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We all feel like we know Kendall Jenner, yes? The 20-year-old model has over 100 million followers on Instagram, has walked the runway for every notable fashion brand in existence, and can be seen laughing with her sisters (and fight just as hard) on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I peer up at her picture on billboards in SoHo and Times Square on a weekly basis.
And yet there's still an air of mystery around her. She seems effortless in her beauty and strangely unaffected by her fame. As Michael Kors told Vogue, вЂњShe's sophisticated but laid-back. She's both. She's chic. She's the Ali MacGraw for the Instagram generation.вЂќNick Hudson
So when I got the chance to meet her face to face for the launch of theВ EstГ©e Edit collection by EstГ©e Lauder, I jumped. I walked into a small back room sectioned off from the public at Sephora's Fifth Avenue store. I peered down from the balcony at all of the unsuspecting shoppers, tickled by the fact that they had absolutely no idea about the mega-celebrity sitting a mere 10 feet away from them. Her team motioned to me from behind a blue curtain, and I timidly entered the same space as the woman herself, Kendall Jenner.
I was immediately struck by her beauty.В As we shook hands, I couldn't help but get lost in Jenner's big, sparkly eyes. I've seen her face hundreds if not thousands of times over the last decade, but there was something shocking about her IRL. Her legs practically reached my forehead (she's 5'10вЂќ), and a picture of her skin should be included with the dictionary definition ofВ glowing.
I sat down and got to business-it was my personal mission to learn all her beauty secrets in the next 20 minutes. We began by chatting about theВ Edit Eyeshadow PaletteВ ($48), a mix of matte and shimmery shades Jenner helped curate. It's made up of browns, classic black, and purples-all designed with a glow-in-the-dark effect under a black light. (This certainly would have come in handy during those college dorm-room parties where black lights illuminated posters of the Grateful Dead bears and Pink Floyd'sВ Dark Side of the Moon. But I didn't mention that to Jenner.)
вЂњI love a good, natural brown smoky eye, so there's a good amount of browns in there. And I had to throw in the classic black smoky eye, and purple is one of my favorite colors. It's fun! There's a black light set up too.вЂќ Much like the model herself, the palette is classic with a fresh twist.
Jenner calls the likes of Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne her best friends, so naturally I inquired about any supermodel tips she may have picked up from them.
вЂњYou know what's good for your own face,вЂќ she answered. вЂњEverybody has something different-they've learned what's best for them, and I've learned what's best for me.вЂќВ Drat.В It seems their gorgeous-looking faces are courtesy of really good genes and not an easily shareable tip. Such is life.
As we continued talking, I couldn't help but notice her hair was super textured and much more voluminous than it looks in pictures. Usually, it's straight and parted down the middle, but today she was rocking a bit of Kate Moss-style bedhead.
вЂњMy hair is so stick-straight and silky,вЂќ she explained, вЂњso when I sleep with it wet and wake up in the morning, it has this nice texture to it. That's my version ofВ doingВ my hair.вЂќ
I asked if she would ever switch things up, perhaps abandon her signature 'do for something more drastic. вЂњI don't think so,вЂќ Jenner quickly answered. вЂњI'm comfortable with my hair right now, so we'll see what ends up happening.вЂќ Then, as if remembering that her every word ends up permanently etched on the Internet, she exclaimed, вЂњNever say never!вЂќ
The subject of skincare came up (duh-I want my skin to look exactly like hers for the rest of my life), and Jenner admitted that her effortless look is just that:В effortless. вЂњI'm very simple and lazy with my beauty routine. I wouldn't say I'm that daring. But I've always been super OCD about washing my face-and that's even before I started modeling. But it's definitely enhanced now because I wear so much makeup all the time. I wash my face at least two or three times a day.вЂќ
I asked if her famous sisters had anything to do with her routine. Admittedly, she's the most natural of the bunch, but I imagine it's really helpful to learn from women who have been there-they too had to learn to navigate red carpets and smize into a camera lens at all hours of the morning.В
вЂњMy sisters," Jenner said, вЂњsince they're a little bit older than Kylie and I, they've always wanted to help prevent anything that they've gone through when they were our age. So they're like,В Never touch your face, never pick your face, always wash your face, and wear eye cream.В They literally give us everything that we should do. So ever since then, we've started taking skincare really seriously.вЂќNick Hudson
So which products are her favorites? She had trouble choosing. вЂњEstГ©e has a lot of great skincare products. They have thisВ night-care creamВ that's amazing. But I can't pick just one!вЂќ
It's clear that Jenner loves a good smoky eye (her makeup look during our interview wasВ superВ sultry), but she spends a lot of her free time sans product. She mused, вЂњI'm cool to go makeup-free, but usually to make myself feel better, I'll throw on a light foundation and some mascara.вЂќ In terms of her getting-ready playlist, the model loves dance music and '90s hip-hop. вЂњI know every word to 'Hypnotize' by Biggie. Anything upbeat and fun makes you feel good while you're getting ready and putting on makeup.вЂќ
We moved on to diet and exercise, as she clearly has a covetable bod. I had read in previous interviews that Jenner barely works out, and she previously starred in a video whereВ she gorged on a heaping stack of pancakes. I wanted-nay, needed-to know if her figure was a result of rigorous workouts and clean eating, or if, like her skin, she was just that lucky.
вЂњI hate cardio,вЂќ she said with a laugh. вЂњI'd rather just stand there and lift some weights than run in place.вЂќ She paused for a moment. вЂњBut I'll do it!вЂќ Jenner discussed how she mostly favors exercises that work out her abs and her butt, like squats and planks. When she's being healthy, Jenner eats a lot of grilled chicken with rice. вЂњBut I love everything unhealthy,вЂќ she said. вЂњPizza, fried chicken,В everything.вЂќNick Hudson
For more easy-to-handle diet and exercise tips, seeВ how I completely changed my body in only three months.