Alexandra Richards could have easily gone the way of the debaucherous celebutante—after all, she's the descendant of rock royalty (her father is Keith Richards) and a supermodel (her mother is Patti Hansen). Oh, and she's ridiculously gorgeous. But despite some very exuberant genes, the tall, coltish 24-year old is refreshing chill and down-to-earth. I caught up with Alexandra during Fashion's Night Out, where she spun tunes at the Sephora store in Times Square for a Yves Saint Laurent party in celebration of their new Rouge Pur Couture lipstick (hitting stores next month). Dressed in a crisp YSL ensemble of a white tie-front blouse and sleek blank pants, Alexandra talked with me about beauty icons, how she gets glammed up, and the signature makeup trick she learned from her father (you heard that right).
What makeup are you wearing right now? I've been traveling a lot—I just flew in from Milan today, and before that I was in Paris and Istanbul—so my skin needed a little help. I'm wearing YSL Teint Radiance Foundation, which I'm loving because it evens out my skin tone but I don't need to slather it on. A little goes a long way! I also have on YSL Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare Brush. It's a sheer highlighter that makes my skin look radiant. And I have on a little of the black YSL Eye Pencil.
You're here in celebration of the new YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick. Do you ever rock a strong lip color? Oh yes, definitely! I love a good red lipstick. But I think a tight black dress and red lipstick is too much—it's kind of Morticia Addams. I'll put on a bright red lip when I'm wearing something pale-colored or flowery, just to make it a little more daring. If I'm wearing something dark and sexy, then I do pale lips and dark eyes.
What's your strategy for smoky eyes? I like to really glam it up. First I'll rim my eyes with black pencil, then I'll brush a dark, glittery metallic blue or green shadow on top and on my lids for fun. And of course I add lots of black mascara.
As a major model, your mom must know a lot about makeup. Did she teach you some good tricks? Not too many because my mom doesn't wear much makeup. Though she did teach me to use a lip liner that's one shade lighter than my natural lip color so you don't see any lines around the mouth. I actually learned about eyeliner from my dad! He always wears it in concerts, and when I was about 14-years old, he showed me how to use a black pencil to rim the insides of my eyes. Ever since then, that's how I've applied it!
That's amazing. So would you say your dad is your beauty icon? [Laughs] I wouldn't go that far! I love the look of classic movie and music stars like Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, and Etta James with those dark eyes of hers. I love that old school, polished style. These women were so independent—their style reflected being a strong woman in what was at the time a man's world. I just love how they carried themselves with such dignity and elegance.