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August 21 2014

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Vanessa Axente Gets Ready for Her Close-up

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Hungarian model Vanessa Axente may only be 18-years-old, but her list of accomplishments is already impressive: She’s become a muse for Steven Meisel, walked in a slew of runway shows (21, to be exact, for Spring 2014), and graced the covers of the Japanese, German, and Italian editions of Vogue. Not bad for someone who can’t even drink. While primping for the Gotham Independent Film Awards this week (photo diary below), the new face of Calvin Klein and the brand’s forthcoming eau, Endless Euphoria, shared her low-key beauty habits.

Her red-carpet ritual: “[The night before an event] I go to bed before 11:00, and I always take a hot bath. I put olive oil, lavender oil, and milk in the water to moisturize my body. It makes me feel so relaxed, and after that I’m ready for bed.”

On her look for the Gotham Awards: “My makeup is very simple, but it’s still sexy because of the eyeliner. I went with a more natural look, because I’m young. The hair is very Calvin Klein—straight but also a little wavy. The whole look is kind of masculine, but still feminine, because the back of the top is so pretty.”

Her secret for gorgeous skin: “I always wash my makeup off at night with Chanel cleansing water, and once a week I exfoliate my face with brown sugar, to keep it soft.”

Her tricks for makeup that won’t budge: “If I need my makeup to last all day long, I spritz my face with Avène water, because it refreshes my skin but it doesn’t mess up the makeup. To make my lipstick last, I apply concealer and lip liner first. A makeup artist taught me that.”

What she loves about Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria: “It’s fresh, youthful, and it fits my personality perfectly. It gets your attention, but it’s not too overpowering.”

And where does she like to spritz? “I like to apply fragrance on my neck and wrists—that’s where you smell it the most.”

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Endless Euphoria Calvin Klein (the blush-colored bottle at left)—a blend of cherry blossom, violet, and sandalwood—is available beginning March 2014.

Photos: Steve Eichner

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