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Supermodel Helena Christiansen shares her top make-up must haves

Supermodel and photographer Helena Christiansen tells Katie Wright about the beauty products she can't live without

Danish supermodel Helena Christensen

THE title 'supermodel' is bestowed upon practically any fashionista who has landed a couple of magazine covers but Helena Christensen is without question worthy of that moniker.

The Danish beauty's 'super' status was cemented last year, when she was asked to return to the catwalk – alongside nineties fashion alumni Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford – by Donatella Versace to mark the 20th anniversary of brother Gianni's death.

"It was fun and very hectic," Christensen says of the experience. "It felt beautiful to honour Gianni by walking together with his sister Donatella and the other girls, whom he cared so much about. And it was emotional to see and feel everyone's reaction afterwards."

That runway renaissance aside, these days the 49-year-old works primarily behind the camera, her latest project partnering with Huawei to shoot a series of portraits on the brand's new P20 Pro smartphone.

As a professional photographer and supermodel, Christensen must be a dab hand at taking a sensational selfie?

"Lighting is the most important factor for an interesting photo. And there doesn't necessarily have to be a lot of light," she advises. "If you have the time, move around with the camera pointed at you and find the unique light. Also, just grabbing the phone and taking a random shot in a car at night with streetlights and other car lights flashing behind you can be really cool."

Obviously, it helps to have the ageless good looks of a supermodel when snapping a self portrait, but Christiansen loves make-up as well and is happy to spill on the products she adores most, from the perfect red lippie, to mascara that will make your eyes pop.

Here are Helena Christensen's top make-up must-haves:

1. Red lipstick

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Fascinante, £32

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, £17.50

2. Mascara

Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Renewal Mascara, £25

3. Highlighter

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, £32

4. Lip and cheek tint

Armani Lip Magnet in Fusion, £30

5. Glitter

Too Faced Glitter Pop Eyeliner Fairy Queen, £16

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