As a runway regular on the catwalks of Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani to becoming the face behind Mugler’s latest fragrance, model Zhenya Katava has been quite busy these days. Known for dark brunette waves and striking green eyes, the Belarusian model tends to keep a fairly simple aesthetic and has the beauty routine to match. And when it comes to maintaining fresh and clear skin, Katava shares her best practices of staying hydrated, eating clean and wearing SPF. Here, Katava breaks down her skincare and beauty essentials, her favorite spa in New York City and more.
Your look in three words:
Classic, natural, and clean .
Medicine cabinet snapshot:
Ultraceuticals Ultra Balancing Gel Cleanser, Ultra Hydrating Lotion, and Ultra A Perfecting Eye Cream. It’s an Australian brand, I love it a lot.
Good skin starts with:
Water, good products for your skin, healthy food and a healthy lifestyle, no stress!
Best advice from your dermatologist:
Drink a lot of water, don’t sleep with your makeup, and use SPF cream .
SPF of choice:
Clarins Sunscreen Oil-Free Lotion Spray SPF.
Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Moisturizing Reviving Eye Mask and Moisture Rich Body Lotion, Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, and hair oil.
Most underrated product:
The eyelash curler and lip scrub in the winter time.
Never leave the house without:
Clarins Supra Volume Mascara, Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector Concealer, lip balm, and eyebrow gel.
A good hair day starts with:
Davines shampoo and conditioner, Moroccanoil hair oil, and Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo if needed.
My hair colorist always says:
Use color save shampoo and good moisturizer conditioner, and don’t over wash.
Nails must be:
Natural. I don’t like long nails and crazy colors. I prefer nude or rich red.
Beauty from the inside out:
More fruits and vegetables, fish and meet. No fast food. Drink vitamins A,C, D, and minerals .
Drink of choice:
Kombucha. The best one for me GT’s Kombucha Synergy, Trilogy.
A woman should smell like:
I can recommend Aura Mugler, but it’s whatever you prefer. Listen to your instinct!
Appointment you’d love to nab:
Ion Studio NYC and Mumu nail salon.
I like Great Jones Spa in New York, but sometimes we are need to relax and have a nice massage or just a hot bath at home with Ahava Dead Sea bath salt in calming lavender.
Collagen under-eye masks.
Russian classics, like The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Best advice from mom:
Believe in yourself!
Best-kept beauty secret:
Be happy inside and love yourself.
Beauty myth you’d like to debunk:
There is no such thing as perfect people, nobody’s perfect.