil ($80), before sunscreen and then my makeup. I use the RMS Lip2Cheek ($52) almost every day, as well as the Kora Luminizer ($35), and that’s it really. I won’t bother with mascara unless I have a meeting or something. Flynn and I will have breakfast together, and after the school run, I’m straight into work.
B: Do you ever feel stressed in the mornings?
MK: Sometimes, but it helps if I pick my outfit the night before, and I’ll get Flynn to do the same so it’s as seamless as possible.
B: What about the evening? What does a night in the Kerr-Speigel household look like?
MK: We love to always have dinner together as a family. When I have time, I love to take a bath. One of my favourite things to add is baking soda with sea salt and a couple of drops of lavender oil, it’s bliss. I have to get Flynn bathed and ready for bed though, so the bath for myself is very much a time-permitting type of activity. I’ll read to Flynn, and once he’s asleep, Evan and I will read together and catch up on each other’s day. We’re all in bed quite early, probably because we get up before the sun every day!
B: What books are you reading right now?
MK: There's this book called Teaching Your Children Joy, by Richard Eyre. I've just started that, and am really enjoying it. I’m also reading This Side of Paradise, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I would definitely recommend it.