While we so often like to model ourselves after the “chic French girl,” it’s not every day we can sit down with a gorgeous Dutch girl for her guide to all things beauty. Sylvia Hoeks is the subject of today’s The Close Up, the column in which we chat with some of our favorite women to learn more about their routines. As the breakout star of Blade Runner 2049, Hoeks trained for months to gain sixteen pounds of muscle and get in crazy good shape for the role. No spoilers, but her villainous character is somehow both as terrifying and intimidating as she is empathetic and chic. The actress hails from Holland, and we like to think her guide to everything from travel to beauty will be of eternal use to you. Get ready, you’re going to want to take notes…
From start to finish what would be your ideal food day?
Can you take us through your morning and nightly beauty routines?
In the morning, I wash my face in the shower with a Kate Somerville cleansing face wash; it’s really gentle because I have sensitive skin. Then, I use an all natural serum made out of different oils. I use Remederm Cream by Louis Widmer, non-scented, and I top it off with sunscreen. In the evening, I repeat the same routine without the sunscreen.
The three beauty products you can’t live without…
Are there any foods or drinks you eat a lot of, and any you particularly avoid?
When I eat meat, it’s usually a burger. Otherwise, I really only eat fish or vegetarian. My stomach gets upset if I eat a chunk of red meat, so I learned a long time ago that that wasn’t for me. In my home country (Holland) people grow up with cheese, bread and milk. I try to avoid eating too much bread now, especially for lunch because bread makes me tired. A burger, in the end, is my feel good food so I don’t mind a bit of sleep while digesting it.
What’s your fitness routine?
I love Pilates on the machine and I love yoga, but a lot of days it’s just me walking my dogs.
What advice would you give young girls, struggling to be self confident?
Don’t compare yourself too much to others. Everyone has their own story to tell, pain that they go through. Never think that other people got success or happiness thrown at them. Everyone has their own struggles. Respect them for their fight.
Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?
I love discovering new places and getting lost somewhere; you end up finding the most beautiful things and meeting the most interesting people. I travel with my dog most of the time; he’s my travel buddy.
What is the issue you feel most passionately about, and why?
Equality – every person deserves a shot at happiness in their lifetime. Definitely!
What’s the trick to rocking bangs well?
A good hairstylist.
If you could create a quote of the day to sum up your current mood and mode, what would it be?
Live in the moment, for the past has gone and the future is not here yet.