Anna Carli, Stylist & Make-up Artist
27-year-old Anna Carli shares her best tips for taming unruly locks and achieving baby soft skin, and gives us the lowdown on her work as a fashion stylist.
You work as a stylist. How did you get started in the industry?
I started out about seven years ago, working as an assistant for a fashion photographer and stylist. Shortly after that I took the leap into the film industry. My first job was as wardrobe assistant on the film The Model. Since then I’ve worked freelance on film, TV and advertising jobs.
Describe a typical day.
It’s often a difficult balance; it’s as if there’s always either too much or too little work. The uncertainty of freelance life takes a bit of getting used to. However, when I work with new clients, it always reassures me that I’m doing the job I love. If you don’t get stressed easily, working as a stylist is a great way to earn a living. I can get restless quite quickly, so I like to make sure the work I do is varied.
What are you working on at the moment?
My last major assignment was styling Thomas Blachman’s [one of three judges on Denmark’s The X Factor, –ed.] contestants. It was such good fun. More recently, I’ve worked on advertisements and am currently working on an Italian film.
Describe your morning skincare routine.
I love Aesop and use their Parsley Seed series. I start with the cleanser and skin tonic. During the summer I use the day cream from the same series, Facial Hydrating Cream. During the colder months I use Aesop’s Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream, which is really rich. I use rosehip oil after cleansing and before applying day cream when my skin is particularly dry – I like the one from Urtegaarden; it’s cheap and good.
Describe your everyday make-up look.
I wear a light, natural-looking foundation from Chanel called Vitalumiere Aquaria. It’s water based and therefore non-greasy, and it contains SPF. I use blush from Bobbi Brown when I’m feeling pale or look tired. And a little mascara, though not every day. I often put Vaseline on my eyelids for a fresh, shiny effect. I love dark brows and draw mine with a brow pen bought at Pure Shop.
And your go-to party look?
It’s pretty much the same as my everyday look, with the addition of red lipstick.
Which perfume do you wear?
My job means I get pretty close to people, so I try to avoid wearing perfume on a daily basis. Especially when working with kids. My favourite scent is Black Series AB by Blood Concept. It’s created to match your blood type, so it smells differently on everyone. I get so many compliments when I wear it. Commes des Garcon’s Wonderwood is good too. I prefer darker, moody perfumes to light, flowery ones.
How do you care for your skin?
I love steam baths and saunas, which I enjoy a couple of times a week. I take a cold shower beforehand, and smother my body in Aesop’s oil afterwards. I once met an African woman in the steam room who told me that scrubbing skin with an orange was a great natural exfoliator, so sometimes I take an orange with me. It’s a relaxing routine that feels almost like a spa ritual. And it’s really calming after a hectic week at work, if I’m feeling a little low, or have a hangover. I can see and feel the difference it makes to my skin, too.
How do you care for your hair?
My hair is really thick and can be quite unmanageable at times. I use Argan oil to tame it. I also have a curl lotion from Kevin Murphy that gives weightless hold and a natural finish. I use a men’s hair and beard shampoo that smells delicious. And always conditioner from Aesop.
Text Liv Winther & Sophie Bendtsen
Photography Liv Winther