Stella Maxwell Is Fine With Her Bath Turning Black

Posted June 20, 2018 4:45 p.m. EDT

Model Stella Maxwell, who grew up in Belgium and New Zealand, is probably best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. Recently, though, she has taken on a new gig as the face of Karl Lagerfeld’s makeup collaboration with the Australian beauty label ModelCo.

Now dividing her time between New York and Los Angeles, Maxwell, 28, is all too often on a plane. But she still finds time for visiting health food stores to score beauty buys.

— Skin Care

I don’t feel awake in the morning unless I’ve showered. I use Dove soap, and I put coconut oil on my body afterward. Then I use the classic Old Spice deodorant. I clean my face with a cleanser from Dr. David Colbert, my dermatologist. It comes in a blue bottle, has no fragrance and is just simple. I also like to use the Bioderma micellar water after the shower. I do just a layer of it to make sure my skin is really clean. It takes off any leftover eye makeup as well.

Rosewater & Glycerin spray is amazing as a mist. I get it at health food stores. It smells good and is really hydrating. I also really like the Origins GinZing moisturizer. I’m always trying new moisturizers because sometimes they can be too heavy and greasy. This one I like because it wakes you up a little. If I need a SPF, I use a moisturizer by Embryolisse that has sunscreen in it.

If I get on a plane, though, I always use a mask. I put on the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask for an hour and then wash it off during the flight.

I also have this charcoal powder called Active Wow Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder. You can brush your teeth with it; you can make it into a mask. It’s really good at cleaning out your pores. If you put it in your bath, it’s crazy because it turns your whole bath black.

Sometimes when I’m just watching TV at home, I cut some aloe vera leaves and use the inside gel part as a mask. It’s incredible how much comes out of every cut — you can just do a little slice. I buy the leaves at health food stores. You can get single whole leaves, and they kind of last you forever.

— Makeup

For my off-duty look, I like to keep it simple. I always wear my Lip Lights gloss from the Karl Lagerfeld and ModelCo line. I like this brownish pink called St. Tropez Sunset. It’s like a take on your own lip color but not too heightened. If I’m going out, I do the red.

Every girl likes to look like she has glowy skin. I’ve been using tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier, and I like the concealers from MAC a lot. For highlighter, I like the ModelCo one in Opal. I put it on my cheekbones, along the bridge of my nose and above my upper lip. It’s really pretty in the sun.

Then my brows: I’ve actually never plucked my eyebrows — even on shoots. I’ve bleached my brows and things like that, but otherwise I just let them be. Luckily it’s currently fashionable to have a big brow. I use the double-ended brow pencil from ModelCo. It has a pencil on one side and a brush on the other side, which makes it all sit nice.

— Fragrance

I’ve kind of always worn the Bombshell scent by Victoria’s Secret. I knew about it before I did the VS show, and then I happened to become the face of it when I started working with the company. It’s a classic OG smell.

— Hair

I like Pantene. I actually like the smell of it — always have. I also use the Recovery shampoo and the Smooth conditioner from Virtue and the Oribe mask that comes in the red container, which is amazing. The Bb. Tonic Lotion Primer is really good. I learned about it through shoots when stylists would prep my hair with it. So now when my hair is wet, I just spray it through. You can style it way easier. My hair has a natural wave to it, and generally I just let it dry naturally. I put Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil on the ends.

— Other Services

I go for massages. Great Jones Spa in New York is amazing. And I go to Colbert for facials. I sit under LED lights a lot.

— Diet and Fitness

I do yoga and meditation. For yoga, I have a personal trainer — Beth Cooke. I travel with a mat, and sometimes I just FaceTime with her. But I just started kickboxing in LA. It’s nice to have that contrast with yoga. One is more mental and slower and more intimate with your body. The other is dimensional and you’re moving your body in every direction.

For diet, I’ve always just eaten in moderation. I try to eat a little bit of everything — I just don’t overdo it. But if I’m on the road a lot, I heed some advice I got from Jasmine Tookes, another VS girl. She brings these little sachets of protein shake along with her. I do that now, and I also pack my wellness pills. They are literally just called Wellness pills. You can get them at Whole Foods.