How Anya Taylor-Joy learned to calm down
Anya Taylor-Joy, who shares this month’s cover of British Vogue with Queen Elizabeth II, has brought her talent (see: “The Queen’s Gambit”), her fashion personality (she is a global ambassador for Dior brand) and his singular perspective (see: his advice on meditation). After growing up in Miami, Argentina and London, Ms Taylor-Joy, 25, is now used to commuting every three months or so for work. Recently, she was in Ireland for “The Northman,” a historic epic opening on April 22.
“My idea of home is so different,” she said of her travel schedule. But while her lifestyle is itinerant, she’s embraced a few beauty and wellness rituals that focus on comfort and self-soothing. Find out what she likes below.
Morning quiet time
I make it a priority to have an hour to myself in the morning. I’m usually around a lot of people, so I need at least an hour to recharge for the day. If there is a possibility of smoking wherever I am, I will be in the hammam.
Hair and skin for the day
I learned beauty from my mother. I’ve always had really long blonde hair, so conditioner has been a big part of my life. I used to come out of the ocean as a kid and cry for hours while my mom untangled my hair. Now I love Olaplex. I use the shampoo, the conditioner, the care then I put the leave-in. I always use root conditioner to tip. People tell you not to put conditioner on the roots, but I don’t think so. If you’re as blonde as me… Tracey Cunningham does my color – you have to put it on the roots. Just be sure to rinse everything out.
I arrived quite late at the party with skincare. I was 22 or 23 before I started paying attention. Now it’s my time for me. It feels like an everyday luxury. I like gua-sha. I picked it up during lockdown – got mine from Amazon – and put it in the freezer. Using it is one of those comforting moments of, “I want to feel good about the state of the world, so I’m going to do a facial massage.” It’s not just for facial contouring – it works if you have sinus issues. There are pressure points on your face that can relieve sinus pain. Afterwards, you have to give your skin a minute to calm down.
I will see Shani Darden for facials. It is a real magician of the skin. She introduced me to her retinol product. I have very sensitive skin, and it’s the only one I’ve used that doesn’t hurt me.
My daily skin care is quite simple. I like Dior Prestige line because it smells like roses. They have a nice sheet mask that I also wear on airplanes. I have no shame at all. Next is the Dior compact with SPF 50, and I’m out the door.
love a lip
In my everyday life, I really don’t wear makeup. Growing up, I definitely went through that very short-lived phase where I tried to do smoky eyeliner. I looked like a raccoon. I leave that to the professionals now. And I like a lip. Lips, I can do that.
I remember seeing my mother put on lipstick. Once, while playing, I drew a kitten’s nose and whiskers with her lipstick. It’s always something I do on my birthday. I didn’t grow up! If it’s just a normal night, it’s probably a bright red or darker nude or mauve. Dior Addict in 8 or Chèrie are sublime. It’s a level of sheen I’m comfortable with.
Otherwise, I tend to go more matte, especially with face masks. I have this trick: I apply, then I erase, then I apply again when I’m at it. This way you don’t get the stickiness inside the mask.
A bath is an important thing for me at night. Actually, we’re a pretty big bathhouse family. My mother loves a bath. When I was little, I remember we took one together. I make my baths a little fanciful. It’s very Valentine’s Day but just for me! I like to cover my body in coconut or almond oil before getting into the bath. Sometimes I mix in drops of lavender, rose, or patchouli essential oils.
I’ll light candles – I’ve loved Valkiria ever since Overdose and Byredo candles in Tree House and Library. The end of the day is about attending to that part of yourself that might not get much attention in normal day-to-day interactions, and just asking yourself what you need right now. . For me, it’s 1950s jazz, a good bath and a good hour of reading.
Perfume of a character
I experimented with essential oils. It’s something I’ve been doing since I was 17. I like to make a scent uniquely my own but also tied to an experience, so if I smell that scent again, I can associate that scent with, say, my 17-year-old teenage self.
I usually choose a fragrance to wear with a character. For “Queen’s Gambit”, Beth really smelled like me. He is the character to whom I gave the most of myself. For Beth, I made rose, patchouli, sandalwood, pink peppercorn, and a few drops of vodka. Our daughter was crossing it. I really believe in the work that I do – bringing this person to life. It is important that their voice is different, the way they move is different and they smell different. Then you create a real person.
For “The Northman”, we were shooting in Ireland. The green there is unlike any green you will see. The character I played is very connected to nature. One of my favorite things about filming there was the time I spent outdoors. I would swim in the Irish Sea. I burned a lot of Irish moss around the house. I smelled like that – Irish moss and sea salt.
From dancing to boxing
I trained as a dancer until I was 15. When I finished dancing, I was quite rebellious. I didn’t want to be disciplined anymore. For a long time I ate comfort food – mine is butter and cheese. But my work is so fast – it’s so full of adrenaline – that my body burns it.
Now I really, really like boxing. This is such an interesting way of meditating for me. If you’re not fully focused on what you’re doing, you’re going to get hit. You start class, and suddenly, an hour later, it’s “How did I get here?” Because time has just passed.
The Ups and Downs of Breathwork and Meditation
I started doing it Wim Hof breathing method when I was on a film that required me to be exposed to very cold temperatures. I love this man. I only know him from his YouTube videos. I call him Uncle Wim.
I’m trying to learn to meditate. Here’s a random challenge people can try: Ride a roller coaster and try not to scream. I just did it, and you know how they took the picture? My friends screamed, and I looked like Yoda. This roller coaster ride was a game changer. Everything is moving so fast, and your only job is to keep calm – the center of the storm. Your breath deepens in ways you have never experienced before. I have never felt calmer.
This is very random advice, but give it a try.