Even as she strolls the streets of Paris during these final moments of fashion month which tend to include gray fall days, Romee Strijd maintains an endless summer glow. According to the Dutch supermodel, it’s her “everyday” makeup look for brunches with friends and going out in the city that’s “just a lot of bronzer,” though the footage lends a closer look at a step-by-step routine that’s a mix of makeup artist tips, travel hacks, and personal epiphanies gathered over a decade in the industry.
Strijd starts by calling out the eco swap every toner-head should consider: reusable cotton pads. “I was using so many cotton pads, and I felt like it was such a waste,” she says. “I have to say, these cotton pads feel, like, even softer than the real ones,” she says as she swipes on a few drops of Ren’s Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic before laying a base of jojoba oil. Next, ReFa’s solar-powered microcurrent Carat Face Roller “thingy” keep it moving. “They also say it works for lymphatic drainage, so when you’re puffy in the morning, this really helps to get the blood flow going,” Strijd shares. And while it was her mom’s extensive product collection that acquainted her with skin care, it’s an appreciation for self-care that’s created this morning routine where she spends 20-or-so minutes giving herself “a nice start of the day.” Not immune to the cult appeal of Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream, Strijd applies the formula when her skin is feeling a little dry. “For me, it’s all about hydrating,” she shares. “I always think drinking a lot of water is so important for your skin, I feel like I see a huge difference when I drink a lot of water—especially on a flight.”
A dab of rosebud lip balm acts as the bridge before the cosmetics, where a few strokes of Clé de Peau’s Radiant Corrector for Eyes keep it light, followed by tinted moisturizer in one intentional shade deeper than her natural tone. “This one is a little darker than my skin because I love a glowy summer look—as you guys probably already know,” she reminds us. Brushing up her brows first with the spoolie end of Chanel’s Stylo Sourcils Waterproof, she shares her arch theory. “I feel like eyebrows make a huge difference in your makeup look— I like a good eyebrow… It still has to look natural, after all,” she notes before topping it up with Benefit’s Gimme Brow+ gel.
The eyes are a window into exactly the kind of pro lessons she’s learned over her years in the business—like a choice to avoid eyeliner, or why she’ll never curl her lashes after applying her favorite daytime Collistar mascara “because when the mascara gets hard, you can break your lashes.” The technique for shadow is simple (dark on the outside, lighter toward the inner corners) as she applies a favorite NARS Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette Mini in Copper. “My boyfriend is always like, ‘You have some white in the inside of your eyes,’ and I’m like, ‘That’s supposed to be like that, that’s my highlighter—thanks,’” she jokes of her beau Laurens van Leeuwen’s eagle eye for subtle flourishes.
The final endless summer steps consist of Milk’s Matte Bronzer applied with a fluffy brush. “A little bit of a bronzer makes me feel so much healthier,” Strijd says with a grin. Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate palette, blended into the high points of the face, offers a gleam that can be adjusted for the day’s mood, while the Marc Jacobs Poutliner pencil in Nude(ist) means that breaking the natural lip barrier doesn’t look so obvious. “Sometimes I overdraw them a little bit—like everybody does, right?” she says, before swiping on a pinky tint of Dior Lip Glow. A mist of Tata Harper’s hyaluronic acid–spiked Hydrating Floral Essence wraps up the signature moves which are decidedly more elaborate than a few fluffs of bronzer. For Strijd, it’s all a spectrum. “It just depends how glowy you like it,” she says.
Romee Strijd in a Victoria’s Secret sleepshirt.
Filmed at the Standard
Originally Appeared on Vogue