ELLE – When Kendall Jenner appears at a dinner party, the event is a little different than the lasagna / Pandora combo at our house.
For one thing, the meal’s not in a Brooklyn walk-up… it’s in the legendary Maison Courrèges, a Paris atelier that helped give birth to fashion’s mod movement. (Designer André Courrèges was one of the first to use PVC and metallic fabric; he also dressed Audrey Hepburn for Balenciaga.)
Then there was the guest list, which bordered on Girl Gang status: supermodels Constance Jablonski and Joan Smalls, internet celebs Leandra Medine and Kristina Bazan, and a Marni-clad Solange.
And finally, the table decor: huge glass bowls filled with Courrèges’ new Estée Lauder collaboration, including white eyeliner (which Jablonski called “the most fun product I’ve ever used”), spacey pink pods filled with blush, and the best false Twiggy lashes we’ve seen in a while.
Before we grabbed our favorite colors (#NoShame), we spoke with Jenner about her current beauty routine, her Paris catwalk wins, and bargain shopping in LA.
Your makeup is usually so minimal, but that lipstick you’re wearing is super bright!
It’s called Rosy Future. It’s from the Courrèges collection. This dress is Courrèges too, actually.
Did you know about Courrèges before this Estée Lauder collection? Are you a big vintage girl?
Not so much. I wear vintage; I do. But I wouldn’t consider myself a full-on collector, you know?
You don’t go searching for Halston at the Rose Bowl or anything.
No, but I love visiting vintage shops in LA. They’re really good, and you can get really good deals. I’m definitely into it.
You grew up with so many older sisters. Were you always playing with the makeup you found in your house?
Oh, definitely. I would always play dress-up; I would always put makeup on and run around the house. I’ve always been really into cosmetics, ever since I was really little.
What’s the first Estée Lauder product you ever had?
There isn’t one specific one, because my mom honestly had so much of it, and I would get into her drawers and play with all of her makeup. I can remember the feel of the lipsticks, I can remember what the bottles of everything looked like, and the smells. It was a huge part of my childhood.
Now that you’ve got a beauty contract, you get to work with some of the best makeup artists in the world. What have they taught you?
To be honest, there isn’t even one specific thing that they teach you; one trick or anything. They just have such refined technique; the way they know how to use brushes, the way they know how to blend… I watch them use different products when they do my makeup, and it’s the best beauty education I could ever get. Learning from them is the greatest part of my job.
Your looks lately have involved some killer heels…
Yeah, it’s kind of painful! I’ll be honest. I have the longest toes in the world; they’re spider toes. They are. I have spider fingers, too! So they’re kind of being crunched right now…
You can’t tell.
It’s because the shoes are good. They’re Manolo Blahniks. And they’re high. So I switch off from one foot to another a lot, like this. [She crosses one foot behind the other in her now-signature pose.]
Ah, so that’s where that pose comes from!
Yeah, exactly. You have to keep moving your feet!
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