On morning rituals
I try to wake up and smile. I know it sounds silly but a friend of mine told me that it helps. I try to say thank you for being alive, and tell myself that I’m going to have a good day. Once my feet hit the floor and I’ve got the dogs slobbering and chasing me (and my grumpy 20-year-old telling me I have got to be quiet), it can be hard to do! I start with a good cup of green tea and then go back into my bedroom, shut the door, and sit on a meditation pillow – where I should be meditating, but I’m not always. Even just sitting and being quiet for five to 20 minutes is super important, but it’s also super challenging. I find that when I do it my day is much better because it’s a moment to be still. I’ve [also] been keeping my phone in the kitchen, and I try and wait 30 to 45 minutes before I look at it – but it’s hard.
On the best beauty tip she’s received
It was from my Nana, who said: “Beauty is as beauty does.” It was always really important to her that the words we spoke were about being kind to yourself and to others. When I actually listen to her words of wisdom and apply them, it really does make a difference. She was really cute – she probably had a martini in hand whilst telling me that!
On her evening skincare routine
Because of Covid, I have a lot more time. I’m less exhausted; less rushed. But one thing I’ve always done, no matter what, is have a bath. I love the evening ritual of taking one – I’ve done it pretty much my whole life. [As for skincare], being a few years away from 50, it’s all about hydration. So I use a cream cleanser, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (which is magic in a bottle, truly), then layer with Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Crème, which is a great moisturiser because it’s super hydrating. I’ve also been sleeping with a humidifier next to my bed and I swear it makes a difference – it puts moisture into the air, and I wake up less dry.
On the treatments she’s missed during lockdown
I miss massages – the one thing that I love is to get the knots out and have someone dig in there. It’s been a year! The last massage I had was in Europe, when doing the [autumn/winter 2020] shows. My last stop was Paris and I stayed at Le Bristol Hotel and got a massage. And then the world changed with Covid.
On her favourite facialist
I see a lady in Los Angeles named Terri Lawton – she’s incredible. In fact, she knows everything that’s going on in my body and she’s a really big proponent of the gut and overall health – it’s all correlated.
On the secret to brilliant skin
I think the secret – or one of them – is hydration and drinking a lot of water. But I also think having a clear skincare routine and staying out of the sun [are important too]. Sun damage is something I didn’t really pay attention to when I was younger, but it’s real and then [you have to] try and repair that damage – thank God there are enough products! Using sun block, drinking a lot of water and sweating out some of the toxins [all helps].
On her go-to hair product
I love any deep conditioner. I have curly brown hair, which you would never know, but I’ve used Bumble & Bumble for years. They have an incredible haircare line specifically for damaged hair like mine.
On how to get glowing skin
You need to start with good, clean skin – moisturising is key. I also think using natural [make-up] colours. I love using a Pure Color Blush on my cheeks and eyelids – it wakes your skin up a little bit. Bronze Goddess [bronzer] is also fantastic for that – I love sweeping it across my lids and cheeks. People are like, “You look really well!”, and I’m like, “That’s Bronze Goddess.”
Murphy in a Bronze Goddess campaign, 2015.
On how she exercises
I’m not a big class person, but my friend Taryn Toomey has this thing called The Class. When I have done it in the past, there’s screaming and you just really release [everything] – I find myself crying. I’ll never forget the first time I went, I was like, “Is it okay that I’m sobbing in the corner?” And she told me to look around and see that I was not the only one. She was totally right. Even though I’m not an exercise class person, now more than ever it’s been nice to have those groups and connect with people, even though it’s virtual.
I’ve always dipped into the whole woo-woo world. I was raised around it, to be honest. In the ’70s we were going to iridologists and eating granola bars when most kids had, like, Hot Pockets and Lunchables – so it was different. I love taking little nuggets of information here and there to apply [to my life]. I think that meditation really does work – it’s been around for thousands and thousands of years, and that’s because it works.
On being outdoors
It’s my haven. In nature is where I find solace, it’s where I can totally get my head together. Luckily, living here in LA, it’s perfect for that. There’s so much nature around. I’d rather post picture of birds and animals and trees and sunsets [on Instagram] than I would of myself.
On her post-lockdown dream destination
Oh my gosh! I will go anywhere. I want to get out and travel. One place I was going to go prior to all of this was India – I would love to go there at some point. My first spot would be somewhere super warm – like the Maldives – that looks pretty good, with the houses on the stilts and the blue water…
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