Emmy Rossum Has the Most Genius Makeup Tips and Tricks

by Beth Shapouri


Getty ImagesGetty ImagesOn Monday, Emmy Rossum hosted the Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector launch event benefiting charity: water and I got to sit with her for a few minutes beforehand. And, you guys, the girl has maybe the most genius tips and tricks of any celebrity I've ever interviewed. Here are the highlights (with my favorite parts bolded):

On why she got involved with the project:
"I've always been most interested in eco charities. I've always been involved with Global Green for years. And Charity: Water is a great organization that I've always been aware of but never worked with directly, and I like the idea of Origins, which is a great company with a history or recycling and authenticity with how they give back to this kind of charity, partnering with Charity: Water to build more water wells in Ethiopia. That kind of turned me on."

On her love of CC creams and the Origins one in particular:
"I'm not a heavy foundation girl, and this one has an SPF built in and it provides enough coverage and if I'm in my car and I noticed the paparazzi are following me or I see them outside a place I'm in, I don't wear makeup every day, so I'll just slap some on my face and put on a tinted lip balm and go, and that's my go-to."

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On her love of skin, DIY facials, and her missed calling as an aesthetician:
"I have a thing for skin and pimples. I really am fascinated by the body. It's kind of disgusting but it's also kind of great. I love to give facials and I love to do my friends' nails and they do mine. When we do facials, we steam first, so we'll get in the shower in our bikinis. And then we'll do an exfoliant with some kind of scrub and a Clarisonic and then we'll do masks. I like this Murad Pomegrante mask. And then we'll make sure we do serums and SPFs. We do them once every two weeks. I mean, there's wine involved. There's wine and men-talk and it's great. No boys allowed."

On coming up with looks to for events with her hair and makeup people:
"We pull a lot of picture inspiration. I don't work with stylists; I always find my own clothes from Style.com and Fashion Week and stuff like that. So when I find a look I'll send it to the hair and makeup people and Pinterest images back and forth and come up with a hair and makeup and nail idea. I'll google "runway makeup 2013," and I'll just pick the images. Or I'll look on Italian Vogue's Pinterest page. I follow Instabraid on Instagram. Every day they have a new braid they like. It's a hobby. Some people have a book club. I like Pinterest."

On figuring out her curly hair:
"I grew up with super-curly hair, so I learned how to diffuse is and add more curls with a curling iron by the time I was 12. So I was super into hair and I grew up singing opera too, so we were always into makeup and learning how to plaster our hair down and put on wigs on and different things, so I was very Lady Gaga from a young age. For curly hair, moisturizing is the most important. Always having a deep conditioner to let soak in in the shower. I like to do a cold rinse before I get out of the shower. I like hair oils. I don't like mousses or anything like that. And not overwashing is good! Sulfate-free products are good. I think curly hair is a little more fragile so you kind of have to pick your battles. If you want a straightening treatment, you can't color. If you want to color, you can't you can't do the straightening treatment too. You have to pick what you want."

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On her makeup in general:
"I don't like to put a lot of foundation on--it makes my skin worse in the long run. I like to let me skin breathe a bit. I love those Tarte Amazonia Clay blushes. They're really good. And I don't like blushes with sparkle because the sparkle tends to break me out too. So I tend to like matte powder blushes or cream blushes that aren't oil-based. I love a bright lip. I have CoverGirl one in my bag right now, but I love Dior's reds, too. And if I don't have a lot of color on my face I'll do a winged eye and a brow and call it a day. I literally pull my eye out and just draw it straight and for some reason it tends to swoop up. And then I use Q-tips to clean it up so I don't look lop-sided. And if I do look lop-sided I just do a deep side-part and no one will ever notice. I often do that! Whichever eye is better, pick that eye!"

On her top skin tip:
"I always wash my face before I go to sleep. That's number one. If you wake up with makeup on your pillow, you've done something wrong.

On learning how to do makeup:
"I feel like I learned it from YouTube tutorials. Just trial and error. I would sit at home and google 'How-to smoky eye.' And try it and it would be a disaster and I'd be like "Why do I have sparkles on my nose?" Then you figure out what looks good and what looks terrible on you. And you can always tell from pictures. Sometimes you can't really tell in the mirror. Sometimes you think you look amazing and then you see a picture and you're like 'Oh, I look like a ghoul.'"

So many good tips, right? What's your favorite piece of knowledge she dropped?


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