Ken Butti for Byrdie Australia
How is it that Hailey Baldwin manages to out-cool herself every time she speaks with Team Byrdie? After we last chatted with the 20-year-old about everything from the real demands of the modeling industry to the appeal of effortless beauty, we thought we had her low-key, straight-shooting personality pegged—that is, until she pow-wowed with our colleagues at Byrdie Australia, underscoring her quiet confidence and wisdom beyond her years.
As mentioned, Baldwin has always been open about the work she puts in to keep her body in top form—a refreshing departure from the less-than-believable assertions of "my diet is pizza" that we're used to hearing from her similarly lithe cool-girl contemporaries. "I grew up [eating clean] and feel better when I do," she tells Byrdie AU, adding that she cuts out gluten and dairy when she's in need of a detox.
As for her daily eats, they're predictably sensible: "Breakfast is usually eggs or some type of healthy protein or a smoothie; lunch is a salad with fish, lots of veggies—I love a good kale Caesar salad but without croutons!; dinner is along the same lines as lunch or maybe a gluten-free pasta." And yes, cheat days happen on a semi-regular basis.
She also spends a lot of time working out, but any extra time she takes to stay in fighting shape is afforded from her surprisingly low-key beauty routine. Rather then spending a ton of time on an overdone face, Baldwin prefers a more natural look that she admits took years of practice to perfect: A swipe of highlighter across her cupid's bow to highlight her pout; impeccably-groomed brows; a wash of coconut oil across her complexion for a hydrated sheen. And then there are those (many) days when she forgoes makeup entirely—using just a touch of Glow Skin Perfecting Beauty Balm ($49) from her makeup line with ModelCo to give her cheekbones a little extra oomph.
As for the rest of her makeup routine (and the workout she swears by), you'll have to head over to Byrdie AU to check out the full interview (and gorgeous photo shoot).