I have an affinity for beautiful women and beautiful images – photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank seems to have the same taste. It makes perfect sense, really. The Florida native and one-time assistant to Anna Wintour, spent her adolescent years on the family’s vineyard in Napa Valley (they own Swanson Vineyards). Combine acres of nature and that beautiful California sunlight with a fashion education (there’s no place like Vogue), and the result is bound to be one of pure beauty. Take a look at Claiborne’s portraits from her first series, Indigo Light (click here to peruse the work), and you’ll see what I’m talking about: Beautiful women, beautiful clothes, an ode to nature, and, of course, a mutual respect for natural light. And her subjects are quite interesting themselves – women like singer Vanessa Carleton, Vanessa Getty, and her own sister, Alexis Swanson Traina.
My adoration with Claiborne was, at first, based solely on her photos, but once speaking to her, I found that her exuberance for life was just as mesmerizing. And, of course, take one look at her self-portraits (featured in this post) and you’ll recognize that her talent is paired with a classic, effortless beauty.
So, here is the latest installment of Bathing Beauty: Claiborne Swanson Frank. Pay close attention to her beauty secrets: you can take the girl out of California, but you can’t take California out of the girl…
What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1 – Face masks. I use an array of Jurlique face masks that I’m nuts about. My two favorites would be the Moisture Replenishing Mask and the Intense Recovery Mask.
2 – I am also addicted to my Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel which is a serum. I adore the whole Jurlique line. I’ve been using it religiously since I was 18. I believe that holistic skincare is the true way to staying young and aging gracefully.
3 – I love the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes because they really remove all traces of mascara that I seem to have a very hard time getting off of my eyelashes.
4 – I also religiously use Renee Furterer Dry Shampoo as it gives me great volume and is my key styling product.
5 – When I’m feeling a bit pale, I love Clarins Self-Tanning Skin Lotion. Coming from California, I always like to have a glow. I also love my Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm that gets me through the dry, cold New York winters.
What is your all-time favorite product?
Rene Furterer Dry Shampoo. It gives me the texture and volume that I love.
What product do you buy in bulk?
Jurlique. I never seem to have enough Jurlique products at any given time.
Favorite hair product?
Besides dry shampoo, I love the Kerastase moisturizing hair mask because having long hair often means that the ends will get dry so it needs a bit more care and moisture.
Favorite body product?
St. Ives Hydrating Vitamin E Body Lotion. I tend to have dry skin and find this lotion the most hydrating.
Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
My beauty secrets are face masks and sunscreen. I use face masks three times a week and always wear 60 SPF on my face. I try drink a lot of water, go to bed early, and go to yoga.
Beauty icon you admire?
My beauty icon is Lauren Hutton for her free spirit, wild natural beauty and iconic American style.