She’s the most successful red-haired topmodel with over 30 top magazine covers to her credit: Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, Vogue UK, Vogue US, Harper’s Bazaar, Dazed and Confused, W, Elle, Marie Claire and many more. With her ethereal face, her grace and elegance, she soon became a muse for many international fashion designers and photographers. Karl Lagerfeld described her as a “mixture of something from the middle ages and a mutant from another planet”.

Today, 24 years after she was discovered as a model, she is still in demand, while carving out a successful career as a singer-songwriter too. In January 2020, during haute couture fashion week in Paris, she hit the catwalk for Valentino and Jean-Paul Gaultier, who presented his last haute couture show. This spring, she’s the new face of Shiseido’s Vital Perfection Uplifting creams.

She started her modelling career at the age of 16. Today, at 41, she still has a flawless complexion. What’s topmodel Karen Elson’s anti-aging secret?


While skin concerns start to emerge as we age, multi-functional care helps to address the root causes of sagging, dark spots and deep wrinkles. Shiseido’s new Vital Perfection skincare series has been formulated with new ReNeura Technology and Kurenai-TruLift Complex. It helps to reawaken skin’s potential, and counteract the visible signs of aging: loss of elasticity, wrinkles and dark spots.

Silky and luxurious, Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Cream (for normal to dry skin) richly moisturizes and cocoons the skin and helps it day after day to feel more resilient. Inspired by neuroscience, Shiseido ReNeura technology helps to support skin renewal ability. It empowers the cream to work quickly and more effectively. Additionally, based on a new skin-science discovery, Kurenai-TruLift Complex helps to boost resilience and elasticity.

The cream is available in two versions: Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Cream as well as Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Cream Enriched (for dry to very dry skin).

Including Shiseido ReNeura Technology and Kurenai-TruLift Complex, Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Day Cream (for all skin types) and the lighter Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Day Emulsion help to protect from dryness and UV damage during the daytime, while promoting brighter, more resilient skin for a lifted look.

Completing the Vital Perfection regimen, the richly moisturizing night cream Vital Perfection Overnight Firming Treatment acts overnight, helping skin to look brighter and more lifted as you sleep.

(Above) Karen Elson on the cover of Vogue México photographed by Alex Lubomirski.

The Vital Perfection skincare series features top notes of citrus and green. The freshness blends with floral and spice middle notes, and evokes Japanese Noble Orchid and Wintersweet or Japanese Allspice.

The newly designed packaging for the Vital Perfection series is inspired by traditional Japanese Raku-ware pottery. Born from Japanese sensibility, the Keshiki – or landscape created when the glaze is fired at certain temperatures – portrays light and shadow using a blue-purple and gold gradient.


As a beauty editor, I’ve tested numerous cosmetics brands in the last 15 years. Shiseido has soon become one of my top 5 favourite cosmetics brands, especially for suncare, lipstick and skincare. The five Vital Perfection Uplifting skincare products have an amazing silky texture that spreads smoothly. For the day, I prefer the Uplifting and Firming Day Emulsion, given the fact that I have a combination skin. It’s the perfect base for my Synchro Skin Foundation. With the emulsion, the skin is perfectly moisturized, but doesn’t shine. At night, I apply Vital Perfection Overnight Firming Treatment after a retinol serum – a powerful anti-aging combination. With a good night’s sleep, the skin looks more resilient and plumped up the next morning.



This spring, Shiseido also launches a new serum that reduces the appearance of dark spots, dullness and uneven skin tone. Boosted with ReNeura Technology and the Sakura-Bright System, the new White Lucent Illuminating Micro-Spot Serum is a multi-functional skincare product for brighter-looking, fresh-feeling skin.

The serum feels lightweight and refreshing. The silky formula absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling smooth with a 24-hour moisturizing effect.

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