Getting Ready
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Winnie Harlow Revealed the Best Moisturizing Trick for Baby-Soft Skin

We got ready with the model before last night’s Guggenheim International Gala hosted by Dior.

By: Nandi Howard
Photography: Alec Kugler

Anytime we meet someone and they’re already blasting Nicki Minaj, we know we’re in for a good time on set. Better yet if it’s Winnie Harlow, Minaj’s friend and new Victoria’s Secret catwalker. We stopped by her hotel last night as she was getting ready for the Guggenheim International Gala hosted by Dior in New York, and learned that, yes, her favorite track off her friend’s new album is “Hard White” where she gets a shoutout. Friendship goals, much?

Although her hair and makeup team had already headed out the door by the time we arrived, Harlow was in no rush. Still dressed in her robe and casually touching up her lipstick, she mulled over her choice of three heels to pair with her head-to-toe Dior outfit. The model has had a busy few weeks, with her aforementioned Victoria’s Secret debut, as well as a slew of other editorial work, but she finally has a chance to relax and is taking full advantage. “I like food, and being able to indulge now is great, [but] I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of indulging,” she laughs. “Today I was like, ‘I need a salad.’”

Check out the rest of her getting-ready routine below, including her favorite tricks to stay moisturized this winter, what snacks she loves to request on a shoot, and the rundown on her favorite Caribbean dance move.


“My glam team is gone now, but there is usually quite a few people with me. I like to listen to music and chill and vibe. I usually have like, a couple agents, maybe a PA, hair, makeup, they might have assistants, nails, and if a friend’s in town, they are probably here, too.”

“I like the Dior Lip Balm, that is really good; I like it in no color. The Lip Maximizer is really good, it’s more of a gloss. I like that one to go over everything.”

“When I was growing up [in Jamaica], I used to do the willie bounce. I just feel like it flows and goes with everything. If I’m out with friends, I am definitely turning up—I might jump into the middle of the scene—but work is more chill vibes.”

“I need to make a playlist because I just download music all the time and then it’s gone, and I have so much music on my phone, so I just listen to the most recently added.”

“I don’t really like trying on clothes, so I have a stylist, and I just try to leave it into their hands and then seeing the selects and choose from there.”

“I have a whole set of gold that I wear. I have a bunch of rings, a couple chains, a few bracelets, and some earrings that I switch in between. The chains that I always wear are rosaries, and two are name plates, and two Cartier bracelets.”

“I like the moisturizing creme from LaMer. It’s really rich and hydrating, especially for the winter. I need to get a humidifier because when you’re blasting the heat like I do, I wake up and my sinuses are dry, so keeping my skin moisturized is really important.”

“I like to use this brand called Shea Radiance—the African Black Soap. To moisturize, right now I am using Image Skin Care for anti-anting and retinol. Barbara Sturm sent me this moisturizer—she drew my blood, and it’s like a stem cell cream. I slathered that on my face today. Her products are good. One cream that I always go back to is Avene for intolerant skin.”

“All throughout the year, I use an oil on top of my moisturizer, like an avocado oil, but in the winter I feel like it’s not enough, so I put on the baby oil gel. My skin is so moisturized. Even at the end of the day I’m like, ‘Did I shower in the morning or five minutes ago, because my skin feels like butter.’”

“I think my favorite memory with Dior is watching their shows because they’re always so amazing. When you’re living things like that, you’re just like, ‘The show is really great,’ but 20 years from now you’re like, ‘I was at that show.’”

“I like pasta and pizza. I’m usually in Europe, so those are the things that I know will be great. When I was training for VS, I would get different types of salads, but I just had to add meat to it because salad is just not a meal, it’s a starter. I always add shrimp or chicken.”

“My rider usually consists of chicken wings, BBQ flavor with hot sauce—Frank’s Red Hot sauce—vegetables, energy drinks, gum, and candles. I’m always cold, so a heater.”