We’re pretty sure that if cool girl were a term in the dictionary, Dree Hemingway’s name would be next to it. Though we’ve been impressed by the model’s breezy style and seemingly carefree attitude for some time, meeting her in person only confirmed it: She really is every bit the free spirit she seems—and sweet as can be, to boot.
These also happen to be Chloé’s descriptors for the woman who embodies the label—the “Chloé girl,” as we’ve come to know her. This is why Hemingway was such an obvious pick to be the newest face of the brand’s fragrance, following in the footsteps of fellow It girls Chloë Sevigny and Clémence Poésy. Sitting down with Hemingway to chat about her new gig and beauty routine turned out to be the perfect respite to the chaos of New York Fashion Week, mostly because she made us feel so damn comfortable. And she was more than willing to share her beauty tips and favorites with us, though her routine is, rather unsurprisingly, pretty simple.
Keep reading to see which essentials Hemingway never goes without, her slightly bizarre makeup ritual and how she feels about being the newest face of Chloé fragrance!
First of all, congratulations! It seems like such a perfect match.
Hemingway: Thank you! I felt like the Chloé girl already, so when they called me and told me they wanted me to be the face of the fragrance, it just felt like it naturally needed to happen. But also, I was beyond honored because that’s like a dream come true. And I can’t picture myself with any other fragrance. This is it.
Have you worn the fragrance for a long time?
Hemingway: Yeah—the funny thing is, I bought it a really long time ago when Anja [Rubik] did the first campaign, and I’ve always really loved it. I gravitate toward it during the summer months especially. It’s really fresh. I don’t know—fragrance is such a personal thing that I think it can really describe somebody’s mood or how they’re feeling. And it describes a lot about one’s personality, and I think this really fits mine. There’s a childlike femininity to it, and it’s also free-spirited. It’s very feminine, which I like, but underdone—it’s nothing too in-your-face and loud. And it’s not so strong that you feel like you’re being hijacked by this fragrance.
It’s so synonymous with effortless beauty, and you really embody that. What’s your key to looking and feeling your best without putting too much into it?
Hemingway: Actually, I have a really weird habit right now of putting on makeup and then actually taking it off right before I leave the house. I don’t know why. It’s become a weird routine. I put it on and then I feel like I’ve played that game, and then I just remove it to feel back to myself. I need to stop that, but it’s really funny.
But really, I think less is more. I think that women are so naturally beautiful, and I think that—I mean, I totally get wanting to cover a pimple and to cover bags under your eyes and stuff like that, and enhance glowiness … but I think that your skin needs to shine through. And I don’t do anything to my hair—I don’t own a blowdryer. I barely shampoo it; I basically just condition my hair. Everything is really simple in my beauty routine.
I feel like you’ve just described every single beauty trend I’ve seen this week on the runway: really undone hair, no foundation…
Hemingway: I know, I’m really happy! I think we went through a period of very heavy kind of almost ’80s [makeup], which has never been my thing, so I’ve always felt a little awkward, and now I feel like I’m finally pretty. And I’m like, “I’ve been doing this for a while now!” But it’s fun to explore. I do like getting dressed up, though—if I have to go there, I’m going to fully go there.
For a crazy week like this, what are your on-the-go essentials for beauty?
Hemingway: I always have a ChapStick situation, and I have a bronzer with me, just in case.
What kind of bronzer?
Hemingway: I use Benefit Hoola ($28). Or I really like Tom Ford’s—they have that cream-based bronzer ($48), which is nice. And then just an Evian spray bottle ($16) to keep it fresh. That’s really it.
I’m sure you’re on planes a lot—are your essentials the same for air travel?
Hemingway: I bring Weleda Skin Food ($4) in travel size to lube up. I also bring vitamin C packets and little flax crackers on the plane. And I go to Ling Skincare, and they have this oxygenated mask ($65) that you can actually sleep in, and you can’t see it. I leave it on the whole time so I’m basically hydrating the whole time, which is really nice.
Even though we associate the Chloé girl with that quintessential effortlessly chic French woman, it’s kind of great that like Chloë Sevigny before you, you’re not French.
Hemingway: I think it’s really flattering. I feel like French women are the most chic. And I mean, for Chloé, which is such a French staple, to pick American women is kind of amazing. It’s really flattering, because that means in some way we embody that mystery that the French women have.
What do you think that mystery is? It’s just so hard to put your finger on it.
Hemingway: I don’t know. There’s a subtle undertone of this sexy woman who—and French women, if you look at them and watch, they don’t care that much. I mean, they care, you can tell that they put some effort into it, but it’s not enough to be in your face. And I really like that quality. I think it’s really important for women to have a little bit of mystery, as well.
What other women do you think embody this or inspire you in general, in the industry or beyond?
Hemingway: My aunt Margot is my biggest inspiration for most things. Just strong women who own themselves and don’t let things affect them, if that makes sense. I think that the whole thing about women needing to be skinny or big or this and that—the women that I find completely, utterly sexy and beautiful are just the ones who have confidence in themselves, and I think that’s incredible. Who dare to make mistakes and go out there and do it.