Lydia Hearst Talks Modeling, Makeup & "The Face" Co-Worker Naomi Campbell

Posted Wednesday March 12, 2014 9:02 AM GMT

Lydia Hearst is no stranger to style. She’s been featured in major magazines, walked runways all over the world, and starred in A-list modeling campaigns. And, as if covering nine international editions of Vogue wasn’t enough, Hearst stepped into acting, grabbing a bevy of film and television roles.

However, the starlet’s latest TV gig isn’t focused so much on her own camera skills. Lydia's now mentoring modeltestants competing on Oxygen’s “The Face,” where she and fellow judges Naomi Campbell and Anne V coach and advise hopefuls trying to make it in the modeling industry. At the end, only one girl can become a spokesperson and ambassador for Frédéric Fekkai’s 2014 national ad campaign.

We caught up with the busy fashion icon to talk about everything. From her new role on "The Face" and competing side-by-side with the fierce Naomi Campbell to her favorite spring trends and selfie skills (yes!) Hearst dished on life in the limelight.

You’ve modeled for just about everything! How would you describe your own personal style?
It’s pretty eclectic. I love mixing old with new fashion. Style is very personal — I see it as a form of expression and for me it changes every day.

How do you prep for a modeling shoot?
I try to make sure I get eight hours of sleep a night, which isn’t always easy when you’re always flying back and forth from different countries. It’s important to stay hydrated and sleep when you can — beauty sleep is essential in this business! Shoots are fun and I like to listen to music during them.

Speaking of being on-the-go, what’s always in your travel bag?
I always have the Lancome Dual Action Eye Makeup remover – it’s the best and perfect for everything! I love Creme de La Mer's 'Moisturizing Cream' Ultrarich Cream and also Sonya Dakar Lip Fitness!

Between modeling and staring in films, you’ve been in the makeup chair a lot. Any tips and tricks you can share with us that you’ve learned from the experts?
I’ve learned the products that work well on my skin tone, which is essential for any look – from high fashion to the grocery store. I’ve learned that less is more and there are little tricks of the trade such as contouring. A little mascara can go a long way and I’m a big fan of adding eyelashes. I enjoy sharing any tips and tricks I learn along the way on my blog.

The camera loves you — what’s your best tip for taking a selfie?
I’m really ashamed to admit that I am terrible at taking selfies! There is an art to taking a selfie and unfortunately it is one skill I do not possess!

We doubt that! Moving on, spring is just around the corner (hopefully)! What's your go-to outfit for the season?
I live between New York and Los Angeles so my go-to outfit for both places are jeans and a tee-shirt – you can’t go wrong! I’m also always in heels. I’m one of the few lucky people who are comfortable in 6-inch platforms!

Are there any spring beauty trends you're excited for?
I love the floral trend. There are so many incredible designs and fashions that are coming out right now and you can practically smell the spring bloom when you’re looking at the ensembles, it’s remarkable! I love that that people are going simpler with the makeup – just a hint of rosy cheek mascara and pink gloss and you’re good to go!

Onto “The Face” — what kind of modeling advice can we expect to hear from you this season?
I give various messages that I’ve learned from my background from both fashion and film, so I have some different techniques than some of the other mentors. It doesn’t just stop at the end of the show - we are with these girls for life. One thing about anyone working in any industry yet alone fashion, is that it’s important to step outside your comfort zone and always challenge yourself and change. Fashion is very fast paced and you want to enjoy it and have fun and you never want to be too comfortable.

What experience can you bring to the show and to the model contestants that the other judges can’t?
I’ve done a lot of viral videos, music videos and featured films as well as fashion and the editorial. I’ve gotten more accustomed to having to speak and not just pose. I’ve had variations of method acting techniques that I tried to instill on my girls.

What are you bringing to the show that the other judges can’t?
All of us judges are looking for a “diamond in a rough” kind of girl who truly stands out and has that tangible "It" factor. I want someone who isn’t a natural stunning beauty, but someone who has charisma and has so much personality, that you can see it. It’s not just about being pretty in a magazine anymore, it’s about personality as well.

We have to know ... what it is like working side-by-side with Naomi Campbell!?
Oh gosh, I love her! She is one of my favorite people in fashion and we have been friends for years. She asked me to do the show and of course my answer was yes! It was so amazing to be part of the show and on top of that work with great friends. We all have very strong personalities and are all competitive but we are passionate about our girls. There weren't any bitter cat ights and we all love and respect each other!

Be sure to tune into The Face every Wednesday on OXYGEN 10 PM ET/PT.

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