Health & beauty
TB EXCLUSIVE: Whitney Port
When I was in college, my roommates and I had a Tuesday night ritual: We'd bake a new type of dessert and stuff our faces while watching "The Hills." Then we'd gush about the latest drama involving the cast as if they were our best friends. So when I was presented with the chance to have a sit-down, 30-minute exclusive interview with Whitney Port, I jumped. We talked fashion, boys, and beauty. Check out my interview with Whitney here:
Total Beauty: I'm such a fan of "The Hills." How did the reality show help launch your line, Whitney Eve?
Whitney Port: I always knew I wanted to be in the fashion industry. I was working at "Women's Wear Daily" even before I got on the show. I didn’t exactly know that designing was going to be my end all, but "The Hills" was a great launching pad for this awesome exposure that I never would’ve gotten otherwise.
TB: What are some new trends that you're incorporating into your Whitney Eve line for the new season?
WP: For spring, I have a lot of watercolor florals mixed with kind of a Chanel-tweed-inspired flair. It's very ladylike but it's also very young and flirty. I do custom prints so it’s the most fun part of my collection personally.
TB: Now that your line is sold at Fred Segal, do you feel like you're getting pushed in any direction?
WP: I think because of the economy everybody is getting pushed into a certain direction. I'm trying to make things more affordable, wearable, and comfortable, because people aren’t spending loads and loads. I'm trying to reach every girl.
TB: What's your latest makeup obsession?
WP: I would say red lips. I was never one to wear lots of color on my lips. I think it's because I got scarred by my brother and my dad. When I was younger, I heard them say once that they didn’t like red lips. Hearing that turned me off from it, but now I think red lips is always fun for winter. It's that effortless look when you're kind of lazy and you don't want to do so much with your makeup. Just popping on a bright lip color is enough.
TB: What's the one product you have to wear before leaving your house?
WP: Usually I can step out of the house without makeup. I feel very comfortable and feel cleaner without makeup. I always have to have some sort of Chapstick though. There's this stuff I got from Australia called Lucas Papaw Ointment and you can use it for rashes and burns. It's made from papaya extract and it's really healing. And sometimes for a cool look, I'll put some on my bare eyelids for a glossy lid.
TB: What's your go-to makeup look for a girls' night out.
WP: I really want to get more daring with my makeup, because I have a good amount of it but I don't play with it enough. I usually use a bronzer and a blush, and a brown CoverGirl Perfect Blend Pencil. I line the pencil on my top lashline and smudge it out. Then I add some mascara and fill in my eyebrows. I feel like if you're going to do anything, you have to fill in your brows to finish off the look.
TB: Your smile is seriously bright. What's your secret to such white teeth?
WP: I use the Crest 3D White 2-Hour Express Whitestrips and the Crest 3D White Multicare Whitening Rinse, and Toothpaste. I really like the Whitestrips -- you wear them for two hours and you're ready to go. And you don’t have to wear it for two weeks like the other whitening strips. It's a really awesome product.
TB: Your hair is always so perfect!
WP: No, not always!
TB: Well it seems like it is. What do you use?
WP: I use It’s a 10 Shampoo, Conditioner, and Leave-in Conditioner. And I try not to use so many hot tools on my hair and let it air dry as much as I can before using them.
TB: Your signature hairstyle is the perfect waves like you're wearing today. How do you do them?
WP: I didn't do this. My hairstylist is brilliant. Today she waved it with a regular curling iron and then used a flatiron to straighten the ends.
On skin care:
TB: What's your morning skin care routine?
WP: I'm pretty religious about washing my face in the morning and at night. I will not go to sleep without taking my makeup off. Even when I'm really lazy I'll still use the makeup remover pads. For my cleansing routines, I use the cleanser, moisturizing toner, eye cream, and moisturizer from The Finer Skin Institute. Then, I mix a little bit of moisturizer with tinted moisturizer for coverage. I don’t like wearing a lot of foundation or heavy makeup, so it gives me just enough coverage.