The cult-favourite moisturiser Paloma Elsesser always has in her bag

“Pat McGrath put me on to this”

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / April 11 2023

Paloma Elsesser’s makeup looks permanently hold space on our mood boards, but the model is no one-trick pony. 

Elsesser recently stopped by British Vogue to share the contents of her vintage Hermes Kelly bag — “It’s very dear to me. It was my second major, big-girl purchase” — and it turns out she has a few smart-girl beauty hacks up her sleeve too.

As she unpacked her handbag, the 30-year-old shared that she’s been taking notes from industry icons namely Pat McGrath and Rihanna. 

The first beauty essential in Elsesser’s beat-up Hermes bag (“Hermes always looks good beat up”) is a well-used tube of Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Cream ($26 at Adore Beauty).

“[It’s] on its way out,” joked Elsesser. 

Considering “it can be a hand cream, a face cream, [and used for] an elbow hit”, we’re not surprised she’s sped through the bottle. 

“Pat McGrath put me on to this the year I started [modeling],” she shared. “[And] I’ve never let go.”

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Cream

The next beauty essential in Elsesser’s handbag is also well used — Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellophane ($217 at David Jones). The scent features notes of osmanthus, jasmine and mandarin — “it’s so good, so good.” 

“I’m very inspired by this little known artist Rihanna, who always enters the room before she enters the room with her scent, which I think is very fab,” she admitted. 

Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellophane

The model’s final beauty essential is a pack of Band-Aids for blisters — an occupational hazard. 

“I have foot problems,” she giggled. “You never know when [Band-Aids are] gonna come in handy [though, I] don’t just need them for work,” she went on to say. “Sometimes you’re in just too small of a shoe.”

Try: Band-Aid Blister Cushion ($12.50 at Woolworths).

Band-Aid Blister Cushion

Watch the full clip below:

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Main image credit: @palomija

Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.