Costume Designer Polina Grechko On Her Love Of Vintage And Cosmetics

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Costume Designer Polina Grechko On Her Love Of Vintage And Cosmetics
Costume Designer Polina Grechko On Her Love Of Vintage And Cosmetics

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Polina Grechko

costume designer in theater and cinema

I am very glad that sequins are now legal

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About care and lifestyle

I have no care system: I make masks when I have time or when I remember, I use different creams. Usually I wash my face in the morning and in the evening, at night I smear my body and face with shea butter, coconut oil or jasmine cream - depending on how dry my skin is now and how lazy I am to rub the hardened oil.

Due to my busy schedule and work for months without days off, I don't have time or often forget about “rudimentary” things like a beautiful manicure, smooth heels and exfoliated skin. When I release a play, I don't sleep much and eat all kinds of rubbish on the go. Yes, I deliberately developed this terrible ability to dine on the way to the subway or the next store. This is wrong, you always need a normal meal, during which you focus on food, and not solve a lot of questions and answer calls. I don't like the fact that I don't drink much because I don't carry water bottles with me. I also love white bread and lose my will at the mere sight of cinnamon curls.

I set up an experiment on myself when I didn't eat anything flour at all for a month. It turned out that my diet consisted of 70 percent of cookies, pasta, burgers, pancakes, rolls, khinkali, nuts with condensed milk from the "Karavaevs" (for the sake of the latter I walked couples at the institute). Eating something quickly and being full for more than one hour proved to be very difficult. I was hungry and unhappy all the time. Not eating flour at all is unrealistic, you just need not to eat white bread, I thought, and at the same moment I ate a bun. This is my whole point.

Good habits

I don't have a very balanced diet, but when I see what other people are eating, I think I'm just a god of mindful eating. I eat sausage only for the New Year or in some exceptional cases, I eat a little fatty Russian cheese, I don't like mayonnaise, I don't like drinking soda, as well as tea and coffee with sugar. Chips are an event, although I love beer. Moreover, all of the above is a daily set of products for many.

From good habits - I learned how to take care of my hair. I always wore a short bob, and naturally I needed a length to do my hair. So I grew my hair, but it looked very bad, like a dry bush. Having tried a bunch of different products, I realized that natural oils in their pure form suit me best. I usually buy the cheapest shampoo in a professional hair supply store - it's better than the most expensive one in the supermarket near my house. I do not use a hairdryer, I just sleep with wet ones, and in the morning I do my best. So the heat exposure is three minutes, not ten. Then I distribute the oil droplet over two thirds of the length. I used to be afraid that my hair would look greasy, but that turned out to be a prejudice.

About makeup

I love what's happening with makeup now and I love makeup. Recently I went to the ballet at the Bolshoi Theater with red arrows, drew them with my mother’s lip pencil. I am very glad that sequins are now legal. If we talk about what suits me, I think that these are black classic arrows. I am good at drawing all sorts of things, because I am interested in the history of 20th century makeup. Usually my ones are wide and long, like from the 60s. I also like to paint my eyes, like movie stars of the 20s: to darken not the outer corner of the eye, as we do now, but, on the contrary, the inner one. So the makeup becomes dramatic and languid.

I love to experiment. But at the same time, often I just have nowhere to wear a bright make-up.When I come to work with blue eyebrows, then all day I listen to moronic jokes or answer questions about why I did it - so I have to restrain myself. I like not to paint my eyes at all and paint my lips - this, in my opinion, creates an image, as if descended from the paintings of the Renaissance. I would like not to wear makeup at all, but it seems to me that my skin is not smooth, even and radiant enough. I'm waiting for acne to become fashionable.

About yoga and wellness

To stay in good physical and psychological shape, I do yoga. Until last winter, I was skeptical about the excitement around her - everyone rushes around with these rugs as if possessed. But at some point, my back hurt so unbearably that I decided to go to class. A miracle happened: I myself became this most blissful person with a pink rug. The back does not hurt, there is a lot of energy, you go to the subway at rush hour and you don’t care about anything, the mood is super. I am even ready to chat about this and that with others in this very subway. Yoga classes imperceptibly pull up self-love, the desire to eat healthy food, rub oils into oneself, and so on.

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