Last weekend, hordes of people poured into a New York City studio for a makeup masterclass, which was a collaboration between Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s new website and Hourglass cosmetics. These beauty fans watched as celebrity makeup artists Marc Reagan and Sam Visser painted the supermodel’s face, doling out application tips in the process.
But before the day began, we squeezed in a lightning round of questions with Huntington-Whiteley, including how her perspective of beauty has changed over the years, the one product she relies on to battle blemishes (she’s spoken candidly about coping with adult acne), and the most luxurious thing in her cosmetic bag (it’s not what you might think). Read on to discover the products she swears by to get that coveted model complexion.
If you had to choose one thing to focus on, would it be makeup or skin?
“Skin! I feel it’s the hardest thing to achieve is great skin — consistently great skin. And as somebody who struggles with breakouts on a regular basis, it can end up being the bane of my existence. I think as an individual, but certainly as a woman, my skin is changing all the time. It’s evolving. You don’t get great skin one day and that’s it. It changes all the time. Thankfully, technology is constantly being updated, products are constantly being dropped, research is constantly being unfolded. I’m always meeting new experts that I’m learning from. For me, it’s like my own personal quest to achieve the best skin I can have.”
How do you handle those breakouts? Have you learned any great tips?
“One thing that’s been really revolutionary for me is actually using non-comedogenic skin care and makeup products, like the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick. It’s one of my favorite foundations because it doesn’t clog pores. It’s great for anyone who struggles with acne. And a skin care line that I’ve been loyal to now for about seven years is called iS Clinical. It’s a brand that was developed out of laboratories in LA by a couple who I’ve become friendly with over the last few years. I’ve tried and tested a lot of products, and when I’ve deviated away from the brand, I always end up going back. I’ve truly seen great results. So right now, I’m back to using the line exclusively. You really want to look at your skin care routine first, and then you want to look at your makeup products. Remove anything that has pore-clogging ingredients.”
Is there one product that really transformed your skin?
“The iS Clinical Active Serum. If I had to recommend a product for anybody that struggles with breakouts, it would be Active Serum. It’s an investment product. It’s not highly affordable, but it’s worth it. Anybody that struggles with breakouts will get good results from it.”
What are the five products you can’t live without?
“The five products I can’t live without are the Hourglass Confession lipstick, Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick, iS Clinical Active Serum, iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum, and Biba, a daily moisturizer made by my facialist.”
These are all pretty fancy. Any drugstore products you love?
“My favorite drugstore find that I can’t live without, I think, is Bioderma, the makeup remover. I’ve been using it for years. It was a discovery of mine backstage at a fashion show in Paris many years ago. I have very sensitive skin and eyes, and I’d been removing my makeup with all these wipes and just really struggling with really sore eyes and some makeup artist said, ‘try this.’ And at the time, you couldn’t buy it in the States. It was only available to buy in Paris when you went to pharmacies there, but now it’s available everywhere.”
What’s the most luxurious beauty product you own?
“My deodorant! I’ve recently been wearing the Chanel deodorant, which is very luxurious. It’s very decadent and indulgent!”
How has your perspective of beauty changed over the years?
“I’ve lived in America since I was 18, but I’m inherently a British woman. I spend a lot of time in both of the two places. American women have many more beauty services and experts available to them than we do in the U.K. I think it’s something that American women are much more invested in investing in, if that makes sense. In the States, taking care of yourself is a real priority — there’s not a street you go down without a nail salon, everybody has a bright smile and great hair. The entryway to looking after yourself is, well, the entry point is much more affordable and attainable than it is in the U.K.
On the other hand, saying that, I think there’s a much more carefree essence to British women. I think there is less importance put on the way that we look. I don’t think the priority is as high up. I like to think of myself as a hybrid of the two. I’m a true beauty girl. I live in the States and I love that everything’s so accessible here. But I also love the idea that the way I look isn’t necessarily the first thing I think about.”
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