Five Minutes with Candice Swanepoel

Backstage at New York Fashion Week

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We bumped into former ELLE cover star and Victoria’s Secret model, Candice Swanepoel backstage at Michael Kors at New York Fashion Week. Even though she was having her hair, make-up and nails done simultaneously, the South African beauty still took the time to tell us her beauty must-haves, make-up tips and favourite shopping spot.

The best make-up tip you’ve ever been given?

There’s so many I’ve learnt over the years but I think it really starts with taking good care of your skin because what’s underneath the make-up is the most important thing.

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What skincare do you use?

I use natural products, nothing too expensive. My skin is really sensitive so I use a lot of natural Tea Tree oil or Green Tea infused products. I try to use mostly organic products too.

Fashion Week saviour?

I don’t do the whole Fashion Week like I used to, but I’d say to just stay calm and stay positive. The nice thing about Fashion Week is I get to see friends that we don’t get to see much as we’re all travelling.

Favourite restaurant in New York?

I don’t like to give my spots in New York away because then they’re not sacred anymore.

Favourite place to shop?

I shop online a lot because I don’t have time to go out to the shops. I have my favourite sites I always visit; I like to shop on Barney’s.

Make-up bag must-have?

My favourite thing in my make-up bag is a good blush that you can use on cheeks and lips. I have a couple from Max Factor that I love and Stila does a really good cream-based one too. I also use the Max Factor mascaras.

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