One day, it’s Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction faux bangs, the next it’s a punk blue pixie on the runway. It is her job to be a beauty chameleon—and, as a face of Dior Make-up, she has plenty of fun experimenting.
We sat together in a suite decked out with bright pink vanities and a seemingly infinite collection of lipsticks—Bella was in town to celebrate the launch of Dior Addict Lacquer Plump, a liquid gloss-stain that comes in 16 shades and volumises lips with hibiscus extract and hyaluronic acid. I brought nine photos of Bella along with me, and when I proposed her telling the story behind each beauty transformation, she got enthusiastic: “Ooooh! I’m so excited!” You can’t blame her. She’s got a pretty stellar track record…
‘This was for the Dior Masquerade ball. I love doing a faux bang. Instead of wearing an actual mask I wanted to do a make-up look. I love a gold pop. My dress was off-the-shoulder and black so it matched perfectly with the energy—it was more of an old-school vibe. That was one of my favourite looks. I love a cat eye; I feel like it lifts my face.’
‘This was for the 2017 Met Ball. I shot a cover and I wasn’t allowed to show my hair for the two weeks before it would come out, so I kept my hair in a beanie and in ponytails. [Here] was when I showed it off. That was a big cut for me.’
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‘This was from a cover [shoot] in London and we never even ended up using it. Right after that shot, we took off the wig. I love pink hair. I [had] blue hair when I was 15, so, I’m used to colouring. If I didn’t model, I’d have my hair a light blue. I don’t know if I’d go all the way pink. Growing up, I wanted light pastel-y hair. That was a fun moment. Should I do it? My hair might be pink next week!’
‘This was the Alexander Wang show. I love curls. Growing up, my hair had a wavy curl to it so I love bringing that back. And I love putting a little bit of silver on the inside corner to open my eyes up. It was a great wing which is always my go-to for any look. I like to start with a wing. It always ends up elongating by the end of the day. I think that it kind of lifts my eyes, which is why I always put my hair back. It’s the best shape for my eyes.’
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‘This was Cannes. That make-up look was one of my favourites and I keep trying to recreate it. It’s funny because when I was still in high school going to little red carpets with my mom, I would do my own hair and make-up. I became obsessed with perfecting my ponytail on my own. So, I became very used to it and I’m obsessed with the fact that it pulls my face back. Everyone makes fun of me for doing that all the time! I think I love not touching my hair and being able to have fun without worrying.’
‘Oooh, this was the Fendi show in Milan! I was obsessed with it because my hair was [once] that blue. Maybe I should just do it [dye my hair]. I’m not gonna ask anybody. One of my best friends, Jesse Jo Stark, she’s always had that exact turquoise in her hair.
It definitely brought me back to some of the  Chanel shows— they had all the different coloured extensions. That make-up was one of my favourite show looks of all time. It fit perfectly on so many people.’
‘I love a curly hair moment. I don’t do it often. But, I’ve always been envious of girls with beautiful, curly hair. When my friends growing up had beautiful curly hair, I was always so jealous. It was my [real] hair! It was definitely before they brushed it out.’
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‘This was pretty much my go-to at the time, when my hair was still short. I was self-conscious about it still. Normally, I’d wake up in the morning and just go. But with my short hair, I had to style it because it’d get all crazy when I slept. I didn’t like to have to blow-dry my hair.’
‘This was Margiela. John Galliano is one of my all-time idols. Doing that show is one of the biggest deals for me because I always wanted to work with him. Seeing him work was amazing. This hair and make-up was so cool because we don’t get to do that a lot in fashion. This day, I had gold hair. Red lips. This was a brace that went around and it held my mouth shut so I couldn’t talk the entire time in line-up. They put Elmer’s glue on my lips—that was definitely a very memorable day.’
This post originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.
Additional reporting by Hanan Haddad