Do you have a morning ritual or special way you like to start the day?
“I don’t like to be in a rush, so I’ll usually take some time for myself in the morning. When I wake up, I’ll have a glass of water with drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Then I’ll have a shower and apply moisturiser. For me, less is more. When I’m not working, I wear very little make-up, I love a natural beauty look.”
Can you talk us through your daily skincare regimen?
“I always thoroughly remove my make-up before I go to bed—it’s the most important step in my beauty routine. I use moisturiser in the evening and sunscreen in the morning. I’ll apply a tiny bit of concealer under my eyes and I always wear a lip balm.”
Scent and memory are inextricably linked—what are your favourite fragrance memories?
“My fragrance memories are strongly connected to my childhood. Pear makes me think of the pear tree we had in our garden when we lived in a small village. And the smell of pancakes [reminds me of] my grandma—she would always make pancakes for my sister and I. These scents smell like happiness to me.”
You’re the face of Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal à Paris; is fragrance an essential step in your beauty routine?
“Yes of course! I have a very simple beauty routine and I think that fragrance is the final touch that completes the look but doesn’t [overshadow] your personality.”
What do you love about this scent?
“It’s a perfect combination of honey, jasmine and pear. Sexy, flirty, powerful and unforgettable. I absolutely love the pear notes, it awakes great memories for me—I instantly felt connected to this fragrance.”
Can you share the best beauty trick you’ve learnt?
“I learnt it from my mum—in the morning I [rub] an ice cube over my face to wake up and refresh my skin. I work with a lot of great make-up artists; I love watching them work and I ask a zillion questions! I’ve learnt some great tips from them too, like using hairspray and a toothbrush to x my eyebrows, or using my eye cream as a lip balm for a moisturised, natural look.”
Your hair is always so glossy—what’s your secret?
“My secret is Harry Josh! He’s my favourite hairdresser and does amazing hair treatments for me every three weeks, which keeps my hair strong, healthy and shiny.”
What do you like to do to switch off?
“Go to a spa, eat Russian food and watch Russian TV.”
What does beauty mean to you?
“For me, beauty is much more than just a pretty face—true beauty comes from inside. I’m happy to see in the fashion world now there are so many truly beautiful women, with strong personalities and charisma.”