Women in Hollywood Speak Out About Their Makeup Routines

There’s never been a better time to be a woman in Hollywood. Women are playing increasingly three-dimensional characters, people like Jennifer Lawrence are shedding light on the fact that female actors are often paid considerably less than their male costars, and we can think of a female director. But there’s still a lot of work to do, and that’s why we knew we had to ask these badass A-listers are speaking out about their beauty routines. You won’t want to miss this glass ceiling-shattering account of the skincare and makeup products that keep these Tinseltown gals looking as #flawless as they do!


Emma Watson

“The fight for feminism is not over—that’s why I started #HeForShe, a global campaign that focuses on the fact that feminism benefits everyone, unlike this shade of Make Up For Ever Velvet + Mattifying Foundation, which is suited to me specifically. Other girls might need to choose another shade, or even another brand, depending upon their skin tone. All women are beautiful. I also use Make Up For Ever blusher, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone as a highlighter, and Maybelline Great Lash mascara. I’m not picky about mascara. But I am about men! I would never date a man if he did not support #HeForShe. Feminism is so important in today’s world and my makeup supports that.”


Kerry Washington

“I play a strong woman on Scandal, but that’s nothing compared to my IRL strong makeup game. I love a bright blush and a shimmery eye. And I’m all about skincare. Gotta keep it glowing! Women have come a long way in this industry, and I’m the living proof. I use Living Proof brand hair care products—they’re great for keeping frizz at bay. As for my lips, I’m open to anything. I’m all about pushing myself, and doing things I’m afraid of. I think that attitude is what made it possible for me to get where I am today, makeup-wise. It takes real bravery to look so consistently gorgeous. Women are taking TV by storm!”


Lena Dunham

“As a woman in a man’s industry, I’m constantly being asked to defend my very existence, so it’s only recently that I’ve really started having fun with makeup. I’m a staunch feminist, but being a young woman in the spotlight is a learning process, and I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve made some mistakes. For instance, I once wore too-harsh eyeliner to an awards show. But hey—it’s MY body, and no man is going to tell me I can’t have my Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, because I cannot get enough of that stuff! I also like Tarte Amazonian Bronzer for a little warmth, and classic L’Oréal hairspray for volume. Speaking of volume, let your voices be heard, ladies! Support the sisterhood! You are your own best advocate.”


America Ferrera

“I’ve never shied away from unconventional beauty—just look at my award-winning performance in Ugly Betty! I believe that beauty is on the inside, and my favorite beauty products are bareMinerals Original Foundation, Nars blush in Outlaw, Guerlain bronzer, all the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palettes (they’re so versatile!), Stila liquid liner, and Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara, obviously. I just want all the Ugly Bettys out there to feel beautiful! I know it was hard for me to find confidence, at first. This industry will eat you alive, kind of like those pedicures where the little fishes eat your foot skin! I get those once a week—thank god! Otherwise my feet would be truly repulsive. I hope my story will inspire young women everywhere to appreciate their own unique beauty.”


Wow. How amazing was it to hear that kind of stuff from amazing, trailblazing women who really know what it’s like? Those makeup recs were truly out-of-this-world. Keep doing you, ladies, and never stop inspiring. Now excuse us while we max out our credit cards at Sephora, haha!