“I think it’s inevitable that you take more of yourself as you get older and wiser”
Robert Konjic is a Swedish born Croatian Supermodel who belongs to an elite group of successful male models, who has remained in constant demand over 13 years. With an impeccable reputation within the modelling industry he has been involved with almost every fashion house: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Burberry, DKNY, Kenneth Cole, Byblos,Nicole Farhi, A/X and Banana Republic. Here at The Grooming Guide we think that his ability to remain at the top of a competitive business and remain true to himself whilst continuing to re-invent himself is a testimony to his value as a model and as a person. More recently Robert has made the decision to take a leap into the acting world and is taking classes with well-respected acting coach Jon Campbell. Here he shares with us his tips on looking great and staying at the top of his game……..
Being a model and in the public eye do you need to take special care of your appearance?
I think it’s inevitable that you take more of yourself as you get older and wiser, especially getting closer to 40! I also think that because I grew up in Sweden, taking pride in your appearance seems to be instilled at an early age. Swedes are very aware of how they look, from the very young to the very old.
Do you prepare to go to castings in terms of your grooming?
I think I prepare myself by walking in with a blank canvas , no tan etc because you never know what the agency are going to require you to do, and you need to be flexible.
Do you have a specific skincare routine? If so what products do you use and why?
I put Embryolisse moisturiser on after showering, which I’ve used since I started modeling, because it is what all the make-up artists would have. My girlfriend, Julia has also encouraged me use a product called Genefique by Lancome recently.
Do you think more guys are taking an interest in their appearance, what has brought this about?
Yes I do, and I think they have for a long time – it’s just that the media has made it more socially acceptable to talk about it. For instance, all men’s magazines advertise the products, which means as a male audience we’re more exposed to it.
How often do you shave, what do you use to shave with, what products work for you?
I shave maybe 3-4 times a year, and generally only if a job requires me to, as I prefer a little stubble or growth. When I shave I normally can’t find the foam from the last time I shaved so I use soap, and I’ve even been known to use olive oil if I didn’t have anything. Otherwise it burns like hell.
Do you have a signature fragrance, if so why and what is it?
At the moment I’m using a Tom Ford fragrance because my girlfriend really likes the smell of it. I also use Maderas, a fragrance that a friend of mine in Tulum makes.
Do you buy products yourself, and if so what is your favourite range?
I swear by the Embryolisse face cream, and know I’d regret it if I tried anything else!
What is the one product you cant live without?
Toothpaste, I think it’s my desert island product.
Who in the public eye do you think is well groomed/ gets it right?
In my opinion there are many, and they all have their own style. I do think that guys such as George Clooney, Mark Ronson, Jude Law and George Lamb have a cool way of projecting a groomed, tailored offbeat look.
1. Julia Restoin Roitfeld
2. Tom Ford For Men EDT £60 for 100ml at Debenhams
3. Lancome Genefique Youth Activating Cream £52.00 for 50ml at Harrods
4. Mark Ronson
5. Olive Oil
6. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream) £18.00 for 75ml at www.cosme-de.com
7. George Lamb
8. Elgydium Toothpaste £3.36 for 100gm at Boots