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Model Minute: Lindsay Ellingson Shares Her Best Backstage Beauty Trick
Lindsay Ellingson has walked just about every major runway in the world—Dior, Chanel, Victoria's Secret (for the last eight years!)—but to her friends and family, she's less supermodel than beauty guru. "They call me 'a walking Sephora,'" said Ellingson as we chatted yesterday about her new business venture, Wander Beauty. The product line launches on her site on April 13 with two blush & illuminator duos ( each) and at the end of the month on QVC.
How did you get discovered?
This is the short story, but I was going to school at UC San Diego and I was basically scouted my first year of college. I was going up to L.A. for castings and test shoots and one of my test shoots caught the eye of an agency in Paris called Viva, so they contacted me and asked if I'd be willing to come to Paris for fashion week. They said, "Dior wants to see you, Prada wants to see you," and at the time, I was like, "Whose Dior?" I had no idea and I'm not proud of that fact. So I fought with my parents to quit school and I felt really strongly—it was one of those intuitive moments where a door is opening and I had to do it. So I flew to Paris, landed in flip flops and jean shorts and that day I met John Galliano and he cast me in his show. I opened it and it was such an incredible start to my career. I feel like I was so lucky, in the right place at the right time.
What's your favorite workout?
Heated yoga—it's not Bikram, though. It's like 90 degrees and there are only six people at a time in the class. It's called Yoga216. I love my instructors, they're amazing, and we're doing a group cleanse called Kitchari—it's an Ayurveda thing.
Do you have a go-to uniform?
Baggy, ripped jeans and a sweater has been my winter uniform, but I love distressed, ripped jeans that are really cozy and I have this sweatshirt I bought in Nantucket a couple months that I've been wearing every day. My husband isn't happy about it, but that's been my uniform.
What's the best beauty tip you've picked up from a pro?
It was from Dick Page, backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. I was really impressed that he applied lipstick as blush and he applied it before the foundation and it really worked. I started doing that and it makes the blush look a lot more natural.
Which Instagram accounts do you love?
I love @penheartspaper, @earthpix has beautiful pictures all over the world, @nasa because I'm really into science, and of course all sorts of beauty accounts and @harpersbazaarus. And @beigecardigan.
What are you currently listening to?
The city can get very stressful to me, so my apartment is my zen, California place. I bring California to New York with my Yoga Faves playlist, so I listen to Ben Howard, Kina Grannis, Parocosm, Glass Animals, Sia.
What are your favorite restaurants?
Cookshop and I love Babbo's. Can Juice Press be a restaurant? ABC Kitchen, obviously. There's also Under Line Coffee, this little coffeeshop underneath the high line which has this amazing avocado toast.
What are you buying for spring?
I cannot wait for spring. I want to buy a new tote bag because I'm all about tote bags. I have this black one I've been using all winter, so I want a fun color. I want lots of colorful dresses and skirts and crop tops. Misha Nonoo is doing a collection for Aldo and she has these amazing high heel strappy white sandals that she gifted me, so I'll be wearing those all the time.
Any upcoming travel plans?
I'm traveling to Ohio this weekend for Easter, then I'm going to South Carolina Palmetto Bluff for a little wedding reunion because I got married last year there, so we're going to do that with the family and all the friends that were there. It cannot come sooner, I love South Carolina.
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