Conrad hasn’t been on a television show since The Hills ended in 2009, yet the obsessive interest in her love life continues. And to our surprise, she was willing to talk about it. She said that she’s endured her share of horrible blind dates, but the last one panned out. “I met my boyfriend on a setup,” she said of William Tell, a law student and former guitarist for the rock band Something Corporate. “I did not go with high hopes, though. What was nice about us is we both went in with preconceptions, but they were quickly broken.”
Conrad’s fans devour her advice on beauty, fashion—and etiquette. She told us about her dating rules (“No kiss on the first date. You can’t give it up right away!”), her taste in guys (“You don’t want a slob, but you don’t want a guy who’s constantly borrowing your tweezers”), and the problem with Los Angeles men (“The last year and a half, I was dating a lot, and it’s slim pickings”)
Conrad’s latest book, Lauren Conrad Beauty (HarperCollins), includes step-by-step hair and makeup lessons. “I didn’t want it to sound like a manual,” said Conrad. “I wanted it to sound like a friend or a big sister explaining it to you.”
When she was growing up, her first department-store makeup kit featured every color combination of eye shadow and only two shades of foundation “because [they thought] you’re either black or white. Do you know what I mean? It’s either really dark or you’re a mime,” Conrad said, laughing. “I always had a really white face, and I would match my eye shadow to my top every day, because I’d have, like, 50 colors to choose from.”
What makes someone beautiful, according to Conrad? “I think there’s something to be said about someone who is beautiful but isn’t aware of it,” she said. “There’s something really beautiful about being humble.” Conrad herself walks the line between confidence and humility. Her one attempt at taking a burlesque class didn’t end well. “I was terrible!” she said, blaming poor coordination. “I had a fedora, gloves that I would remove, and a boa. I thought it would raise my confidence, but it sort of destroyed it.”
Conrad credits her father, an architect, and mother for giving her a head for business. Her rule of thumb: “It’s OK to say no,” Conrad said. “I think people are smart and know when you’re doing something for money. I never really felt the need to do things simply for a paycheck.” Here, hairstylist Serge Normant and Allure creative director Paul Cavaco join Conrad on the set.