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Interview: Taylor Hill on Acne, Fragrance, and Makeup-Free Selfies

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Allure: What’s been the smell of your life over the last few years?

Taylor: Laundry detergent. And candles. My favorite candle is the black Diptyque one — Baies. I love that one. And then, Romance, because we shot and filmed the campaign over four days. And, it was a very present scent in the process of the film and now it’s a really authentic memory and scent in my life.

Allure: Do you have memories of Romance from growing up? The formula hasn’t changed …

Taylor: No.

Allure: …since 1998.

Taylor: The thing for me is, because I was born in 1996, it’s almost as old as I am. And, being where I’m from, we don’t really know brands. It’s one of those things where I smelled it and I’m like, ‘That’s so familiar, what is that?’ Because we just didn’t know. It was around, it was there, but it was something that we wouldn’t have known about, just because I’m from such like a small, funny little town.

Allure: What is your favorite fragrance application technique?

Taylor: The one that I use day-to-day is to spray it in the air and walk through it. And then, for events, I’ll add a little bit more just so it’ll last longer. I do the wrist and behind the ears, the activation points, so movement activates the scent.

Allure: What’s your most significant fragrance memory?

Taylor: A lot of my scent and fragrance memories are food related. My mom bakes for holidays and she’s a really great baker. She makes really good fudge, cookies, homemade blueberry pie, pumpkin pie. A lot of my early scent memories just bring back positive food related memories with my family.

Allure: Do you bake on your own now?

Taylor: I’m terrible. I am so bad at it. I’m getting better at cooking, but baking is science. And I have terrible time-management skills. I need to get way better at that in my life.

Allure: You have the most gorgeous makeup free selfies. Did you know that they were going to be so powerful and reinforcing for women with acne when you posted them? Did you have a sense of what you were doing, or was it a happy coincidence?

Taylor: No, it was just a coincidence. Honestly, I didn’t even pay attention to it. I didn’t even notice. For the first one, I was like, ‘Oh, lots of good light!’ And then I just posted it, and then everyone was like, ‘Oh, my God! Thank you for this.’ And I was like, ‘What are you all talking about? Oh. Yeah, I guess I do have a zit right there, that’s true.’

Allure: What’s your relationship with your skin like?

Taylor: I have up and downs. I struggle with acne, and I’ve struggled for a long time, probably since I was fifteen. Just because of makeup, travel, and hormones — I get my really bad breakouts around my period, usually. For me, what really helped is that I do what I can, and I take care of my skin, I work for it. And, if I still break out, what am I going to do? I wash my face before I go to bed. I get facials and see a dermatologist. But, if it’s still happening, then it’s just having to embrace it, and let it do it’s thing, because it’s a part of life.

Allure: What kind of facials do you like?

Taylor: I really like the Clear and Brilliant laser. I see Dr. Diamond in Los Angeles, he’s really good. I have very sensitive skin and I keep the products to a minimum. I like the laser is because it’s not a product. And I think it does the deepest healing. It’s under the skin cleaning you out, not just on the surface. I feel I get the best results from being diligent about the laser.

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