By Gemma Rimmington
Creative Beauty Director, Gemma Rimmington caught up with male model Tim Storer-Hicks recently and wanted to know all about how he keeps that spectacular facial hair looking fabulous (amongst other less superficial questions of course)...
So, who is Tim Storer-Hicks?
Tell us a bit about yourself...
Hi my name is Tim Storer-Hicks. I'm a classic commercial model with TTM Management. I am also a qualified driving instructor. I live at the coast in Whitley Bay in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England with my two boys aged 10 and 11 years. I was born and brought up in Ealing west London but I regard the North East as my home. I have a really strong affinity with the area and the community up here.
A few facts about me.
I used to live in Antibes in the south of France so I have a love of french style and culture. I got my first tattoo at the age of 15 years much to the horror of my middle class parents! I've always been a bit of a rebel. I love all music genres but especially Jazz. My favourite colour is green. My favourite ice cream flavour is pistachio, which is also green haha. I really love photography, fashion, and the visual arts. My parents were both very musical and my mum was an artist so I guess I've been influenced by them in this direction.
You have some pretty badass facial hair. What is your grooming routine?
Thank you. It's a bit like treating a lawn. It requires regular maintenance to look at it's best. I use a beard specific shampoo no more than three times per week as it tends to strip the beards' natural oils if I shampoo it more often than that. I towel dry my beard and massage my own recipe beard oil into the roots of the beard and skin to condition and moisturise. I then blow dry my beard and moustache to style it. Once it's dry I dress it with either beard oil, a balm and wax. It really depends on the look I'm going for. If it's full-on tash curls then it's wax for the tash and balm for the beard. I always use natural products to keep it in good condition. I also see my barber frequently just to keep on top of things. Lockdown has been very challenging in that regard. There have been moments where I've been looking more like Hagred than a model haha!
Have you become more conscious of grooming, since you started modelling?
100% Yes. I am my own best advert, so if I get a short notice casting call I want to make sure the potential client will see me at my best. It's also a matter of self respect and professionalism. If I am well-groomed I feel confident and perform better.
You have a distinctive style. Do you feel a pressure to maintain your look?
You're very kind. It really depends on what I'm doing during the day. If I'm not working you'll usually find me in gym gear or jeans and a hoodie. However if I'm working or out socially I always make the effort. I do notice people tend to react more positively when I've done this. I only tend to feel pressured if I don't manage my time properly.
Do you ever wake up with a spontaneous desire to shave off your moustache and beard?
Haha now that's an interesting question. It's not happened yet, although with the lockdown restrictions I've been pretty desperate for a beard trim. I always leave it to the professionals to trim my beard though. I'm far too scared to attempt it myself! Let's just say for safety's sake I'm going to hide the scissors just in case!
What you is your fragrance of choice?
I love Dior Eau Sauvage. It's a sensual classic gentlemans fragrance that people remember.
How do you keep yourself healthy?
I do a combination of crossfit style and bodybuilding workouts 4 times per week. I also include mobility work and stretching into my routine. I'm really lucky to live at the coast in Whitley Bay so I take a lot of long walks by the sea. It's so spiritually uplifting and cleansing to be near the ocean. If I've had a challenging day, a walk on the beach usually sorts me out. Other than that I eat a very clean diet of mainly lean proteins, lots of veggies and healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados etc. I also drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.
What is your favourite way to indulge in self-care?
I think it has to be a hot bath with epsom salts and essential oils, lights off, candles and some Miles Davis and John Coltrane on the hifi. Once I've done that I'll normally apply a face mask and plug into a guided meditation for 30 mins. I use an app called Insight timer that's really good. If I do this before bed I am guaranteed a great night's sleep.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
Probably to silence my inner critic. It does get in my way sometimes causing me to question my decisions and emotional responses to certain situations. This inevitably leads to me procrastinating too much. I'm getting better at this but it's still very much work in progress.
Does your instagram portray the "real" Tim Storer-Hicks?
That's a really great question as I think there's a pressure on people to post images of them "living their best life!" Posing next to Ferraris they don't own and that kind of thing. I guess if it makes them feel good about themselves then it serves a purpose. Overall I believe my Instagram profile does portray the real me, although I do tend to keep the images modelling related. Whenever I post anything I always take time to really think about any caption I post with an image and what kind of message it conveys and how it may be received. I'm a sensitive, empathetic, creative kind of guy who really cares about my fellow humans so if I can convey a message that has a positive influence on people then I feel like I've achieved my purpose. Social media is such a powerful platform that can be used for good. The power of an image,a caption or a word can literally be life changing for the person recieving that message. Having said that there are certain elements to my profile that I don't make public. I'm a single father of two amazing boys aged 10 and nearly 12 years old. They are a constant source of love and inspiration for me. I keep this side of my profile private and never post any images of them but essentially what you see is the real me. Haha no posing by Ferrari's unless it's an advertising campaign!
If you could work with any creative, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
I would absolutely love to have worked with the sadly late genius that was Alexander McQueen. He was a real visionary, with a truly original creative mind. It's no coincidence that many of his creations are housed in art museums. He really pushed the creative boundaries and had an exquisite sense of beauty whilst challenging peoples preconceptions. I would have loved to see what he would have created to work with my look.