Fragrance is arguably the thing that completes any look, whether you're getting ready for a dinner date and you want to feel confident or you're getting ready for bed and you want to relax, which is why which fragrance you choose to wear is just as important as your outfit. This month, Dior Beauty relaunched one of its iconic fragrances Miss Dior, originally launched in 1947 and relaunched in 2017. This time around the scent is full of Centifolia rose with notes of honey and pepper.
To celebrate the relaunch, Dior hosted a dinner with some of our favorite people including Gossip Girl star Emily Alyn Lind. For Teen Vogue, we spoke with Emily about fragrance, her going out beauty routine, and personal style.
Teen Vogue: What’s your relationship with fragrance?
Emily Alyn Lind: Fragrance has this wonderful power to bring up memories, and blast us back to the past. I remember my mother wore an Issey Miyake perfume growing up, and whenever she would leave in the early mornings to go to work, I would run into her room and take her pillow because it always smelled like her. As an adult, sometimes I’ll stop at the perfume section at the department store and smell that fragrance.
TV: What do you look for in a signature scent? What do you love about Miss Dior?
EAL: I think it’s very important to try many different fragrances and see which one ignites a part of your brain that feels like an extension of yourself. I’ve found myself wearing many different fragrances during different stages of my life, and go down memory lane whenever I smell them again.
Miss Dior reminds me of a poem called “Things that don’t suck” and one of the lines from it particularly is “Butterflies that remember being caterpillars.”
TV: What’s your getting ready for a night out beauty routine?
EAL: I’m a massive procrastinator when it comes to getting ready, most of the time I’ll plan to give myself about an hour, and maybe even do a whole makeup routine while drinking tea. But then I procrastinate and I’ll end up having less than 20 minutes, which means I gotta get down to the basics: Blush, mascara, brows, concealer, let the hair air dry, and most importantly…fragrance!
TV: How is your personal style and beauty different from your Gossip Girl character? How is it similar?
EAL: It’s funny because when you’re working on the same television show for a year straight, you don’t spend much time outside of your character's makeup and clothing. You roll out of bed in PJs at 4 AM, change into the wardrobe, do hair and makeup, and leave 13 hours later in the same PJs. When I’m not working, or in PJs, which don’t get me wrong I find ideal, I like to wear whatever feels like me that day; it’s always changing, whereas Audrey probably has a closet like the one in clueless that is perfectly curated to her exact style, and doesn’t really change it up. For beauty, I use the same approach as my characters I’d say.
TV: What inspired this look?
EAL: When I tried it on I felt like Edward Scissorhands, so I said, sign me up.
Emily's makeup artist Kale Teter gave us the lowdown on her look:
"Starting on freshly prepped skin, I applied a sheer layer of Skin Glow Foundation to Emily’s face, followed by the Skin Correct Concealer to add more coverage and brighten any areas where needed. I then dusted the whole face with a light amount of the Cushion Powder in Fair. After that I wanted to give Emily a gorgeous ethereal glow—I did this with the lightest shade in the Copper Gold Backstage Glow Palette swept onto her cheekbones and nose, and then layered Rosy Glow Blush in Pink onto her cheeks. Finally I warmed up the complexion by using Diorskin Mineral Nude Bronzer along the cheekbones, jaw, and forehead.
For eyes, I scribbled the 24 Hour Stylo in Matte Blue into the lashline and then smudged it out for a soft definition that would double as an eyeshadow base. I then blended soft layers of shadows from the 5 Couleurs Couture Palette in Nude Dress (the middle shade and the bottom left taupe shade) across the lid and outer corners. I added a bit more definition to the lash line using Mono Eyeshadow in Lucky Clover to enhance the blueliner I’d previously used, and then finished the eyes with two coats of Diorshow Mascara.
To complement the soft smokiness of the eyes, I finished the whole look with a light natural lip color, Sensual Matte Rouge Dior Lipstick. Emily and I like a softer lip line on her, so we skipped lip liner to keep the look a bit more here, and just applied the lipstick directly from the tube."
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