Kate Moss Shares Her Biggest Beauty Crime

Kate Moss looks gorgeous in a Calvin Klein tanktop and panties, a Nike crop top and green fur and three conveniently placed Versace handbags. She showed the world that being 5 foot 7 inches wasn’t “too short” to walk a runway like nobody’s business, but the even the iconic supermodel is not immune to one uber-common beauty sin. As told to Sonia Haria. 

I felt my most beautiful at my wedding. It was the most gorgeous day, with beautiful lighting and the dress [by John Galliano] was just amazing.

I think it took 80 hours to hand-sew the sequins on. The whole day was just perfect. But day-to-day, I like to keep things really simple. It means there’s little room for mistakes, thankfully.

Every morning, I put my shower on, leave it to get really hot and steamy, then jump in and use a body scrub. I always finish my shower with a blast of cold water to wake me up and get the blood to the surface–it’s so invigorating.





For my hair, I sometimes use a rich mask to keep my blonde looking vibrant. If my hair starts looking a little orangey, I’ll use a violet toning mask to take out any brassiness. I like doing things myself, I hate all that pampering business. I prefer hanging out with my daughter Lila [12] to getting my nails done, but if I do, I go to a little salon in Primrose Hill–it’s totally no-nonsense, and my shade of choice is a dark red.

At night, I love the ritual of applying a face oil–it makes me feel like my skin has been restored and is just so nourishing. You feel like you’re plumping up your skin and putting a bit of life back in it. I like trying different skincare products, but I find Crème de la Mer is the most enriching for my skin.

Model Kate Moss arrives at the SingStar Take That Extravaganza on November 25, 2009 in London, England. image: neil mockford/getty Images)

Model Kate Moss arrives at the SingStar Take That Extravaganza on November 25, 2009 in London, England. image: neil mockford/getty Images)

I use the original Moisturizing Cream at night as it’s slightly heavier, but for day I use The Moisturizing Soft Cream.

Not taking my make-up off before bed is my biggest beauty crime. I’m normally very good but, if anything, I guess it would be that. Occasionally, I’ll book an appointment with Nichola Joss for a facial: she does this facial massage for lymphatic drainage. It’s like getting a natural facelift.

For holidays, I normally wear long dresses with flats–heels don’t work on an island. I prefer to keep my hair natural and just pull it up, and make-up wise I also like to go quite natural: I use a bit of mascara with a stronger lip and a St Tropez Skin Illuminator for a little extra glow. I always pack a dry body oil, too, for a subtle golden shimmer that looks great for a night out–it covers a multitude of sins and makes you look more defined. I love to mix bronzers and highlighters to contour and bring out the cheekbones, using Charlotte Tilbury’s amazing Filmstar Killer Cheekbones duo. And I always have a lip and cheek stain to hand: they’re so quick and easy to use.


I often find new products on shoots–the make-up artist Lisa Butler recently gave me a waterproof concealer that is great for the beach. You can go swimming in the sea and it still won’t come off.

Too much sun is not good for you, so I use self tan to avoid sun damage. Also, it’s great because you get to side-step that stage on holiday of being really white – sunbathing can be so boring! I like gradual tanners because they build in colour so you can use them daily. It’s not a drastic change, and it just gives you a subtle hint of colour and a healthy glow – the sort of glow that everyone wants. I used to use the classic St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, but now I’m really into St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion. It’s just so easy to use and there’s none of that waiting around for hours. I just leave it on while I’m combing my conditioner through and it gives me that great sun-kissed golden glow. Plus, it contains almond oil, which I love. I like to go for something quite sun-kissed when I’m having a tan in London, but if I’m going on holiday then sometimes I will go for something a bit darker.

My ultimate beauty muse is Lauren Hutton–I love that fresh-faced, all-American look. She was so vivacious in her character that she didn’t really need make-up. That relaxed look is so sexy and beautiful.

In my kit

Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil by St Tropez, $35 sephora.com
The Moisturizing Soft Creamby Crème de la Mer, $170-465 saksfifthavenue.com
Rocking Curves Mascara by Kate by Rimmel London, $9.97+ asos.com
Volupté Sheer Candy Lipstick in Mouthwatering Berry by YSL, $36 sephora.com
Reflection Bain Chroma Captive shampoo by Kérastase, $40 and Reflection Chroma Riche mask, $62 kerastase-usa.com
Signature Eau de Parfum by Bella Freud, $150 for 50ml luckyscent.com
Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion by St Tropez, $25 sephora.com